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Carpenter Square Theatre has had to cancel the remainder of its 36th Season,
and does not plan to reopen until late fall, it is still in the business of
entertaining and enriching the community.
The theater will present the first edition of
"CST LiveOnline!" airing
THE MALTESE FALCON at 7 p.m. May 22 and 23. Itís
an online live-streaming radio show adapted for broadcast in 1946 from the
1941 film that starred Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, and Sydney
Greenstreet. Those stars wonít be in the studio, but CST has a wonderful
cast comprised of Ben Hall, Crystal Barby, Terry Veal, and Rob May, with C.W.
Bardsher creating live sound effects.
The company will broadcast the 30-minute show live
from the studio of RK-1 Productions near Scissortail Park in beautiful
downtown Oklahoma City. Watch for THE MALTESE FALCON
on Facebook and YouTube. Viewing is free, but the theater appreciates
donations. Also, look for the "tip jar"
for RK-1 Productions who are providing their services gratis.
In this noir mystery, murder,
and mayhem accompany the search for a statuette of a falcon, once a
gold-encrusted and bejeweled tribute to Charles V of Spain. Centuries ago,
pirates seized the treasure, and now some very desperate people will stop at
nothing to possess it. Black enamel hides its splendor, but once that is
removed, it is worth millions. The story follows Sam Spade, a San Francisco
private detective and his dealings with three unscrupulous adventurers, all
of whom are competing to obtain the jewel-encrusted statuette. Spade must
fight off the nefarious characters, while starting to fall for
"a slick dame" who first
hired him. By the story's end, many folks are in
the morgue or on their way to jail, and the quest for "the
black figure of a bird" continues.
The mystery of THE MALTESE FALCON
was originally a book by Dashiell Hammett published in 1930. Hammett
once worked as a private detective for the Pinkerton Detective Agency in San
Francisco, and he used his birth name "Samuel" for the story's protagonist.
He wrote of the book's main character in 1934: "Spade
has no original. He is a dream man in the sense that he is what most of the
private detectives I worked with would like to have been, and, in their
cockier moments, thought they approached." Other
characters in "The Maltese Falcon"
were based on people whom he met or worked with during that time.
The story was made into a couple of movies under different titles in the
1930s, and then in 1941, "The Maltese Falcon"
became John Huston's directorial debut and his
first collaboration with Humphrey Bogart. That same year, it was nominated
for an Academy Award as Best Production of the Year. The film also had a
Best Adapted Screenplay nomination for Huston, and a Best Supporting Actor
nomination for Greenstreet. CBS later created a 30-minute adaptation for The
Screen Guild Theater radio broadcast in 1943, with four of the stars
reprising their film roles, and it was rebroadcast in 1946. (This is the
script that CST is presenting.) In 1989, "The
Maltese Falcon" was one of the first 25 films
selected by the Library of Congress to be included in the National Film
Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
Rotten Tomatoes, a film review website, gives it a "100%"
"CST LiveOnline!" will
air monthly while the theater itself is closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Watch for it on the third weekend of the month throughout the summer and
Carpenter Square Theatre is supported in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council,
National Endowment for the Arts, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, Inasmuch
Foundation, and Allied Arts. Season Sponsors include Ed and Janet Bucknell
and Mel and Cindy Ables.
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