WEIRTON — This Saturday at 7 p.m., the Ohio Valley Cloak and Dagger Co., in partnership with the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center, continues the fifth season of Cloak and Dagger On the Air with three classic science-fiction radio scripts from the 1950s.
“These stories were all told in the decade before ‘Star Trek’ and other optimistically minded science fiction came to dominate the genre,” explained Pete Fernbaugh, executive producer and head writer of Cloak and Dagger On the Air.
“Inherent in these stories is a skepticism about humanity’s ability to properly live in the future without abusing it or other species within the universe. I think it’s not only fun to revisit this era of science fiction, but I think it’s also important to do so in light of the many quandaries we’re now facing regarding social media, smartphones, AI and other innovations as foretold in these tales, often with great wisdom and foresight. No matter the technology, humans will always be human,” Fernbaugh said.
“Although the underlying themes in our three stories are darker,” he added, “there’s a quirkiness and poignancy to the three tales we’ll be performing this weekend.”
The evening begins with “The Discovery of Morniel Mathaway,” in which a talentless hack receives a visitor from the future who informs him that he is actually the most influential human of his time. This is followed by “Skulking Permit” wherein an alien race attempts to become as human as possible in order to prove their usefulness to Imperial Earth. And finally, “Dwellers in Silence” tracks the survival of Earth’s last human, a renowned brain surgeon, and the mystery surrounding why he is aging, but his family is not.
“These stories originally were presented on the classic sci-fi anthology series, Dimension X and X Minus One, which routinely adapted the magazine work of such legends as Ray Bradbury and Robert Sheckley,” Fernbaugh said. “It’s fascinating to hear these authors when they were still cementing their status within the literary world. In some cases, listeners were probably hearing their names for the first time.”
Starring Chris Carter, Noah Hilton, Emily Hores, Odessa Hores, Ralph Parissi, Terri Perry, and Maura Danielle Reiff, with the sound patterns of the Holy Foley Molies, Cloak and Dagger On the Air: Future Tense will be available to the public in two ways.
First, it will be broadcast free of charge via the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center’s Facebook page.
Viewers will have an opportunity throughout the show to donate to the Museum via PayPal (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/weirtonareamuseum).
All proceeds from the livestream will go to benefit WAMCC.
Second, Cloak & Dagger On the Air: Future Tense will be open to an in-person audience. Admission is free, although those attending are asked to consider a donation to WAMCC to help the museum and Cloak and Dagger cover the costs of this production.
No reservations are needed. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the show will begin promptly at 7 p.m.