WHY RADIO THEATRE?
As we make our way through the Covid pandemic we have made some changes to our business model. Since we will not be performing live for the foreseeable future we believe we have found a way to stay engaged with our fans and followers. Radio theatre is “theatre of the mind”. It relies on dialogue, music and sound effects to help you, the listener, picture the characters and story. Instead of performing in a dining room, banquet room or theatre, our actors have taken to Zoom. Once we record our dialogue our sound engineer, Kenny Drao, works his magic in the editing room by adding sound effects and musical cues.
Our programs consist of a combination of original Murder Café whodunits, suspense dramas from the golden age of live radio, classic works from famous authors and variety shows with comedy and music. Consider them diversions and options to your home video and cable choices. Stay safe and healthy and enjoy “theatre of the mind”.
WHERE DO I FIND THE SHOWS?
In addition to our Murder Café website (The links are to your right.) and social media pages our radio theatre programs are available on a number of virtual platforms including Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, RadioAmerica and Google Podcasts.
You can also access Hudson Valley Radio Theatre's programs on iHeart RADIO.
Simply click on the logo.
HOW DO I SUPPORT RADIO THEATRE?
Murder Cafe's Radio Theatre does not have the advantage of our live shows in that income cannot be generated. Actors and our tech engineer are donating their time to bring you virtual entertainment. If you would like to SUPPORT THE ARTS on a volunteer basis click on the PayPal DONATE link or the safe and easy SPONSOR link. Thank you for listening and thank you for your support.
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MURDER ME ALWAYS
The 1940s mysteriously come to life as hardboiled detective Archie Morgan enters Café Malta searching for an escaped con. He discovers Waldo de Winter, the café owner, was murdered and his widow wants Archie to solve the crime. Chandler, the new bartender, has a lot to hide. Other suspects are Laura, the cafe's lovable songbird, scamming Doctor Grimaldi and his ruthless sidekick Trigger Dolan, both of whom are searching for the missing MacGuffin Manuscript. Enter Queen Farona an exotic dancer who was Waldo’s last lover and Private Bob Ford, a young soldier with amnesia. In order to find the guilty party Archie might need your help weeding through this group of shady suspects!
SORRY, WRONG NUMBER
This classic radio suspense drama, written by Lucille Fletcher, was first broadcast in 1945. It concerns an invalid woman who overhears what she thinks is a murder plot and her attempts to prevent it. One night, whilst waiting for her husband to return home, she picks up the phone and accidentally overhears a conversation between two men planning a murder. She becomes increasingly desperate as she tries to work out who the victim is so the crime can be prevented.
Based on the novel by Marie Belloc Lowndes, THE LODGER concerns a serial killer known as "The Avenger" who is murdering young women. A mysterious man arrives at the home of the Buntings looking for a room to rent. Daisy, the Bunting's daughter is a young woman who seems to have captured the new lodger’s attention. Before the evening is over another body is found. Who is “The Avenger” and has he struck again?
MURDER AT THE SPEAKEASY
Infamous bootlegger Dutch Schultz has opened a new speakeasy, the Abba Dabba Club, to give girlfriend Lu Lu a place to sing but flapper Rosie isn’t having it. You’ll dance, dine and gulp the best hooch anywhere until tempers flair, bullets rain and the law shows up. One body will fall and it doesn’t look like the Charleston did it.
Danny Crunkle, owner of Dan-Dee-Can-Dee, is merging his company with Hershel Crackleberry his biggest competitor. On hand to witness Danny's news are his soft son Goobar, nutty ex-wife Sister Godiva, creamy girlfriend Coco, crunchy attorney Fanny Farmer and brittle chocolatier Russell Stover. Before Danny finishes his announcement gun shots ring out, a body falls and everyone scrambles for a piece of Danny's will. Who poisoned Danny’s sweet deal and can his brother, rumbled detective Rick the Dick, be able to establish means and motive with this sketchy gang of suspects? This zany addition to Murder Cafe's radio theatre is exactly what your sweet tooth needs.
POE LIVE: The Last Mystery
On the eve of his mysterious end Edgar Allan Poe, desperate and destitute, has agreed to read from his poems and tales of mystery. As he performs Annabel Lee, The Raven, The Cask of Amontillado and The Fall of the House of Usher, characters from these works appear and confront him. Are they figments of Poe's delusional mind seeking revenge or are they real? Entertaining and educational, Poe will perform again...nevermore
ITHE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH
This is a classic tale from the imagination of one of America’s most influential writers - Edgar Allan Poe. We are pleased to breathe new life into, The Masque of the Red Death. The script, written by Jessica Boyd for Hudson Valley Radio Theatre, is based on Poe’s classic tale. His short story, written in 1842, is as relevant today as it was then. This fable concerns a dangerous plague and the attempts of the well-to-do to isolate themselves from the coming attack.
And now, we take you back to the middle ages, a time when mortality was an everyday concern.
MURDER ON THE AIR
It is 1934, and The Neptune Network Players go on the air with their new play, A Will to Kill. The story concerns a dying millionaire who has assembled his heirs to discuss his will. A gun is fired and the Lord of the manor falls dead, as scripted. But when the scene ends, it is discovered the actor is really dead. Who put real bullets in the prop gun and why? This play within a play explodes as accusations fly and actors break character to solve the murder, all while the mic’s still hot.
Emily Bronte’s classic of the Victorian Age, a harrowing tale, written by a girl whose life was as bleak and somber as the Yorkshire moors where this story is laid. It follows the life of Heathcliff, a mysterious person, from childhood to his death in his late thirties. Heathcliff rises in his adopted family and then is reduced to the status of a servant, running away when Cathy, the young woman he loves, decides to marry another. Join us in the crumbling house on Wuthering Heights, where the candle burns low in a dreary guest room. There’s no sound but the wind outside and the hushed voice of the old maidservant, Ellen, as she tells her story.
THE VIRTUAL VARIETY SHOW
Hudson Valley Radio Theatre presents their first annual Virtual Variety Show and fundraising event. Veteran emcee Jerry Sax presents an hour of music and comedy that features the talents of three stunning singers, two masterful musicians, a curious clown, a desperately dramatic actress and a chaotic comedy team. Tune it and be part of the fun!
"As avid fans of Murder Cafe I would like to thank all the actors during this difficult time providing entertainment while at home - We enjoy the old time style radio shows especially The Shadow and your shows; the two we listened to are better than even the old time radio shows thank you."
- John and Joan Harrington
"In this time of uncertainty, social distancing, isolation, and shutdowns Murder Café is a beacon of hope, fun and talent. Before the COVID-19 pandemic I have seen a few of their shows live. They are a great bunch of talented local actors right here in the Hudson Valley and a delight to work with, watch, and now listen to. For while theaters are shut down and restaurant are closed Murder Café’s creativity will not be extinguished during this time. This talented cast & crew led by Frank Marquette and the rest of the Murder Café team has been producing these wonderful Radio Theatre shows that bring you back to when radio entertainment ruled the airwaves through their performance of both old radio dramas and originals. These performances/recordings have been an absolute delight to listen to, tapping into the imagination, and complete with music & sound effects. I look forward to hearing what they will come up with next so to all at Murder Café & Radio Theatre I say BRAVO! Thank you for the fun, your talent, and keeping the arts both new and old alive!"
-Frank Petruccelli, Wappingers Falls, New York
I just listened to 'Sorry, Wrong Number' by Murder Cafe's radio theatre. A gripping story so beautifully portrayed in the spoken word. What a refreshing way to engage in live theatre. Thank you Frank Marquette, for all that you do.
- Jerry Wintrob, Accord, New York
"Congratulations Frank Marquette for making the switch to radio. Keep up the great work and keep us entertained."
-Neil Jacob Caplan, Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc.
"I love the radio programs! What a great way to bring Murder Cafe into my home and enjoy such a great form of entertainment. Keep them coming and keep us entertained as we get through these times."
- Bryan C. Bopp Pleasant Valley, NY