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Walkabout Radio Plays
Spring Walkabout Radio Play Series:
Cardinal’s Walkabout Radio Plays are a safe way to enjoy great storytelling in a unique setting! Each play is set in Bloomington and takes place on a designated walking route. All you need is a smart phone and your favorite headphones, and the world will be transformed around you! Listen to a new scene at each location as the story unfolds.
Please note: For those unable to walk the route, Cardinal has provided visual companion documents featuring photos of the experiences. After purchasing the package, you will be able to download visual companion documents for each play.
Self-guided experiences are available on-demand now with a donation of any amount (suggested donation of $10-$20). Learn more about each of the plays below and click HERE to get access.
Guided Tour Experiences:
Cardinal Stage is now offering private group tours of our original Sherlock Holmes-themed Walkabout Radio Play, Predisposed to Violins. These special group experiences will be led by a docent and guests will be invited to help solve the mystery. Solve puzzles, enjoy some social time, and access bonus content! Tours are available Thursdays through Sundays, June 10th until September 6th. ALL TOURS MUST BE BOOKED 3 BUSINESS DAYS IN ADVANCE. Request a Private Tour Here.
- Price: $100 for up to 10 people
- Dates/Times: Evenings and Weekends by request
- Running time: Approximately 2 hours
- All participants will need a smartphone and headphones. Car pooling is recommended as the first and second acts of the play take place in different locations.
“Predisposed to Violins” by Liam Castellan
When John Watson suggested that Sherlock Holmes was in desperate need of a vacation, the last place he thought they would end up was Bloomington, Indiana. But Holmes hasn’t come here for rest and relaxation, he’s hot on the trail of an intriguing case. This cold-war era thriller will keep you guessing!
Recommended for ages 14+ (mild language, violence)
Total Episodes: 2
Estimated Experience Time: 2 hours (1 hour per episode, including approximately 10-15 minutes of walking per episode. There are benches or other seating available at most locations on the route.)
The self-guided option for Predisposed to Violins is now available for purchase! To get access, make a donation of any amount here (suggested donation of $10-$20).
“John Watson, PhD” by Bruce Walsh
As the Covid-19 pandemic weighs heavily on John Watson, he reflects back on happier times pursuing his doctorate in English at IU and his friendship with the brilliant, young Sherman Hadee. Inspired by heist caper The Red Headed League, this drama casts Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic characters in a new light.
Recommended for ages 16+ (mild language, violent imagery of war)
Total Episodes: 1
Estimated Experience Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes (including approximately 15-20 minutes of walking. There are benches or other seating available at most locations on the route.)
The self-guided option for John Watson, PhD is now available for purchase! To get access, make a donation of any amount here (suggested donation of $10-$20). Note: Guided Tour Experiences for this play are no longer available.
Meet the Playwrights
Liam Castellan directed Charlotte’s Web and acted in The Great Gatsby and The Christians for Cardinal. He’s also directed Cherry Docs and Church & State for Jewish Theatre of Bloomington and multiple shows for Stages Bloomington. He’s taught at Cardinal, BAFT, Stages, Hedgerow Theatre, and at IU while earning his MFA in Directing. At IU he directed The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, The Exonerated and Rat in the Skull. Before IU he spent over a decade directing, acting, teaching and producing in the Philadelphia area and beyond. Take care of each other. www.liamcastellan.com
Bruce Walsh: Since receiving his MFA in playwriting from Indiana University in 2017, Bruce’s plays have won the Heideman Award, the Gary Garrison National Ten Minute Play Award, and the Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition. His works have recently been produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville, Fat Turtle Theatre Co., and Creative Works of Lancaster; and developed by The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Azuka Theatre, and Outpost Repertory Theatre. His play, BERSERKER, will be produced by Alleyway Theatre (Buffalo, NY) in 2022. In a previous life, he was a longtime arts reporter for the Philadelphia Metro and City Paper. He currently lives in Elizabethtown, PA, where his wife, Jennie, is a mental health counselor at Elizabethtown College, and his son, Henry, enjoys cupcakes, Robocar Poli, and shooting hot lava out of his elbows.