Live radio event set for 7 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Penn State Harrisburg

February 22, 2010

A bit of broadcast history will come to life as the creator of "As Darkness Falls" brings two episodes of the hybrid TV/radio horror anthology series to Penn State Harrisburg, at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23, in the Olmsted Building auditorium. The production is free an open to the public. For more information, call 717-948-6189.

Featuring actors from the California cast and local talent, "As Darkness Falls" is a program inspired by such classic radio fare as "Lights Out" and "CBS Radio Mystery Theater."

Presented in true 1940s radio drama fashion with live sound effect artists and live musical accompaniment, the two episodes to be staged at Penn State Harrisburg are “An Ungentle Wager” and “Madeline’s Veil.” They will be followed by a talkback session with series creator, writer, director and producer John C. Alsedek.

In “An Ungentle Wager,” Angelina Andrews (as played by Lori Myers) has long been the darling of daytime TV drama for her starring role on a soap opera. However, when her agent (Jay Miffulof) and then her livelihood are stolen by bitter rival Cassandra Caldwell (Jennie Adams), Angelina reaches the end of her proverbial rope. She challenges Cassandra to a wager involving a very substantial cashier's check and a very sharp axe.

“Madeline’s Veil” features Madeline Charles (as played by Dana Perry) as a lovely but fading songstress in early 1950s Detroit who is involved with shady mobster Vincent Basso (Dave Olmsted). When Madeline overhears him discussing a special shipment, Basso suddenly asks her to elope, which leads her best friend (John C. Alsedek) to suspect sinister motives. Surprisingly, she returns alone from the elopement. But something is different about Madeline.

The event is supported by student activity fee funds and the communications program in the Penn State Harrisburg School of Humanities.

Last Updated February 23, 2010