Randy Parker

Radio Drama List

Shoestring Radio Theatre

Shoestring Radio Theatre is a San Francisco-based, non-profit radio drama company whose productions have aired nationally and internationally. Founded in 1988 (by Producer Monica Sullivan), the program has aired locally in the Bay Area on flagship station KUSF-90.3 FM (University of San Francisco) since 1991. "Shoestring Radio Theatre" debuted on the Public Radio Satellite Network (which reaches hundreds of public radio stations across the country) in July, 1993, and has since become one of the most prominent radio drama troupes in the country. The program also is heard on Golden Hours Radio in the state of Oregon, the Companion Radio Network (transmitted to convalescent homes, veterans hospitals, and rehabilitation centers throughout the country), and Broadcast Services for the Blind (carried on the SAP channel of KTVU-TV in Oakland).

In addition to writing, directing and producing plays, I am involved in the troupe as Senior Associate Producer & Webmaster, which entails publicizing and promoting the show and developing its web site (http://www.shoestring.org).

Below is a list of productions which I have written, directed and/or produced—and instructions on how to listen to them.

Full-Length Plays

Number 13

Co-writer, 1991, 30 min.

A research chemist experimenting on animals has the tables turned in this thriller set in England during World War II. The play originally aired locally on KUSF, KALW- FM (San Francisco), and BSB in 1991. Subsequently, the drama was picked up by The Radio Works for broadcast on their U Network of over 50 stations in more than 25 states. Via the Canadian organization, La Bande Magnetique, "Number 13" also has aired in Canada, Africa, and Australia. In November, 1992, the drama aired in Belgium during the Radio Arts Festival. The play debuted on the Public Radio Satellite Network in August, 1993. "Number 13" was read live on stage twice in 1994 at charity events in San Francisco.

Fall, Don't Splat

Writer/Associate Producer, 1993, 30 min.

Inspired by "Wayne's World" and the Bill & Ted movies, this slapstick comedy chronicles the turbulent skydiving expedition of Man and Dude, two goofy Los Angeles airheads. The play premiered locally on KUSF & BSB in February, 1993 and nationally on the Public Radio Satellite Network in November, 1993.

Natural Selection

Writer/Director/Associate Producer, 1993, 30 min.

A crazy judge presides over the zany process of jury duty selection at Berkeley Municipal Court in this courtroom comedy with more than 25 speaking parts. The play premiered locally on KUSF & BSB in December, 1993 and nationally on the Public Radio Satellite Network in April, 1994.

Sci-Fi Comedy Extravaganza

Writer/Director/Associate Producer, 1994, 30 min.

This comedy special, which premiered locally on KUSF & BSB in May, 1994 and nationally on the Public Radio Satellite Network in October, 1994, features three sketches with a science fiction theme:

  • Captain's Log, Accidental
    The crew of the starship Exitprise encounters one obstacle after another while attempting to deliver a vaccine to plague victims in this 12-minute "Star Trek" spoof. Listen to MP3
  • Mysteries of the Universe
    A tabloid TV news series examines the eternal question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? (6 minutes) Listen to MP3
  • Remote Control
    When an alien species detects life on Earth, they send their top cultural anthropologist to investigate. Will he decide to make contact? (10 minutes) Listen to MP3

All's Fair In Love, War & Backgammon

Writer/Director/Associate Producer, 1994, 60 min.

A romantic pentangle and a vicious serial killer make life complicated for five friends competing in a World Championship Backgammon Tournament being held in San Francisco. This murder thriller, which at the time was the first play Shoestring had post-produced digitally by computer, features startlingly complex sound effects and cinema-quality production values. The play premiered locally on KUSF & BSB in November, 1994 and nationally on the Public Radio Satellite Network in January, 1995. It also aired on KPFA-FM, Berkeley in February, 1995.

The Woman In White

Director/Associate Producer, 1995, 60 min.

In the year 1850, Sir Percival Glide has returned to England from Australia to claim his inheritance: the London estate of Blackwater Park. But wait! He's an imposter—a greedy psychopath with a thirst for death! This chilling gothic melodrama (adapted by Monica Sullivan) is based on the 1940 film, Crimes At The Dark House, itself an adaptation of Wilkie Collins' The Woman In White. The play, which was was a National Federation Of Community Broadcasters' Golden Reel Nominee For Best Radio Drama Production Of 1995, premiered locally on KUSF & BSB in March, 1995 and nationally on the Public Radio Satellite Network in May, 1995.

Dead On Arrival

Director/Associate Producer/Adaptation, 1995, 60 min.

Accountant Frank Bigelow is trying solve a murder: his own! In a race against time, Bigelow travels from San Francisco to Los Angeles to unravel the tangled web of dishonesty and deception that will reveal his killer. Adapted from the classic 1949 film noir, D.O.A., "Dead On Arrival" premiered locally on KUSF & BSB in June, 1995 and nationally on the Public Radio Satellite Network in September, 1995.

Deadline Dilemma

Director, 1995, 30 min.

The pressure is on for Rebecca Star to solve the case of a vicious double homicide. The problem: her four prime suspects—a priest, a psychic, an actress and a talent agent—all claim to have done it. Can Rebecca determine which suspect really is guilty of the crime before time runs out? This comedy—written by Carol Costa—premiered locally on KUSF & BSB in September, 1995 and nationally on the Public Radio Satellite Network in October, 1995.

Dear Ray, Why I Hate You

Writer/Director/Associate Producer, 1995, 60 min.

When San Francisco businessman Ray Pacer meets the woman of his dreams, he thinks he has found the road to happiness. But then the romance turns sour, and Ray finds himself on a different path, one which is bumpy, winding and quite treacherous. This psychological drama premiered locally on KUSF & BSB in October, 1995 and nationally on the Public Radio Satellite Network in November, 1995.

The Brian Situation

Co-writer/Senior Associate Producer, 1996, 60 min.

Brian Nelson—10 years old, hyperactive and retarded—has been living on the streets with 17-year-old run-away Kristine Hammond for nearly two weeks. Where is his family and why aren't they looking for him? The paths of two dysfunctional families cross and collide in this intense drama, which premiered locally on KUSF & BSB in March, 1996 and nationally on the Public Radio Satellite Network in April, 1996. (Co-written by director Nico Pemantle.)

Red Menace From Beyond The Stars

Director, 1997, 30 min.

Is Walnut Creek, California being invaded by aliens or is eight-year-old Tommy Lucero's hyperactive imagination just getting the best of him? This sci-fi comedy, set in the late 1950s, answers the question. "Red Menace" premiered locally on KUSF & BSB in August, 1997 and nationally on the Public Radio Satellite Network in September, 1997.

Sisters In Blood Only

Director, 1997, 30 min.

When an old college chum is accused of murder, archeologist and part-time crime fighter Richard Becker dons his magic shroud to find the real killer. Episode #1 of the "Shroud" series, this 1940s-style radio noir premiered locally on KUSF & BSB in August, 1997 and nationally on the Public Radio Satellite Network in September, 1997.

A Lover's Sacrifice

Director, 1998, 30 min.

While exploring a Mayan ruin in Mexico, two young lovers—an academic archaeoastronomer and a free-spirit surfer—discover that there's a fine line between mythology and reality. The play premiered locally on KUSF & BSB in April, 1998 and nationally on the Public Radio Satellite Network in May, 1998.

A Four Star Murder

Director, 1998, 30 min.

Wisecracking private investigator Slick Bracer is hired to solve the murder of a wealthy Metropolisville restauranteur in this witty film noir parody—the first in a continuing series of "Slick Bracer" adventures. The play premiered locally on KUSF & BSB and nationally on the Public Radio Satellite Network in June, 1998.

The Tall Thin Short Fat Man

Director, 1998, 30 min.

In episode #2 of the "Shroud" series, archeologist and amateur sleuth Richard Becker dons the mantle cloak of illusion to solve a string of baffling jewelry store robberies. This superhero yarn premiered locally on KUSF & BSB in July, 1998 and nationally on the Public Radio Satellite Network in August, 1998.

The Case of the Kidnapped Canine

Director, 1998, 30 min.

When the FBI, Interpol, and local police can't solve a string of dognappings in Metropolisville, the latest victim hires Slick Bracer, wisecracking P.I. extraordinaire, to find her beloved Bichon Frise. This comedy-mystery (episode #2 of the "Slick Bracer" series) premiered locally on KUSF & BSB in July, 1998 and nationally on the Public Radio Satellite Network in August, 1998.

The Mystery of Some Murdered Guy

Director, 1998, 30 min.

When Slick Bracer's new partner is murdered, before he can even report for his first day at work, the wisecracking P.I. extraordinaire vows to use all his wits and sarcasm to apprehend the killer. Episode #3 of the "Slick Bracer" series, this comedy premiered locally on KUSF & BSB in October, 1998 and nationally on the Public Radio Satellite Network in November, 1998.

Island of the Gods

Director, 1998, 20 min.

While exploring a foreign planet, a team of archaeologists discovers ancient ruins on a deserted island. But is the island really deserted? This sci-fi thriller answers the question; it premiered locally on KUSF & BSB in October, 1998 and nationally on the Public Radio Satellite Network in November, 1998.

Defaced

Director/Adaptation, 1999, 30 min.

When the Medford Police fish a mutilated body out of the Rogue River—a young woman whose face is missing—they begin to wonder if there's a connection to a respected professor of medicine, whose own daughter recently lost her face in a car accident. Adapted from the 1959 French horror classic "Les Yeux Sans Visage" ("Eyes Without a Face"), this chilling thriller, set in Southern Oregon, premiered locally on KUSF & BSB in April, 1999 and nationally on the Public Radio Satellite Network in May, 1999.

Intercom

Director, 1999, 60 min.

What could be worse than carpooling to work every day with an annoying windbag who drones on and on about her favorite movie stars, her retired husband, and her gardening projects? Well, for one, mysteriously hearing her every word on your apartment's intercom in the wee hours of the morning while you and your pregnant wife are trying to sleep. This intimate character study premiered locally on KUSF & BSB in April, 1999 and nationally on the Public Radio Satellite Network in May, 1999.

The Most Dangerous Game

Director/Adaptation, 1999, 60 min.

A private luxury yacht is shipwrecked off the coast of a remote island, and the sole survivor, world famous hunter Robert Rainsford, manages to swim to shore. On the island, he unexpectedly discovers an old fortress owned by the enigmatic Count Zaroff, a fellow hunter who offers Rainsford food, shelter and the chance to hunt the most dangerous game. Adapted from the classic tale by Richard Connell, this classic drama premiered locally on KUSF & BSB in June, 1999 and nationally on the Public Radio Satellite Network in July, 1999.

Say Goodbye

Director, 1999, 90 min.

They say that fate is in the stars, that each of our years is planned ahead and nothing can change destiny. Is that true? How many time have you said, "I wish I could live this year over again?" This is the story of a woman who made such a wish at a magic time, when the new year of a new century was just beginning. Now that wish is coming true—actress Sheila Page is going to live the last year of the last century all over again ... but will she be able to change destiny and save her husband from a fatal gun shot? This "Rod Serlingesque" melodrama has aired on KUSF, BSB & the Public Radio Satellite Network.

The Chase

Director, 2000, 60 min.

Drifter and World War II veteran Chuck Scott thought he might get a modest reward when he returned the lost wallet of Miami gangster Eddie Roman. Instead, he gets drawn into a nightmarish world of love and death. This noir thriller, set in 1946, has aired on KUSF, BSB & the Public Radio Satellite Network.

Shorts & Comedy Sketches

The Bed

Writer, 1991, 3 min.

A little boy embarks on an expedition to explore his bed and gets trapped under the covers in this comic short, which has aired on KUSF, KALW, BSB & the Public Radio Satellite Network.

Run, Don't Walk

Writer, 1992, 4 min.

Los Angeles airheads, Man and Dude, face the challenge of trying to rent a movie in this comedy sketch, which has aired on KUSF, KALW, BSB & the Public Radio Satellite Network. Listen to MP3

Skip, Don't Jump

Co-writer, 1992, 5 min.

Los Angeles airheads, Man and Dude, try to alleviate their perpetual boredom by visiting a new basketball gym in this short comedy, which has aired on KUSF, BSB & the Public Radio Satellite Network.

Table For One

Associate Producer, 1993, 5 min.

An innocent diner in an unusual restaurant gets more service than he can handle in this comedy sketch, which has aired on KUSF, BSB & the Public Radio Satellite Network.

The Society of People Who Overthink

Writer/Director/Associate Producer, 1993, 4 min.

The founding members of a support group for overthinkers try to hold a board meeting in this comedy sketch, which has aired on KUSF, BSB & the Public Radio Satellite Network.

Have A Nice Day

Writer, Associate Producer, 1993, 7 min.

A businessman late for a meeting gets stuck in a phone booth in this comic vignette, which has aired on KUSF, BSB & the Public Radio Satellite Network.

Chit Chat

Writer/Director/Associate Producer, 1993, 4 min.

A mysterious government bureaucrat is interviewed on a radio talk show in this comedy sketch, which has aired on KUSF, BSB & the Public Radio Satellite Network.

Coming Soon

Writer/Director/Associate Producer, 1993, 3 min.

This mock movie trailer, which spoofs "Jurassic Park" (1993's biggest blockbuster), has aired on KUSF, BSB & the Public Radio Satellite Network. Listen to MP3

The Boy In the Moon

Writer/Director/Associate Producer, 1994, 8 min.

A grandfather tells his young grandson the story of how the moon came to be in this bed time yarn, which has aired on KUSF, BSB & the Public Radio Satellite Network. Listen to MP3

Department of Overreaction

Writer/Director/Associate Producer, 1994, 3 min.

This comedy sketch, which chronicles the misadventures of a mild-mannered shopper in a crazy department store, has aired on KUSF, BSB & the Public Radio Satellite Network. Listen to MP3

Department of Underreaction

Director/Associate Producer, 1994, 2 min.

This comedy sketch, in which a dying man tries to get help from 911, has aired on BSB and the Public Radio Satellite Network. Written by Nico Pemantle. Listen to MP3

More Chit Chat

Writer/Director/Associate Producer, 1994, 4 min.

"Chit Chat" host Trudy Smith interviews the U.S. Postmaster General about a new U.S. Post Priority Mail Service in this comedy sketch, which has aired on KUSF, BSB & the Public Radio Satellite Network. Listen to MP3

Eggplant Is Funny

Co-writer/Director/Associate Producer, 1994, 4 min.

"Chit Chat" host Trudy Smith interviews two renowned scientists about the latest research on vegetables in this comedy sketch, which has aired on KUSF, BSB & the Public Radio Satellite Network. Listen to MP3

Privacy

Writer/Director/Associate Producer, 1994, 6 min.

An elderly couple mail orders the Juice-O-Matic TurboJuicer and attempts to enjoy it in the privacy of their own home in this comedy sketch, which has aired on KUSF, KPFA, BSB & the Public Radio Satellite Network. Listen to MP3

A Bird In the Hand

Director/Associate Producer, 1994, 4 min.

"Chit Chat" host Trudy Smith interviews three people who claim to have proven some age-old proverbs. This comedy sketch, written by Nico Pemantle, has aired on KUSF, BSB & the Public Radio Satellite Network. Listen to MP3

1,000 Voices

Writer/Director/Associate Producer, 1994, 4 min.

Renowned voice-over actor Sir Nigel Debernard discusses his 20-year acting career on the BBC with radio host Clarence Rhodes. This comedy sketch has aired on BSB & the Public Radio Satellite Network. Listen to MP3

B.O.A.

Director/Associate Producer, 1995, 90 sec.

Writer Nico Pemantle’s spoof of the Shoestring radio drama "Dead On Arrival" has aired on KUSF, BSB & the Public Radio Satellite Network.

Call-Dumping

Director/Associate Producer, 1995, 3 min.

The phone company reveals its newest calling feature in this comedy sketch written by Nico Pemantle, which has aired on KUSF, BSB & the Public Radio Satellite Network. Listen to MP3

Yet More Chit Chat

Writer/Director/Associate Producer, 1995, 90 sec.

"Chit Chat" host Trudy Smith interviews a special guest in this promo for Shoestring's web site, which airs periodically on KUSF, BSB & the Public Radio Satellite Network.

Surf, Don't Slip

Writer/Director/Associate Producer, 1995, 60 sec.

Los Angeles airheads Man and Dude try to alleviate their perpetual boredom in this promo for Shoestring's web site, which airs periodically on KUSF, BSB & the Public Radio Satellite Network.

Psychobabble

Director, 1998, 4 min.

It's a battle of oversized egos when Doctor of Psychology Jamison and Doctor of Psychology Winston meet for a simple cup of coffee. This comedy sketch by Nico Pemantle has aired on KUSF, BSB & the Public Radio Satellite Network.

Job Interview

Director, 1998, 5 min.

Joan Resnick's job interview at the Donosio Meat Company is anything but business-as-usual in this comedy sketch written by Frank Munnich. (KUSF, BSB & the Public Radio Satellite Network) Listen to MP3

A Good Job Is Hard To Find

Director, 1998, 10 min.

It’s five years from this Monday … and for Richard Hall it’s his first day of work at Allied Surveillance in his new job as Personnel Manager. Did we mention that it's Monday? It's gonna be a doozie. This short comedy has aired on KUSF, BSB & the Public Radio Satellite Network.

Little Dreams

Director, 1998, 5 min.

What is really going on at the seemingly noble "Society for the Preservation and Endurance of Marine Life"? Find out in this chilling "Rod Serling-esque" short, which has aired on KUSF, BSB & the Public Radio Satellite Network.

Real History: The Birth of Psychoanalysis

Director, 1999, 5 min.

The beginnings of Psychoanalysis are explored as Og, a Cro-magnon man, visits his therapist, a Neanderthal, in this comedy sketch written by Frank Munnich. (KUSF, BSB & the Public Radio Satellite Network.) Listen to MP3

Real History: Albert Schweitzer's Charity Clinic

Director, 2000, 4 min.

This installment of "Real History" provides a startling look back at the charity clinic of Dr. Albert Schweitzer, renowned the world over for bringing free medical care to the poorest reaches of Africa in the first half of the 20th century. This comedy sketch, written by Frank Munnich, has aired on KUSF, BSB & the Public Radio Satellite Network. Listen to MP3

Crunchy Frog Comedy

Crunchy Frog Comedy is a comedy troupe I founded in 1998 to produce audio shows for the web, everything from short comedy sketches to full-length plays. In addition to running the troupe, I write many of the scripts, direct and produce all of the productions, and design and develop the show's web site at http://CrunchyFrogComedy.com, where you can listen to the episodes listed below.

Episodes

If a Tree Falls

Writer, Director, Producer, 1998, 17 min.

A collection of Monty Python-esque comedy sketches.

Psychobabble

Writer, Director, Producer, 1998, 16 min.

Another collection of Monty Python-esque comedy sketches.

Message from God

Writer, Director, Producer, 2002, 11 min.

Gilbert Jennings gets the surprise of his life when he finds a message on his answering machine ... from God. Even more surprising is what happens when Gilbert returns the call.

The Boy with Bionic Socks

Director, Producer, 2003, 26 min.

Simon Lebopowitz is more than your run-of-the-mill teenage boy thanks to a pair of bionic socks which give him amazing crime fighting abilities. But will Simon's socks be enough to help him thwart the evil plans of the notorious international criminal known as The Mime?

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