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The Mark of Zorro

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Finalist for the 2012 Audie® Award for Distinguished Achievement in Production

An Audie Award Finalist in Audie Award Finalist

An AudioFile Best Book of the Year in 2011

A 2011 Grammy Award Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album

Based on Johnston McCulley’s The Curse of Capistrano first published in 1919 by pulp magazine All-Story Weekly

Set in Los Angeles during the era of early nineteenth century Colonial Spanish California, the story introduces us to wealthy, young aristocrat Don Diego de la Vega, son of the richest ranchero in the country. Don Diego is an idler who has never concerned himself with more than the cut of his clothes. Unlike other full-blooded youths of his age, he presents himself as a fop, lacking in vigor, vitality, and strength. But Vega’s timorous reputation is merely a mask to conceal his alter ego—El Zorro. As Zorro, dressed in black and wearing a mask, he is transformed into a cunning swordsman who fearlessly pulls off dashing and daring escapades in his quest to avenge the helpless, aid the poor and oppressed, and punish cruel officials. Deemed an outlaw by California’s corrupt governor, he is ever-hunted by the Commandante of La Reina de Los Angeles, Capitan Ramón, and his henchman, Sergeant Pedro Gonzalez.

Forced to find a wife or lose his inheritance, Diego sets off to romance the fiery, outspoken Lolita Pulido, the most beautiful señorita in Los Angeles. Unimpressed with Diego’s passionless efforts to win her affections, Lolita finds herself attracted to the dashing and courageous Zorro. With the Pulido family having been impoverished by the corrupt governor, her father would see her married to the rich Don Diego. At the same time, the nobly born, but morally dissolute, Captain Ramón has also taken an interest in the fair señorita, making matters worse. As tensions heighten between Ramon and the Pulido family and pursuit of the masked avenger intensifies, Zorro leaves his mark on those who would perpetrate injustice.

The Mark of Zorro, masterfully adapted into a full-cast audio drama by the award-winning Hollywood Theater of the Ear especially for Blackstone Audio, is an exciting, action-packed, swashbuckling adventure that will have listeners on the edge of their seats.

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“A succession of thrills from first page to last…Original…Captivating.”

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“Cunning, suave, fearless, and a friend to the poor, the masked El Zorro first appeared in the pulp magazine All-Story Weekly in 1919. This sparkling full-cast audio adaptation of the original short story, ‘The Curse of Capistrano,’ provides the sounds of plenty of swords clashing and bullets ricocheting. Where the real sparks fly is in the wonderfully honed playful dialogue, performed by an A-list Hollywood cast. Val Kilmer uses subtle vocal changes to play both the aristocratic idler Don Diego de la Vega and Diego’s alter ego—the dashing El Zorro, who easily bests the villainous and foolish Captain Ramón and Sergeant Gonzalez, played with great energy by Keith Szarabajka and Meshach Taylor. But Zorro is no match for the stinging words of the lovely, proud Lolita Pulido, played with fiery grace by Ruth Livier. Good-natured fun.”

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    The Cast

    James W. August 19, 2014
    The Cast:
    Val Kilmer (Top Gun, Heat, Batman, Tombstone) as Diego de la Vega/Zorro
    Ruth Livier (Ylse, Resurrection Blvd) as Lolita Pulido
    Meshach Taylor (Designing Women) as Sgt Gonzalez
    Armin Shimerman (Quark from Star Trek DS9) as the Tavern Landlord
    Elizabeth Peña (The Incredibles, Lone Star) as Doña Catalina Pulido
    Ned Schmidtke (*Audie winner) as Don Carlos Pulido
    Keith Szarabajka (*Audie Award winner) as Captain Ramon
    Kristoffer Tabori (*winner of 1 Emmy Award and multiple Audie Awards) as Don Alejandro de la Vega
    Stefan Rudnicki (*winner of 2 Grammy Awards and 11 Audie Awards) as Frey Felipe
    Scott Brick (*winner of 40 AudioFile Earphone awards and 2 Audie Awards) as the Governor
    Phil Proctor (Firesign Theatre) in multiple roles
    John Sloan in multiple roles
    Gordo Panza in multiple roles

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Author Biography

Johnston McCulley (1883–1958), a one-time police reporter, was the author of hundreds of stories, fifty novels, plus numerous screenplays for film and television. He was also the creator of the character Zorro.

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Val Kilmer is one of the most prolific actors of his generation. From his more recent work as a career military officer in David Mamet’s Spartan, back through his work with Oliver Stone in The Doors and Michael Mann in Heat, to his early work in Top Gun, Kilmer has worked with many of film’s most respected directors and actors. His latest films include Kill the Irishman, opposite Linda Cardellini and Christopher Walken, and Riddle, alongside Elisabeth Harnois and Diora Baird.

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