Listen & Watch: Dramas!

The Enigma Covenant (Broadcast Date: June 16, 2018)

This World II thriller, set in London in 1942, takes listeners on a journey of how the British Navy captured the German code machine, The Enigma, and how the code itself was broken at Bletchley Park, just outside of London.  Featured will be actual characters who were directly involved in actually breaking the German code, including: Alan Turing, Dilly Knox, and General “Wild” Bill Donovan, who headed up the Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.), which was the precursor of the current C.I.A.

:Produced by...Steve Brown and Mike Ullstrup

Written by...Steve Brown and Mike Ullstrup

Directed by...Viki DuMez

Starring the 91.1 Players...

Rene Bushelle, Viki DuMez, Andrew Potter, Todd Eaves, Julie Burton, Susan Lien, Ryan Farrell, Mike Bavido, Siegfried Christoph, Larry Rowe, Julie Burton, Cameron Spencer, Chris Brookes, Jim McClure, Jill Jensen

Production Staff...

Steve Brown, Mike Ullstrup, David Cole

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Catcher in the Spy (Broadcast Date: May 12, 2007)

Just how close were the Nazis to having the atomic bomb? Did Werner Heisenberg know how to make the bomb or was he keeping the knowledge away from Hitler? Based on the life of real-life baseball catcher, Moe Berg, find out about Moe's obsession with finding out the truth as an agent of the Office of Strategic Services.

:Produced by...Steve Brown and Mike Ullstrup

Written by...Steve Brown and Mike Ullstrup

Directed by...Steve Brown

Starring the 91.1 Players...

Carolyn Recker, John Krasner, Dan Stika, Bill Isley, Mary Isley, Cameron Spencer, Gary Stamm, Mark Frasier, Jenny Tunkieicz

Production Staff...

Steve Brown, David Cole

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Star Trek to the Third Power (Broadcast Date: March 25, 2017)

This Radio Theater broadcast features, Star Trek, the original series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Star Trek: Voyager in a “mash-up” where all three storylines come together as do all three of the famous Captains. This fast paced live broadcast will transport the audience through many time periods and high adventure!

Produced by...Steve Brown and Mike Ullstrup

Written by...Steve Brown and Mike Ullstrup

Directed by...Steve Brown

Starring the 91.1 Players...

Mike Bavido, Steve Brown, Rene Bushelle, Siegfried Christoph, Art Dexter, Viki DuMez, Alexa Eaves, Todd Eaves, Brett Houdek, Gary Lien, Susan Lien, Jim McClure, Andrew Potter, JaNelle Powers, Larry Rowe, Ann-Marie Schmid, Cam Spencer

Our Production Staff...

Mike Ullstrup, Steve Brown, Barb Tylla, David Cole

Underwritten by...

The Cedar Chest Letters (performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin)
Radio / Historical Drama

About the Play
The Winnebago County Historical and Archaeological Society presented “Live at the Time” - a fun filled theater night out on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the Time Community Theater in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  The evening featured "The Cedar Chest Letters", a true story about a northern Wisconsin family during the Depression. The Brown-Ullstrup Performing Arts Foundation from Salem, Wisconsin managed the production.

About the story: one day, Racine, Wisconsin resident Barbara Tylla was looking through her mother’s old cedar chest and happened upon a packet of old letters. In these letters, Barb found her family’s story of strong women, loving men, and life in the 1930s and early 1940s. She took the letters and wrote a play where despite the challenges of the Great Depression and the early days of World War II, love conquers all. But Barb also goes beyond just telling a story of her family and tells us how this is a story of all of our families in this charming play originally brought to the airwaves in 2013.

Cast
Show Announcer:  Michael Patton
Nettie (Barb's great-grandmother):  MaryBeth Petesch
Will (Barb's grandfather):  Al Lareau
Jessie (Barb's grandmother):  Denice Blaze
Henrietta (“Girlie”, Barb's mother):  Bridget Zangs Dunn
Narrator (Barb):  Teri Gohmann

Production Staff
Mike Ullstrup, Director
Steve Brown, Music & Sound Editor
Steve Brown, Executive Producer
Mike Ullstrup, Executive Producer

"BROWN: Thurgood Marshall and Earl Warren - A Conversation" (Video excerpt with an introduction from Cheryl Brown Henderson)
Stage / Historical Drama


About the play
The words “Separate but Equal,” and “With All Deliberate Speed,” can all be applied to the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision in their landmark decision of "Brown v. The Board of Education.”  Eight-time award winning playwrights Dr. Steve Brown and Michael Ullstrup tackle another important social issue as their latest play is historically accurate, timely, and captivating.

This play was first performed as a full theatrical stage production in April, 2014 at the University of Missouri-Kansas City as part of a national symposium celebrating the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court 1954 decision in Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka Kansas.  This world premiere was introduced by Cheryl Brown Henderson.

The play stars Steven Dundis as Earl Warren and Cameron Spencer as Thurgood Marshall.  Viki DuMez directs.
In the words of Cheryl Brown Henderson, “When it comes to this production about the Brown case, this play is set in present day and gives us a glimpse into what Thurgood Marshall and Earl Warren might be talking about today…as they reminisce about the Brown case and what led up to it, and where we go from here.”

Starring...
Cameron Spencer............Thurgood Marshall
Steve Dundis.....................Earl Warren

Viki DuMez..........................Director
 
 
Our Production Staff
Steve Brown, Music & Sound Editor
Pete Tillema, Videographer
Steve Brown, Executive Producer
Mike Ullstrup, Executive Producer
David Cole, WGTD General Manager
Dr. Bryan Albrecht, President, Gateway Technical College
"The Cedar Chest Letters" (Radio Version)
Radio / Historical Drama

One day, Racine, Wisconsin resident Barbara Tylla was looking through her mother’s old cedar chest and happened upon a packet of old letters.  In these letters, Barb found her family’s story of strong women, loving men, and life in the 1930s and early 1940s.  She took the letters and wrote a play where despite the challenges of the Great Depression and the early days of World War II, love conquers all.  But Barb also goes beyond just telling a story of her family and tells us how this is a story of all of our families in this charming play

The WGTD Radio Theater brought this radio adaptation of Barb Tylla’s wonderful play to the airwaves on in 2013 and again in 2014.
Said Tylla, “I’ve been writing all of my life — or for most of it — ever since I figured out how to put words on a page and keep them in the margins,” she said. “Since 1977, my short stories and essays have appeared in more than 22 publications in the United States and Canada.  I’ve won two Catholic Press Awards for short fiction, but I turned my attention to the stage in 2005.  This is my first work to be broadcast.  I’m really excited to have my play and family story brought to such a wide audience.”

Starring The 91.1 Players!
Viki DuMez as Nettie (Barb's great-grandmother)
John O'Leksy as Will (Barb's grandfather)
Rene Bushelle as Jess (Barb's grandmother)
Terry Meyers as Henrietta (“Girlie”, Barb's mother)
Terri Tylla (Barb's daughter) as the Narrator (Barb)
Steve Brown as the Show Announcer

Our Production Staff
Barb Tylla, Sound Effects
Steve Brown, Music & Sound Editor
Pete Tillema, Videographer
Steve Brown, Executive Producer
Mike Ullstrup, Executive Producer
David Cole, WGTD General Manager
Dr. Bryan Albrecht, President, Gateway Technical College
WGTD-FM "Morning Show with Gregory Berg" Interview with Cast and Playwrights of "And on the Eighth Day" (August 1, 2013)
Radio / Historical Drama
Gregory Berg of the WGTD-FM "Morning Show" in Kenosha/Racine/Lake Geneva, Wisconsin interviewed the cast and playwrights of the stageplay, "And on the Eighth Day", on August 1, 2012 fresh from their return from the Scopes Festival held in Dayton, Tennessee July 19 and 20, 2013. The group discusses how this performance opportunity came about, the case itself, and what it was like performing in the actual location of the famous trial.  Joining Greg were writers and producers Steve Brown and Mike Ullstrup, Gary Stamm (who played William Jennings Bryan), Alex Campea (who played Clarence Darrow), Vittoria DuMez (William's wife, Mary Baird Bryan), and Robert DuMez (Judge Raulston).
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"And on the Eighth Day" (Stage Version)
Stage / Historical Drama
Created and written by Steven Brown and Michael Ullstrup, they transform the actual transcripts from the landmark 1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial into a riveting, two-time award winning theatrical production. The confrontation between William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow was reported by the press as a defeat for Bryan. According to one historian, "[a]s a man and as a legend, Bryan was destroyed by his testimony that day." But Bryan never delivered his closing arguments: Darrow admitted that Scopes broke the law and Bryan didn’t need to present his close. He did have them written and you will hear his thought-provoking views in this play. Everyone leaves the theater thinking.

This version of the play was adapted from the radio show version for the stage. It emphasizes the long, personal relationship between Darrow and Bryan and adds the perspective of Bryan’s wife, Mary Baird Bryan.
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"And on the Eighth Day" (Radio Version)
Radio / Historical Drama
Created and written by Steven Brown and Michael Ullstrup, they transform the actual transcripts from the landmark 1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial into a riveting, two-time award winning theatrical production. The confrontation between William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow was reported by the press as a defeat for Bryan. According to one historian, "[a]s a man and as a legend, Bryan was destroyed by his testimony that day." But Bryan never delivered his closing arguments: Darrow admitted that Scopes broke the law and Bryan didn’t need to present his close. He did have them written and you will hear his thought-provoking views in this play. Everyone leaves the theater thinking.

This version of the play was presented on the radio and takes the perspective of the WGN reporter and the crowds gathered around the courthouse.
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