October 27, 2008

Classic Pulp Fiction Murder-Mystery Comes to Life in Multi-Cast Hollywood Performance

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The setting is the Alaskan frontier. The time is the 1940s. The danger is ever-present. It's the world of The Chee-Chalker (a North American Indian word for "newcomer"), transformed into the latest live, multi-cast performance at the 200-seat Author Services, Inc. (ASI) Theater in downtown Hollywood.

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First published in 1947, the tough-edged mystery-adventure-romance pulp fiction novel by master storyteller L. Ron Hubbard includes unexplained deaths, drug smugglers, and a missing government cop. Its realistic setting and characters were drawn from a 1940 expedition which Hubbard led along the Alaskan coast on behalf of the U. S. Navy.

The cast performing The Chee-Chalker at the ASI Theatre features Jim Meskimen (Frost Nixon, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), Josh R. Thompson ("Fake Arnold" Schwarzenegger) and Tait Ruppert (Basic). The theatre is located at 7051 Hollywood Blvd, one block west of Grauman's Chinese Theatre between Highland and La Brea.

It was in February, 1940 that L. Ron Hubbard, newly-elected to the famed Explorers Club, set sail from Seattle under the Explorers Club flag number 105, in the 32-foot Magician on an Alaskan Radio Experimental Expedition. He was tasked with charting previously-unrecorded Alaskan coastal hazards for the U.S. Navy's Hydrographic Office and conducting experiments on directional findings using radio signals. During the 1,000-mile journey, Hubbard examined local native cultures including Tlingit and Aleut Indians. It was the first of three expeditions he flew on the Explorers Club behalf.

The Chee-Chalker will soon appear in print as part of the release of the Stories from the Golden Age, an 80-novel, 150-story series of trade paperback and multi-cast, unabridged audiobooks showcasing Hubbard's pulp fiction masterpieces in multiple genres. Stories from the Golden Age spans all genres from fantasy and science fiction, to mystery, adventure and western, written by Hubbard in the 1930s and 1940s using his own and 15 pen names.

A video podcast highlighting the production is available at http://www.goldenagestories.com/podcasts, with audience member interviews reacting to the live performances. "The excitement of the audience proves just how much Mr. Hubbard's pulp fiction stories are timeless and as exciting today as they were when they were first written," said the publisher of the series.

For more information and to RSVP for future productions, go to http://www.goldenagestories.com/html/theater.php.

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