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.

From playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett
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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...

Cheryl Ann Cluff's most memorable Plan-B sound design

Cheryl Ann Cluff co-founded Plan-B in 1991 and is the company’s Managing Director. She has directed MESA VERDE and all five RADIO HOURs, including RADIO HOUR: FRANKENSTEIN (Utah Broadcasters Association Gold Award, Best Radio Feature Story or Program) and RADIO HOUR: ALICE. She has designed sound for most Plan-B productions since 2000, most recently SHE WAS MY BROTHER and BORDERLANDS. My most memorable design experience was probably for our production of Mercury Theatre’s THE WAR OF THE WORLDS back in 2002. This show is most memorable for me from a sound design perspective because it was my first experience designing sounds that were performed live, on stage by a foley, using various objects to create the sounds, pretty much like they did back in the Golden Age of Radio in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Absolutely no sounds were pre-recorded for that show, which was a first. I co-designed sound with Cory Thorell and I was also the live foley on stage during the run of the show. I had designed sound for live radio drama for the 1996 production of RADIO MACBETH but it the sounds for that show weren’t completely live sounds performed by a foley on stage. A good majority of sounds were prerecorded with a few live effects, and none of them were actually performed live in front of the audience. I was the foley for that show, and I ran sound and performed the live effects in a small closet off stage at the Art Barn. Don’t ask why I was in the closet (literally, not figuratively) – it’s a rather long, stupid story...


Acting in all five installments of RADIO HOUR…wow, what an incredible journey! It was such a great thing to be a part of each of the past five years. As I gained more and more experience with radio drama it became a genre I simply want more of. I actually prefer it to any other type of acting. The world that can exist in the mind, transferred through sound, is limitless. When the audience has no set, costumes, lights or props, and it’s all shaved down to an audible experience, they can let their imagination run wild and fill in the gaps in an unbridled and very personal way. I have the same experience performing it. With the visual aspects left to the imagination, the world of the play has a dimension that is less fixed and gives my mind more to play with. The physical part of the work does not stop happening and you really have to listen not only to your fellow actors, but to the foley world that seems to be happening all around you with those headphones on. You are creating a living picture of sound that is unique for each person hearing it. I can still see, taste, smell and feel the environments we created. I still shiver when I twist a piece of celery. And I feel an adrenaline rush whenever a door slowly…creeks…open… I can still hear the great Tony Larimer’s voice and those of all of the incredible actors and the people, monsters, spectres and spirits they created. The radio is absolutely awesome in its power to electrify – and...


Cheryl Ann Cluff: Our interest in live radio drama began with RADIO MACBETH in 1996. The live audience listened to the story, presented as a psychological radio drama, in a 1940’s style ‘living room’, complete with a vintage Westinghouse radio. The actors and foley (sound effects artist) performed the show in nearby rooms, concealed from the audience’s view. We then produced THE PBTC RADIO SHOW in 1998, which included an original adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s THE RATS IN THE WALLS; then THE WAR OF THE WORLDS in 2002, with Mercury Theatre’s original 1930’s script. Both productions were presented before a live ‘studio’ audience, with THE WAR OF THE WORLDS broadcasting live on KRCL. A few years later, we created Plan-B’s RADIO HOUR, which was broadcast live on KUER’s RadioWest on three consecutive Halloweens as episodes of RadioWest – RADIO POE (2005), THE HITCHHIKER & ZERO HOUR (2006) and LAVENDER & EXILE (2007). These were presented in-studio only, and each included a small studio audience of about 10 people. We had so much fun in the KUER studio we decided to re-combine the theatre experience with the radio experience. So we moved RADIO HOUR back into the theatre in 2008 and 2009, allowing us to have a true ‘live studio audience’ for the KUER live broadcast on Halloween. In 2005, 2006 and 2007 there was a single live broadcast in the morning which was recorded and re-broadcast that evening. The twist in 2008 and 2009, in addition to being back in the theatre, is that we did two live broadcasts on Halloween! There are three reasons why I like live...

END OF THE FIRST WEEK OF THE RUN RADIO HOUR: ALICE (runs thru October 31, 2009) – David Evanoff, Composer/Musician

The music for RADIO HOUR: ALICE was composed in cinematic fashion. I recorded a read-through of the radio drama and then sat at the piano to come up with the score outline. The piano sketch was then orchestrated into brass, strings, percussion, guitar and keyboards. Everything was recorded as MIDI information so once I got into rehearsal with the cast I was still able to quickly change tempos, entrances, cut-offs and make things longer or shorter depending on the actors’ mood or pace. Once I had a good idea of the speed and direction of the live show, I then brought in my live performance. I play keyboards, guitar and even my iPhone live along with the recorded material. I have really enjoyed the script this year. I felt it had a perfect blend of darkness and humor. The script, and later the actors’ interpretations, led me to create clever music. Funny at times, often scary or psychedelic, I’m proud as hell of this year’s show and the music that accompanies it! Don’t miss...


The first Plan-B radio show was RADIO MACBETH in the mid-nineties. For those of you who missed it, imagine 6-8 actors in costumes with swords and sounds effects, crammed in a closet in the attic of the Art Barn. The “scene” was a Victorian living room, a radio prominently place center stage, maybe a tea set and some cookies. The deal was you listened to most of the show, then for the fight scenes the actors would bust out of the closest(no pun intended), the lights would change, though all I really remember is maybe a blackout. Did they really do the fight scene with the swords in the dark? I bet they did. It was a crazy time. Tobin cranking out adapted scripts, directing and acting, Cheryl selling the props and costumes in yard sales at an duplex she rented on 11th East. We tried radio drama a few times with varying success ’til THE WAR OF THE WORLDS in 2002. That was sure fun, and I think a real turning point for Plan-B. Sure we had had some great shows, but now we had the Studio Theatre at the Rose Wagner. On top of that we now had the Magic Barn. For those of you who do not know, the house I bought in 2000 came with a barn that is magic. If I need something and I think about it long enough it will appear, somewhere, hidden in the mountains of stuff. It has happened over and over again. Best of all it has a roof and finally some of the parts and pieces are out...

END OF REHEARSAL WEEK #2 RADIO HOUR: ALICE (October 22-31, 2009) – Emma Munson, Actor

WOW. We open in four days! AHHH! Honestly the show has come together really well. This has been the most amazing experience for me. I could not have asked for a better cast, crew and director. It never ceases to amaze me how talented the rest of the cast is. Bill is the perfect Psychopomp…he’s so scary and great. And don’t even get me started on Jay, Tobin and Teresa. How they do so many fantastic voices is beyond me. Everyone in the cast is so friendly and hilarious, and they do such a great job bringing Matt’s marvelous script to life. Now the crew…here do I even start? Well, we can start with Jen, the stage manager. She is so amazing. I don’t know what we would do without her organization, patience and candy bottle. Cory and Daisy, two of the nicest people I know, are working on foley. The show has really come to life because of them. Then there’s Dave, the most talented composer/music performer ever. He was so patient when he was working on the last song with me and I am so grateful he’s there with his fantastic creepy music. Jesse the light designer and Eric and Mark the sound guys make everyone look and sound great! And I can’t tell you how thankful I am for Cheryl. She’s so agreeable and patient. She is the best director! This show has definitely been one of the best experiences I have ever had and I’m so grateful to get to do it. I can’t wait to start the run and let the public come and...

END OF REHEARSAL WEEK #1 RADIO HOUR: ALICE (October 22-31, 2009) – Bill Allred, Actor

Thank God we have Jen, the stage manager with a big bottle of candy. I keep forgetting how hard being an actor can be. It’s tedious; going back over the same things time and time again. It’s hard on your vocal chords; poor Teresa as the Queen has to shout ‘Off with her head!’ time and time again. And there’s the fact that, for people like me, you come to rehearsal for four hours of work after you’ve already put in your time at a day job. But how rewarding too. It’s just incredible to be around creative people like Tobin, Jay, Teresa and Emma as we do our part to bring the RADIO HOUR: ALICE script that Matt has given us to life. Cheryl, the director, is great too; pointing us in the right direction and then giving us room to create. We’ve already been working with the sound effects for the show…and the music too, yesterday. Cory with the foley design and Daisy doing the actual foley work in the background. It’s all coming together so nicely I think. And Dave Evanoff, who is creating the music, is one of my favorite people ever. I really like this. I don’t think I can possibly convey how much. I think it’s going to be a fantastic show. And I really love a stage manager who comes to rehearsal with a big bottle of candy! Thanks everyone, for letting a radio guy come and be a part of the Plan-B RADIO HOUR: ALICE...

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