Radio Dramas

"Shoestring Radio Theatre" is a nationally-syndicated radio drama program featuring original radio plays by contemporary writers as well as adaptations of traditional favorites—everything from classic murder mysteries, "radio noir," and historical dramas to contemporary comedies, thrillers, and science fiction...

Radio Drama Program

In the sections below, you can check our schedule of plays, find out who is behind the show, learn how to submit scripts and visit other audio drama sites via our links.

The dates below indicate the date we upload each play to our website (usually around 10 PM Pacific time). You can listen to "Shoestring Radio Theatre" on-demand or find out how to tune into one of our radio broadcasts on our homepage.

November 6
And her Eyes Were Water
A married man remembers a childhood friend who he abandoned seven years ago. He reminisces, grieves his loss and contemplates what might have been.
  • Wrtten by ............... Carmenn Alexander King Kocznur
  • Directed by ............. Steve Rubenstein
November 13
The Mirror
It's a strange mirror in a dusty old shop, but once you buy it, you can't get rid of it. The consequences of this mirror are even stranger...and more deadly.
  • Wrtten by ............... David E. Binkley
  • Directed by ............. Paul Dougherty
November 20
Hall Marked, a Satiric Trifle
This play shows how dogfights and misconceptions can lead to comedic results
  • Wrtten by ............... John Galsworthy
  • Directed by ............. Anne Stone

The Dropped Call
Scott is driving home after a business trip and speaking on his cell phone to his wife Laura. When the call drops and he reconnects with her, nothing will ever be the same again.
  • Wrtten by ............... Stephenson Muret
  • Directed by ............. Steve Rubenstein
Novenber 27
Going Up
This is the story of two people who are trying to overcome their fear of escalators. It is a big challenge.
  • Wrtten by ............... Cynthia Morrison
  • Directed by ............. Randolph Varney

A man breaks into Ila’s house saying he is a friend of Lana’s. Lana doesn’t know him, so what is he doing there?
  • Wrtten by ............... Kathleen Tomko
  • Directed by ............. Randolph Varney
December 4
Last Ferry to Belar
Charles meets Azra on a ferry and they talk about life, religion and sunsets. Who is Azra and where is the ferry headed?
  • Wrtten by ............... Mike Oates
  • Directed by ............. Randolph Varney

Tundra Games
Meet Rose and Hickey. These two misfits just never seem to get along, particularly when they are supposed to be partners in a crime caper and they're stuck in a blizzard in the middle of nowhere: Man!
  • Wrtten by ............... Pat Gabridge
  • Directed by ............. Morgan Somers
December 11 and 18
A Christmas Carol
A radio drama adaptation of Charles Dickens' 1843 character study of a man who isolates himself from the world only to discover, almost too late, his need for love and friendship.
  • Wrtten by ............... Charles Dickens
  • Adapted by .............. Paul Dougherty
  • Directed by ............. Paul Dougherty
December 25 and January 1
Steel Cut
Rob is a down and out journalist working in the northern English city of Sheffield. His life, is turned around by his meeting Agnes.
  • Wrtten by ............... Rob Adams
  • Directed by ............. Melissa Flower
  • Monica Sullivan
  • Steve Rubenstein
  • Greeta Ahart
  • Rob Avila
  • Dawn Bailey
  • Tom Backos
  • Heather Clisby
  • Tamar Cohn
  • Cynthia Cravens
  • Erik R. Deckers
  • Stephen Dietz
  • Chrissy Dodds
  • Kathy Dominici
  • Paul Dougherty
  • Melissa Flower
  • Geoffrey Gallegos
  • Julie Long Gallegos
  • Charlene Godard
  • Geoff Godard
  • Frances Germeshausen
  • Virginia Handley
  • Mim Herzenstein
  • Russ Hickman
  • Marilyn Hughes
  • Steven Kacsmar
  • Byron Lambie
  • Adam Ling
  • Ian Mackenzie
  • Pam Mackenzie
  • George McRae
  • Frank Munnich
  • Paul Nowack
  • Annette Oliveira
  • Randy Parker
  • Louis Parnell
  • Nico Pemantle
  • Damien Pickering
  • LeAnne Rumbell
  • Bryan Session
  • Anne Stone
  • Darryl Standring
  • Randolph Varney
  • Clinton Vidal
  • B.K. Wells
  • Perry Whittle
  • Jeff Wincek
  • Jonathan W. Wind

Submission Guidelines

"Shoestring Radio Theatre" accepts submissions from writers. We are always looking for good, original radio plays of any genre. We have produced dozens of scripts submitted by writers from all over the world who originally found us on the web.

Your script needs to be a radio play (i.e. no stage directions or visual cues). We do not accept stage plays or screenplays. Radio drama scripts should include only things you can hear—i.e. dialogue, sound effects and music cues (stings, transitions, etc.). Radio drama scripts should also include a synopsis of the story, and a cast list of characters. There is no industry standard for radio drama script layout, so we will leave the exact formatting up to you; just make sure that it's easy to distinguish the dialogue from the sfx and music.

To fit into our weekly 30-minute broadcast, plays can be a maximum of 28 minutes long (most scripts are about one minute per page but it depends on the formatting). Therefore, we accept 25-28 minute plays (which air in one part) and 50-56 minute plays (which air in two parts). We also accept shorts, which can be up to 10 minutes in length.

Fame Not Fortune
As a non-profit organization which really does operate on a shoestring budget, we do not pay for scripts at this point in time. However, if we produce your play, we absorb all production costs and it will air nationally on public radio stations across the country. You will also receive a copy of the finished production.

If we accept your script, we will send you a writer's agreement, which:
  1. Grants us permission to produce your script
  2. Grants us Public Broadcasting rights to the finished production
  3. Grants you, the writer, all rights to the original script

Feedback Policy
Unfortunately, due to the volume of scripts we receive, we cannot provide feedback on your scripts. Please do not be discouraged if we reject your submission. We reject scripts for any number of reasons, including excessive length, unsuitable content, and sometimes writing quality. Unfortunately, even if we really like the idea, we do not have time to work with writers to improve their scripts. Our advice is to keep writing as much as possible to gain experience, show your scripts to others for feedback, and take writing classes if you feel it would be helpful. Good luck!

Mailing Address and Email Address
We accept both hard copies of scripts and email submissions (Microsoft Word, PDF or Text file).

Please use the contact info below.