Since 1984, the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company has been performing, recording, and broadcasting dramatic audio -- fully dramatized, fully sound-scaped audio drama, far beyond the readings and "audio books" you can find in every bookstore. We like to think that what we do is classic "old-time radio", as it would sound with today's technology and dramatic techniques. This year they will be doing both a presentation and a reading.
The presentation will be Lone Star Planet by H. Beam Piper, adapted by Ron N. Butler. The Plot: When Stephen Silk is sent to the planet of New Texas, he thinks he's being sent to do three small things: Take over for the recently assassinated ambassador from the Solar League (and find out who did it while he's there), convince the fiercely independent world to join the Solar League, and head off a potential alien invasion. When he arrives, however, he quickly finds himself in the midst of a culture that guards its freedoms jealously, which puts a bit of a twist on the investigation. Can Silk stand before the Court of Political Justice and convince the tribunal that the victim being a politician isn't an acceptable defense against murder? Can he unmask the killers and reveal the conspiracy that motivated them? And just how insulting is it that the new ambassador is packing heat?
The reading will be The Scouring of the Shire by J. R. R. Tolkien, adapted by Cyd Hoskinson and Nancy Skidmore. The Plot: The movies directed by Peter Jackson were sweeping epics that captured the feel and the peril of Middle Earth, but audiences can only sit still for so long. Come hear the vital parts of "The Lord of the Rings" that were never filmed, much less reached the cutting room floor. In this installment, we find out that even after the fall of a great evil, there can still be wickedness in the hearts of men, wizards, and hobbits alike, and that it will be up to a new breed of hero to keep the peace at the end of the Third Age.