Dirt Dogs Theatre Co. Shocks The Airwaves With Talk Radio

Production Dates: Aug 24–Sept 8, 2018
Opening Night: Aug 24, 2018

HOUSTON— It’s 1987 and Barry Champlain, a controversial on-air radio “shock jock” is 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.

Director John Patterson describes Barry Champlain as a self-proclaimed voice crying in the wilderness. “Every evening the ‘faithful’ call in to the show seeking something; for some it’s money, some validation, others simply for a chance to be heard. Most go away empty-handed and as the show progresses, we are left with the realization that it is never a good idea for man to play at being God. It never ends well.”

Talk Radio, finalist for the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, 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.


Eric Bogosian is not only the author of Talk Radio, but also starred as Barry Champlain in the original productions.  In 1988, he adapted the play into a screenplay with assistance from director, Oliver Stone.  His play-to-screenwriting credits also include Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll and SubUrbia.  After SubUrbia, Bogosian concentrated on acting. His credits include the Oscar-nominated comedy, Deconstructing HarryGossipIn the Weeds and Ararat. Talk Radio earned Bogosian a Silver Bear award for his screenplay as well as his acting.


John Patterson is making his directorial debut with Dirt Dogs Theatre Co., but DDTCo. audiences will remember him from our recent production of The Exonerated as Gary, as well as its composer and musician. For the past 25 years, Patterson has been working in Texas and New York as an actor, musician, director, composer, and fight coach.

Patterson also serves as the show’s scenic and sound designer, and the three founding members of DDTCo. also work on the production. Artistic Director Malinda L. Beckham is the costume and property designer, Executive Director Trevor B. Cone is the audio engineer and Design Director John Baker is the production manager. The remaining crew includes Barbara Alicea-Aponte (production stage manager), Erin Newsom (assistant stage manager), Mark Lewis (lighting design), Amira Judeh (scenic artist & vocal coach), and Carly Gregg (light and sound operator).



Theatre/Performing Arts


Talk Radio


Written by Eric Bogosian

Directed by John Patterson (77077)


Role                                          Actor                              (ZIP)            Previous DDTCo. credits

Bernie                               Curtis Barber*                    (77035)      Dirt Dogs debut

Barry Champlain               Kevin Daugherty                (77551)      A Steady Rain (Denny), Life x 3 (Henry)

Dan                                    William Giffen*                  (77386)      Glengarry Glen Ross (Dave Moss),
The Exonerated (Jesse)

Susan Fleming                  Melody Gray*                    (77006)      Dirt Dogs debut

Stu                                     Shawn Havranek              (77346)      Student Playwright Festival: Insomnia (Melfius)

Spike                                 Robert Jamerson*             (77024)      Student Playwright Festival: Cassandra (Sal)

Kent                                   George Knapp*                 (77055)      Dirt Dogs debut

Linda                                 Adina Owen*                      (77009)      Dirt Dogs debut

Sid Greenberg                  Sean Keith Thompson*      (77380)      Dirt Dogs debut

Ensemble Callers*           Seth Cunnigham                 (77019)      Dirt Dogs debut
Donna Bella Litton              (77377)      Dirt Dogs debut
Anjana Menon                    (77008)      Dirt Dogs debut


Aug 24–Sept 8, 2018


Opening night

Friday, Aug 24, 2018 (reception following the performance)


8pm       | Fridays & Saturdays, Aug 24, 25 & 31, Sept 1, 7 & 8
7:30pm  | Thursdays Aug 30 & Sept 6
7:30pm  | Monday, Sept 3


2pm        | Sundays, Aug 26 & Sept 2

Talk back (with director and cast)

Thursdays, Aug 30 & Sept 6 | after the performance

Approximate run time

1 hr and 30 min. (no intermission)


MATCH – Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston
Matchbox 3, The John P. McGovern Foundation Theater, 3400 Main St., Houston, TX 77002


713.521.4533 | https://matchouston.org/events/2018/talk-radio


Single tickets, $25
Matinees and Industry Mondays are “Pay What You Can”


Trevor B. Cone, Executive Director


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Dirt Dogs Theatre Co. creates multi-faceted theatrical productions that enrich and entertain audiences, inspire artists, and honor playwrights. It was established in 2015 by Houston theatre veterans, Trevor B. Cone, Malinda L. Beckham, and John Baker. Dirt Dogs collaborates with Houston artists and playwrights to provide an opportunity for new works to be seen, and previously produced ones to breathe new life. www.dirtdogstheatre.org.