World Premiere by Matthew Ivan Bennett
October 30, 2015

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RADIO HOUR returns to the RadioWest studio where it began a decade ago! Doug Fabrizio becomes another kind of host when he interviews Dr. Arlen Childs (Jay Perry), the author of a new book on paranormal activity, a la THE WAR OF THE WORLDS. It’s not real. Or is it?

Original music by David Evanoff, directed by Cheryl Cluff.


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Dr. Arlen ChildsDr. Arlen Childs is the best-selling author of The Return: Reclaiming Your Birthright in the Otherwhere. A medical doctor with seven years’ experience in the ER, Dr. Childs began mediating the wisdom of a meta-terrestrial consciousness after a near-death experience. As a speaker for them (the Concordant), Dr. Childs has helped tens of thousands of seekers worldwide. Although he is only a vessel, he is happy to be a part of the greatest spiritual movement in the United States since Mormonism.

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Playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett on creating RADIO HOUR EPISODE 10: OTHERWHERE for the 2015/16 Season

RADIO HOUR EPISODE 10: OTHERWHERE by Matthew Ivan Bennett receives its world premiere in a co-production with KUER’S RadioWest on October 30, 2015 featuring Doug Fabrizio and Jay Perry, with original music by Dave Evanoff, directed by Cheryl Cluff. This is the only thing that will be written about this year’s 10th anniversary episode of RADIO HOUR—we’re hoping for a WAR OF THE WORLDS moment, so we have to tell you somewhere, at least once, that it’s not real. During my undergrad days, a favorite late-night pastime of mine was listening to AM radio talk shows. Particularly, I liked listening to Coast-to-Coast AM, with fringe topics ranging from UFOs to dreams to free energy devices. Actually, the title of my first play came from Coast-to-Coast AM, when host Art Bell asked everyone to “send white light to Terrence.” He meant Terrence McKenna, the psychedelic researcher. I didn’t write a play about him, but I jotted down WHITE LIGHT OF TERRENCE and that sparked the idea for a play about a young man who has visions. The entertainment value of Coast-to-Coast is that, even if you don’t believe a word some guest is saying, it’s obvious that he believes it. And that’s very scary to contemplate sometimes. For instance, one of my all-time favorite shows was when Art Bell opened a line specifically for the Anti-Christ. He got several of them—and some of them sounded…well, convincing. They may have merely been good actors, or people with personality disorders, but they seemed to believe themselves. When Jerry and Cheryl approached me with the idea of writing a fictional guest for Doug Fabrizio’s...

Our 25th Anniversary Season

This blog post might read like a press release because, well, it’s a press release.  But don’t hold that against us! PLAN-B THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES FIVE EXCITING WORLD PREMIERES FOR ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY, 2015/2016 SEASON Award-winning theatre celebrates a quarter century of success with a rich lineup of world premieres celebrating music, diversity and human relationships. (Salt Lake City, UT) – Continuing our unique legacy of producing new plays by Utah playwrights, Plan-B Theatre Company announces its 25th season with a slate of world premieres. The season offers a peek into the mind of a madman and the music that created it, a haunting radio play, a humorous look at the dreariness of holiday retail, a journey through relationships past and future, and Plan-B’s first-ever new musical that features a housewife who dreams of something more. “Plan-B is committed to telling stories from a local point of view. Our 25th season takes that a step further, exploring how comfortable we feel inside our own narratives,“ says Jerry Rapier, Plan-B’s producing director. The season begins October 18, 2015, and runs through April 10, 2016. Season tickets, only $70 (a 20% savings) are available now at Plan-B’s website. THE KREUTZER SONATA by Eric Samuelsen October 18–November 9, 2015 (Also November 4, 2015, at New York’s United Solo Theatre Festival) The season opens with a harrowing exploration of the mind of a murderer, of a man driven mad by Beethoven’s music. “Music, like marriage, is but a violence and a falsehood,” says the madman (Robert Scott Smith) and both torment him to the point of no return. This cautionary tale is interwoven with a...

RADIO HOUR veterans Jay Perry & Teresa Sanderson on EPISODE 9: GRIMM

Jay Perry & Teresa Sanderson have been two of the most familiar faces at Plan-B Theatre over the past decade.  Teresa most recently appeared in 3; Jay most recently appeared in CLEARING BOMBS and both are RADIO HOUR regulars. RADIO HOUR EPISODE 9: GRIMM is Teresa’s seventh episode and Jay’s ninth episode. Jay Perry: We’re in the middle of rehearsals right now for for RADIO HOUR GRIMM and I’m having the strangest dreams . . . Not only are they incredibly visceral, I’m also experiencing what feels like telepathy.  Last night, I spoke with a friend I haven’t seen in years and I woke, feeling as if we had actually communicated somehow. his morning I’m having coffee from the the same RADIO HOUR mug I’ve been using since 2005. In these nine years with RADIO HOUR, I’ve realized that my dreams are always more realistic this time of year. I see mysterious places, wildly vivid faces and creatures with magic powers. The landscapes and details stay in my mind for hours, sometimes days. Some never leave my memory at all. It begins to happen during rehearsal, when hearing becomes more acute and I’m listening closely to the amazing sounds and intonations coming from the actors and the sound effects around me. A world begins to emerge as my mind paints moving pictures, cascading into scenes of real life. These are waking dreams. No wonder, then, that when I’m asleep, it’s as if I’m wide awake . . . and this Wednesday, the radio allows us to share our waking dream, in a sort of electronic telepathy, with anyone who tunes in. Like...


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...

Eric Samuelsen bids farewell to the #SeasonOfEric

Eric Samuelsen has written for Plan-B Theatre Company for a decade where, in addition to the #SeasonOfEric, his plays MIASMA, AMERIGO and BORDERLANDS also received their world premieres. It’s very rare for a fully professional American theatre company to devote time and resources to new work by local playwrights. It’s exponentially rarer for companies to do entire seasons devoted to the work of a single playwright. I expect, rarest of all, would be for companies to market that season using the playwright’s first name. So: the Season of Eric. And I’m Eric; apparently sufficiently known (or at least notorious) to warrant not just a season of my work, but a marketing campaign based on my first name. It’s immensely flattering and a tremendous honor. Obviously, the greatest five events in my life were when I married Annette, and when each of our four children were born. I’m not kidding when I say this: The Season of Eric comes sixth. We started off with GHOSTS. My PhD dissertation was on Henrik Ibsen, most of my scholarly publications were on Ibsen; I’m an Ibsen guy. And I can say this unequivocally; I love GHOSTS. And of course the ending of the play is powerfully and movingly tragic. But I’ve seen GHOSTS in production many times, and I’ve always felt there was something essential missing. Humor. Dour old Ibsen, the stuffy Victorian moralist. As I translated the play, I kept cracking up; I loved Ibsen’s subversive satirical wit. In our Script-In-Hand Series production, we only had a few days to rehearse, but it was so thrilling to hear laughs in the house....

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!)  |...

Jay Perry on performing in RADIO HOUR

Jay Perry is the only actor to have performed in all 8 episodes of Plan-B’s RADIO HOUR. If there was ever was gift from theatre gods I never saw coming it was a near-decade of radio drama. It’s hard to believe this is the 8th RADIO HOUR and that I’ve been able to be a part of each of these wonderful productions. I remember the first one, RADIO POE, and how nervous I was to go on the air live that day – that’s when we performed it in KUER’s RadioWest studio without an audience. I remember how cool Tony Larimer seemed to be and how calmly and adeptly he voiced his role. Carl Nelson were amazing as well and it was such a pleasure to sit accross from Doug Fabrizio and the incredible view from his studio at KUER for the very first time. Still, I was a wreck; To play a complete character and try to get every moment perfect, live. Aaaagh! Well, the nerves still come, but the process and the performace of live radio has since become my favorite acting genre. And of course, the best part of it all has been the people I’ve had the good fortune to share it with. In every incarnation of RADIO HOUR, the amazing foley artists have created such real, visceral worlds in my mind that I’ve been able to see, feel and nearly touch them. What a joy it’s been to live characters in such detailed imaginary places!  Worlds that are still emblazoned in my memory . . . I’ll never forget the dark London streets of SHERLOCK...

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