The era of the old-fashioned radio drama will return when Delmarva Public Radio’s “Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition” airs a special program at 9 a.m., Friday, June 27, featuring “Fair Warning,” a clever, film-noir-style drama set in contemporary Rehoboth Beach. The radio drama is an adaptation of a story of the same name written by Dennis Lawson and included in "The Beach House," a collection of short stories set in and around the area.
The program will be hosted by Harold Wilson, a member of the editorial board of the Delmarva Review and past president of the Eastern Shore Writers Association. The hour-long episode of the show opens with a quote from Emily Genshaw’s “Innocence,” another story from "The Beach House." That will be followed by a short interview with Susan McAnelly, general manager of Browseabout Books, and Nancy Sakaduski, editor and publisher of "The Beach House."
The program will also feature a reading of “Why You Trashed Vera Wang” by its author Nancy Powichroski Sherman. The story features a jilted bride who, after drowning her sorrows in Godiva chocolate vodka, finds another route to vindication. Sherman's background in theater will show through as she channels the Bridget Jones-style character and reacts to being dumped at the altar before her planned wedding in Rehoboth.
The second half of the show will be the radio drama, performed by actors from the Community Players of Salisbury, one of the oldest continuously operating community theaters in Maryland. “Fair Warning” is a great fit for radio, as it features many of the same characteristics as the dramatic stage plays that aired on radio in the days before television. Listeners will hear about Old Man Dino, follow a gangster’s girlfriend and a former bookmaker as they sample the Rehoboth night life, and find out whether the “fair warning” is heeded.
"The Beach House," which recently won a national award, contains charming, funny, poignant, and memorable stories by some of the area’s best writers. It is available at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth and can also be shipped. Call the store at 302-226-2665 or go to www.browseaboutbooks.com for more information.
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