Talk Radio

Written By Eric Bogosian
Directed By Maureen Payne Hahner

Performed April 9, 2009 – May 31, 2009

Synopsis

Eric Bogosian’s Talk Radio-his breakthrough 1987 Public Theater hit that was made into a film by Oliver Stone-has been revived in a “mesmerizing”(Newsday) production on Broadway, with Liev Schreiber playing the role of the late-night shock jock that Bogosian himself originated.

The drama is set in the studio of Cleveland’s WTLK Radio over the course of Barry Champlain’s two-hour broadcast, being scrutinized that night by producers with an interest in taking the show national, and fueled as always by coffee, cocaine, and Jack Daniel’s.

Barry’s jousts with his unseen callers-ranging from a white supremacist to a woman obsessed with her garbage disposal-are peppered with insights into his character from his ex-deejay pal and his sometime girlfriend/producer, and punctuated with a transformative visit from an embodied voice.


Featuring Gift Ensemble Members: Paul D’Addario, Hillary Clemens, and John Kelly Connolly.

With Guest Artists: Ed Flynn, Evan Lee, Lucas Neff, John Ruhaak, Justine Serino, Laura Shatkus, and Kyle Zornes

From the Press

“Acting pyrotechnics... D'Addario is never less than riveting ”

Zac Thompson - Time Out Chicago

“A thick and potent production!”

Nina Metz - Chicago Tribune