Meridian 7-1212

  • Title: Meridian 7-1212
  • Author: Irving Reis
  • Director: Robert Arnold
  • Date Posted: January 22, 2012
  • Length: 24:43 minutes (22.67 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Meridian 7-1212
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Various lives intertwine through the telephone time service in late-1930s New York. A recreation of an Old Time Radio broadcast originally aired on The Columbia Workshop on August 24, 1939.








Special bonus material! This additional scene was part of the script but was cut from the original broadcast version of the show. (04:07, 3.77 MB)



Cast and Crew

Role   Name
Opening Announcer / Mr. Bradley ..................... Bennett Wood
Dot Day ..................... Lee Bryant
Helen Cleary ..................... Lyric Peters Malkin
Watkins ..................... Robert Arnold
Fawcett ..................... Marques Brown
John ..................... Ron Gephart
Grace / Miss Waller ..................... Ann Sharp
Joe ..................... Matt Reed
Scott ..................... Kevin Murphy
Percival ..................... Jason Spitzer
Ed ..................... Chuck Hodges
Neal ..................... Matthew Crewse
Johnson ..................... Chris Jowers
Joe (Bonus Scene) ..................... Ross Williams
Pete (Bonus Scene) ..................... Stephen Garrett
Musician ..................... Matthew Crewse
Sound Effects ..................... Karen Strachan
Producer ..................... Eric Sefton
Director ..................... Robert Arnold
Announcer ..................... Tom Badgett
Artist ..................... Karen Strachan


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Notes

Created alongside The Shadow: The Little Man Who Wasn’t There for The Sonic Society’s Summerstock Playhouse series, Meridian 7-1212 shows how much power is left in the best Old Time Radio scripts. By turns thrilling, heartbreaking, hilarious, melodramatic, and just plain fascinating, Meridian weaves a sophisticated web of characters, relationships, and ideas. The phone lines crisscrossing New York lead us through this tale of near misses, misunderstandings, deceptions, and conversations that never get completed.

A vignette-style show gave us the opportunity for a large, dynamic cast, and I couldn’t be happier with the group we assembled. As is typical of Chatterbox productions, the show was rehearsed and recorded in a continuous take, and it was incredible to feel the mood shift in the room as we moved from each story to the next. Sonically, Eric’s crisp, skillful sound design transports us from place to place with complete clarity. And the extraordinary shadow-box art by Karen Strachan is as intricate, thoughtful, and sadly beautiful as the show itself.

The phone service at the heart of Meridian 7-1212 may be outdated, but the questions raised by writer Iriving Reis remain as pertinent as ever. Chiefly: If advances in technology bring us closer together, then why do we feel so alone?

--Robert Arnold



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