Olean Community Theatre, Inc. presents
written by Eric Bogosian
directed by Kathy Malick
April 21-22-23, 2006
Allegany-Limestone High School Auditorium
ABOUT THE PLAY
Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio is a few hours in the life of Barry Champlain, radio call-host extraordinaire, and his malicious, abusive, downright nasty way of dealing with his invisible audience and the world at large. "This decadent country needs a loud voice--and that's me," Barry tells his listeners, and it's a cry, a warning, for anyone who fears the madness and petty dictators that rule our airwaves.
"Imagine Lenny Bruce becoming a popular talk show host--and you may begin to have an idea of the whiplash intensity and black, hard-eged cynicism of...Talk Radio" (Mel Gussow,The New York Times).
TIMOTHY HUNTER - Barry Champlain
ERIC VAN DRUFF - Stu Noonan
NATHAN MALICK - Dan Woodruff
BLAIR KNOWLES - Linda MacArthur
DON McLEAN - Sid Greenberg & caller
TORREY JOHNSON- Kent
KEN ROBERTS - Spike
SHEILA PEACE-RAMBACHER -
Dr. Susan Fleming & caller
TIA TORREY - caller
JEFF MARIS - Bernie & caller
RODNEY STEBBINS - caller
ROBERT COOPER- runner & operator
MINNA BADANES - caller
ROBERT CLEMONS - caller
THE PRODUCTION STAFF
KATHY MALICK - director
LINDA MANROSS - producer
CHARLES BALDWIN - tech director
NATHAN BELL - stage manager
ROBERT CLEMONS - stage crew
Now meet Barry Champlain, the meanest, most malicious radio personality in Cleveland, whose late-night, call-in talk show is about to go national.
As the play begins, Champlains's staff--afraid that he'll say something to offend his new sponsor--scurries nervously back and forth while Champlain chainsmokes, manipulates, and excoriates his callers. Who are Barry Champlains's callers? The lonely, the bewildered, the desperate and deranged...people he alternately admonishes, abuses, taunts, rejects--and disconnects.
But tonight, something unexpected happens--something powerful, profound and unforgettable--suggesting that, maybe this time, Barry Champlain has gone too far.
Truly "a hypnotic play."--Douglas Watt, New York Daily News.
Talk Radio was awarded the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for drama.
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Talk Radio deals with adult themes and may not be suitable or enjoyable for children.