This December, The Post-Meridian Radio Players will be presenting an original adaptation of that 1964 Christmas classic film, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, in which Martians, concerned that their children are bored and listless and don’t want to do anything but watch Earth television programs, kidnap Santa Claus (and a couple of unlucky Earth children) from the earth and bring him to Mars to make toys so their children can be kids again. Can Santa bring joy to the Martian children and still get back to Earth in time for Christmas? This is a family-friendly event and at least for the matinée we will have some fun kids’ activities before the show.
These are shows which don’t fit (or don’t fit neatly) into one of our established series. Often, they are longer-form radio dramas such as 2016’s Alice in Wonderland. Sometimes, they bend the mold of an existing series somewhat; for instance, our 2015 Hallowe’en show, Monster in the Mirror differed from our Tomes of Terror format in having two segments with a shared theme rather than three unrelated stories.
Performances: Six performances from October 20-21 and 26-28 at Responsible Grace Church, 204 Elm Street, Somerville. Performances will be at 8pm, except that Saturday the 21st will have both a 2pm matinée and an 8pm evening performance.
- Edith Nesbit’s “Hurst of Hurstcote”,
A doctor visits friends at Hurstcote to put old tensions to rest, but she is not the only one haunted by the past in this Victorian ghost story.
- Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Premature Burial”,
Consumed with terror that he will be buried alive, the obsessive narrator tells his doctors about several horrifying real-life cases of vivisepulture.
- Edgar Allan Poe’s “Hop Frog”,
A tyrannical king discovers revenge can come to anyone.
The show will also feature a reading of the poem “Lenore”.
Tickets: You can buy tickets in advance, or make a reservation to pay at the door, on our Tickets page.
Our 2016 Hallowe’en show, Tomes of Terror: Campfire Tales, brings together a collection of urban legends, ghost stories, and other chilling campfire tales. Tomes of Terror: Campfire Tales will be performed on October 21-22 and 27-29.
In March and April of 2016, we presented an original full-length adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic tale of nonsense and whimsy, Alice in Wonderland, adapted by Mindy Klenoff and Jeremy Holstein and directed by Mindy Klenoff. For this performance, we managed to do all sound effects fully practical. The matinées featured games and activities for our younger audience members.
Our 2015 Hallowe’en show, Monster in the Mirror, brought together two original adaptations of classic tales of terror on the topic of the horrors we may keep submerged within us—and the dreadful cost when they come out. The show featured “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Miss Hyde” as adapted by Tegan Kehoe and directed by Jess Viator and “The Frankenstein Murders”, adapted by Michael McAfee and directed by Liz Salazar.
Suffering Shuggoths! The Roaring Twenties have just begun! Flappers! Gin joints! Deep Ones? A newly-regenerated Doctor joins forces with a struggling, nightmare-plagued writer by the name of Lovecraft to investigate attacks in Boston by monstrous creatures. Who is this eccentric Professor Whiteman who appears to be behind it all? What is the secret of the Professor's amazing chair that can seemingly cure the insane? What truly goes on inside the Miskatonic Gentlemen's Club? What will happen to the world, and every living being on it, when C'thulhu rises? Our performance at the 2011 Arisia science-fiction convention, which we then reprised in March 2011, was a mashup of Doctor Who and H. P. Lovecraft.
Hallowe’en comes alive! Our Hallowe’en show for 2013 featured our original adaptation of the classic horror film “Night of the Living Dead”, which largely inspired the zombie genre, and our version of the Suspense! episode “Ghost Hunt”, about a skeptic’s stay in a haunted house.
In October 2005, we re-created Arch Oboler's lost Lights Out! episode “Chicken Heart” as part of Chicken Hearts and Other Parts, a Hallowe’en-themed fundraiser for local filmmaker Chelsea Spear. In addition to “Chicken Heart”, the performance featured “The Atlantis Affair”, “Erasure”, and Improv PoetryProse by nationally-recognized voice artist Lindsay Ellison, and “The Unhappy Medium”, a segment from Spear’s project The Ballad of Burd Janet, a tretelling of the Celtic folktale Tam Lin.