Radio Play: ‘Christmas, Inc.’
Original Radio Play About The Commercialization Of Christmas
Monday, December 24, 2012
Aired 12/23/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Jerry Burkey, Writer and Director of "Christmas, Inc."
Delia Knight, Writer of "Christmas, Inc."
Jonathan Hammond, Producer of "Christmas, Inc."
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.
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