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A Staged Radio Play Parody: JAWS

Amity Island had everything. Clear skies. Gentle surf. Warm water. People flocked there every summer. It was the perfect feeding ground...

That's right, folks, on June 22, Highland Park is Amity and Pino's Lounge is the good ship Orca. Join us as we gear up for Shark Week and celebrate the world's first summer blockbuster with Raconteur Radio's uniquely immersive rendition of JAWS!

JAWS: A Staged Radio Play Parody w. Bloody Mary Lees ("Here lies the body of Mary Lee, died at the age of 103...")

There is a creature still alive today. It has survived millions of years of evolution without change. Without passion. And without logic. It lives to kill. A mindless, eating machine. It will attack and devour ANYTHING. It’s as if God created the devil, and gave him.. JAWS! 

Based on the bestselling novel by New Jersey native Peter Benchley and the hit film by Steven Spielberg, Raconteur Radio's blood-tingling presentation about a killer white with the cunning of a U-boat commander stars Jeff Maschi as both Sheriff Brody, a cop looking for redemption, and Captain Quint, a grizzled veteran of both war and water; Jason Jackson, as oceanographer Matt Hooper, a soft handed man desperate to show the world (and Quint) he's butch enough to take down the big fish; and Michael Jarmus as Mayor Vaughn, a smarmy local politician who refuses to acknowledge the threat, and the voice of Raconteur Radio.

With: theatrical lighting, costumes, Golden Age radio equipment, vintage commercials, fog fx, and, of course, extensive sound effects.

Also: a special introduction by film historian, Lee Pfeiffer. Pfeiffer is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Retro, a magazine dedicated to films of the 1960s and 1970s. 

SUGGESTED $10 Donation at the door

Plus: Bloody Mary Lees ("Here lies the body of Mary Lee, died at the age of 103) and ice cold Naganasett tall boys (Quint's beer of choice). 

And, as you can see, we're doing it on a Wednesday so as not to compromise your weekend of fun & sun at the Jersey shore. (But trust me, swimmers, after our program, you’ll never go in the water again.)

Raconteur Radio stages theatrical presentations of vintage radio plays, classic works of literature, and pop culture parodies for live audiences throughout the Tri-State area. They've been called "family friendly guerrilla theater" by the New York Times, one of "the 7 best things to do in NJ" by the Newark Star-Ledger, "Utterly unique!" by Kyle Hartzell (NPR), "Dazzling!" by Megan Ryan (wNYC), "Spellbinding!" by Tom Lynch (Theatre World), "Thrilling!" by Barry Monush (Museum of Television & Radio), and "Outstanding!" by Lee Pfeiffer (Cinema Retro Magazine).

Earlier Event: June 18
Cornhole & Cocktails (Bag-O & Booze)
Later Event: June 23
Live Music with Tommy Strazza