Date of Award
Senior Scholars Paper (Open Access)
Colby College. English Dept.
This project involved the creation of more than five hours of audio fiction, most of which is in the form of sketch comedy. The first segment of this paper, Why a Senior Scholar Project in Radio Theatre, will lead the interested reader through my life, up to the decision to become a Senior Scholar at Colby.
The second segment, entitled The Project, details the work that went into the completion of this project. This segment is divided into Semester One and Semester Two.
The real meat of the project is in the tapes themselves. The first five tapes are Gale Force Theatre. These are nine, half-hour sketch comedy shows, recorded in an eight-track studio. I wrote one quarter of these sketches myself, and produced and co-engineered the shows.
Unfortunately, the recorded episodes included here are of a less clean quality than might be hoped, as they are often fifth generation recordings. On the fifth tape (side 10) I have included a few sketches which I wrote and helped produce and perform at WTOS. The sixth tape (sides 11 and 12) is my longer work, The Four Story Building, which consists of only two stories, and should be an extremely clean recording.
audio fiction, sketch comedy, radio plays, media production, entertainment, direction
Recommended CitationGerencer, Thomas M., "Theatre of the mind: an Experiment in Modern American Audio Fiction" (1993). Senior Scholar Papers. Paper 566.
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Tape1-GaleForceTheater11-tracks.zip (21398 kB)
Gale Force Theatre 11 (individual tracks)
Tape1-GaleForceTheater12-tracks.zip (27931 kB)
Gale Force Theatre 12 (individual tracks)
Tape2-GaleForceTheatre13-14.mp3 (58310 kB)
Gale Force Theatre 13-14 mp3
Tape3-GaleForceTheatre15-16.mp3 (58213 kB)
Gale Force Theatre 15-16 mp3
Tape4-GaleForceTheatre17-18.mp3 (58551 kB)
Gale Force Theatre 17-18 mp3
Tape5-GaleForceTheatre19.mp3 (42731 kB)
Gale Force Theatre 19 mp3
Tape6-FourStoryBuilding1-2.mp3 (56893 kB)
Four Story Building 1-2 mp3