Talk Radio

By Eric Bogosian

Talk Radio
Paperback, 84 pages Online Price:
ISBN: 9781559363242
Format: 216mm x 136mm
Imprint: Theatre Communications Group
Published: 1st July 2010
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Category: Modern drama (post-1945)

First Staged: Portland, USA, 1985

A high-voltage portrait of a late-night shock jock, made into a film by Oliver Stone.

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.

'Pure theatrical adrenaline'

- Time Out, New York

'The most lacerating portrait of a human meltdown this side of a Francis Bacon painting'

- New York Times

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