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hiSTORYstage presents a film noir-style comedy mystery with a Shakespearean twist performed as a 1944 radio drama.
hiSTORYstage presents a film noir-style comedy mystery with a Shakespearean twist performed as a 1944 radio drama.
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"The Maltese Bodkin" tells the tale of Birnam Wood, hard boiled detective, as it is broadcast across the airwaves to the homes of eager listeners on the day after D-Day.

Shows will run Thursday, Nov. 13 through Saturday, Nov. 15 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, Nov. 16 at 2:00 PM.

There will be a USO-style dance Friday, Nov. 14 following the performance until 11:30 PM. Dress to impress and practice your swing moves! Refreshments will be served.

About the Play:
Birnam Wood never asked to be in London, especially in London in 1605. When his partner turns up murdered, Wood has to find the killer amid a cast of suspects that includes Richard III, Falstaff, Iago, Mercutio, Viola, and even a merchant from Venice! The real solution to the mystery seems to be in discovering the secret behind a mysterious dagger known as the Maltese Bodkin. 

About the Production:
In the 1940s, radio was the main form of entertainment and news delivery in American households. From FDR's fireside chats to shows like "The Shadow" and "Abbott & Costello", nearly everyone spent a good portion of their day with the family radio. The script suits the noir radio drama format so well that we decided to give the audience an inside peek at what it might have looked like to record one.

When you walk through the doors, you'll experience a little of what it was like to live in the US in 1944 during World War II. From the decor to the concessions to the costumes to the "live broadcast" performance, we are striving to provide the theater goer with a fully immersed experience.

About the Show's Mission:
For us, this show is more than just a history lesson. In the spirit of cooperation and togetherness the US experienced during the war years, we are partnering with three military charities to provide support to our service members and their families. Proceeds from the show, "war bonds" sold during the performances, and donations to our team pages will go to the USO, Fisher House Foundation, and Special Operations Warrior Foundation. (Tax receipts will be provided by the organization for any donations made.)

Simply put, the more money we raise, the more help we can provide these amazing organizations.

Risks and challenges

With any theatrical production, technical malfunctions and actor illness are the largest risks and biggest challenges to overcome.

If any performance should need to be canceled, for any reason, you may use your reward ticket at any subsequent performance in the run of the play, or at any performance of any show later in our season.

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    "War Bond" - Contribute $25 and receive a ticket to the show, a ticket to the USO dance, your name in the program, a signed program from the cast, AND 10% of your contribution will go to one of the three selected military charities sponsored by the show.

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    “Rosie the Riveter” - Contribute $50 and receive 2 tickets to the show, 2 tickets to the USO dance, your name in the program, a signed program from the cast, AND 10% of your contribution will go to one of the three military charities sponsored by the show.

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    "The Red Tails" - Hear your name/business on the radio! For $150, our cast will sing or perform a customized radio advertisement for you and/or your business. You will also receive 2 tickets to the show, 2 tickets to the USO dance, your name in the program, a signed program, AND 10% of your contribution will go to one of the three military charities sponsored by the show.

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    “V is for Victory” - Become the signature sponsor of “The Maltese Bodkin”! For $500, you and/or your business will be the title sponsor of the production. It will include an advertisement at the top of the program, sponsorship appearance in the program and on the hiSTORY Stage website. You will also receive 4 tickets to the show, 4 tickets to the USO Dance, a signed program, a photograph with the cast, AND 10% of your contribution will go to one of the three military charities sponsored by the show.

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