Go inside radio drama

By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 7, 2010


The tale-tellers behind Final Rune Productions create what they call "stories for the ear." That is, good old-fashioned radio yarns, recorded on location out on islands and other locales, and featuring some of the area's best actors and voice artists. This Monday comes a rare chance to get a visual sense of the audiophiles' process, in Matt Morris's short film Behind the Scenes: The Troll of Stony Brook. The documentary, which screens at Geno's October 11 at 8 pm, details the making of Final Rune's most recent radio drama, about an awkward teenager and the creature he hits with his car. Get a bunch of actors and sound gear out in the woods, says Final Rune founder and writer Frederick Greenhalgh, and "art and hilarity ensue."

Over the last four years, Greenhalgh, who also hosts WMPG's weekly show Radio Drama Revival, has created more than a dozen radio pieces, from the classic The Most Dangerous Game to Greenhalgh's own The Troll of Stony Brook, which features regulars from Portland Stage, Mad Horse, and other local theater companies, including Paul Drinan, Christine Louise Marshall, and Janice Gardner. Some of its actors will be on hand for questions at the screening, when Greenhalgh will also talk up his new radio project, The Cleansed: a post-apocalyptic saga of Bangor residents who flee post-oil horror in America to start a new civilization in the apparently safer haven of Canada. Its pilot will air on the Stephen King-owned rock station WKIT (100.3 FM, based in Bangor) on Halloween, but you can come out on Monday for a preview, a PBR, and a peek at the folks behind the voices.

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