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Radio Play: ‘Christmas, Inc.’

Original Radio Play About The Commercialization Of Christmas

The creative team behind the original radio play,

Credit: Beth Accomando

Above: The creative team behind the original radio play, "Christmas, Inc." at the KPBS studios earlier this month.

GUESTS:

Jerry Burkey, Writer and Director of "Christmas, Inc."

Delia Knight, Writer of "Christmas, Inc."

Jonathan Hammond, Producer of "Christmas, Inc."


Transcript

If you feel Christmas has become a crass commercial event, then here's the perfect thing for you: an original radio play called "Christmas, Inc." The play was created for KPBS by Columbia Street Films and it serves up a sly comic tale of a very corporate Christmas.

San Diego has an excess of creative talent but too few outlets for them to express themselves. So KPBS Midday Edition will play host to radio plays -- some original, some based on classics from the golden age of radio -- on an intermittent basis. Midday Edition showcased two Ray Bradbury plays for Halloween, "Zero Hour" and "Mars is Heaven." We had so much fun producing those plays that we partnered with some of the same people for the original radio play, "Christmas, Inc."

"Christmas, Inc." was written and directed by Jerry Burkey, co-written by Delia Knight, and produced by Jerry Burkey and Jonathan Hammond. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando edited the play for radio with technical assistance from Kurt Kohnen.

CAST

Fred Jameson: Michael Nieto

Alice Jameson: Laura Kaplan-­‐Nieto

Suzie Jameson: Samantha Ginn

Johnny Jameson: Shaun Tuazon

Sub-­‐Director Fitch: Brendan Cavalier

Bill Fitzpatrick: Jonathan Hammond

Radio/P.A. Announcer: Delia Knight

Dick Boone: Dave Moser

WHC Inspector: Jerry Burkey

WHC Employee: Melissa Coleman-­‐Reed

WHC Secretary: Carla Nell

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