Performance of L. Ron Hubbard’s Science Fiction Thriller “Tough Old Man” Brought Joy of Readers Theater to the State Capitol on March 9

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Hollywood’s ‘Golden Age Theater’ in Sacramento

Golden Age Theater performance of L. Ron Hubbard’s “Tough Old Man” that was open to the community at Church of Scientology in Sacramento.

The Golden Age Theater has received CBS Radio’s highest four-star rating giving the shows. Four Stars (Highest Rating) [for] Southern California’s most refreshingly unique entertainment experience.

The Golden Age Theater located in Hollywood, California performed the science fiction thriller written by master storyteller L. Ron Hubbard titled “Tough Old Man.” As part of bringing readers theater to the state Capitol, CBS Good Day Sacramento interviewed Galaxy Press president John Goodwin ( about the type of story being performed and readers theater as an art form. See interview here.

Readers theater was one of America’s most popular forms of entertainment during the first half of the 20th century. Broadcast over the radio, it preceded television and the big screen movies. It was through this form of entertainment that one’s imagination was most brought into play as it provided the dialogue and audio tracks, but left the video track up to you. “In other words, the handsome hero or beautiful heroine looked exactly as they were supposed to in your own mind’s eye,” stated Goodwin.

“Tough Old Man” featured three performers brought up from Hollywood: Skip Harris, a veteran Broadway stage actor and a talented and versatile singer with stage performances that include appearances in the original Sweeney Todd, Cats and Beauty and the Beast; Ryann London, whose acting career in theater began at the age of 13 with a role in Steel Magnolias; and Will Seabrook, a professional singer/songwriter and actor who has done extensive tours with such groups as Dave Matthews Band and Sister Hazel which culminated in a major label deal with Maverick/Warner Bros.

The Golden Age Theater has received CBS Radio’s highest four-star rating giving the shows “FOUR STARS (Highest Rating) [for] Southern California’s most refreshingly unique entertainment experience.”

Stories from the Golden Age contains 153 stories all written by Hubbard during the 1930s and 1940s—in genres ranging from Mystery to Thriller, Science Fiction and Fantasy to Adventure and Western, using his own and fifteen pen names—widely considered America’s Golden Age of Fiction. The print version of each work includes the pulp fiction artwork that originally accompanied the story in magazine publication.

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