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Local celebrities take the stage for an old style radio play

CKLU fundraiser draws plenty of laughs from packed crowd Sunday

The third mayor of Sudbury, Murray C. Biggar — bizarrely, his last name is similar to that of the city's current mayor, Brian Bigger — suddenly disappeared from his office on the night of Sept. 14, 1897.

He had told his wife Etta that he would check his mail and be right home. He was never seen again.

Thus the stage was set for 'The Max Silverman Radio Hours presents The Case of the Missing Mayor,' a part-fact and part-fiction play written by Judi Straughan performed at the STC this weekend.'s own managing editor Mark Gentili was among the locals who took part, along with Mayor Brian Bigger and several other local notables.

It was staged as an outreach project by Sudbury campus and community radio station CKLU 96.7.

The play was set in 1948 in CKLU's radio studio (that part is fictional, as CKLU didn't launch until 1984) with flashbacks to the circumstances surrounding Biggar's disappearance a half-century before.