Bill Allred on RADIO HOUR EPISODE 9: GRIMM

BILL ALLRED makes his third appearance in Plan-B’s RADIO HOUR. He has also appeared in Plan-B’s Script-In-Hand Series readings of STANDING ON CEREMONY: THE GAY MARRIAGE PLAYS and 8 and co-hosted several AND THE BANNED PLAYED ON events. Bill is best known as the co-host of X96’s Radio From Hell Show. GRIMM will be the third Plan-B RADIO HOUR that it’s been my privelige to participate in as an actor. I started with ALICE; then there was SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE BLUE CARBUNCLE and now GRIMM. Of the three plays, all by Matt Bennett, this one is the darkest. the edgiest, and the most daring. It is also the funniest. The darkness comes, of course, from the source material; the original Grimm fairy tales. The “Rapunzel” we will perform for you here sure ain’t no Disney Tangled. And our version of “Little Snow White” has dwarves and a wicked queen and a magic mirror, but then things go very wrong. But the funny stuff? The laugh lines? The slightly off-kilter jokes? Thats all Matt Bennett. Where does all of that dark funny humor come from? He seems so nice and quiet and polite in person. I probably don’t want to know. I’m just personally thrilled to be a part of this RADIO HOUR. It makes me realize what my dream job would have been. If only I could have been born a couple of decades earlier and been a radio actor. My great thanks to Plan-B for letting me find that. Let’s bring back the golden age of radio drama. Matthew Ivan Bennett’s RADIO HOUR EPISODE 9: GRIMM receives its world...

Playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett on RADIO HOUR EPISODE 9: GRIMM (2014/15 Season, Show #1)

Matthew Ivan Bennett has been Plan-B’s resident playwright since 2007, when he wrote his first radio play, RADIO HOUR EPISODE 3: LAVENDER & EXILE.  Since then RADIO HOUR EPISODE 4: FRANKENSTEIN, BLOCK 8, DI ESPERIENZA, RADIO HOUR EPISODE 5: ALICE, MESA VERDE, RADIO HOUR EPISODE 7: SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE BLUE CARBUNCLE, ERIC(A) and DIFFERENT=AMAZING have premiered at Plan-B, along with a plethora of short plays including TERMS OF USE.  His plays RADIO HOUR EPISOD 9: GRIMM and A/VERSION OF EVENTS receive their world premieres as part of the 2014/15 season as shows #1 and 4, respectively. Not all fairies are very nice. That’s a lesson you learn from reading the older editions of the Grimm Brothers’ stories. Fairies will toss your beloved out of a window and drown your ass. Parents will put themselves first. Beauty is a virtue. Disobedient children die. Good children die (but are sometimes resurrected). If you distance yourself from these stories that are so popular in our culture you begin to question whether they’re moral tales at all, or simply stories about horrible things happening with a little faith or magic for flavor. As I wrote, I couldn’t stop from seeing that the old folk tales are unfortunately modern. As Hansel and Gretel’s parents conspire to abandon (and therefore kill) their children in the woods, Susan Smith rolled her car, with her two children locked inside, into a lake. Many of the stories are straight-up horror, like FITCHER’S BIRD. Others are clearly Christian allegories. Really, the collection is too varied to make blanket statements about it, but it’s fair to say that we still...

Radio Hour Episode 9: GRIMM

A world premiere by Matthew Ivan Bennett Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 7:00pm Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner 138 W 300 S, SLC Also broadcast live on KUER’s RadioWest Click here for mini-season and single tickets Resident playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett pens his fifth radio script as RADIO HOUR returns to Halloween for EPISODE 9: GRIMM. “Little Snow-White,” “Rapunzel” and “The Juniper Tree” performed as live radio drama – with you as the live studio audience! – true to their original GRIMM-ness. *If you missed it, stream it at the Radio Hour Archive link below!* Featuring Bill Allred, Colleen Baum, Jay Perry, Teresa Sanderson and Jason Tatom. Original music by David Evanoff. Stage managment by Jennifer Freed. Lighting by Jesse Portillo. Sound engineered by Eric Robinette. Directed by Cheryl Ann Cluff. Bios  |  From the Playwright  |  Radio Hour Archive (stream/download all episodes for Halloween!)  |...

Radio Hour Episode 8: Fairyana

Radio Hour Episode 8: FairyanaBios A world premiere by Eric Samuelsen December 3, 2013  |  7pm Jeanne Wagner Theatre @ Rose Wagner 138 W 300 S, SLC No late seating Running time 60 minutes, no intermission Click here for 2013/14 Mini Season Subscriptions and/or Single Tickets Click the RadioWest logo below to stream the recording! A holiday show about a holiday show (performed as a radio show) about the writers of a children’s television show possessed by their own characters.  Also broadcast live on KUER’s RadioWest. You are the live studio audience! Featuring Jay Perry, Teresa Sanderson and Jason Tatom.  Original (live) music by Dave Evanoff with (live) foley by Michael Johnson.  Sound engineer Eric Robinette.  Directed by Cheryl Ann Cluff. #SeasonOfEric REVIEWS Salt Lake Magazine  |  Selective Echo  |  SLCene    PRESS Blog Entries  |  Broadway World  |  Cast & Creative Bios & Playwright’s Statement  |  City Weekly  |  Gavin’s Underground  |  KUER  |  Salt Lake Magazine  |  Selective Echo  |  SLcene  |  SLUG Magazine’s Soundwaves from the Underground (podcast – start at 16:21)  |  Standard-Examiner  |  The Salt Lake Tribune  |  UtahTheatreBloggers Who’s Who  |  Playwright’s Statement PLAYWRIGHT ERIC SAMUELSEN has written for Plan-B since 2004, where his plays MIASMA, AMERIGO, BORDERLANDS and NOTHING PERSONAL  received their world premieres.  He has had twenty-five plays produced across the country (most of them in Utah, but also in New York, Louisiana, Idaho and California).  A three-time recipient of the Association for Mormon Letters award for best play, several of his plays have been published by Plan-B and Sunstone.  His Ibsen translations have been produced in Utah, California and elsewhere (including A DOLL...

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...

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