RADIO HOUR EPISODE 12: STAND

A world premiere by Matthew Ivan Bennett
Airing live Thursday, April 26 at 9am on KUER 90.1
A co-production with RadioWest

Click here to stream all previous 11 episodes and click “listen live” in the upper right corner on Thursday, April 26 to, well, listen live!

Our first non-holiday-themed episode, a dystopian sci-fi piece, poses the question, “What if the Pledge of Allegiance ended ‘with liberty and justice for all … citizens’?”

Featuring Shane Mozaffari, Jay Perry and Isabella Reeder. eFoley by Joe Killian. Original music by Dave Evanoff. Designed and directed by Cheryl Cluff. Mixed by Michael Havey with help from Kate Hatley and Tim Slover. RadioWest is produced by Benjamin Bombard and Elaine Clark with Doug Fabrizio as host and executive producer.

From the author of EPISODES 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10 and 11: LAVENDER & EXILE, FRANKENSTEIN, ALICE, SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE BLUE CARBUNCLE, GRIMM, OTHERWHERE and YULETIDE, respectively; as well as BLOCK 8, DI ESPERIENZA, MESA VERDE, ERIC(A), A/VERSION OF EVENTS (Plan-B); A NIGHT WITH THE FAMILY (Omaha Community Playhouse, PYGmalion); and co-author of THE WORST THING I COULD HAVE DONE (Sackerson).


Playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett on RADIO HOUR EPISODE 12: STAND

RADIO HOUR EPISODE 12: STAND by Matthew Ivan Bennett receives its world premiere in a co-production with KUER’S RadioWest on April 26, 2018 featuring Shane Mozaffari, Jay Perry and Isabella Reeder, with original music by Dave Evanoff, eFoley by Joe Killian and direction and sound design by Cheryl Cluff. Click here on Monday, April 23 at 9am to listen to Matt on RadioWest discuss the history, idea and literature of dystopia; then again on Thursday, April 26 at 9am to listen to STAND live. When I tell people what my new play is about – “Oh, it’s a dystopian spy thriller set in the mid-21st century in which the alt-right has taken over” – they usually shiver. Granted, I haven’t tried out my one-liner on someone who identifies as alt-right. But, really, the play is less about politics and more about moral choices. At the center of RADIO HOUR EPISODE 12: STAND is Agent Alicia Mora, a thoroughly rational person who decides – at least initially – to work for a flawed regime instead of a flawed rebellion. The harrowing unspoken question for her is, “Which side is doing the least harm overall?” Of course, all of our choices in life, and especially in drama, are constrained. Rarely are we afforded the chance to coolly decide what will hurt everyone less and then do that. The decision gets complicated by other questions. The question of personal comfort. The question of belonging. The question of how you’ll feed your children. The question of rightness. The question of an imagined ultimate outcome for your tribe. Or, for Agent Mora, the questions of...

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