Tag Archives: Rod Serling

Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

Is it just a coincidence that, in the turbulent fall of 2015, SUNY Broome Theater has produced a pair of plays under the heading Alien Invasions that focus on the importance of not letting paranoia and mob mentality rule the day? Maybe. But even if the timeliness of Gore Vidal’s Visit To a Small Planet and Rod Serling’s The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street was not planned, the messages conveyed in this pair of sci-fi scripts can easily be  connected,...

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By Lory Martinez Anne Serling, author of As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling gave a talk-back this past Sunday (March 16) after Elizabeth Mozer’s  final staging of The Twilight Zone in Binghamton University's Watters Theatre.  The author discussed her childhood and some of the things that inspired her father's work. The play, based on two of Rod Serling’s teleplays, “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” and “Dust,” featured the same narration style he used in his successful sci-fi TV series. Here are a few...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri Let me be clear: I love The Twilight Zone. But I think a part of creator Rod Serling’s genius is that his one-act plays, written specifically for television, play best on the small screen. These plays work well on television because the settings themselves are contained, usually an office or a living room, a restaurant, the surface of another planet or a residential neighborhood. The Binghamton University Department of Theatre, as part of their 2013-2014 season, is presenting two “theatricalized” Twilight Zone scripts, based on the...
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By George Basler Roberson Museum and Science Center is hanging out the welcome sign this Sunday for science fiction enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes. The event is the first ever Roberson Science Fiction Convention from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum, 30 Front St., Binghamton. “First and foremost our goal is to have a community and family-friendly event for all geeks, nerds and lovers of science fiction,” said Jason Fiume, marketing and public relations manager for Roberson. The convention grew out of discussions earlier this year...
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[caption id="attachment_3313" align="alignleft" width="106"] Heidi Weeks, Jim Hull[/caption] By George Basler The night of Jan. 12, 1955, was one that changed Rod Serling's life. On that night, his teleplay, "Patterns," appeared on the Kraft Television Theatre during what is  now called "the Golden Age" of live television. The play, which focuses on psychological bloodletting in the corporate boardroom, was an immediate smash hit and won Serling the first of his six Emmy Awards, said Larry Kassan,...
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