First Night 2009

Tomes of Terror III
Ring In the New Year
with a Little Chaos!

THE POST-MERIDIAN RADIO PLAYERS have been invited to perform as part of Boston's expansive First Night festivities: a city-wide extravaganza celebrating the arts and featuring over 200 local groups performing in 40 venues. Come see radio drama performed the way it was back in the 1930's, 40's & 50's.  Actors at microphones, live sound effects artists, and recorded audio effects will transport the audience from the cockpit of a heroic Do-Gooder's futuristic spaceship to the panic-stricken streets of a city doomed by science gone wrong!


PRESHOW: Interactive Foley Demonstration — Starting at 6:45pm, members of PMRP's "Foley" (live sound effects) crew will lead a hands-ondemonstration in the Lobby, where you make the sounds for a comic retelling of The Three Little Pigs. For children ages 6 to 106.
ACT 1: Red Shift: Interplanetary Do-Gooder in “Countdown to Chaos!” — The PMRP bring to the stage their acclaimed original sci-fi comedy adventure program. This sendup of the pulp sci-fi serials of the 1930s and 40s features Red Shift, a licensed Do-Gooder for hire, and his faithful friend and mechanic Lumpy. In “Countdown to Chaos!”, the villainous Lord Draith forces the duo to crash-land on the forbidden planet of Earth. Their ship attracts the attention of the world-renowned scientist Dr. Alberts and snoopy Penny Parker, Girl Reporter, who find themselves trapped inside the rocket when calamity comes to call. Can Red and Lumpy escape from the primitive planet, or will human technology be their doom? Are Penny and Doc destined for a sudden trip into outer space, or will they get the chance to pack first? The amazing adventures begin here!
ACT 2: Arch Oboler's “Chicken Heart” — The infamous “lost” episode of the seminal horror series , originally broadcast in 1937, and immortalized decades later by Bill Cosby in one of his most famous routines. In the play, a research scientist and a science reporter for a big city newspaper are witness to inconceivable events when a laboratory accident causes a specially-treated chicken's heart to grow uncontrollably. While officials treat the scientist's demands for action with skepticism and delay, hapless citizens are consumed by the ever-expanding mass and the deadly heart continues to grow... and grow... and grow...

Performance Date

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008 @ 7:30pm


The Orpheum Theatre
1 Hamilton Place
Boston, MA 02108


"Countdown to Chaos!" is part of First Night 2009 and admission is open to anyone wearing a First Night 2009 button.
Buttons can be purchased through First Night's on-line store or at any of a number of retail outlets throughout Eastern Massachusetts.

Cast & Crew

Red Shift: Countdown to Chaos

Red Shift: Interplanetary Do-Gooder
“Countdown to Chaos!”

by Rob Noyes
Narrator ..... Gilly Rosenthol
Red Shift ..... Michael McAfee
Lumpy ..... Josh Nicholson
Dr. Alberts ..... Rob Noyes
Penny Parker ..... Renée Johnson
Lord Draith ..... Brian Rust
Cereal Kid ..... Joye Thaller
Bob Gunderson ..... Michael Simon
Helen Gunderson ..... Juliet Bowler
Bitsy Gunderson ..... Melanie Arzt
Walter Gunderson ..... Shaunna Francis
Elektra ..... Jude Shabry
Voder ..... Ari Herbstman
Policeman Joe ..... Nick Zendzian
Angry Scientist ..... Matt Kimmel
Irate Vendor ..... Shelley MacAskill
Director ..... Rob Noyes
Production Assistant ..... Judy Yen
Our Miss Brooks

Chicken Heart

Written by Arch Oboler
Originally aired on Lights Out! in March of 1937
Frank Martin ..... Nick Zendzian
Arch Oboler ..... Ari Herbstman
Dr. Alberts ..... Rob Noyes
Mr. Lewis ..... Michael McAfee
Lab Assistant ..... Matt McIrvin
Mrs. Halop ..... Jennifer Pelland
Secretary ..... Delilah Webb
Dr. Atkins ..... Dante Blando
Sam ..... Masha Sten-Clanton
Mr. Rosen ..... Alex Feinman
Busybody Woman ..... Jennifer Pelland
Street Cop ..... Ari Herbstman
Police Captain ..... Dante Blando
The Mayor ..... Alex Feinman
Fireman ..... Matt McIrvin
Fire Chief ..... Ari Herbstman
Army Lieutenant ..... Matt Kimmel
Army Captain ..... Michael Simon
Additional Voices ..... Juliet Bowler
Renni Boy
Renée Johnson
Foley/FX Team ..... Chris DeKalb
Sarah Richards (Coordinator)
Gilly Rosenthol
Brian Rust
Joye Thaller
Director ..... Renée Johnson
Production Assistant ..... Nick Zendzian



Producer ..... B.K. DeLong
Publicity Coordinator ..... Beckie Hunter
Graphic Designer ..... Neil Marsh
Photographers ..... Shelley MacAskill

Technical Crew

Technical Director ..... TBA
Stage Manager ..... Shelley MacAskill
Sound Designer ..... Neil Marsh
Foley/FX Coordinator ..... Sarah Richards

Publicity Materials

Coming soon...


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