FOUR WORLD PREMIERE AUDIO PLAYS BY ELAINE JARVIK, JENNY KOKAI, MELISSA LEILANI LARSON, & MELISSA LEILANI LARSON
Four Utah playwrights began writing 10-minute audio plays for ages 12+ on April 16, 2020. Then, on April 24, four creative teams were randomly created. Each team has access to the expertise of ourcreative team that's been creating radio drama together for over a decade (playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett, director and sound designer Cheryl Ann Cluff, composer and sound engineer David Evanoff, and actor Jay Perry) and rehearsed virtually, recording all of the components on smartphones in isolation by April 29, and then edited and finalized their pieces with sound engineer David Evanoff on April 30 and May 1 before being broadcast on KUAA 99.9 and our free app May 5-8, 2020.
1. 'MY EYES ARE CLOSED SO PLEASE DON'T TEXT ME' by elaine jarvik
Syd is stranded 100 (or possibly 500!) feet in the air. Now she’d give anything to hear the sound of a real person on the other end of her phone.
Director: Morag Shepherd
Actor: Kallie Filanda
Sound Designer: Jennifer Jackson
2. 'REACTING TO MYSELF IN AN APOCALYPSE!!!!! (Not Clickbait) (Gone Wrong)' by jenny kokai
What happens when YouTube’s most famous, energetic, always-positive star meets the apocalypse?
Director: Alicia Washington
Actor: Darby Mest
Sound Designer: Joe Payne
3. 'LITTLE KARL' by melissa leilani larson
A harrowing true story about good fences and bad neighbors.
Director: Mark Fossen
Actor: Brenda Hattingh
Sound Designer: Jessica Greenberg
4. 'INFLUENCER' by Jenifer nii
An influencer gets more than she bargains for when she uncovers the secrets of a mysterious group living on the outskirts of town.
Director: Alexandra Harbold
Actor: Isabella Reeder
Sound Designer: Joe Killian
Creating audio plays is an effective, innovative, isolation-friendly, and boredom-fighting way to approach and explore any subject. Listen to the two bonus episodes created by middle-school students at Rowland Hall-St. Mark’s using our study guide...and then create your own!