Crowding up to the front of a makeshift stage at Hyde Park Books, audience members packed the house in anticipation of Chris Hunt's old-fashioned radio play, A Paris Story, on Jan. 31.
"I was originally going to make it into a comic, but 2011 was a crazy year," said Hunt. "So we figured we'd try it as a radio play. I often listen to old radio serials as I draw."
Held in rapt attention, the audience drank in almost an hour's worth of the radio play, which was presented by Black Linen Introduces Playwrights. The performance featured live sound effects and voice acting from Janessa White, Anne McDonald, Hyde Park Books owner Jem Wierenga and Loren Jones as Archer—the machismo, debonair main character modeled after a young Ernest Hemingway.
"I want it to be like Star Wars or Indiana Jones," said Hunt, "Where you have to go to multiple places to get the whole story."
Hunt hopes to keep the story going as a serial on Radio Boise. Tuesday evening's performance was taped as a formal audition to continue the series. When asked what they thought, audience members enthusiastically agreed that they wanted more.