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The Cask of Amontillado

The Cask of Amontillado
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Synopsis

Chatterbox's ten-year story reaches its final chapter with this classic horror tale. The vindictive Montresor has been insulted by the obnoxious Fortunato. Montresor's taste for revenge leads the two men deep into the catacombs below his palazzo, where Fortunato will face a shocking reckoning.


Bonus Features

2007 version (16:14)
We first recorded The Cask of Amontillado in 2007 as a proof of concept for Chatterbox. This is the original recording, which has never before been released.


Cast and Crew

Role   Name
Montresor ..................... Robert Arnold
Fortunato ..................... Kyle Hatley
Musician ..................... Katherine Whitfield
Artist ..................... Erica McCarrens
Producer ..................... Robert Arnold
Director ..................... Robert Arnold


Special Thanks



Notes

The Cask of Amontillado was the very first story I ever attempted to record as an audio drama. Back in 2007, before Chatterbox even existed, I invited my friend and collaborator Kyle Hatley to record it with me in my living room, using a few basic microphones and some blankets on the walls to deaden the sound.

The result of that experiment is available for the first time on this page. Not surprisingly, it now sounds hopelessly crude to my ears. But I can also hear in it the enormous enthusiasm and excitement I felt about this art form, so long dormant but absolutely brimming with potential.

How fitting, then, that we wrap up Chatterbox's ten-year run with a second visit to that dank wine cellar and the maze of catacombs beneath Montresor's palazzo. Kyle and I got together earlier this year to recreate the story -- this time in a much nicer studio setting -- and it was as fun and exciting as it was a decade ago. We are releasing both versions of the story on September 14, 2017, ten years to the day after the Chatterbox website first launched.

The 2017 Cask is our 100th Chatterbox release. It will also be the final Chatterbox release for the foreseeable future. (You can read more about that decision in my farewell letter.) But I hope that -- in two versions of this demented, twisted tale, and in all the other Chatterbox tales that came between -- I have managed to share a little of my passion for audio drama, and a little of that enduring excitement about the possibility inherent in the medium.

I'll always love audio theater, and I'll always love Chatterbox. Thank you for helping me discover both.

And, as always, happy listening.

--Robert Arnold



Bryan Wade

Bryan Wade

Bryan Wade is a playwright, radio dramatist, novelist, and associate professor, who teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia. He has been a playwright-in-resident at Factory Theatre and the Blyth Festival, along with being an invited artist at the Stratford Festival and the Playwrights Colony at the Banff School of Fine Arts. His stage plays have been produced in Toronto, Quebec City, Seattle, and Chicago. His radio dramas (thirty minute and one hour originals and adaptations) have been broadcast nationally on the C.B.C. in Canada and on ABC in Australia.

His most recent publication is Brave New Play Rites, an anthology of short plays, which he edited for Anvil Press. His most recent audio script, Scavenge, is a podcast produced by Chatterbox Audio Theater (Thumbnail Theater series). He is currently represented by the Upstart Crow Literary agency in New York for his YA novels.


Appearances


Role   Show
Writer - Scavenge ..................... Thumbnail Theater

The Cask of Amontillado by Erica McCarrens

The Cask of Amontillado by Erica McCarrensErica McCarrens The Cask of Amontillado, 2017 Mixed Media 9.25" x 12"
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Amontillado Photo 01

Amontillado Photo 01Photograph by Robert Arnold
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Amontillado Photo 02

Amontillado Photo 02Photograph by Robert Arnold
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Amontillado Photo 3

Amontillado Photo 3Photograph by Robert Arnold
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Dimming the Lights

Chatterbox's 2007 launch party

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After Twenty Years

After Twenty Years
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Synopsis

A man travels a thousand miles to a particular rain-swept city street in order to keep an appointment made two decades before. A classic tale from O. Henry.










Cast and Crew

Role   Name
Narrator ..................... Irene Crist
Bob ..................... Charles Ingram
Policeman ..................... Michael Holliday
Tall Man ..................... Bill Andrews
Artist ..................... Derrick Dent
Producer ..................... Robert Arnold
Adaptation ..................... Pamela Poletti
Director ..................... Pamela Poletti


Irene Crist

Irene Crist










Appearances


Role   Show
Narrator ..................... After Twenty Years