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Last updated: October 30, 2018

Spooky/Horror Plays for Halloween 2018-2019

Scary stage-plays & radio plays for Frightening Nights!


OVERVIEW: I am a professional radio drama playwright and performer--having done over 2500 shows (on-air, on-stage, in-studio) since the late 1990s. This page lists my darker radio and stage-plays that troupes can license for production--for stage, broadcast, classrooms, recordings, churches, workshops, and fundraisers. I charge a traditional and modest royalty-per-performance.

My plays have been produced by Hollywood stars, professional actors, and troupes at community theaters, colleges, high-schools, middle-schools, grade schools, churches, and even family productions. Please note that radio plays are especially well-suited to fundraisers--as they don't require memorization, extensive rehearsals, props or costumes. The scripts are appropriate for all ages--nothing too gruesome, but pretty spooky. Think: Edgar Allen Poe, Agatha Christie, or H. G. Wells.

  •  Scripts are delivered as PDF files via e-mail.

     NO script-booklets to buy. You print out the PDF and can make as many copies as you need for cast & crew.
     (Other play-publishers charge a royalty of $60-$100 per performance PLUS $10 per script-booklet for each cast-member.)

  •  I offer professional-quality pre-recorded music and sound effects tracks--MP3s you download from special webpages.

  •  Each radio script appendix has a SFX "cookbook" section: How to buy/make the manual SFX called for in the script.

  •  Royalty fees vary by the particular play, the venue (broadcast/theater/classroom/church) and the number of performances.

  •  I accept credit cards via the free and secure Paypal.com service. Institutional checks and school PO's are OK.

TO ORDER: Contact me at Sales@RuyaSonic.com and explain about your troupe, venue, and how many performances of whichever play you are interested in. I will reply with full details, including how to pay. You can have the script, music & sound effects tracks within hours.


  •  The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow [radio play | stage-play]

    •  by Tony Palermo - adapted from Washington Irving's 1820 short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
       
    •  DETAILS/SCRIPT SAMPLE/ORDER INFO:  'Headless Horseman...' play as radio drama | stage-play 

    •  Run time: 60-minutes
    •  Cast size: 12 actors (many non-gendered roles), 2-3 sound effects artists
    •  Minimum Royalty Rate: $60/performance - (depending on venue/broadcast market, ticket price, etc. Classroom productions get special rate)
    •  NO per-script-booklet fee - Script delivered as PDF file. Troupes print/copy scripts for cast & crew, saving you hundreds of dollars!
       
    •  Pre-recorded music tracks [22 MP3s]: $26 (one-time fee)
    •  Pre-recorded sound effects tracks [17 MP3s]: $30 (one-time fee)
    •  Demo audio clip: The Horseman's origin [MP3] (2 minutes) - Pages 2-3 of the script
    •  SAMPLE RADIO SCRIPT - 'Headless Horseman' - (Truncated) [PDF]

    •  ABOUT: Adapted from Washington Irving?s classic short-story of Ichabod Crane, bringing to life scenes and characters that were merely described in the original, including the one-room schoolhouse, the Van Tassel household, the country damsels, the townsfolk?s ghost stories, singing-master Ichabod?s terrible choir, the quilting frolic, and the climatic chase by the Headless Horseman. The treatment is both spooky and funny, with a poetry duel, a rained-out pie-eating contest and several are-they-or-aren?t-they dream sequences with the Horseman. As with my adaptations of Dickens? Christmas Carol and Capra?s It?s A Wonderful Life!, this show is suitable for all audiences, yet performable by students. However, it is not dumbed-down for kiddies. I remain true to Washington Irving?s short story, bringing plenty of authentic 1789 elements?from the traitor, Major Andre, to Isaac Watts, to Jonathan Edwards, to spooky Hudson Valley folktales
       

  •  Two episodes from my 'Grim Scary Tales' horror anthology radio series

    Grim Scary Tales is a horror anthology series similar to Lights Out or the Inner Sanctum Mysteries. The series itself is set in 1955, so the horror is not as gruesome as contemporary horror films or fiction. We offer two different episodes; Both include humorous ads at the very end--to leaven the horror. The two episodes can be presented together to form a Halloween program.

    • The Pirate's Curse [radio play]

      •  by Tony Palermo - An adventure-filled mashup of the horror and pirate genres
         
      •  TO ORDER: Contact Sales@RuyaSonic.com

      •  Run time: 25-minutes
      •  Cast size: 8-12 actors (many non-gendered roles), 2-4 sound effects artists
      •  Minimum Royalty Rate: $35/performance - (depending on venue/broadcast market, ticket price, etc. Classroom/Family productions get special rate)
      •  NO per-script-booklet fee - Script delivered as PDF file. Troupes print/copy scripts for cast & crew, saving you hundreds of dollars!
         
      •  Pre-recorded music tracks [13 MP3s]: $25 (one-time fee) 
      • ABOUT: Horror story set in 1720, where swashbuckling pirates, mired in the Sargasso Sea, find the Fountain of Youth... and its horrid curse! This classic-style radio drama features a thrilling naval battle, a mysterious sea of lost ships, a ghostly survivor of Columbus' first voyage, a raging tempest, and terrifying twist ending--all wrapped in a spooky orchestral score.
         
      •  SAMPLE RADIO SCRIPT - 'The Pirate's Curse!' - (Truncated) [PDF]
         


       

    • Crusade of Terror! [radio play]

      •  by Tony Palermo - Treasure-seeking crusaders in the 13th century run afoul of monsters from The Arabian Nights
         
      •  TO ORDER: Contact Sales@RuyaSonic.com

      •  Run time: 25-minutes
      •  Cast size: 7-12 actors (many non-gendered roles), 2-4 sound effects artists
      •  Minimum Royalty Rate: $35/performance - (depending on venue/broadcast market, ticket price, etc. Classroom/Family productions get special rate)
      •  NO per-script-booklet fee - Script delivered as PDF file. Troupes print/copy scripts for cast & crew, saving you hundreds of dollars!
         
      •  Pre-recorded music tracks [13 MP3s]: $25 (one-time fee)
         
      • ABOUT: Set in Turkey in 1205 A.D., a crusader army conquers a city, but finds something truly terrifying in the caverns below. The story serves as a subtle allegory for the political ?witch-hunts? of the McCarthy-era of the 1950s. This show is especially popular with students, who tend to be both horror fans and pirate fans.
         
      •  SAMPLE RADIO SCRIPT - 'Crusade of Terror!' - (Truncated) [PDF]
         


  •  Inspector Rufflethorpe - "The Twitshyre Murder Case" [radio play]

    •  by Tony Palermo - from [original author's name goes here, plus year and novel/story]
       
    •  TO ORDER: Contact Sales@RuyaSonic.com

    •  Run time: 25-minutes
    •  Cast size: 11-14 actors (many non-gendered roles)
    •  Minimum Royalty Rate: $35/performance - (depending on venue/broadcast market, ticket price, etc. Classroom/Family productions get special rate)
    •  NO per-script-booklet fee - Script delivered as PDF file. Troupes print/copy scripts for cast & crew, saving you hundreds of dollars!
       
    •  Pre-recorded music tracks [16 MP3s]: $25 (one-time fee)
    •  SAMPLE RADIO SCRIPT - Insp Rufflethorpe - 'Twitshyre Murder Case' - (Truncated) [PDF]

    •  ABOUT: A 1930s-style Agatha Christie-esque detective program similar to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Inspector Rufflethorpe is a classic Golden Age whodunit, with an English manor and a fresh corpse. In this episode, "The Twitshyre Murder Case," Inspector Rufflethorpe, of Scotland Yard, and his assistant, Everett Frimly are called to a country manor in Margate to investigate the mysterious "locked-room murder" of Lord Archibald Farquhar-Bensington. The list of suspects includes Lady Margaret Bensington, Colonel Cuthbert T. Frothingham, the mysterious Countess Valeska, Gretchen Laytherly--a West End ing?ue and her beau, Ralph Stellsmore, the rakish personal secretary, Reginald Sklemsdale, and the family solicitor, Kirwood Crumpton, Esq. There's a ghostly s?nce, a series of baffling murders and a monument to deductive logic when the dastardly culprit is finally unmasked. See the program notes for background info. A snippet/parody of this story appears in episode 1 of my Rick Lowell, Private Eye series. This "jolly-good show" features a classic 1930s-style radio theatre organ score.
       

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  • TONY PALERMO is a radio playwright, professional sound effects artist, radio director, composer, and educator based in Los Angeles, California.

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