The Callie Crossley Show

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Tue., November 22
The Horribly Great Rocky Horror

The Horribly Great Rocky Horror

When The Rocky Horror Picture Show came out in 1975 it was a box office bomb. Audiences couldn't get into the stilted dialogue and campy, sci-fi storyline. After its disastrous release, the film reels for Rocky Horror collected dust until brave indie theaters, looking for something with a little kitsch and camp, decided to do midnight screenings. The audiences got into it, started shouting back and throwing things at the screen, and a star was reborn.

"Rocky Horror", the longest-running film release in history, was originally a rock musical for stage. Theatre groups have done the musical - wigs, fishnets, makeup and all - for decades, sometimes right alongside the movie. In keeping with tradition, The Gold Dust Orphans and co-founder Ryan Landry have begun a run of "Rocky Horror" at Club Oberon in Cambridge. The experience is bracing, campy, racy and immersive - in other words, perfectly in keeping with the film's history.

Guests:
-Ryan Landry joins us to talk about staging The Rocky Horror Show and playing Dr. Frank N. Furter.
-Jeffrey Weinstock, a professor of English at Central Michigan University, will talk about the history of the Rocky Horror cult phenomenon.
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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

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