Bill Allred's dream of being a radio actor is (sort of) fulfilled in RADIO HOUR EPISODE 7: SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE BLUE CARBUNCLE

Bill Allred, best known as co-host of X96’s Radio From Hell Show, has previously appeared in Plan-B’s RADIO HOUR: ALICE and the Script-In-Hand Series readings of STANDING ON CEREMONY: THE GAY MARRIAGE PLAYS and 8 – he has also co-hosted (sometimes with Doug Fabrizio) several installments of AND THE BANNED PLAYED ON. I am absolutely flattered that Plan-B Theatre has asked me back for another go at a radio play. I was in the last one . . . RADIO HOUR: ALICE [in Wonderland] and had a fantastic time. When I was just a wee lad, there were still some daytime radio dramas on the air and I would listen to them with my mother. Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was one that I remember in particular. Dollar was a hard bitten insurance investigator who managed to keep deadbeats from cheating the insurance company. Johnny was always able to solve the case and romance a dame too. I didn’t want to be Johnny Dollar though; I wanted to be the radio actor who played Johnny Dollar. To this day, I believe that if radio plays had still been produced in the quantity they once were, that would have been my profession . . . Bill Allred, radio actor. I’m excited to play Dr. Watson to Doug Fabrizio’s Sherlock Holmes in Plan-B’s RADIO HOUR EPISODE 7: SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE BLUE CARBUNCLE.  My first memory of Dr. Watson is from the old Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce Sherlock Holmes movies, which, incidentally, were also done on radio. The Dr. Watson from those movies was a foolish, bumbling, comedic character who was...

Doug Fabrizio on playing Sherlock Holmes in RADIO HOUR EPISODE 7: SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE BLUE CARBUNCLE

Doug Fabrizio is best known as the host of KUER’s RadioWest. He has previously appeared in three episodes of Plan-B Theatre Company’s RADIO HOUR: THE HITCHHIKER & ZERO HOUR, LAVENDER & EXILE and FRANKENSTEIN. he has also appeared in Plan-B’s Script-In-Hand Series readings of THE NORMAL HEART and STANDING ON CEREMONY: THE GAY MARRIAGE PLAYS and 8 (as a voice over) and hosted AND THE BANNED PLAYED ON several times, including a few with Bill Allred. As far as I can tell Sherlock Holmes is afraid of only one thing – boredom.  I think this explains the cocaine.  The drug seems to show up in stories when he’s in between cases and trying to fight off lethargy.  So, when he finds a mystery to solve, even one as frivolous as why a precious jewel has ended up in the gullet of a Christmas goose, he jumps for joy and then jumps in. It’s been fun getting to know Sherlock for the Radio Hour but it’s also been something of a challenge.  Conan Doyle describes him as ‘the most perfect reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen.’  But those who played the role well have understood that while he pays scrupulous attention to details, he isn’t so good with people.  He doesn’t have much of a filter or any real social skills.  One description I read said there was something slightly inhuman about Holmes.  So I think to get him right, you have to be completely present and aware of the world around you while being slightly detached from the people inside. You also have to stay one...

Jason Tatom on being the RADIO HOUR newbie

Jason Tatom has previously appeared in Plan-B’s EXPOSED and LADY MACBETH, as well as several SLAMs and the Script-In-Hand Series reading of 8. Hi everybody. I’m Jason, and I’m the new guy. I’ve been lucky enough to work for Plan-B many times, but when it comes to RADIO HOUR, I’m definitely a newbie. I’ve been a fan of RADIO HOUR for a few years now, and always thought how great it would be to get to be a part of these projects one day. Then they stopped. For a little while anyway. One day (during the adrenaline filled 24 hours of this year’s SLAM, come to think of it) I decided to just ask Jerry if I could be a part of any future RADIO HOURs, and was thrilled to find out that the series was coming back. Now, here I am, The new guy. I gotta tell ya, that first read through was a little intimidating. These people have been doing this for some time now, and I just wanted to fit in. Well, maybe “fitting in” was a little optimistic, I was personally trying to not suck. Yeah, not sucking is an alright starting point, I can definitely build on that. I was introduced to radio shows as a young teen. You should understand that I was a pretty awkward young man. Chubby, thick glasses, deathly shy, and not the least bit athletically inclined, so I ended up spending a lot of time by myself listening to the radio. We had a HUGE console radio in our front room. You know, the kind with the 8-track player,...

Matthew Ivan Bennett on creating RADIO HOUR EPISODE 7: SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE BLUE CARBUNCLE

Matthew Ivan Bennett has premiered RADIO HOUR: LAVENDER & EXILE, RADIO HOUR: FRANKENSTEIN, BLOCK 8, DI ESPERIENZA, RADIO HOUR: ALICE and MESA VERDE with Plan-B Theatre Company.  His play ERIC(A) is also part of the 2012/13 season. Like a lot of kids, I was introduced to radio theatre on family trips. My parents liked to tune into AM radio on long drives and from the back of the station wagon I heard sketch comedy like Nichols and May. Once, on the last day of school in the seventh grade, I think, our administration played Abbot and Costello’s WHO’S ON FIRST? over the PA system and I became obsessed with the sketch. My dad, it turned out, had it on cassette tape (along with THE SHADOW) and at one time I had a long chunk of it memorized. My cousin Nate and I even recorded our own radio shows using a little gray boom box. I vividly remember recording myself one morning after a sleepover saying, “I slept with my socks on last night!” and then laughing hysterically. That was my younger self’s version of a joke. My cousin and I listened to that “joke” over and over. When I was in high school drama, I thought, “I want to be a radio actor.” I told my teacher Russ Johnson and he kindly informed me that there weren’t many radio actors anymore. I was a weird mixture of insecure and confident as a teenaged theatre person: I could act with my voice, but not the rest of my body. So I wanted to do radio. Once I got into college,...

Radio Hour Episode 7: Sherlock Holmes and the Blue Carbuncle

Radio Hour Episode 7: Sherlock Holmes and the Blue CarbuncleBios RADIO HOUR EPISODE 7: SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE BLUE CARBUNCLE a world premiere by Matthew Ivan Bennett adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle presented in partnership with KUER’s RadioWest December 18, 2012  |  7pm and 8:30pm SOLD OUT! 7pm performance also broadcast live on KUER 90.1 $20 reserved seating ($10 students) Running time 1 hour Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner 138 W 300 S, SLC Click here for tickets or call 801.355.ARTS After six episodes (2005-2010) and a year off, Plan-B’s RADIO HOUR partnership with KUER’s RadioWest returns with EPISODE 7: SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE BLUE CARBUNCLE. Holmes & Watson must discover how the Countess of Morcar’s stolen jewel came to be inside a Christmas goose. The mystery begins with a street fight and ends with a full confession. Join this wild goose chase of a holiday whodunit, performed as radio drama with you as the live studio audience!  A holiday treat for the whole family (ages 8+) and undoubtedly the most unique family entertainment of the holiday season! Featuring Bill Allred as Watson, Doug Fabrizio as Holmes, with Jay Perry and Jason Tatom as everyone else.  Foley by Mark & Eric Robinette.  Directed by Cheryl Ann Cluff. PRESS Cast/Creative Bios & Playwright’s Statement  |  City Weekly  |  Gavin’s Underground  |  Plan-B Blog Posts from Playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett and actors Jason Tatom, Doug Fabrizio & Bill Allred  |  KUER’s RadioWest (9/19/12 – 43:28)  |  The Salt Lake Tribune profile of playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett  |  Selective Echo  |  The Salt Lake Tribune profile of actor Doug Fabrizio  |  UtahTheatreBloggers Interview with...

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