Jake Revolver – A Radio-Noir Parody

Share with friends
Jake Revolver Freelance Secret Agent


Jake Revolver, Freelance Secret Agent

Presented by Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre

Fridays | Sept. 30 & Oct. 7 | 7:30  pm
Saturdays | Oct. 1 & 8 | 7:30 pm
Sundays | Oct. 2 & 9 | 2 pm

BDACT Fine Arts Center – Kamps Auditorium

Tickets: $14

Copyright © February 2019 Matthew Konkel and Off The Wall Play Publishers


Sunday | August 21 | 3–6  pm
Monday | August 22 | 6:30–9 pm
Tuesday | August 23 | 6:30–9 pm

BDACT Fine Arts Center – Kamps Auditorium

Show Dates:
Fridays | Sept. 30 & Oct. 7 | 7:30  pm
Saturdays | Oct. 1 & 8 | 7:30 pm
Sundays | Oct. 2 & 9 | 2 pm

About Auditions

Seeking voice actors for BDACT’s production of Jake Revolver, Freelance Secret Agent. No memorization needed.  Emphasis on voice timbre, and character interpretation preferred, but not necessary.  Improv exercises done during rehearsals to develop comedic timing. Perfect opportunity for all actors of all levels.  First time auditioners are strongly encouraged!

Character Descriptions

RADIO ANNOUNCER, Transitional character used to shift between story acts and to support the radio drama concept. 

JAKE REVOLVER, A freelance secret agent— basically a private detective in the tradition of Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe. Projects a persona of resourceful intelligence, sharp wit and a tough exterior, however, he often has spells of emotional frailty and dense intellect.

EMMY AWARD, Dedicated secretary to Jake Revolver. Resilient and perceptive, Emmy is a smart woman who’s in love with Jake Revolver and harbors a big secret.

ANGEL FATALE, Her name tells her story. The traditional femme fatale of the noir genre. Angel exudes a false frightened and helpless exterior to manipulate Jake Revolver and serve her own personal nefarious agenda.

NARRATOR, Jake Revolver’s chronicler used to speak Jake’s thoughts and supplement his actions. At times the Narrator acts as a partner to Jake. He’s confident, omniscient and bold—often pushy and extremely verbose.

ANN DANDERSON, Classic, overly suspicious and obsessive crime genre police officer. Danderson is an experienced and thorough cop with a fanatical agenda to take down Jake Revolver.

DASHIELL ROLL, Jake Revolver’s former partner. Once a dedicated partner, he’s now believed to be dead. He blames Jake for his near-death and returns to exact his revenge. He is smart, obsessive and totally insane.

RAYMOND RATTLE, Another of Jake Revolver’s former partners. In the past he was a supportive colleague and a good agent but in the present day he’s become suspicious and irrational.

CRAY, A client from Jake Revolver’s past. A mysterious presence, cool and calculating.

WINDY, Shady owner and operator of Breezy’s Nightclub.

TRUDY, Plastic, affected radio commercial spokesperson.

WALLACE, Hapless and innocent radio commercial representative.

Tickets on sale

NOTE: By purchasing tickets, you and members of your party agree to adhere to BDACT’s 2022 COVID-19 Policies.


  • BDACT Box Office
    117 W. Maple Ave., Beaver Dam (920-885-6891)
    Tuesday & Thursday 10 am–4 pm

Volunteers are needed
to usher, sell tickets, and concessions.

Jake Revolver, Freelance Secret Agent

A radio-noir parody by Matthew Konkel

In this radio-noir play, private detective Jake Revolver fights against conspiracy, double-cross, and self-reference to uncover the killer of his own narrator. The audience is immersed in the premier of a 1940s live radio play complete with stand-up microphones and sound effects. Jake Revolver, Freelance Secret Agent is a parody packed with puns, play on words, and an abundance of self-referential absurdity.

Jake Revolver, Freelance Secret Agent was a finalist in the Rover Dramawerks Comedy Play Contest and received its world premiere production in Milwaukee, WI produced by Milwaukee Entertainment Group, June, 2015. This hilarious noir parody has delighted audiences in Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New Mexico and Washington, D.C.  

Director: Dan Landsness
Producers: Jill Kaufman & Jennifer Bohlig