New York, NY (September 29, 2005)–Broadcast legend, Himan Brown, producer of such classic radio programs as Inner Sanctum, Dick Tracey, and The CBS Mystery Theater, will present Rockets Red Glare, a recording session of a rare live audio drama at the AES Convention in NYC, Friday, October 7, 5:00PM -6:00PM. Scripted by Jerome Coopersmith, this special AES Historical and Broadcast Event features esteemed film and stage actors Marion Seldes, (Mona Lisa Smile), Paul Hecht (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead), Bob Balaban (Seinfeld) and Russell Horton (Law and Order).
Based on the classic film Twelve Angry Men, Rockets Red Glare, is an hour-long drama focusing on the real life of George Voskovec, an actor and writer who escaped from the Nazis to a new life in America. The recorded performance will be made available on CD to AES members.
“This is a stirring story about one man’s search for freedom,” said Brown, whose foundation, Radio Drama Network, is funding this performance for the AES as part of its Historical Program. “Jerome Coopersmith’s script poses some intriguing questions about freedom and democracy.”
Brown has been one of the most influential producers in radio history, producing more than 30,000 shows over a span of 65 years. A member of the Radio Hall of Fame, he is also the recipient of The American Broadcast Pioneer and the prestigious Peabody Awards.
In recent years, through his non-profit educational foundation, Brown has created a series of radio theater biographies entitled, They Were Giants, dramatizing the lives of such literary figures as Walt Whitman and H.G. Wells. Additional projects include We, The Living, a series of reality dramas about the vibrant lives of senior citizens. He also teaches SVA and Brooklyn College audio drama production.
“We are honored to have Himan Brown produce this thought-provoking audio drama for the AES Historical Program,” said AES Historical Committee chair Harry Hirsch. “Broadcast Events Chair David Bialik has done a remarkable job in coordinating this event. Hi Brown is an amazing force in broadcasting and the performance promises to be a highlight of this years’ convention.”