What made this reading extra special, though, is that it's destined to be a special extra. It will be included on a two-disc DVD of the film, to be released by Paramount Home Video later this year.
The event was the brainchild of part-time Ellenville resident Ray Faiola, Director of Audience Services at CBS, and DVD producer Gary Khammar, whose company, Light, Source & Imagery, was given the job of putting together the materials for the DVD. With a full second disc to fill, Khammar felt like a documentary and restaging of the play might be in order. Since the play was originally broadcast on CBS Radio, he called someone there for information. That person happened to be Faiola.
"As a result of that chance call looking for materials, photos and someone to talk about CBS Radio in the '40s, we stumbled on the fact he had just what I was looking for," Khammar said. Faiola was not only familiar with the play and movie, but as a board member at the Shadowland, he had access to an old theater and a plethora of actors. The pieces were set.
"We wanted to maintain the spirit of the original production, but at the same time this is a new production with new actors and we want each of them to make it their own," Faiola said.
The play, about an invalid woman who hears a murder plot when phone wires get crossed, comes across perfectly when told with simple sounds and voices.
"It's fun," said lead actress Sandy York. "It's a nice, classic genre piece."