Radio Slam

Four world premiere audio plays by Elaine Jarvik, Jenny Kokai, Jenifer Nii & 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 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 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.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 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, 2020 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, 2020 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, 2020 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 David Evanoff.
Hosted by Jay Perry.

City Weekly  |  The Utah Review (preview | review)

For Educators

RADIO SLAM was created primarily for middle and high school students (but also with their families in mind). Creating audio plays is an effective, innovative, isolation-friendly, and boredom-fighting way to approach and explore any subject.

Click the art below to download our free app to listen to all four episodes of RADIO SLAM under the Listen tab, where you’ll also find our downloadable “How-To” Guide that will help students in grades 6-12 create their own audio drama (be sure to listen to the two bonus episodes created by middle-school students from Rowland Hall-St. Mark’s using our guide).