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 Oct 10th, 2013

One of the most charming chapters of "Roughing It" by Mark Twain is the "Funeral of Buck Fanshaw."  Here is the conversation between two people, both speaking English, but not quite understanding what the other said. This is a delightful record of the slang speech used in Virginia City during the Silver Strike.  Ruth reads the story as Twain wrote it with pronouncings of words as was used then.  Enjoy.

Chambers Street Theatre for 11am on Sep 19th, 2013

Today Ruth reads Frank L. Baum's short story, "The Glass Dog."  There's a Wizard (of course), a Glass Blower, a rich lady, and others so there are plenty of people.  This story is fun for many reasons, but most of all because of the last line: "...I should like to consult the wizard about the moral of this story."  Baum is so good at telling a story more like real life where the point being made is confusing.  

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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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