Genesius Guild Radio Productions
By Genesius Guild
Join the Genesius Guild in Rock Island, IL as we produce classic theater...on the radio! This podcast will include productions from our normal repertoire (Shakespearean works such as selections from Hamlet and Greek tragedies such as Philoctetes) and will explore classical works outside of our traditional genre.
Tennyson: The Cup
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, is best known as one of the most popular 19th century British poets, the author of famous pieces such as "Ulysses," "Crossing the Bar," and his multi-part treatment of Arthurian legend, "The Idylls of the King." Like many poets before and after, however, he also turned his hand to poetic drama, somewhat in the vein of Shakespeare. Although some works of this kind by poets like Byron, Shelley, and Keats, were closet dramas, not meant to be staged, the majority of Tennyson's were indeed staged, and staged quite successfully. One of his shorter verse dramas, The Cup, retells an ancient story from the times of the rise of Rome as the supreme power in the ancient Mediterranean world: in this story, the Galatians (a Celtic people akin to the Gauls, but living in the interior of Asia Minor – the area now known as Turkey) are coming to terms with Rome's rise – by way of resistance or accomodation. The proud heroine Camma resists Roman encroachment in the person of the turncoat Galatian leader Synorix, but in the end her fate, and the fate of her people, is tragic. CREDITS Narrator: Alaina Pascarella Synorix: Aaron E. Sullivan Synnatus: James J. Loula Camma: Denise Yoder Phoebe: Joie Stoefen Priestess: Zoe Grabow Chorus of Priestesses: Denise Yoder, Joie Stoefen, Alaina Pascarella, Zoe Grabow Attendant: Nathan Elgatian Boy: Josef Bodenbender Maid: Katie Phillips Antonius: Bryan Woods Publius: Steve Trainor Nobleman: Michael Callahan Messenger: Jacob Lund Director / Organizer / Sound Editor: Mischa Hooker Sound Effects: Mike Koenig, Dominic Treis, BBC, and Mischa Hooker Music for Tennyson: Brahms, Tragic Overture, opus 81 (performed by Czech National Symphony Orchestra) Theme music for program: Chopin, Waltz in A-flat major, Op. 69, no. 1 (performed by Olga Gurevich) Original Music: Denise Yoder, Mischa Hooker
October 2, 2021
FOG (O'Neill) and ENEMIES (Hapgood / Boyce)
In 1915, two Davenport, Iowa, natives, Susan Glaspell and George Cram Cook, started a theater group in Provincetown on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, which turned out to have a profound influence on American drama forever. This visionary new company, the “Provincetown Players,” had humble beginnings in the private home of some sympathetic friends: Neith Boyce and Hutchins Hapgood. Many of the Provincetown shows featured a number of short scripts presented together in a single night of performance, and this program follows that tradition. First on the bill today is a script by Eugene O'Neill, first produced in January 1917. This script, unjustly neglected beside some of the playwrights more well known works, combines O'Neill's recurring fascination with the sea, including a setting especially reminiscent of the dangerous Atlantic crossing that had proved disastrous for the Titanic less than five years before the play was performed — with a lively debate on practical life and poetry, and a supernatural eeriness. The second play on today’s bill is a shorter script entitled "Enemies" — it was first staged in the summer of 1916. It was written by those hospitable friends of Jig and Susan, Hutchins Hapgood and Neith Boyce, whose house was the first Provincetown Players' performance space, and who were Midwesterners just like Jig and Susan — Hutchins from Illinois and Neith from Indiana. Each of them reportedly wrote the lines for one of the two speaking parts, He and She respectively, in this collaborative, argumentative exploration of the meaning of love, marriage, and fidelity in the modern world. CREDITS (FOG) Narrator: Susan Perrin-Sallak A Poet: Merlin Nelson A Man of Business: Marc Nelson Third Officer of a Steamer: Philip Tunnicliff Sound Effects: BBC, LG (freesound.org), oldestmillenial (freesound.org) (ENEMIES) Narrator: Mischa Hooker He: Mike Braddy She: Andrea Braddy Director / Organizer / Sound Editor: Mischa Hooker Opening and closing music: Borodin, String Quartet No. 2 in D Major, 1st and 4thmovements (performed by Musopen String Quartet) Theme music for program: Chopin, Waltz in A-flat major, Op. 69, no. 1 (performed by Olga Gurevich)
August 19, 2021
How He Lied to Her Husband (Shaw)
George Bernard Shaw is a universally acknowledged classic playwright in the modern British theatre, known equally for his great wit and his theatrical influence. Genesius Guild has repeatedly staged two favorites over the years, "The Dark Lady of the Sonnets" (most recently in 2001), and "Don Juan in Hell" (most recently in 2012). The little play "How He Lied to Her Husband" was a parody-version of a longer play of Shaw's that had caused a sensation and a scandal: "Candida." Just as the guardians of morals suspected might happen in real life, in Shaw's short piece he imagines a love affair prompted, even licensed in the minds of the participants by the love triangle at the focus of "Candida." As in the longer play, a young poet in love disrupts the domestic stability of the married couple; as in the longer play, the woman stays with her husband in the end. But Shaw has of course put his own characteristic witty spin on this sillier version of his own ideas. Credits: Narrator - Mollie Schmelzer She (Aurora Bompas) - Sarah Willie He (Henry Apjohn) - Jack Bevans Her Husband (Teddy Bompas) - John Wright Director / Organizer / Sound Editor - Mischa Hooker Sound effects by BBC Tim_Y, "Tangled Tango" Chopin, Waltz in A-flat major, Op. 69, no. 1 and Waltz in B minor, Op. 69, no. 2 (performed by Olga Gurevich)
May 25, 2021
Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Shakespeare & Lamb)
Hamlet, prince of Denmark. Shakespeare's play was last presented on the Genesius Guild stage in Lincoln Park in the summer of 2019. For today's presentation, you will hear the story of the play along with excerpts from the play. Tales from Shakespeare: In the early 19thcentury, the Romantic poet Charles Lamb and his sister Mary embarked on an enterprise to retell the stories of Shakespeare's best-loved plays for a children's audience. Charles took the tragedies, and Mary took the comedies, and together they produced a best-selling reinterpretation of the Bard's works, Tales from Shakespeare, that achieved the status of classics in their own right. They were meant to be introductions to the study of the plays themselves: As the Lambs wrote in a preface on the subject of the benefits their own retelling, but much more so the plays themselves, would provide: "What these Tales shall have been to the young readers, that and much more it is the writers' wish that the true Plays of Shakespeare may prove to them in older years—enrichers of the fancy, strengtheners of virtue, a withdrawing from all selfish and mercenary thoughts, a lesson of all sweet and honorable thoughts and actions, to teach courtesy, benignity, generosity, humanity: for of examples, teaching these virtues, his pages are full." Now, here's a challenge: Given the Lambs' intention to retell the stories for an audience of children, can you detect any ways this has possibly affected the storyline of the play or the presentation of the characters? Today we present to you "Hamlet, Prince of Denmark," in the Lambs' retelling, narrated by Dee Canfield; and interspersed with the Lambs' text, excerpts from Shakespeare's original play, performed by actors from the Genesius Guild's 2019 production of Hamlet. Credits: Narrator (reader of Lamb) - Dee Canfield Hamlet - Andrew Bruning Ghost - Mischa Hooker Ophelia - Sarah Willie Claudius - Phillip Dunbridge Director / Organizer / Sound Editor - Mischa Hooker Transition music: John Dowland, "Flow, My Tears," performed by Jon Sayles [jsayles.com] Theme music: Chopin, Waltz in A flat Major, Opus 69, number 1, performed by Olga Gurevich.
April 19, 2021
"Hamlet and His Problems" - T.S. Eliot
Join us for a reading of T.S. Eliot's classic essay "Hamlet and His Problems" from The Sacred Wood: Essays on Poetry and Criticism. Read by Mischa Hooker.
April 5, 2021
Suppressed Desires and The Game
Suppressed Desires by Susan Glaspell and George Cram Cook Cast Narrator: Kitty Israel Henrietta: Mattie Gelaude Stephen: Andrew Bruning Mabel: Jo Vasquez Director / Organizer / Sound Editor: Mischa Hooker Sound effects: Mischa Hooker and Caroline Ford Intro / outro music: Joseph C. Smith’s Orchestra, “Smiles” Theme music: Chopin, Waltz in A flat Major, Opus 69, number 1, performed by Olga Gurevich. The Game by Louise Bryant Cast Narrator: Kathy Calder Death: Mike Carron Life: Angela Rathman Youth: Andrew Calder The Girl: Brianna Gray Director / Organizer / Sound Editor: Mischa Hooker Sound effects by Mike Koenig Background Music by Royalty Free Music Theme music: Chopin, Waltz in A flat Major, Opus 69, number 1, performed by Olga Gurevich. Background In 1915, two Davenport, Iowa, natives, Susan Glaspell and George Cram Cook, started a theater group in Provincetown on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, which turned out to have a profound influence on American drama forever. Many of the Provincetown shows featured a number of short scripts presented together in a single night of performance, and this program follows that tradition. For more information about the Provincetown Players, Glaspell, Cook, and their connection to the Quad Cities, visit www.genesius.org/provincetown-players.php First on the bill today is that first play written by Susan and Jig, “Suppressed Desires.” In our performance, the role of Henrietta is played by Mattie Gelaude, her husband Stephen is played by Andrew Bruning, her sister Mabel by Jo Vasquez; the narrator is Kitty Israel. The second play on today’s bill is a shorter script entitled “The Game: A Morality Play,” a highly stylized, symbolic meditation on the human condition by Louise Bryant, a journalist and feminist activist who arrived on the scene fresh from Portland, Oregon, brought out to the East Coast by a burgeoning love affair with Oregon native John Reed. He described her as “an artist, a rampant, joyous individualist, a poet and a revolutionary.” This script was written and first staged in the 1916, with World War I raging in Europe. The horror and ravages of war looming on the horizon, along with the personal dramas of romantic relationships such as that of Louise Bryant and John Reed themselves, were the large-scale and small-scale backdrops for the piece, which features a personified Life and Death, playing their game with the lives and deaths of human beings, such as the poet and the dancer who meet under their supervision. In today’s program, Life is played by Angela Rathman, Death by Mike Carron, Youth (the poet) by Andrew Calder, and the Girl by Brianna Gray; the narrator is Kathy Calder.
March 15, 2021
Don Wooten discusses Antigone
Join us as we listen to Don Wooten discuss the first play ever performed by the Genesius Guild: Sophocles' Antigone. Wooten discusses the show, describes the plot, and explores the play's themes - including questions of the separation of religion and government and the battle between following an unjust law and following one's conscience.
February 18, 2021
Philoctetes (by Sophocles)
Sophocles’ Philoctetes. Although less well known than his Oedipus Rex and Antigone, this play has especially received notice lately in Seamus Heaney’s adaptation entitled “The Cure at Troy” – with the evocative words spoken by the chorus: “History says, don't hope / On this side of the grave. / But then, once in a lifetime / The longed-for tidal wave / Of justice can rise up, / And hope and history rhyme.” The story takes place near the end of the Trojan War – the Greeks have found out that they need to retrieve a warrior who had been wounded and left behind on the island of Lemnos. Only he – Philoctetes – and the bow he had as a gift from the dying Heracles – would allow them to finally defeat Troy. We begin as Odysseus has arrived on the island, bringing Neoptolemus, the son of the now dead Achilles, to help him. Neoptolemus will soon be forced to test his own integrity against the deception planned by Odysseus. Credits: Narrator - Kathy Calder Odysseus - Matt Walsh Neoptolemus - Tyler Henning Philoctetes - Andy Curtiss Chorus (1) - Guy Cabell Chorus (2) - Jason Dlouhy Chorus (3) - Marc Nelson Merchant / Spy - T. J. Green Heracles - Phillip Dunbridge Director / Organizer / Sound Editor - Mischa Hooker Translated by Ian Johnston, adapted by Mischa Hooker Sound effects: Daniel Simion and Mike Koenig Background music: Royalty Free Music Theme music: Chopin, Waltz in A flat Major, Opus 69, number 1, performed by Olga Gurevich.
February 5, 2021
A Christmas Carol
Enjoy this radio theater production of A Christmas Carol by the Genesius Guild in Rock Island, IL! Credits Narrator - Susan Perrin-Sallak Scrooge - Mike Carron Fred (Scrooge's Nephew) - Phil Tunnicliff Gentleman - Scott Tunnicliff Bob Cratchit (Scrooge's Clerk) - Jake Walker Marley's Ghost - Phillip Dunbridge Ghost of Christmas Past - Arc Simmons-Curtis Fezziwig - John Donald O'Shea Girl (Belle) - Anna Tunnicliff Ghost of Christmas Present - T.J. Green Mrs. Cratchit - Stephanie Moeller Cratchit children and Boy - Leo Braddy Peter Cratchit / Cratchit children - Josef Bodenbender Tiny Tim / Cratchit children - Rosie Bodenbender Martha Cratchit - Sophia Kilburg Scrooge's niece - Mallory Park Scrooge's niece's sister - Elena Vallejo Businessman 1 - Don Faust Businessman 2 - Jim Strauss Red-faced gentleman - Jack Bevans Char-woman - Melita Tunnicliff Old Joe - Bob Hanske Mrs. Dilber - Heather Nobiling Girl - Kaylee Gundling Director / Organizer / Sound Editor - Mischa Hooker Musicians and Music Recording - Michael Callahan, Amie Callahan, Bailey Callahan, Bryn Callahan
February 5, 2021