Classic Radio Plays

Radio on the Lake Theatre has performed numerous plays from the golden age of radio, utilizing scripts from the collections of the Lux Radio Theatre and Mercury Theatre On the Air, among others.

Those scripts include:
A Star is Born, A Tale of Two Cities, African Queen, The Birds, Casablanca, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Double Indemnity, Dracula, I Remember Mama, It Happened One Night, It’s a Wonderful Life, Key Largo, Little Women, The Maltese Falcon, Miracle on 34th Street, Notorious, Rebecca, Strangers on a Train, Sunset Boulevard, The Thin Man, The Third Man, Treasure Island, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, War of the Worlds, Wizard of Oz, You Can’t Take It With You

New Play Program Development

This program grew out of a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts challenge grant to give an extended life to public radio news stories, and give emerging playwrights the opportunity to hone their skills by writing a ten-minute audio-only play. Radio on the Lake partners with a local public radio station’s news department, works with local playwrights to develop short radio play adaptations of selected news stories, and records for broadcast and podcasting.

Rehearsing a new radio play with Playwrights Local


Rehearsing a scene at Old School Square

 Artistic Director John Watts leading a “touch tour” before a ROTLT performance

The Beacon Program

The Beacon Program is designed for adult and student audiences who are blind and visually-impaired. The program guides students through writing and performing an original play, bringing their unique perspective to the subject matter and sound design. Blind and visually-impaired audience members participate in “touch tours” (exploring the stage and sound effect devices with their hands) on set prior to the performance.

Guests from Lighthouse for the Blind enjoying their time on stage!

Educational Outreach

Radio on the Lake Theatre’s educational component provides students with an opportunity to perform onstage with their peers in a safe and nurturing environment:

• Residency with a local elementary, middle or high school

• Our team works with students to bring one classic radio play to life

• Study guides are provided to teachers

• Adaptable to your school’s curriculum and reading list


Two students performing in The Noisy Night Visitors

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Shaker Heights, OH 44122

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