Return to

South Country Radio

In 1960, Playcrafters Theatre Company was founded with a mission to promote theater of the highest quality and production values by non-professionals; encouraging interest and participation in the performing arts throughout the community. Playcrafters Theatre Company is thrilled to partner with in their launch of South Country Radio with an “Old Time Radio Show."


South Country Radio Performances:

The Topaz Flower

The Life of Riley- "Simon the Waiter"

Dead Duck Caper

The Whistler - "Stranger in the House"


The Topaz Flower

Topaz Flower

A murdered man's Topaz jewelry is missing, but turns up the next day in a pawn shop. The Topaz Flower by Charlotte M. Russell is the exciting whodunit story of a flower that was plucked by the hand of death…

Harry Sloane is discovered murdered in his home. He'd been drinking in his locked room with someone who shot him with a silenced revolver and then stole a family heirloom, a cluster of jewels known as “The Topaz Flower.”

The Playcrafters Theatre Company returns to the “mystery” genre in their fourth presentation for’s “South Country Radio.” Originally presented by Doubleday’s Crime Club Series, “The Topaz Flower” aired on April 24, 1947.Tune in and listen as the mystery unfolds…

*This production of “The Topaz Flower” is an interpretation of the original material produced and aired in 1947 which is in the public domain.


South Country Radio
Click here to listen to "The Topaz Flower."


Cast and Crew:

Radio Announcer: Dan Love
Librarian/Captain: Carl DiModugno
Wally: George Loizides
Natalie: Jean Rico
Bower: Ted Fleissgarten
Maria: Jane Hayes
Raymond: Mario D’Amore
Clarinda: Jane Love
Bannister: Peter Morrison
Jarboe: Vincent Rasulo
Mrs. Crawley: Claire-Parrella Curran

Produced and directed by Amelia Chiaramonte
Recording by Larry Sribnick
Music/Sound Effects editing by Jack Walker


Dead Duck Caper

Dead DuckDead Duck

With memories of mystery and intrigue from radio shows of yesteryear - The Shadow, Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade - Playcrafters chose the detective genre as their first offering for South Country Radio. Their premier performance, “The Dead Duck Caper”, features the typical hardboiled cynical American detective Mr. Mac Steel; Mac’s likely to be found in shady all-night bars or on the streets of 1920’s Los Angeles. Join us while the mystery of “The Dead Duck Caper” unfolds.

Dead Duck

* This production of the Dead Duck Caper is an interpretation of the original material produced for radio in 1947 which is in the public domain.

South Country Radio
Click here to listen to "The Dead Duck Caper."


Cast and Crew:

Ted Fleissgarten as Mack Steele
Meg Sullivan as Essy Bell
Judy Perfido as Mrs. Bell
Amelia Chiaramonte as Lola
Manny Buckvar as Ducky Morton
Peter Morrison as Dennis O'Rourke
Annette Maillard as Jenny the Juke/Guest 2
Matt Palace as Salty Hawkins
John Hannon as the Announcer/Guest 1
Vincent Rasulo as Goon 1/Goon2/Bugsy/Bundy

Produced and Directed by Vincent Rasulo
Assistant Producer--Lisette Ruch
Assintant Director--Amelia Chiaramonte
Recording by Larry Sribnick
Music by Des Burke
Foley by Vincent Rasulo

Special thanks to Rohr Auto Werkes for the use of their space for our rehearsals.


The Whistler – “Stranger in the House”

The Whistler

For their second “South Country Radio” production, Playcrafters Theatre Company chose, “The Whistler – Stranger in the House,” from the Generic Radio Workshop Script Library. The original material was produced for radio in 1942 and is now in public domain.

The Whistler

The Whistler is an American radio mystery drama which ran from May 16, 1942 to September 22, 1955 on the west-coast regional CBS radio network. The show was also broadcast in Chicago and over Armed Forces Radio. There were also two short-lived attempts to form east-coast broadcast spurs: July 3 to September 25, 1946, sponsored by the Campbell Soup Company; and March 26, 1947, to September 29, 1948, sponsored by Household Finance.

The WhistlerWhistler

The WhistlerThe Whistler


South Country Radio
Click here to listen to The Whistler "Stranger in the House."


Cast and Crew:

Ted Fleissgarten as The Whistler
Dan Love as Announcer
Lisette Ruch as Helen
Matt Palace as Ted
Peter Morrison as George
John Hannon as Rigby
Bob Maletta as Steward/Julian
Judy Perfido as Passenger/Operator
John Simpson as State Dept./FBI Agent
Meghann Sullivan as Rhoda/Clerk

Produced by Vincent Rasulo
Directed by Amelia Chiaramonte
Recording by Larry Sribnick
Music/Sound Effects editing by Jack Walker