— Take a terrifying trip down Memory Lane with The Lakeside Players, when they present two 1940s radio dramas — Sorry, Wrong Number and The Hitchhiker — by that mistress of suspense, Lucille Fletcher.
The plays will be performed on Nov. 8, 9 and 10 at Lakeville Community Hall, Route 590, Lakeville. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday matinee is at 3 p.m.
Sorry, Wrong Number is the tale of a neurotic invalid, whose only contact with the outside world is her phone. One night, because of a crossed wire, she hears plans for a murder, which turns out to be her own.
As she frantically phones for help, her terror grows. The cast of characters includes telephone operators, a police sergeant, and two gangsters, one of them the killer. Agnes Moorehead starred in the radio play, and in 1948, it was made into a movie starring Barbara Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster.
The Hitchhiker concerns Ronald Adams, a man driving cross-country from New York to Los Angeles. Shortly after he leaves home, he sees a hitchhiker on the Brooklyn Bridge, and throughout his long and lonely drive, he sees the same man over and over.
Adams' terror builds and he feels he is going mad as he realizes there's no possible way the mysterious man could always get ahead of him. The audience will also meet Adams' mother, a gas station attendant, a store clerk, and, of course, the sinister hitchhiker.
The Hitchhiker, starring Orson Welles, was first broadcast in 1941. In 1960, the play was adapted for an episode of The Twilight Zone.
Both radio plays will be presented as authentically as possible, with commercials, microphones and chilling sound effects.
The cast includes Tony Schwartz, Marylou Ambrose, Kelly Ann Walsh, Aleta Kahn, Frank DeSando and Jerry Marino, all playing multiple roles. Roxan Schwartz is in charge of sound effects.
The Lakeside Players hold a free children's theater camp every summer at Lakeville Community Hall. They also perform plays at Grace Episcopal Church in Honesdale. They are recipients of numerous awards from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Theatrical Alliance (NEPTA) for acting and directing.
Their parent company, Tonylou Productions, presents plays for senior bus groups at Ehrhardt's Waterfront Resort, the Radisson Hotel in Scranton and other venues.
Schwartz and Ambrose have written a dozen murder mysteries and three full-length comedies, which are for sale at www.tonylouplays.com. The murder mysteries have been performed in 46 states and six foreign countries, and the full-length comedies have premiered at Ehrhardt's over the past three years.
Lakeville Community Hall is located between the United Methodist Church and the firehouse. Tickets for all shows are $12 with a $2/ticket discount for groups of 10 or more. For information or reservations, call 570-226-6207.