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King University News :: King’s Radio Theatre Troupe Presents "The Hitch-Hiker and Other Chilling Tales" Oct. 18-19 at Theatre Bristol Artspace

The Twin City Radio Theatre Troupe of King University’s Theatre Department will treat audiences to a trio of mystery themed dramas from the golden age of radio.  “The Hitch-Hiker and Other Chilling Tales” will be held Oct. 18-19 at 7:30 p.m. at on Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. at the Theatre Bristol Artspace at 512 State Street in Bristol, Tenn. 

Under the artistic direction of Christopher R. Slaughter, associate professor of theatre at King, the Twin City Radio Theatre Troupe brings the magic of old-time radio to the live stage, performing staged productions of classic radio dramas, with an emphasis on noted genre writers such as Edgar Allan Poe, H. G. Wells, Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood, Wyllis Cooper and Arthur Conan Doyle.

Each performance is a unique theatrical experience, not unlike what might have been seen in a radio studio in the 1930s or 1940s: actors gathered around microphones with scripts in hand, live sound effects and colorful hosts setting the proper mood for the evening’s dramatic offerings. 

The evening will include three plays by Lucille Fletcher including the classic, “The Hitch-Hiker,” a radio play written for Orson Welles.  Welles first performed “The Hitch-Hiker” in Nov. 1941 on CBS Radio.  The play was later adapted for a 1960s episode of The Twilight Zone. 

Tickets to Twin City’s performances at Theatre Bristol Artspace Oct. 18-20 are $5 general admission, $2 for area students, and free with a King University ID.  For ticket information, call (423) 652-4800 or visit


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