The SBTA offers its repertory of radio productions for free download.
Not “old-time radio,” these are broadcast presentations of some of the world’s most gifted classic and contemporary playwrights: Anton Chekhov, George Bernard Shaw, Luigi Pirandello, Susan Glaspell, George Kelly, Noel Coward, Harold Pinter, Vaclav Havel, Eric Bentley, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Frank Gilroy, Jason Miller, Benjamin Bettenbender, Laura Cahill, Murray Schisgal and many others.
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Sorry, Wrong Number, by Lucille Fletcher (Drama)
Starring: Gretchen Evans, Richard Hoag, Edie Talt, Jean Nicol, Danielle Aubuchon, Loraine Hull Smithers, Leslie Ann Story, David Newton, Dan Gunther, Don Stewart, and William Smithers
[Playing Time: 23:21]
(An invalid woman overhears plans for a murder)
Lucille Fletcher (1912-2000) was an American screenwriter of film, radio and television. She was born in Brooklyn and attended Vassar College, where she earned a degree in 1933. After graduation, she got a clerical job at CBS, where she met her future husband, composer Bernard Herrmann. Fletcher and Herrmann collaborated on several projects. He wrote the score for the Campbell Playhouse adaptation of her famous story “The Hitch-Hiker,” and she helped write the libretto for his operatic adaptation of Wuthering Heights. The couple divorced in 1948. She later married Douglass Wallop, and they remained married until his death in 1985. Her radio drama “Sorry, Wrong Number,” (our current podcast), premiered in 1943 and became one of the most legendary radio plays of all time. Agnes Moorehead created the role in the first performance and again in several later radio productions. Barbara Stanwyck starred in the 1948 film version and, in 1952, performed the original radio play over the airwaves. A 1959 version produced for the CBS radio series “Suspense” received a 1960 Edgar Award for Best Radio Drama.