a world premiere by Matthew Ivan Bennett, adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

October 27, 2023 @ 11am & 7pm
in the Jeanne Wagner Theatre
(Both performances feature ASL Interpretation and post-show discussions)

What if Dr. Watson was a woman and Sherlock Holmes wasn't always right?

On the run from Moriarty (Jay Perry), the keenest criminal mind they've ever faced, Holmes (Doug Fabrizio, Host of KUER's RadioWest returning to the role he first played in EPISODE 7), is unsure of his powers, and Watson (Isabella Reeder) is unsure of him.

You are the live studio audience (both performances are live broadcasts on KUER's RadioWest!) as we perform RADIO HOUR in front of an audience for the first time in a decade.

Subscriptions + tickets + info in the button gallery below, including episodes 1-16 of Radio Hour. High school teachers: check out the A Week With A Play and Study Guide buttons. Actually everyone should check out the Study Guide!


Cheryl Ann co-founded Plan-B in 1991. Her love of radio drama has been part of the company since RADIO MACBETH in 1996, followed by THE PBTC RADIO SHOW in 1998 and THE WAR OF THE WORLDS in 2002, each of which paved the way for RADIO HOUR.

In the early 2000s, Doug and Cheryl Ann discovered their shared love of classic radio drama.

In early 2005, Cheryl Ann, Doug, and Artistic Director Jerry Rapier met for fancy cocoa at the long-gone Cocoa Cafe to chat about the possibility of creating one live radio drama as one episode of RadioWest.

RADIO HOUR EPISODE 1: RADIO POE (which Cheryl Ann also adapted) aired that fall. We had no idea we'd still be collaborating 18 years later!

EPISODES 1-3, 6, and 10-16 were performed live in the RadioWest studio. EPISODES 4-5 and 7-9 were performed in front of a "live studio audience." The goal was to return to the latter format in 2020, but, well ... 

So here were are, 18 years and one pandemic break later, sharing episode 17 with you as our "live studio audience"!


Playwright: Matthew Ivan Bennett
Actors: Doug Fabrizio, Jay Perry & Isabella Reeder
Composer & Musician:
David Evanoff
Cheryl Ann Cluff
Lighting Designer: Emilio Casillas
Projections Designer: Daniel Charon
Show Art: Aaron Asano Swenson
Sound Designer & eFoley: Joe Killian
Sound Engineers: Brian Albers, David Childs & Jay Clark
Stage Manager: Bridgette Lehman

“You must stand clear, Mr. Holmes, or be smashed.”
– Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s "The Final Problem"

“I want people to experience the softer side of Sherlock Holmes.
I’m trying open up the cozy-mystery world into something much more personal.”
– Playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett

The first female doctor in London, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, obtained her medical license in 1865,
twenty-six years before Sir Arthur Conan Doyle penned "The Final Problem."