Live Theater Performance in Old-Time Radio Style at Nashville Church of Scientology

In the 1930s and ‘40s prior to founding the Scientology religion, author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard wrote for magazines of the day. One of his stories will be performed theatrically at the Nashville Church of Scientology.

Nashville, TN, March 01, 2012 --( While L. Ron Hubbard is best known as the founder of the Scientology religion, he is also one of the country’s most popular fiction writers, publishing hundreds of works over a career that spanned more than five decades. Authoring everything from science fiction to romance, action and fantasy to adventure, his name—and pen names—became synonymous with good reading.

One of his popular Adventures was “The Trail of the Red Diamonds” which will be brought to life by performers in a free theatrical reading hosted by the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre in Nashville, Tennessee.

The plot focuses on one Lieutenant Jonathan Daly. An original manuscript by Marco Polo finds its way into Daly’s hands, and he’s able to translate the tale well enough to discover the trail to a chest of fabulous red stones buried with the long-dead Emperor of China, Kublai Khan. Ignoring warnings, Lt. Daly follows Marco Polo’s words straight into a dark maze of betrayal, espionage and death.

This story was originally written under the pseudonym of Lt. Jonathan Daly, who by chance, but more likely by design, is the main character in the story. This story mixes in a lot of reality in that the authenticity comes from Hubbard’s many experiences in China.

L. Ron Hubbard was among the most prolific and popular writers during the Golden Age of Pulp Fiction. Between 1934 and 1940, some 140 L. Ron Hubbard tales appeared in the pages of legendary Pulps—often as many as three titles an issue and bylined under some fifteen pen names. To meet such demand, Hubbard regularly produced between seventy-five and a hundred thousand words a month, with a 90 percent acceptance rate from publishers—first draft, first submission.

That his stories were uniquely drawn from true-to-life experience, including then-rare voyages to Asia and the South Pacific, is likewise part of the Hubbard legend. He wrote a kaleidoscope of tales representing every imaginable genre: science fiction, fantasy, western, mystery, thriller, horror, even romance—action of all kinds and in all places. Hubbard once said this about writing, “Adventuring is a state of mind. If you adventure through life, you have a good chance to be a success on paper.”

“The Trail of the Red Diamonds” will be performed in the community room at the Church of Scientology in Nashville at 1130 8th Avenue South on Sunday March 4th at 1:00pm. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To RSVP call Julie Brinker at (615) 687-4600.

Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre Nashville
Julie Brinker