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ESU Centennial Radio Play

Join Us for a Special ESU Centennial Event
An Original Radio Play Mystery Comedy
Hosted by Region VI Branches:
Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Kentucky, St. Louis


Mark your calendar for Monday, November 9, 2020 at 7:30 pm EST as ESU's Centennial celebrations continue with a very special event—An Original ESU Centennial Radio Play Mystery Comedy. This is an old-fashioned radio play in the genre of the 1930's and 1940's Sam Spade Detective Radio Plays but with a modern-day twist. This will be a live production with professional actors performing a mystery comedy titled, "The Case of the Missing Parents." Listeners will hear the actors perform, just like the old radio plays. 

The story goes like this: Daughter Myra Bradley's parents have been missing for four days. She receives a cryptic postcard in the mail from her parents which says, "We are attending a most glorious celebration. How perfectly marvelous it is to be able to mark this 100th anniversary. We are so looking forward to seeing our friends from Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Kentucky and St. Louis. Signed Momsy & Popsy." Myra is frantic. This is not like her parents to leave without letting her know. Myra hires a private detective to find her missing parents. The search begins. It is a fun mystery comedy with many twists and turns.

The radio play was written and directed by Ben Martin, a long-time member of the Kansas City Branch. The radio play is hosted by the six ESU Branches in Region VI:

Cincinnati Branch—Suzanne Schweller, President
Cleveland Branch—William Kennedy, President
Indianapolis Branch—Mary-Patricia Warneke, President
Kansas City Branch—Dan Bukovac, President
Kentucky Branch—Kate Nitzken, President
St. Louis Branch—Barbara Lewington, President

This is a free program and we thank the six branches for their support in making this radio play a part of our ESU Centennial celebrations.