Gawain and the Green Knight

Gawain and the Green Knight
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Synopsis

The brave but untested Gawain sees a chance to prove his valor when King Arthur's court is visited by a mysterious, monstrous Green Knight. Will the Knight's strange bargain prove to be Gawain's opportunity -- or his undoing?

Bonus Features

Interview with director Pamela Poletti (09:04)

WKNO "Checking on the Arts" interview with Kacky Walton (13:44)

Cast and Crew

Role   Name
Narrator ..................... Steven Brown
Gawain ..................... Harrison Sayle
Elfinhart ..................... Victoria Gibson
Green Knight / Baron ..................... Rodney Rastall
Fairy Queen / Baroness ..................... Yissel Carroll
King Arthur ..................... Chris Cotten
Ensemble ..................... Chase Wages
Ensemble ..................... Jillian Barron
Sound Effects ..................... Chase Wages
Sound Effects ..................... Jillian Barron
Musician ..................... Chris Cotten
Artist ..................... Mimi Herren
Producer ..................... Ben Fichthorn
Adaptation ..................... Robert Arnold
Director ..................... Pamela Poletti


Special Thanks

  • Sam Weakley
  • Bill Short
  • Freesound.org users joelaudio, inchadney, vann-westfold, primordiality, and klankbeeld


Notes

I am a bona fide radio nut. Growing up I would barricade myself in my room to listen to A Prairie Home Companion -- Saturdays from five o’clock to seven, no one in the family dared to disturb me. Later, my mother and I would pop in CDs of old radio shows while driving around town -- from Gangbusters to The Bickersons, we heard them all. And we always felt a little tingle of excitement when that creaking door opened to The Inner Sanctum. So it has been real treat for me to direct Gawain and the Green Knight. Essentially, it is a love story with a touch of mystery in which an untried young knight of the round table must test his honor and his courage. Many of us still remember reading this fairy tale in English class. Bob Arnold’s adaptation of Charlton Miner Lewis’s story is lively, fresh and fun. And I am grateful to my cast for creating such vivid characters (the story leaps off the page, or the podcast as it were). I must confess, though, that my favorite part of directing an audio show is watching the sound effects team at work. How does one create the sound of galloping horses, large crowds, creaking doors and human heads getting lopped off? The answers might surprise. I sincerely hope that you enjoy Gawain and the Green Knight as much as I have enjoyed working on it.

--Pamela Poletti