Lee Roscoe's original radio play, The Mooncusser's Tale--recently broadcast on WOMR / WFMR FM Cape Cod, harkens back to the finest traditions of radio drama.
In her lean, New England prose (which often sounds like poetry) - laden with images recognizable to anyone who has visited or lived in a coastal village or town, imbued with a compelling sense of the past made present - Roscoe paints, with deft strokes, the age-old battle between the entrepreneurial spirit (so valued in our economy) and the nativist/naturalist spirit (often characterized & belitted as soft or "romantic" idealism).
Through the fatal struggle between two brothers (no endings revealed here), the drama holds up a mirror to our society - whether in the 19th century or in today’s carnivore capitalists--asking in a way, “So this is what you admire? See where it can lead if unchecked.”
There is a Melville-like gravitas to the juxtaposition of good and evil, appropriate for the frame of a 19th century story. This is not to say that the play is an exercise in dry didacticism. Far from it.
Thanks to the excellent writing and the fine acting of TMC's players (a real family plays the fictional one), the play presents characters about whom we care and to whom we can relate.