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Parson’s Nose Radio Theater!

Parson’s Nose Radio Theater!

By Lance Davis
Parson’s Nose is a professional, nonprofit theater in its 20th season in Pasadena, California, introducing classic plays and stories in accessible, professional, short form presentations. Please subscribe if you can, and go to www.parsonsnose.org. for more about us. Your donations are very much appreciated in these times. Our benefactors include Los Angeles County Arts Commission. The City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Department, The Ann Peppers Foundation, The Molina Family Foundation, the Pasadena Community Foundation and the Rotary Club of Pasadena.
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BOX and COX
Deemed "the best farce of the 19th Century" by the New York Times. Before "Fawlty Towers" was "Box and Cox", an immensely popular one act play, written in 1848 by British playwright John Maddison Morton. A souffle of silly comedy performed by PNT Company Members Barry Gordon, Mary Chalon and Lance Davis, with sound engineering by David Bennett. 30 minutes.
34:08
May 2, 2021
THE HAPPY FAMILY by Hans Christian Andersen
Parson's Nose Radio Theater loves Hans Christian Andersen. Tonight, Denmark's greatest storyteller gives us the tale of Mama and Papa snail, who live under the dock leaves by the pond, and whose greatest dream is to be fried and served with butter in the Manor House. Adapted by Lance Davis for City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs "Spring ArtNight 2021". Performed by PNT company members Mary Chalon and Lance Davis, with Sound by David Bennett. Original image by the amazing Vyacheslav Mishchenko. 14 minutes. For all our podcasts, for more about us, to sign up for our Noseletter, and perhaps make a donation, please go to www.parsonsnose.org.
14:37
April 15, 2021
About Wind In The Willows (3 minutes)
A bit of background about Kenneth Grahame and his sources for "Wind in the Willows."
03:08
April 3, 2021
Chapter One - Moley meets the Riverbankers - Wind In The Willows: Part One (15 minutes)
Chapter One - Moley meets the Riverbankers. (15 Minutes) Adapted by Lance Davis. Performed by Lance Davis and Mary Chalon. Sound Design by David Bennett. For more about Parson’s Nose, a professional, not-for-profit theater in its 20th season introducing classic works in under 90 minutes, please go to www.parsonsnose.org.  Donations at www.parsonsnose.org/donate. And thank you!
15:18
April 3, 2021
Chapter Two - Introducing Mr. Toad - Wind in the Willows: Part One (23 minutes)
Chapter Two - Introducing Mr. Toad. (23 Minutes) Adapted by Lance Davis. Performed by Lance Davis and Mary Chalon. Sound Design by David Bennett. For more about Parson’s Nose, a professional, nonprofit theater in its 20th season introducing classic works in under 90 minutes, please go to www.parsonsnose.org.  Donations at www,parsonsnose.org/donate and thank you.
23:28
April 3, 2021
Chapter Three - Moley Lost in The Wild Wood! - Wind In The Willows: Part One (9 minutes)
Chapter 3 - Moley Lost in The Wild Wood! (9 Minutes) Adapted by Lance Davis. Performed by Lance Davis and Mary Chalon. Sound Design by David Bennett. For more about Parson’s Nose, a professional, nonprofit theater in its 20th season introducing classic works in under 90 minutes, please go to www.parsonsnose.org.   Donations at www.parsonsnose.org/donate and thank you!
09:21
April 3, 2021
Chapter Four - Mr. Badger’s Bungalow - Wind In The Willows: Part One (11 minutes)
Chapter Four - Mr. Badger’s Bungalow. (11 Minutes) Adapted by Lance Davis. Performed by Lance Davis and Mary Chalon. Sound Design by David Bennett. For more about Parson’s Nose, a professional, nonprofit theater in its 20th season introducing classic works in under 90 minutes, please go to www.parsonsnose.org. Donations gladly accepted at www.parsonsnose.org/donate and thank you!
11:28
April 3, 2021
Chapter Five - Home at Last - Wind In The Willows: Part One (9 minutes)
Chapter Five - Home at Last. (9 Minutes) The Parson’s Nose Radio Theater of the Air presents Kenneth Grahame’s immortal “Wind in the Willows: Part One, The Riverbankers!” Adapted by Lance Davis. Performed by Lance Davis and Mary Chalon. Sound Design by David Bennett. For more about Parson’s Nose, a professional, nonprofit theater in its 20th season introducing classic works in under 90 minutes, please go to www.parsonsnose.org. Donations gladly accepted at www,parsonsnose.org/donate and thank you!
09:01
April 3, 2021
AN IRISH CELEBRATION
Each year at this time the Parson's Nose family gathers for a somewhat chaotic celebration of Irish poetry, song and humor. We're a bit short on the music this year because of the hazards of remote recording, but we've put together a fun and thoughtful 40 minutes we hope you'll enjoy. Compiled and written in part by Lance Davis. Featuring PNT company members Associate Artistic Director Mary Chalon, Barry Gordon, Marisa Chandler, John Rafter Lee, Dorothy Brooks, John Harnagel, Gary Lamb, Taylor Hawthorne, Alan Brooks, Paul Perri, Laurine Price, James Calvert, and I hope I didn't leave anyone out. Sound by Dave Bennett. For more about us, go to www.parsonsnose.org where you can also subscribe to our Noseletter and even make a tax deductible contribution! It's rough sailing for arts groups. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. And tell your friends! "Alexa, play Parson's Nose Radio Theater!"
39:06
March 16, 2021
Papa Always Knows What's Best
Denmark's genius storyteller, Hans Christian Andersen, tells the tale of a Papa who goes to the fair. Adapted and performed by Parson's Nose Radio Theater Artistic Director Lance Davis, with sound by David Bennett. 12 minutes. PNT is a 501c3 nonprofit theater, now in its 20th season "introducing the classics" in Pasadena, California. In this Covid environment we're bringing back the tradition of The Mercury Theater and old time radio. For more about Parson's Nose, and for all of our podcasts, please go to www.parsonsnose.org. And tell your friends! Tax deductible donations are more than welcome in these times.
12:05
March 6, 2021
The Devil and Daniel Webster!
The legendary battle between the Devil and Daniel Webster, America's greatest jurist before a jury from...you know where. Story by Stephen Vincent Benet. Adapted by Lance Davis. Performed by PNT Company members Paul Perri, John Rafter Lee, James Calvert,Barry Gordon and John Harnagel. Sound by David Bennett. For more about us - and if you enjoy our work a donation or even sponsorship would be great - go to www.parsonsnose.org. (30 min.)
33:25
February 16, 2021
The Musical Wit and Wisdom of Mr. Tom Lehrer
A twenty minute tribute by Hoyt Hilsman to the irreverent wit and musical brilliance of Mr. Tom Lehrer. "The Vatican Rag", "Werner von Braun", "New Math" and "The Elements" were just a few of his smart, sometimes wicked contributions to the 1950s coffeehouse scene of Dave Brubeck, Mort Sahl, Mike Nichols and Elaine May. Written by Hoyt Hilsman. Performed a bit by Lance Davis. Sound by Dave Bennett. Give a listen!
23:03
February 2, 2021
10 Poems for America: The Star Spangled Banner
 In honor of the inauguration of a new president and vice president, we offer ten poems that have inspired Americans.  Works by Francis Scott Key, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Thomas Buchanan Read, Julia Ward Howe, Langston Hughes, Walt Whitman, Rosemary Carr Benet, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Henry Van Dyke and Emma Lazarus.  They're performed by PNT Company members Mary Chalon, Paul Perri, Barry Gordon, Jill Rogosheske, Taylor Hawthorne and Lance Davis. Sound Design by Dave Bennett. Please do subscribe if you enjoy our work. You can find out more about us, and make a tax deductible donation if you can, on our webpage. It's rough sailing for small theaters. Your support is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
04:40
January 20, 2021
The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere!
 The classic adventure every school boy and girl should hear. Performed by PNT Company member Barry Gordon.
07:47
January 20, 2021
Sybil Luddington
 A young girl does her part to create America. Performed by PNT Artistic Director Lance Davis.
01:50
January 20, 2021
The Brave at Home
 The women at home also serve. Performed by PNT Company member Jill Rogosheske.
02:18
January 20, 2021
The Battle Hymn of the Republic
 by Julia Ward Howe. Performed by PNT Company member Paul Perri.
02:45
January 20, 2021
I Hear America Singing
 The American poet.
02:26
January 20, 2021
The New Colossus
 The lady in the harbor. Performed by PNT Co-founder Mary Chalon.
02:25
January 20, 2021
An American in Europe
 You must go away to appreciate home. Performed by PNT Cofounder Mary Chalon.
02:04
January 20, 2021
Let America Be America Again
 Written by legendary American poet Langston Hughes. A call to America to live up to the promise Walt Whitman described. Performed by PNT Company member Taylor Hawthorne. 
07:33
January 20, 2021
I Am Waiting
 By Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Following in the footsteps of Langston Hughes. Performed by PNT Artistic Director Lance Davis.
05:14
January 20, 2021
Ten Poems End Credits
.Thank you for listening! Lift your glass to the greatest experiment in democracy the world has ever known.
00:55
January 20, 2021
CLIFF EDWARDS: WHEN YOU WISH...
Welcome to our Parson's Nose Radio Theater "New Works!" Series, with Hoyt Hilsman's tribute to actor/singer Cliff Edwards, whose career ran from vaudeville to Broadway to Hollywood, "Ukelele Ike" performed classic tunes that swept America, from "Jada" to "When You Wish Upon a Star". Written by Hoyt Hilsman. Performed by Lance Davis and Mary Chalon. Sound by Dave Bennett (18 minutes)
18:04
January 8, 2021
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Parson's Nose Radio Theater of the Air! presents the most popular work of Charles Dickens, the most popular writer of Victorian England. At PNT we emphasize the wonderful descriptive language  - the bits you skipped over in high school - now brilliantly brought to life by narrators Barry Gordon and Mary Chalon and the professional PNT Company. Recorded remotely under Covid restrictions. Adapted by Lance Davis. Sound by Dave Bennett and Lance Davis. (Creative Commons and Freesound) We especially thank our sponsors, Dr. Mario and Therese Molina. Running time 1 hour 20 minutes. For more about us go to www.parsonsnose .org where your donations are most welcome. Please consider subscribing to our podcasts, signing up for our Noseletter, and liking us on Facebook. We wish you the merriest of holidays. Let us know what you think: lance@parsonsnose.com.
01:21:02
December 22, 2020
"The Little Fir Tree" by Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen's funny and touching story of a little fir tree who forgot to live in the moment.  A perfect story for the holidays - a time to reflect on how fortunate we are. Adapted by Lance Davis. Starring Taylor Hawthorne as the Fir Tree, featuring Mary Chalon and Lance Davis. Sound by Dave Bennett and Lance Davis. (15 minutes) For more about us, please go to www.parsonsnose.org. Tax deductible donations greatly appreciated at www.parsonsnose.org/donate For more about the amazing Hans Christian Andersen, please go to our "About Hans Christian Andersen" podcast.
15:40
December 8, 2020
About Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe. Icon of the American Gothic movement. Creator of the "detective" genre. Poet. Master of the "horror" genre. A tragic life lasting only 40 years.
07:52
November 15, 2020
The Cask of Amontillado!
Another Parson's Nose Radio Theater classic! Edgar Allan Poe, writer, poet, American Gothic pioneer, creator of the "detective genre", gives us his tale of revenge and murder. Adapted by Lance Davis. Performed by Parson's Nose Company members Gary Lamb and John Harnagel. Sound by Lance Davis and Dave Bennett. (15 min.) Make your tax deductible donation at www.parsonsnose.org
16:00
November 13, 2020
The Summoning of Everyman
Episode 1  The Summoning of Every Man (40 min.)  Comfort, humor, and hope for the holidays. In the Middle Ages, life was spare and fleeting. Cautionary Christian lessons of Salvation, and stories of the glories of Eternal Life were taught to the illiterate – but not unintelligent – populace, not only in sermons, but also in the comforting symbolism of liturgy, stained glass windows, and Morality and Mystery plays. Everyman is a joyous and mysterious  play, originally Flemish, adapted from the English "York Cycle" by Lance Davis. Performed by Lance Davis. Introduction by Michael Faulkner. Music by Tom Peters. Image by Lance Davis: Saint Chapelle Paris
41:07
November 1, 2020
Mark Twain...Presidential Candidate!
In 1879 Mark Twain announces his candidacy for president. Performed by PNT Company member Mr. Paul Perri. Sound by Lance Davis and Dave Bennett. Music by Lance Davis and Creative Commons.
04:36
October 24, 2020
The Emperor's New Clothes!
"The emperor loved his fancy clothes so much! Too much! He loved his fancy clothes more than he loved his people! (Gasp!)" The classic 19th Century story by a Danish "National Treasure", Hans Christian Andersen. Adapted by Lance Davis. Performed by PNT Company members Mary Chalon, Jill Rogosheske, Barry Gordon, James Calvert and John Rafter Lee. Sound by Lance Davis and Dave Bennett, courtesy of Creative Commons. Image by Edmund Dulac (1911)
23:29
October 15, 2020
About Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen was one of the world's most creative authors of fairy and folk tales, popular with both young and old in the 19th Century. Born in the little town of Odense, in Denmark, he overcame much to become a "Danish Treasure". His works, filled with the whimsy and pathos of his own life, have been celebrated throughout the world.
04:57
October 15, 2020
Address Unknown
Kathrine Kressmann Taylor's powerful 1938 story that rocked America.  Set in 1933, a German art dealer in San Francisco witnesses the seduction of his friend by Hitler's rise, with devastating personal results. The New York Times Book Review: “This modern story is perfection itself. It is the most effective indictment of Nazism to appear in fiction.” (40 minutes) Please visit parsonsnose.org to support our work.
47:54
September 12, 2020
About Kathrine Kressmann Taylor
The American writer who signaled the rise of Hitler's Germany. (If you enjoy our work, please consider supporting us at parsonsnose.org.)
07:13
September 12, 2020
"Quality" by John Galsworthy (20 min.)
John Galsworthy, the Nobel Prize winning playwright and novelist who gave us "The Forsyte Saga", tells the story of an immigrant cobbler in 19th Century London. Performed by PNT  company member John Rafter Lee . Adaptation by Lance Davis. (20 min.)
19:04
August 21, 2020
Mark Twain's Advice to Funeral Goers (3 min)
Mark Twain gives a few pointers to "win" the funeral. Performed by Mr. Paul Perri. Music by Lance Davis
02:39
August 14, 2020
A Taste of Shakespeare - Episode 1
What's so special about Shakespeare? What's the big deal? Let's take a look... Episode 1 - To be or not to be; All the world's a stage; Romeo and Juliet Written by Lance Davis. Performed by PNT Players: Lance Davis, Mary Chalon, Paul Perri, John Rafter Lee; Barry Gordon; Aleta Soron; Trevor Teichmann. Sound Design by David Bennett
26:16
July 31, 2020
A Taste of Shakespeare - Episode 2
What's so special about Shakespeare? Let's take a look... Episode 2 - Upon the king; To bait fish withal; The quality of mercy; Pyramus and Thisbe Written by Lance Davis. Performed by PNT Players: Lance Davis, Mary Chalon, Paul Perri, John Rafter Lee; Barry Gordon; Aleta Soron; Trevor Teichmann. Sound Design by David Bennett
29:38
July 31, 2020
Mark Twain's Advice to Young Ladies (4 minutes)
America's finest writer shares his wisdom with young ladies. Performer: Lance Davis.  Sound Design: Dave Bennett  If you enjoy our work, please consider becoming a Supporter of Parson's Nose Radio Theater of the Air!
03:45
June 27, 2020
Declaration of Independence (22 minutes)
The most audacious (and treasonous!) response to oppression in American History! It changed the world.
22:19
June 13, 2020