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Parson’s Nose Radio Theater

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Parson’s Nose is a professional, nonprofit theater in its 20th season in Pasadena, California, introducing classic plays and stories in accessible, professional, short form presentations. Please subscribe if you can, and go to for more about us. Your donations are very much appr… read more

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September 25th, 2021


A one hour - pause whenever you wish! - Parson's Nose Radio Theater presentation of Dion Boucicault's 19th Century masterpiece. Heroes, villains, …

The Boor

July 17th, 2021


Welcome to Russia! Anton Chekhov's hilarious one-act comedy. A Cossack soldier. A country widow. A debt. "I'll bring her down like a chicken!". …

The Skylight Room

June 24th, 2021


O Henry's lyrical, 1906 New York story of the innocent and hopeful Miss Leeson, who takes the magical Skylight Room in Mrs. Parker's boarding house. …

A Christian

June 12th, 2021


John Galsworthy's satirical discussion between himself and a college chum, now a repressed Church of England minister, on the puzzling definition of …


May 29th, 2021


Welcome to Episode 42 of the Parson's Nose Radio Theater. Tonight, our PNT New Plays Workshop presents "Angela", a one act play by PNT Resident Playwright  Hoyt Hilsman. A detective. A suspect. And at least one victim.

Box and Cox

May 2nd, 2021


Deemed "the best farce of the 19th Century" by the New York Times. Before "Fawlty Towers" was "Box and Cox", an immensely popular one act play, …

The Happy Family by Hans Christian Andersen

April 15th, 2021


Parson's Nose Radio Theater loves Hans Christian Andersen. Tonight, Denmark's greatest storyteller gives us the tale of Mama and Papa snail, who live under the dock leaves by the pond, and whose greatest dream is to be …

About Kenneth Grahaeme and Wind in the Willow (3 minutes)

April 3rd, 2021


A bit of background about Kenneth Grahame and his sources for "Wind in the Willows."

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Chapter One - Moley meets the Riverbankers - Wind In The Willows: Part One (15 minutes)

April 3rd, 2021


Chapter One - Moley meets the Riverbankers. (15 Minutes)

Adapted by Lance Davis. Performed by Lance Davis and Mary Chalon. Sound Design by David …

Chapter Two - Introducing Mr. Toad - Wind in the Willows: Part One (23 minutes)

April 3rd, 2021


Chapter Two - Introducing Mr. Toad. (23 Minutes)

Adapted by Lance Davis. Performed by Lance Davis and Mary Chalon. Sound Design by David Bennett.

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Chapter Three - Moley Lost in The Wild Wood! - Wind In The Willows: Part One (9 minutes)

April 3rd, 2021


Chapter 3 - Moley Lost in The Wild Wood! (9 Minutes)

Adapted by Lance Davis. Performed by Lance Davis and Mary Chalon. Sound Design by David Bennett.

Chapter Five - Home at Last - Wind In The Willows: Part One (9 minutes)

April 3rd, 2021


Chapter Five - Home at Last. (9 Minutes)

The Parson’s Nose Radio Theater of the Air presents Kenneth Grahame’s immortal “Wind in the Willows: Part One, The Riverbankers!”

Adapted by Lance Davis. Performed by Lance Davis …

Chapter Four - Mr. Badger’s Bungalow - Wind In The Willows: Part One (11 minutes)

April 3rd, 2021


Chapter Four - Mr. Badger’s Bungalow. (11 Minutes)

Badger gives Moley a tour of his underground lair and a lesson in mankind's folly.

Adapted by …


March 16th, 2021


Each year at this time the Parson's Nose family gathers for a somewhat chaotic celebration of Irish poetry, song and humor. We're a bit short on the music this year because of the hazards of remote recording, but we've …

Papa Always Knows What's Best

March 6th, 2021


Denmark's genius storyteller, Hans Christian Andersen, tells the tale of a Papa who goes to the fair. Adapted and performed by Parson's Nose Radio Theater Artistic Director Lance Davis, with sound by David Bennett. 12 …

The Devil and Daniel Webster!

February 16th, 2021


The legendary battle between the Devil and Daniel Webster, America's greatest jurist before a jury know where. Story by Stephen Vincent …

The Musical Wit and Wisdom of Mr. Tom Lehrer

February 2nd, 2021


A twenty minute tribute by Hoyt Hilsman to the irreverent wit and musical brilliance of Mr. Tom Lehrer.

"The Vatican Rag", "Werner von Braun", "New Math" and "The Elements" were just a few of his smart, sometimes wicked …

The Star Spangled Banner

January 20th, 2021


 In honor of the inauguration of a new president and vice president, we offer ten poems that have inspired Americans. 

Works by Francis Scott Key, …

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere!

January 20th, 2021


 The classic adventure every school boy and girl should hear. Performed by PNT Company member Barry Gordon.

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Sybil Luddington

January 20th, 2021


 A young girl does her part to create America. Performed by PNT Artistic Director Lance Davis.

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The Brave at Home

January 20th, 2021


 The women at home also serve.

Performed by PNT Company member Jill Rogosheske.

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The Battle Hymn of the Republic

January 20th, 2021


 by Julia Ward Howe. Performed by PNT Company member Paul Perri.

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The New Colossus

January 20th, 2021


 The lady in the harbor. Performed by PNT Co-founder Mary Chalon.

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An American in Europe

January 20th, 2021


 You must go away to appreciate home. Performed by PNT Cofounder Mary Chalon.

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Let America Be America Again

January 20th, 2021


 Written by legendary American poet Langston Hughes. A call to America to live up to the promise Walt Whitman described. Performed by PNT Company member Taylor Hawthorne. 

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I Am Waiting

January 20th, 2021


 By Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Following in the footsteps of Langston Hughes. Performed by PNT Artistic Director Lance Davis.

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Ten Poems End Credits

January 20th, 2021


.Thank you for listening! Lift your glass to the greatest experiment in democracy the world has ever known.

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January 8th, 2021


Welcome to our Parson's Nose Radio Theater "New Works!" Series, with Hoyt Hilsman's tribute to actor/singer Cliff Edwards, whose career ran from …

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

December 22nd, 2020


Parson's Nose Radio Theater of the Air! presents the most popular work of Charles Dickens, the most popular writer of Victorian England. At PNT we …

"The Little Fir Tree" by Hans Christian Andersen

December 8th, 2020


Hans Christian Andersen's funny and touching story of a little fir tree who forgot to live in the moment.  A perfect story for the holidays - a time …

About Edgar Allan Poe

November 15th, 2020


Edgar Allan Poe. Icon of the American Gothic movement. Creator of the "detective" genre. Poet. Master of the "horror" genre. A tragic life lasting only 40 years.

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The Cask of Amontillado!

November 13th, 2020


Another Parson's Nose Radio Theater classic! Edgar Allan Poe, writer, poet, American Gothic pioneer, creator of the "detective genre", gives us his tale of revenge and murder. Adapted by Lance Davis. Performed by …

The Summoning of Everyman

November 1st, 2020


Episode 1  The Summoning of Every Man (40 min.) 

Comfort, humor, and hope for the holidays. In the Middle Ages, life was spare and fleeting. …

Mark Twain...Presidential Candidate!

October 24th, 2020


In 1879 Mark Twain announces his candidacy for president.

Performed by PNT Company member Mr. Paul Perri.

Sound by Lance Davis and Dave Bennett.

The Emperor's New Clothes!

October 15th, 2020


"The emperor loved his fancy clothes so much! Too much! He loved his fancy clothes more than he loved his people! (Gasp!)"

The classic 19th Century story by a Danish "National Treasure", Hans Christian …

About Hans Christian Andersen

October 15th, 2020


Hans Christian Andersen was one of the world's most creative authors of fairy and folk tales, popular with both young and old in the 19th Century. …

Address Unknown

September 12th, 2020


Kathrine Kressmann Taylor's powerful 1938 story that rocked America.  Set in 1933, a German art dealer in San Francisco witnesses the seduction of …

About Kathrine Kressmann Taylor

September 12th, 2020


The American writer who signaled the rise of Hitler's Germany.

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"Quality" by John Galsworthy (20 min.)

August 21st, 2020


John Galsworthy, the Nobel Prize winning playwright and novelist who gave us "The Forsyte Saga", tells the story of an immigrant cobbler in 19th Century London. Performed by PNT  company member John Rafter Lee . …

Mark Twain's Advice to Funeral Goers (3 min)

August 14th, 2020


Mark Twain gives a few pointers to "win" the funeral. Performed by Mr. Paul Perri. Music by Lance Davis

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A Taste of Shakespeare - Episode 1

July 31st, 2020


What's so special about Shakespeare? What's the big deal? Let's take a look...

Episode 1 - To be or not to be; All the world's a stage; Romeo and …

A Taste of Shakespeare - Episode 2

July 31st, 2020


What's so special about Shakespeare? Let's take a look...

Episode 2 - Upon the king; To bait fish withal; The quality of mercy; Pyramus and Thisbe

Written by Lance Davis. Performed by PNT Players: Lance Davis, Mary …

Mark Twain's Advice to Young Ladies (4 minutes)

June 27th, 2020


America's finest writer shares his wisdom with young ladies.

Performer: Lance Davis. 

Sound Design: Dave Bennett 

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Declaration of Independence (22 minutes)

June 13th, 2020


The most audacious (and treasonous!) response to oppression in American History! It changed the world.

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