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 Saturday 11:30pm-Sunday 12am, Sunday 11-11:30am
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Chambers Street Theatre for 11am on Mar 13th, 2014

In celebration of St. Pat's Day, Ruth reads "Bewitched Butter" from the collection of "Irish Folk Stories and Fairy Tales" gathered by William Butler Yeats.  Here are some of the best stories from Ireland and "Bewitched Butter" is a good one.  Ruth worked very hard on her brogue.  "Bewitched Butter" was originally printed in the Dublin University Magazine in 1839.

Chambers Street Theatre for 11am on Feb 13th, 2014

This week Ruth does a 2 part show starting with the first half of Bret Harte's "The Outcasts of Poker Flat."  Next week Ruth will read the second half.  Bret Harte was very famous for his time and later, but he did not write books the way Twain did.  We have plenty of short stories by Harte and there is so much to enjoy.  Listen in...  

Chambers Street Theatre for 11am on Feb 6th, 2014

The sound is back.  This week's show is from "A Tramp Abroad" by Mark Twain.  In his past he was a reporter and in Chapter XL he does his reporting style without jokes.  We hear about the Mont Blank glacier and one of the groups who did not do well. Three of the guides fell down a crevass and 42 years later came out the front.  This story is from a time when people were just learning that glaciers moved and that lost hikers would move within the glacier.  

Chambers Street Theatre for 11am on Jan 23rd, 2014

Finally Ruth is back after the flu.  Don't get it.  It's bad this year.  Well, today Ruth reads from "A Tramp Abroad" by Mark Twain.  Chapter 8 is called "The Great French Duel."  Dueling was a serious business during the 1800's so Twain found a way to make fun of this dangerous way to resolve quarrels.  Ruth only coughed once during reading. 

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Thanks to all the folk I meet in town who recognize my voice and say how much they like my show. I like every one of you and we always have a nice chat about Mark Twain. You all are the best of people.

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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