Saturday, December 30, 2017

Saturday Night Radio Drama - Josh Olson - Bronzeville

Starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate and Tika Sumpter, and written by Academy Award® and BAFTA nominee Josh Olson (“A History of Violence”), BRONZEVILLE chronicles the lives of players in the lottery games while illuminating the self-sustainability of the community’s African American residents.

The series Bronzeville is among the best things I've heard in audio-drama.  You can find out more about this huge project on the podcast website.  

The cast is huge and excellent, here is the list

This shows how good audio drama can be, what it can do for a fraction of the cost of video drama.  I remember once noting how much better the old Twilight Zone program was with such simple sets and productions than the huge budget shows made now, someone who had experience in such things said having to depend on small budgets, focusing on the writing and acting wasn't by chance but a small budget is more probable to lead to better drama.  It's a point Rod Serling made when he talked about his early career in 1940s radio drama, something he was still trying to do well after it was supposed to have died in the United States.  This series is as good as any I've heard from the supposed golden age and it stands with the best I've heard from the BBC or CBC or other major national radio services.  


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  3. You know, Simps, I've got so much respect for the people who did Bronzeville that I'm going to take this down. I'll put up a Mopheads post, you can post your crap there.