2010 Maltese, Omlette

Gregory Tiede
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The Maltese Omelette is an homage to Dashiell Hammett and Mother Goose, performed in the popular "fairy tale noir" genre as an old-time radio drama. Here, Gregory Tiede made an appearance just before the show began.


The Maltese Omelette an old-time radio drama   •  Written by Michael Kurland   •  A Litquake Event, 82 Market St, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 30 October 2010)   •  (Photo taken 18:45:08 Wednesday 6 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #184508_7896BCX
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Mikes Were Tested
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The event took place in the Variety Preview Room Theatre at 7:00 p.m. in the evening. Despite the odd time and night, the event was packed.


The Maltese Omelette an old-time radio drama   •  Written by Michael Kurland   •  A Litquake Event, 82 Market St, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 30 October 2010)   •  (Photo taken 18:45:50 Wednesday 6 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #184550_7899BCX
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Audience Photographed
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Just before the play began, the author/performers were seated facing the audience. The floor was at the same level as the audience (rather than a raised stage) giving the event a more intimate feeling. Here, Gregory Tiede and Richard Lupoff waited while a photographer behind them photographed the audience.


The Maltese Omelette an old-time radio drama   •  Written by Michael Kurland   •  A Litquake Event, 82 Market St, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 30 October 2010)   •  (Photo taken 18:58:20 Wednesday 6 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #185820_7911BCX
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Litquake Presenter
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The play was performed on two standing microphones that were shared. Here, Rina Weissman, producer of "SF in SF" at the Variety Room, announced the event.


The Maltese Omelette an old-time radio drama   •  Written by Michael Kurland   •  A Litquake Event, 82 Market St, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 30 October 2010)   •  (Photo taken 19:02:06 Wednesday 6 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #190226_7917BCX
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Michael Kurland
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Michael Kurland was the author of the radio play, yet gladly performed too.


The Maltese Omelette an old-time radio drama   •  Written by Michael Kurland   •  A Litquake Event, 82 Market St, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 30 October 2010)   •  (Photo taken 19:07:14 Wednesday 6 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #190714_7920BCX
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The Announcer
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The Announcer, played by Richard Wolinsky, not only read scene bridging descriptions, but also read the amusing commercial breaks.


The Maltese Omelette an old-time radio drama   •  Written by Michael Kurland   •  A Litquake Event, 82 Market St, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 30 October 2010)   •  (Photo taken 19:15:16 Wednesday 6 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #191516_7932BCX
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Tough Gum Shoe
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Gregory Tiede read the part of the tough talking, wise cracking private detective.


The Maltese Omelette an old-time radio drama   •  Written by Michael Kurland   •  A Litquake Event, 82 Market St, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 30 October 2010)   •  (Photo taken 19:16:10 Wednesday 6 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #191610_7933BCX
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Lori Leigh Gieleghem
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Lori Leigh Gieleghem read the role of the moment.


The Maltese Omelette an old-time radio drama   •  Written by Michael Kurland   •  A Litquake Event, 82 Market St, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 30 October 2010)   •  (Photo taken 19:16:46 Wednesday 6 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #192116_7941BCX
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Three Performers Two Mikes
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At moments during the performance, three or more actors would have to share just two microphones. Here, Gregory Tiede (left), Peter Beagle (center), and Pat Lupoff (right) shared mikes.


The Maltese Omelette an old-time radio drama   •  Written by Michael Kurland   •  A Litquake Event, 82 Market St, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 30 October 2010)   •  (Photo taken 19:24:06 Wednesday 6 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #192496_7945BCX
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Sound Effects Too
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Not only was this a performance of words, but sound effects provided a realistic counterpoint when required. Here, a pillow was energetically punched by Lori Leigh Gieleghem and Cara Black to emulate the sound of a beating.


The Maltese Omelette an old-time radio drama   •  Written by Michael Kurland   •  A Litquake Event, 82 Market St, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 30 October 2010)   •  (Photo taken 19:28:22 Wednesday 6 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #192822_7951BCX
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Hard Edged Comic Banter
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Gregory Tiede (left) and Richard Lupoff (right) traded witty barbs.


The Maltese Omelette an old-time radio drama   •  Written by Michael Kurland   •  A Litquake Event, 82 Market St, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 30 October 2010)   •  (Photo taken 19:29:52 Wednesday 6 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #192952_7957BCX
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A Love Sub-story
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Gregory Tiede (left) and Angela Beske (right).


The Maltese Omelette an old-time radio drama   •  Written by Michael Kurland   •  A Litquake Event, 82 Market St, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 30 October 2010)   •  (Photo taken 19:43:24 Wednesday 6 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #194324_7963BCX
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Complexity Increased
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As the end of the radio play neared, so too increased the complexity of the story and the number of performers involved. Here were Richard Lupoff (left), Peter Beagle (center), and Lori Leigh Gieleghem (right)


The Maltese Omelette an old-time radio drama   •  Written by Michael Kurland   •  A Litquake Event, 82 Market St, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 30 October 2010)   •  (Photo taken 19:45:10 Wednesday 6 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #194510_7966BCX
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The Play Ended
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The radio play ended after almost an hour of funny and totally entertaining fun. The radio announcer played by Richard Wolinsky.


The Maltese Omelette an old-time radio drama   •  Written by Michael Kurland   •  A Litquake Event, 82 Market St, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 30 October 2010)   •  (Photo taken 19:49:16 Wednesday 6 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #194916_7969BCX
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