Four world premiere radio plays by Elaine Jarvik, Jenny Kokai, Jenifer Nii & Melissa Leilani Larson, broadcast on KUAA 99.9 FM on May 5, 6, 7 and 8 at 2pm (specific order below).

Now available to stream under the Radio tab on our free app.

Four Utah playwrights began writing 10-minute radio plays for ages 12+ on April 16. Then, on April 24, four creative teams were randomly created. Each team has access to the expertise of the creative team that’s been creating radio drama together for over a decade (Matthew Ivan Bennett, Cheryl Ann Cluff, David Evanoff, Jay Perry) and rehearsed virtually, recording all of the components in isolation by April 29, and then edited and finalized their pieces with our sound engineer David Evanoff on April 30 and May 1.

Tuesday, May 5 at 2pm: Elaine Jarvik’s MY EYES ARE CLOSED SO PLEASE DON’T TEXT ME
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

Wednesday, May 6 at 2pm: Jenny Kokai’s REACTING TO MYSELF IN AN APOCALYPSE!!!!! (Not Clickbait) (Gone Wrong)
What happens when YouTube’s most famous, energetic, always-positive star meets the apocalypse?
Director: Alicia Washington
Actor: Darby Mest
Sound Designer: Joe Payne

Thursday, May 7 at 2pm: Melissa Leilani Larson’s LITTLE KARL
A harrowing true story about good fences and bad neighbors.
Director: Mark Fossen
Actor: Brenda Hattingh
Sound Designer: Jessica Greenberg

Friday, May 8 at 2pm: Jenifer Nii’s INFLUENCER
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


Presented in partnership with KUAA and Utah Arts Alliance.

Sound engineer for all four pieces is David Evanoff. Hosted by Jay Perry.


For Educators

Given the current physical closure of schools, RADIO SLAM is being created primarily for middle and high school students (but also with their families in mind). Creating radio plays is an effective, innovative, isolation-friendly and boredom-fighting way to approach and explore any subject.

Click here for details on creating your own radio plays, including a “How To” Guide for students in grades 6-12 and an example from students in grades 7-8 from Rowland Hall-St. Mark’s.


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