Barry Richert

Barry Richert

Film/theatre Journalist, Playwright and Screenwriter

Chicago, Illinois

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About Barry

My scriptwriting career began when I started writing short dramas that were performed during church worship services. I soon graduated to writing full-length plays that were produced for the Christian market. My work got the attention of a producer at the Moody Bible Radio Network, who hired me to write episodes of several radio series, including "Kid Trek," "Proclaim!," and a Christmas special called "Behind The Carols," which was a holiday-time favorite for many years.

Before long, I made the leap from Christian radio to science fiction and horror. I was a writer on "The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas" for several years, adapting episodes of the original TV series for radio, as well as developing original stories. I was often involved with the production of the dramas, and had the pleasure of hearing my work performed by such actors as Stacy Keach, Tim Kazurinsky, Sean Astin, and Kathy Garver. Most recently I wrote for "Fangoria's Dreadtime Stories," a horror anthology audio series hosted by Malcolm McDowell.

I've taken classes from screenwriting teachers Michael Hauge and Linda Seger, as well as from Chicago's Second City Training Center. My dramas have been heard on various radio outlets worldwide, including the WGN Radio Theater in Chicago, and BBC Radio 4 in the UK. My work is also available on CD, in iTunes, at audible.com, and has been showcased on numerous podcasts.

Unique traits: Able to write scripts for any medium, with an emphasis on audio.

Credits

  • The Final Battlefield

    The Final Battlefield (2013)
    Drama by Fangoria's Dreadtime Stories Scriptwriter After a tour of duty in Viet Nam, Private Daniel Conway is glad to be home. But his joy is short-lived when he thinks he sees The Hangman, a vicious Viet Cong officer who tortured him during his stay in a prisoner-of-war camp. Pushed to the brink of madness by his tormentor's continual appearances, Daniel is forced to ask himself the unthinkable: Has The Hangman followed him home? Starring Tim Dadabo (American Dad, Halo) and Tom Tran (Good Morning Vietnam, Chicago P.D.), with Malcolm McDowell as narrator.

  • The Dark Enforcer

    The Dark Enforcer (2012)
    Drama by Fangoria's Dreadtime Stories Scriptwriter Tired of being bullied all his life, comic book store owner Kevin summons "The Dark Enforcer" to vanquish his adversaries. Kevin soon learns, however, that partnering with his favorite comic book character is risky business, as his malevolent protector develops a mind of its own and starts killing without Kevin's permission. His anxiety is not helped by a police detective who has been sniffing around Kevin's shop inquiring about a string of vicious murders in the area. Starring T.J. Jagadowski (Get Hard, Chicago Fire) and Kurt Naebig (Road to Perdition, Chicago P.D.), with Malcolm McDowell as narrator.

  • The Invaders

    The Invaders (2010)
    Drama by The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas Scriptwriter Adaptation of the classic dialogue-free television episode with a twist that enhances the story for audio. Tiny invaders from another planet terrorize an elderly couple living on a remote farm. He’s losing his sight and she’s losing her hearing, so they must rely on each other to defend themselves. The aliens are merciless despite their diminutive size, though, and the aged duo is soon engaged in a battle for their very lives. Starring Kathy Garver (Family Affair) with Stacy Keach as narrator.

  • Eye of the Beholder

    Eye of the Beholder (2009)
    Drama by The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas Scriptwriter Audio adaptation of the classic television episode. In a place where The State has mandated that looking different is a crime, Janet Tyler has undergone yet another surgery to make her disfigured face more acceptable to the public. Unfortunately, she has used up the number of surgeries allocated to her, so if this procedure is not successful, Janet faces the punishment of being banished to a place where other outcasts have the same "condition." Starring Virginia Williams (Monarch Cove, Fairly Legal), with Stacy Keach as narrator.

  • There Goes the Neighborhood

    There Goes the Neighborhood (2009)
    Drama by The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas Scriptwriter When timid scientist Edgar builds a device that transports a grotesque beast from another dimension into his basement, he quickly learns the unsightly visitor has a kind, gentle nature. Edgar’s beautiful but greedy wife does not share his tenderheartedness, however, and soon hatches a plan to either exploit the creature for profit or have it exterminated. In deciding where his allegiance lies, Edgar is forced to reexamine his perception of beauty. Starring Tim Kazurinsky (Saturday Night Live, Police Academy) with Stacy Keach as narrator.

  • The Amazing Dr. Kyle Powers

    The Amazing Dr. Kyle Powers (2008)
    Drama by The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas Scriptwriter Dr. Kyle Powers is a cold, unsympathetic physician known by both patients and colleagues alike for his appalling bedside manner. When an extraordinary visitor grants him the ability to experience his patients’ symptoms, he is given the opportunity to change his insensitive ways. But as he becomes renowned for his diagnostic abilities, the only opportunity Dr. Powers sees involves dollar signs…until one day when he finds that he’s experiencing far more—and far worse—than just his patients’ symptoms. Starring Sean Astin (Rudy, Lord of the Rings) with Stacy Keach as narrator.

  • Behind the Carols Christmas special

    Behind the Carols Christmas special (2004)
    Drama by Moody Bible Radio Network Scriptwriter When a grandfather has trouble getting his grandson to bed at holiday time, he tells him a story about how one of his favorite Christmas carols came to be written. One story turns into two, then two into three, then three into four--and soon it is long past bedtime. But along the way, through the wisdom of a loving grandfather and the curiosity of a child, we hear dramatizations revealing what influenced the authors and composers to create some of the world's most beloved Christmas carols.

  • Numerous short dramas for Proclaim! radio series

    Numerous short dramas for Proclaim! radio series (2000)
    Drama by Moody Bible Radio Network Scriptwriter Short sketches that illustrated the weekly radio message given by the president of the Moody Bible Institute. Dramas were sometimes serialized over several days to support a multi-part sermon. Sketches took a relatable approach to dramatizing contemporary issues impacting Christians.

  • Numerous sketches/dramas for Kid Trek radio series

    Numerous sketches/dramas for Kid Trek radio series (1999)
    Drama by Moody Bible Radio Network Scriptwriter A Christian-based sketch-driven radio series for kids that drew inspiration from several sources—including VeggieTales, Sesame Street, and Second City. Sketches took a comic, entertaining look at such subjects as anger, forgiveness, and respect; and frequently offered a contemporary take on classic Bible stories.

  • The Call

    The Call (1998)
    Theater Playwright

  • No Room at the Bethlehem Suites

    No Room at the Bethlehem Suites (1997)
    Theater Playwright

Awards

  • There Goes The Neighborhood showcased on BBC Radio 4
    (2017)

  • There Goes The Neighborhood and The Dark Enforcer showcased on the WGN Radio Theater.
    (2015)

  • The Dark Enforcer voted the fan favorite by listeners of Fangoria's Dreadtime Stories.
    (2012)

Education

  • Elmhurst College
    (1977-1981)

  • Second City Training Center (Chicago, IL)
    (1977-1981)

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