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“Talk Radio” Opens Oct. 28 at Penn State York

Talk Radio
10/13/2008 —

Penn State York’s Drama Club  will present “Talk Radio,” the 1987 Pulitzer Prize-nominated play on Oct. 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. in the campus’ Pullo Family Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are available at the door for $5 to the general public and free to Penn State York students with I.D.

The play, written by Eric Bogosian, is based on a concept by Bogosian and Tad Savinar.  It centers on Barry Champlain, a Cleveland-area shock jock, on the eve of his radio show's national syndication. The play, with Bogosian in the lead role, premiered off-broadway at The Public Theater on May 28, 1987, in a production directed by Frederick Zollo. A film adaptation of Talk Radio, directed by Oliver Stone, was released in 1988.

The Penn State York performance is directed by Jennifer La Fluer, a student at the campus.  The cast includes Rachael Brenner, Robyn Johnson, Casey Lynch, Jess Olan, Jenna Pouliot, Sarah Mills, Eric Brown, Roby Bradford, Steve Daugherty, Todd Gutierrez, Chris Leverette, Josh Lovejoy, and Matt Sutton.
 
The drama club was formed after the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center opened in August 2005 and has been performing a variety of one-act plays, shorter pieces, and took on “The Heidi Chronicles” in the spring of 2008. The campus added a theatre minor in the fall of 2007 and students taking those classes now have the opportunity to get hands-on experience and be a part of productions.  Stuart Stelly is the adviser for the drama club and an instructor in English at Penn State York.

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