Ecoustic Alchemy: Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” (AUDIO)

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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.

As the old timers say, “lottery in June, corn will grow soon.” But when they draw names to determine the winner, we find it’s not the type of lottery one wants to win.

Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery, first published in The New Yorker magazine in 1948, is one of the most famous short stories in the history of American literature.

Listen to Ecoustic Alchemy bring life to this classic, once described as “a chilling tale of conformity gone mad.”

Co-produced by WOUB Public Media and the School of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University, The Lottery features several well-known Athens-area actors and was engineered by OU MDIA students.

This audiobook uses the unabridged version of this story taken from the Project Gutenberg site. You can view or download the text here.


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

Casting Director: Karen M. Chan


Anthony Difino

Aaron Goldstein

Jeffrey Hill

Todd Hochradel

Maggie Mitchell

Tristan Olson