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SEASON 3 | 2018–2019

The cast of Talk Radio. PHOTO BY GARY GRIFFIN

WRITTEN BY Eric Bogosian
DIRECTED BY John Patterson

AUG 24 ‒ SEPT 8, 2018

MATCH | Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston

THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

RUNTIME: 90 Minutes (no intermission)

HOUSTON PRESS NOMINATES GEORGE KNAPP!

Congratulations to George Knapp, nominated for a 2019 Houston Theatre Award by Houston Press for his “MIND-BLOWINGLY DEFINITIVE PERFORMANCE” of Kent.

“Knapp finesses the play with a slacker’s nonchalance and giddy instability.”

Talk Radio is based in part on the assassination of radio host Alan Berg, as well as the book, Talked to Death: The Life and Murder of Alan Berg by Stephen Singular. Its central character, Barry Champlain, is a controversial on-air radio “shock jock” doing what he does best: treating his late-night callers with contempt. But when his Cleveland-based program is considered for national syndication and his producer cautions him about offending sponsors, Barry defiantly responds and excoriates his audience...but they just keep calling.

The Story

The Reason

MALINDA L. BECKHAM, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

I first saw Talk Radio at the Chris Wilson Studio for actors in 1997. The part of Barry Champlain was played by George Brock and it stayed with me all these years. I knew that I would produce this play one day, but I wasn’t sure how or when. When we formed Dirt Dogs Theatre Co. it was quick to make the short list. I knew that staging this play in today’s society needed a different treatment, as times have changed quite a bit and social media has all but replaced the call-in talk show.

Barry insults his callers from behind a mic and today we insult each other from behind computer screens. This made me think about the impact that words have on others and how much easier it is to insult someone when we aren’t directly confronted by them. If the computer screen didn’t separate us, would we change our tune? I’m not sure that Barry Champlain would; however, I think our audiences might when they see how the callers respond to his harshness rather than just hear the callers over the speakers. Bringing these typically unseen callers out into the open was a must for this production and I hope that it brings a more meaningful element to Barry’s behavior.

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“You will be offended, and you will be entertained.”

Photos by Gary Griffin

The Reviews

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It's a kaleidoscope of defeated people, vignettes of the damned and the depressed.

The language is raw, the characters are abrasive, but that’s the point of the play. You will be offended, and you will be entertained.

The audience rides the emotional roller coaster of the broadcast through the chilling world created for them in Barry’s studio...

PODCAST: A Different Kind of Talk Show: Talk Radio at the MATCH

The cast  of Talk Radio discusses how a play inspired by the media landscape of the 1980s still resonates today.

READ THE ARTICLE AND LISTEN TO THE PODCAST

The Promotion

MEET THE CAST

The Reaction

I said earlier this year that with the production of The Exonerated, Dirt Dogs Theatre Co. pushed its way into the top tier of Houston performing arts groups. Talk Radio confirms that.

Fabulous show... don't miss it!!!!!!

I was spellbound throughout the entire show by the amazing characterizations by the entire cast.

Kevin Daugherty was excellent as protagonist talk radio host Barry Champlain. I liked the set design and the concept of having the radio callers visible in the peripheral rooms.

You guys ROCKED IT!!!

The Talk Radio Team

CAST

Kevin Daugherty

Barry Champlain

Shawn Havranek

Stu

Robert Jamerson

Spike/Caller

CREATIVE TEAM

Malinda L. Beckham

Costume Design & Set Decoration

Amira Judeh

Vocal Coach

Mark Lewis

Lighting Design

John Patterson

Director, Scenic & Sound Design

Gary Griffin

Photographer

CREW

John Baker

Production Manager

Trevor B. Cone

Audio Engineer

Erin Newsom

Assistant Stage Manager

Bill Giffen

Dan/Caller

Sean Keith Thompson

Sid Greenberg/Caller

Adina Owen

Linda/Caller

Curtis Barber

Bernie/Caller

George Knapp

Kent/Caller

Melody Gray

Dr. Susan Fleming

Seth Cunningham

Caller

Donna Bella Litton

Caller

Anjana Menon

Caller

Barbara Alicea-Aponte

Production Stage Manager

Carly Gregg

Light Board Operator