Chambers Street Theatre

Join host Ruth Chambers as she shares stories from 1800 to 1920 in the dialogue and dialects of the time as written by the authors. You'll hear Gold Rush and Wild West Stories, Tall Tales, and plenty of Mark Twain. Some of the stories were written by the reader herself! Tune in, sit back, and enjoy a taste of simpler times.

Replays Friday 2:30-3pm, Saturday 11:30pm-Sunday 12am
Live Thursday 11-11:30am

Chambers Street Theatre for 11:00am on Oct 6th, 2016

Finally the book, "Is Shakespeare Dead?," arrived.  And what is this book?  While Mark Twain wrote his autobiography, he included short books.  The Shakespeare book is 51 pages.  I have yet to find the other books, but am guessing they are short, too.  Anyway, today Ruth reads from Chapter One.  Twain gets himself involved is the old Bacon vs. Shakespeare, "Who wrote the plays?"   

Chambers Street Theatre for 11:00am on Sep 15th, 2016

With intro music by Jimmy Rogers ("You're in the Jailhouse Now") Ruth reads the story of Black Bart.  Black Bart was a real person who robbed the Wells Fargo Stages.  He robbed no other kind of stage because as Black Bart said, "...they could afford it."  So here we go with some real history and some find poetry all hand written by Black Bart.  

Chambers Street Theatre for 11:00am on Sep 8th, 2016

Before O. Henry went to New York and wrote all the charming tales of the City with a surprise ending, he spent three years in Texas as a cowman, and before that was raised in Norh Carolina.  What?  O. Henry wasn't born in New York?  No, he wasn't.  And his first book of stories are Texas stories: "Heart of the West."  "A Call Loan" is a tale of long time friends having to face a missing $10,000.  It's good O. Henry and the language is true to the time and place, because Mr. Porter was of the Texas time and place.  And that's a time and place long gone.

Chambers Street Theatre for 11:00am on Sep 1st, 2016

And here we are again...Live.  Ruth reads from Chapter One of "Peter Pan" about a dog as a nurse maid for children.  Nana is a "we wish it was real" kind of made-up character who becomes more real than real.  Then Ruth reads a short section about a real animal who protects her kittens and stands guard against a too large visitor to Ruth's front porch.  Fiction and's all in the writing and "Peter Pan" lives forever, and Nana lives on every page.

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Here's our offering for your collection.  It's an ode to our kitty Katie ...


A wonderfully warm Katie Cat

would come running whenever you sat.

She'd rumble and purr,

and had wonderful fur 

to cuddle and nuzzle and pat.

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