The Buyer in the Library

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BuyerThis is an adaptation of the award-winning one-act play The Buyer in the Library. It’s a dark little tale. Throw on some nice headphones, sit in some sunshine, and plumb the elevator shaft of the human spirit.

The Buyer in the Library (Downloadable mp3 – right click the link and choose “Save Link As…”)


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Directed by Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy

Written, Produced, and Edited by Karl Sparks.

Recording Engineered by Dan Waldman

Voice Actors (in order of appearance):

Narrator – Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy

Timothy – Coby Riemers

The Buyer – Leah Mould

Delia – Gouri Mahadwar

Frank – Karl Sparks

Allie – Anne Hamilton

Deidre – Mallory Scott


The Pocket Radio Theater theme is by The Pueblano Boys 2011 – https://soundcloud.com/pueblano-boys-2011

“The Buyer” is by Papa Otis and the 88’s (https://www.facebook.com/papaotisgarage) and was commissioned for this podcast.

Our closing music is “Maple Leaf Rag” by Scott Joplin (written in 1899), recorded by Zachary Brewster-Geisz using orchestra software – this recording was released under a Public Domain Mark 1.0 license and downloaded on 3/7/15 from the following URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Joplin/Frog_Legs_Ragtime_Era_Favorites/03_-_scott_joplin_-_maple_leaf_rag


Photography by Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy


Special thanks to WRUR’s The Sting (thesting.wrur.org/) for the use of their recording studio and expertise.

This Radio Drama uses these sounds from freesound.org:

chair squeek by offthesky (http://www.freesound.org/people/offthesky/)

Drawers: Small Desk 1 by ultradust (http://www.freesound.org/people/ultradust/)

Pencil 1 by le_abbaye_Noirlac (http://tattered-kaylor.com/Tessa_Elieff.Australian_Electroacoustic_Phonographic_Composer.html)

Door Opening by ceberation (http://www.freesound.org/people/ceberation/)

doorCreaking9 by Zabuhailo (http://www.freesound.org/people/Zabuhailo/)

Undefined Old Engine / machinery 2 by luciolepri (http://www.luciolepri.it/)

ChainLodingBayDoor02 by mmaruska (http://www.freesound.org/people/mmaruska/)

Creaking (handle) by Edo333 (http://www.freesound.org/people/Edo333/ , https://aka3.bandcamp.com/)

Various other sounds released under the creative commons license 0 were also used, and we thank the talented audio folks who contribute to freesound.org, as well as the staff and volunteers of freesound.org.


The Buyer in the Library was adapted from a one-act play by the same title, written by Karl Sparks and Directed by Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy. That play was the winner of the 17th annual University of Rochester One-Act Play Festival’s Best Production award, and premiered at the Todd Union on March 19th, 2015.

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