The Lottery

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It’s June in small town America and that means planting season is in full swing. Children gather stones and the townsfolk assemble for an annual event – the lottery.

Tradition calls for one townsperson to be stoned to death to ensure a good harvest. As the old timers say, "lottery in June, corn will grow soon." But when they draw names to determine the winner, we'll find it's not the type of lottery one wants to win.

Every family lives with the realization that one of their family members may be the one who doesn’t live through the day.

"The Lottery," written by Shirley Jackson, was first published in The New Yorker magazine and is one of the most famous short stories in the history of American literature. Listen to Ecoustic Alchemy bring life to "The Lottery," once described as “a chilling tale of conformity gone mad.”

Produced in conjunction with WOUB Public Media and the School of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University, "The Lottery" audio production was produced by community volunteers and students.


Narrator/ Man / Floyd Summers : Joe Balding

Mrs. Summers: Cecilia Rinaldi

Bill Hutchinson: Rob Goeller

Tessie Hutchinson: Heidi Wilhelm

Laura Hutchinson: Kate Wilhelm

Davy Hutchinson: Nora Price

Agnes Delacroix: Ruth Borovicka

Dicky Delacroix: Tess Wilhelm

Mr. Martin: David J. Whealey

Mrs. Martin: Heather Johnson

Schoolmaster John Gunderson: Mark A. Robinson

Mr. Graves, Postmaster: Terrence J Smith

Old Man Warner: Jim Parsons

Mrs. Dunba: Celeste Parsons

Mrs. Graves: Rita Greca Preston



Executive Producer/Director: Mark A. Robinson and Kyle Snyder

Project Manager: Maggie Mitchell


Anthony Difino

Aaron Goldstein

Jeffrey Hill

Todd Hochradel

Maggie Mitchell

Tristan Olson