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Playlist: O'Dark 30 episode 129 (3-25)

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KUT's O’Dark 30 is finally fully capitalized this week as we bring you more of the very best from the world of independent radio production this week. Every Sunday at midnight on Austin's KUT 90.5 and also at 4pm on digital KUT2 we present 3 hours of a little bit of everything from the world of independent radio production.

Episode 129 (3-25) KUT's Storytime at the Cactus...Railfans...Mary Shelley's Frankenstenin...Lean and Hungry Theater Presents: Romeo and Juliet


From Eric Winick | 16:22

Since October 1962, a handful of dedicated rail enthusiasts have been sending each other letters, photos, and reports about their common passion. Over time, what began as a means of sharing information has become the lifeline for a lifetime friendship. And it shows no sign of slowing down.

Eric Winick

004_4a_small Featuring: Al Holtz, Jack May, and Walter E. Zullig, Jr,
Recorded:  May-September 2011, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Ossining, NY
Original Music:  Jay Kustka

From the files of Yarn AudioWorks.

PHOTO GALLERY:  View photos of Walter, Al, and Jack in action, train photos by Jack, a copy of the very first Circuit letter, and more, by clicking HERE.

Jay Kustka is a Boston guitarist and singer/songwriter with 30+ years experience. A recent semi-finalist of Lee Ritenour’s Six-String Theory contest, his playing styles range from roots rock/blues to funk, reggae and beyond.  Check out his music at the links below:


Special thanks to Adam Greenfield and Lisa Zullig.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

From Sam A. Mowry | 01:01:01

Award winning adaptation of Mary Shelley's Classic, Faithfull and exciting.

Frankensteinposter2_small It's alive! The Willamette Radio Workshop's annual Halloween extravaganza takes to the airwaves! We are proud to present our award winning production of Mary Shelly?s Frankenstein, adapted by Cynthia McGean. This will be the full-blooded masterpiece. A tale of science and passion, creation and betrayal, love, loss and horror. A classic story in, dare I say it, the vein of Dracula. Cast: Sam A. Mowry, Chris Porter, Mark Homayoun, Curt Hanson, Mary Thomas, Ricardo Delgado and Toni Lima. Sound Design is by Marc Rose, Foley by Atticus Welles Mowry, Live Sound by Robert Kowal and Directed by Sam A. Mowry. Winner of the Gold Ogle Award for Best Adaptation 2004. Special thanks to Mary Robinette Kowal, McMenamins Empire, Martin John Gallagher, Dry Smoke and Whispers Holodio Theater, MJR Recording, Liz Roberts, Claudine Hemmingway and John McBaron, Jan Haedinger, Dmae Roberts, Tom and Doris McGean and Marge Lunan.

Lean & Hungry Theater Presents: Romeo And Juliet

From Lean & Hungry Theater | 53:58

A radio drama adaptation of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," set in modern-day “Verona, California,” with live sound effects and some of the finest Shakespearean actors in Washington, DC. Modern-language narration provides an ongoing recap of the original text throughout the show. Lean & Hungry’s “Romeo and Juliet” was aired originally by Washington, DC's WAMU on February 14, 2011, as WAMU’s Valentine’s Day treat for its listeners.

R_j_graphic_small Lean & Hungry Theater, DC’s only radio drama company and Washington DC’s NPR affiliate WAMU-88.5, present this radio drama adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet .”

The one-hour production was recorded before a live audience and was originally broadcast by Washington DC NPR affiliate WAMU 88-5 on Valentine’s Day,   February 14, 2011.

Set in modern-day “Verona, California,” Lean & Hungry’s “Romeo and Juliet” recasts Shakespeare’s classic characters as students of the Prince Preparatory Academy, with other action taking place on the grounds of the Verona Country Club and the fashionable estates of the wealthy Montague and Capulet familes.

The cast of “Romeo and Juliet” includes artists who have appeared with or taught at The Folger Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre, The Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, The Washington Shakespeare Company, Studio Theatre, and other local and national companies.

“The story of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is among the best known – and most frequently taught – of Shakespeare’s plays,” explained Jessica Hansen, Lean & Hungry’s Artistic Director. “The tragic love story takes on special significance in the time leading up to Valentine’s Day.”

 “We’re making it particularly relevant and understandable to younger and underserved audiences by placing it in a contemporary setting with modern-day sound effects.” Hansen added. “We also have edited the production to one hour, with modern-language narration providing recap of the original text throughout the show. It’s an ideal way to introduce the broadest audiences to this important work.”

Lean & Hungry Theater is the only company in the Washington, DC metropolitan area dedicated to adapting works of Shakespeare and other classic playwrights for radio broadcast.


The productions and recordings of Lean & Hungry Theater productions are endorsed by the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind.