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December 19th, 2013


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02:50 pm - Come be our guest on the radio once more
Friends, The Big Broadcast of 1962: A Byfar Christmas Carol, one of the two shows I've been working on for many weeks now, opens tonight and I'm going to give you a piece of advice: this here is lightning in a bottle. There'll be no recordings (long story, not getting into it here) which makes the four performances starting tonight very special. Ephemeral, even. The show's also damned good.

It's the culmination of a project which started five years ago as a bit of a joke, then grew into a series which followed the goings-of on a radio show spanning four decades. The cast grew from a bunch of fun comic archetypes into a group of familiar friends who have an uncanny knack for changing over the years while still feeling like the same pals you always knew. The actors and actresses who have been a part of this gang over the years are incredible. You can stop just about any one of 'em on the street and they'll effortlessly slip into their character for you. (Don't ask too often, though. Be kind.) I am honored to have worked with so many talented individuals both onstage and backstage. These guys are good.

Best of all, though, is that we're taking a local theater and sending it back in time. See, when you attend the show, you're not going to the Regent Theatre, you're going to our broadcast studio. (It just happens to have the same address as the Regent: 7 Medford Street, Arlington, MA. Ample cheap parking nearby.) It's December of 1962 and we're putting on a radio show and the studio audience is just as much a part of the story as the people behind the microphones and the candy girls in the aisles. We've had folks show up in period dress before. Temporal cosplay. It's crazy, man.

Now when we did this for The Big Broadcast of 1938, we were surprised to find out just how neat it was and how much fun it was to play in. It felt like we'd accomplished something unique and possibly very lightning-in-a-bottley, but we have done it three more times since. That's something special there. I told you these guys are good.

So come on out to the Regent this weekend. Fear not the far-off Arlington; you can get to it from Davis on at least three bus routes. Carpool if you want. Tell the taxi driver to charge it to Frank Cyrano; that's what Fitzcurley does. Come on out to 1962, and say hi to the Byfar gang again. We're playing tonight, tomorrow and Saturday, Dec 19-21, at 8:00 pm each night. There's also a 2:00 pm matinee on Saturday.

But don't say good-bye. We're not saying good-bye. It's not even in the script.

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From:ron_newman
Date:December 19th, 2013 07:54 pm (UTC)
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I look forward to seeing you at the Friday show.

But whoever decided there aren't going to be recordings ... please change your mind! Doesn't have to be video -- audio will do just fine, since this is after all a radio show.

Edited at 2013-12-19 07:54 pm (UTC)
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From:derspatchel
Date:December 19th, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
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Ron, as I said, it really is a long story and I don't wish to get into it here. I'll send you an LJ message.
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From:ron_newman
Date:December 19th, 2013 08:15 pm (UTC)
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Got it.
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From:derspatchel
Date:December 19th, 2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. See you on Friday!
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From:tyopsqueene
Date:December 19th, 2013 10:20 pm (UTC)
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Oof, I am jealous of people less than several thousand miles away.
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From:diatom
Date:December 19th, 2013 10:56 pm (UTC)
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Ah, so there won't be a radio broadcast, then. Bummer! from the Left Coast: I wish you all to break your legs, in the best way possible! (It sounds a little funny phrases like that!)
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From:susskins
Date:December 20th, 2013 06:35 pm (UTC)
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This is the kind of thing I want teleportation for.

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