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.

May 8 & 15
A Wing and a Prayer
Audrey and her granddaughter Alex are flying to a commemoration of the last flight of Audrey’s brother during WWII. While they are travelling, we hear the story of the flight and the men on board the airplane. Based on “Routine Flight,” an unfinished story by 2nd Pilot Sergeant Barry Waltham Smith, and his letters home in 1943.
  • Written by .............. Pete Brown
  • Directed by ............. Steve Rubenstein
May 22 and 29
Scent of Jasmine
A young couple confronting their marital problems are drawn into their bizarre landlord's Machiavellian schemes.
  • Written by .............. J Lee Thonpson
  • Directed by ............. Julie Long
June 5
Find Me If You Dare
Private eyes Nick Murphy and Kitty Elliott are on the job when an actress is terrorised by an obsessed fan.
  • Written by .............. Monica Sullivan
  • Directed by ............. Pierre Le Page
June 12 and 19
The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
Enjoy the wit and wisdom of Mark Twain in this tale of a man’s revenge against a town that mortally offended him.
  • Written by .............. Mark Twain
  • Dramatised by ........... Neville Teller
  • Directed by ............. Anne Stone
Producer
  • Monica Sullivan
Co-Producer
  • Steve Rubenstein
Artists-In-Residence
  • 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
Webmaster

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.

Format
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.

Length
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.

Agreement
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.