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 there for a laugh and to make Rathbone’s Holmes look even more brilliant.
But when I was old enough to read Conan Doyle’S Holmes stories I found a very different Watson. He was a robust medical doctor who had fought bravely in the war. He was Holmes’ equal in many ways and his loyal friend. And he served to keep Sherlock grounded when things started getting out of hand. This is the Dr. Watson that Matt Bennett has given us in his adaptation of the Blue Carbuncle.
I know that Holmes scholars aren’t very fond of the Nigel Bruce Watson from the movies but I still have kind of a fondness for him. However, I’m grateful to play the Watson that Doyle actually envisioned and that Matt has so skillfully brought to RADIO HOUR.
I never will have that career as a radio actor, I guess but maybe, once a year, Plan-B will have me around to realize a bit of the dream.
I hope you join us either in the theater on December 18 or on the radio on KUER’s RadioWest. I think you’ll have a lot of fun.
Matthew Ivan Bennett’s RADIO HOUR EPISODE 7: SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE BLUE CARBUNCLE, featuring Bill Allred, Doug Fabrizio, Jay Perry & Jason Tatom and directed by Cheryl Cluff, opens Plan-B’s 2012/13 season on December 18 – click here for details and subscription information!