About The Radio Playshop:
The Radio Playshop was organized by Crews in 1939 as a workshop specializing in the production and broadcast of student-written scripts. The first Playshop production was "A Murderous Marriage," by Walter Kerr, M.A. 1938, later Professor of Theatre at Catholic University, Washington, D.C., and drama critic for the New York Herald Tribune and the New York Times. Playshop productions were first broadcast over Chicago station WJJD, and later over station WIND. While some scripts were original, written by students in the course, many scripts were adaptations of stories by well-known authors.
About the Collection:
This series consists of 15 bound volumes containing mimeographed or spirit-duplicated copies of scripts for Radio Playshop productions from the period 1939-53. The scripts are bound chronologically by broadcast date. There is one volume for each academic year, with the following exceptions: no volume exists for 1940-41; scripts for 1941-42 and 1942-43 occupy two volumes each. Many of the titles of the productions are listed in the finding aid for Series 20/32.