A Great Northern Production
Written by Brian Price and Jerry Stearns
Original theme music by Mike Wheaton
|Modern Radio Drama tends to cluster in two basic genres, both of which depend on imagination. There is speculative fiction -- science fiction, fantasy, and horror -- and humor. Most audio humor is weighed towards satire or farce, over the top and around the bend. And then there is Great Northern Productions new CD, "Permafrost, MN."|
Written by Brian Price and Jerry Stearns, "Permafrost" achieves that rarest of comedies, whimsey. Think of "Lake Woebegone" scripted by Lewis Carroll. Due to something called the Micro Climate, the temperature in Permafrost, MN -- population 174 -- is always zero. It is the home of the Twice Frozen Ice Company and the Frozen Fillet Cafe. It is also the home of the gentlest collection of eccentrics this side of "Northern Exposure."
The first thirteen three minute episodes concern a petition to make Permafrost's Frozen Lake Minnesoda's Ten Thousand and First Lake. Except it seems to be stolen. Maybe. Or just stacked under another one. Kinda.
But it is the characters that lifts "Permafrost"
out of the ordinary.
There may be warmer places than Permafrost, MN but you won't find a nicer one. Bring an overcoat and maybe Les Decksia will show you his slide show on the Year of the Giant Snowflake.
Little Evil Things III
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