The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 30, 1997, Page 9, Image 9

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    Students keep radio drama alive
‘While the City Sleeps’ takes to the airwaves
By Liza Holtmeier
Senior Reporter
The dying art of radio drama
returns to the airwaves tonight
i thanks to a group of UNL the
ater students.
“While the City Sleeps,”
written by University of
Nebraska-Lincoln stu
dents Kate Eisenhour
and Jared Minary, will
air on KZUM, 89.3
FM, at midnight.
The show
draws heavily
from the radio
drama of the
1940s. It fol
lows Max, a
detective, as he
investigates the
murder of his partner
and the involvement of
Laurel Lastcall, one of
his clients.
“It’s a mesh of
Humphrey Bogart and modern
references,” said cast member
Robie Hayek. “It begins with
the introduction of the detec
tive, and then he narrates and
participates in the story.”
Eisenhour and Minary
first considered the idea of
writing a radio mystery
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This went from an idea in our sick and
twisted minds to something we could
actually hold in our hands.”
Kate Eisenhour
co-writer of “While The City Sleeps”
Fremont urnner iram tnis summer.
“This went from an idea in our
sick and twisted minds to something
we could actually hold in our
hands,” Eisenhour said, laughing.
The two originally planned to
write the play as a three-part serial
drama including 1940s-style com
mercials. However, Eisenhour and
Minary felt one broadcast would
draw more of an audience.
The two presented the idea to the
Nebraska Masquers, a UNL theater
group. When the Masquers agreed
to back it, Minary and Eisenhour
took the script to a couple of radio
stations.
However, the stations were hesi
tant to air the show, so the two went
to the Lincoln Community
Playhouse to ask for their support.
LCP agreed and also offered to play
host to a live staged reading of the
piece in January.
Minary and Eisenhour recruited
a number of theater students, as well
as Minary’s mother, for the produc
tion. The cast members took the
scripts home and rehearsed the parts
on their own.
“This experience has really
challenged me as an actor,” Hayek
said. “When you’re on a stage, you
have your physicality to help you
develop the character. For this, I had
to learn not to rely on the physical
part and to concentrate on vocaliza
tion.”
Because of the success of their
first endeavor, Eisenhour and
Minary formed the Sound Bytes
Radio Acting Company. They plan
to write a psychological radio
drama for their next venture.
“This is a dying art form,”
Minary said. “Radio drama is a clas
sic part of drama. People in our gen
eration need to know about it and be
exposed to it.” »
Program listeners are invited to
join cast and crew of the radio
drama at midnight at Rogue’s
Gallery, 1401 O St., to hear the pre
recorded broadcast.
Halloween
ideas cover
wide range
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on your lap,” she said.
Ruby Begonia's, 1321 O St.,
retails in vintage women’s clothing
and unique costumes from yester
year and today, said owner Jennifer
Johnson.
“I have retro stuff as my usual
merchandise that people will come
in and buy if they are going as the
Brady Bunch,” she said.
The store offers more than 1,000
pieces of clothing, including a vari
ety of costumes saved over the
course of the year especially for the
holiday. These include genies, dev
ils, pirates, clowns and rabbits,
Johnson said. And during the
Halloween season only, rentals are
available on clothing for half its
retail price.
Turn other peoples’ fashion
embarrassments into a laughable
and enjoyable Halloween costume
for almost nothing by shopping
Lincoln’s extremely successful
thrift-store scene.
These stores^ofaer an abundance
of past fashion blunders, abused
and misused garments and match
ing accessories. The re-retailers are
extremely popular this time of year
because of their low prices and
original shopping finds, said
Charles Seger, manager of
Goodwill Industries thrift store,
3910 N. 27th.
“Halloween is my Christmas,”
he said.
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