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The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society Presents: Picnic from Hell

Jul 20, 2023 | 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Dinner and cocktail seating and service begins 1 hour before showtimes.

Radio Drama

The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society celebrates the picnic season with two tales of creepy crawlers from the golden age of radio, performed in the style of a vintage radio broadcast, including commercials, live music and sound effects. “Leiningen Versus The Ants” from Escape (1949): An arrogant land owner risks everything to save his farmstead from an implacable army of killer ants! “Revolt of the Worms” from Lights Out (1942): A scientist’s dream to create the perfect rose turns into a nightmare of monstrous proportions!

Eric Webster

Shanan Custer

Tim Uren

Joshua English Scrimshaw

Eric Webster is an actor, producer and writer for stage, radio and television for 25 years. On stage credits include; Guthrie Theater, Park Square Theatre, Artistry Theater, Workhaus Collective, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, and Pioneer Place Theater. In television, he hosted, wrote and produced “The Big Bad Movie” which earned an Emmy Nomination. On radio, he was the host of the “Two Martini Lunch” for KLBB. He is the creator of the on-stage audio drama serial “Shade’s Brigade” which is now over 100 episodes long and has been running for over 10 years.

Shanan Custer is a theater maker, writer, director and improviser who has worked with the Brave New Workshop, Interact, Strike Theater, Theatre Pro Rata, HUGE Improv Theater, Special When Lit, The Mystery Café, Mu Performing Arts, Full Circle Theater, Park Square Theatre and Theater in the Round. Her original series “Songversations” created with Rhiannon Fiskradatz plays tri-monthly at the Bryant Lake Bowl. Shanan will be appearing in Ghoulish Delights “The Tourist Trap” written by Tim Uren in May.

Tim Uren has been performing, writing, and directing theater in the Twin Cities for over 25 years, and along the way has worked with companies such as Theater Pro Rata, the Brave New Workshop, and Theater in the Round. In 2013, he established Ghoulish Delights, a theater company dedicated to bringing tales of horror and suspense to Twin Cities stages. He also co-hosts The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society podcast, which revisits horror, crime, and suspense shows from the golden age of radio.

Joshua English Scrimshaw is a Twin Cities-based actor, writer, producer, and co-founder of the all-ages theater company Comedy Suitcase. He has been called “a clever and inventive voice in Twin Cities comedy theater” by The Star Tribune and “a modern day Buster Keaton” by Joshua is a frequent contributor to the speculative fiction showcase, The Not-So-Silent Planet, including their 2021 Minnesota Fringe production, Where Dark Things Sleep. In 2013, Joshua was cast in his first Ghoulish Delights production, The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Doctor Jekyll. Since then he has appeared in The Thermos Bottle (2014), The Screaming Skull (2018) and Rattus Rattus (2022). He is also a founding member of Ghoulish Delights’ The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society; an old-time radio podcast and performance group.

“Shanan Custer, Joshua English Scrimshaw, Tim Uren, and Eric Webster have this down cold — not just the technical aspect, but the tone… Chilling as it might be to experience these tales (complete with old-school ads) alone in the dark, it’s much more fun to experience them with a crowd.” –City Pages


Crooners Main Stage
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN 55432 United States

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