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In Radio :30, a veteran “voice guy” named Ron (played by Toronto writer/performer and Second City alum Chris Earle) records a 30-second radio ad with the help of his faithful recording engineer Mike (Sam Earle, “Degrassi”). Between takes, Ron shares the tricks of his trade with the audience, inadvertently revealing how the polished dishonesty of his profession has infected his personal life. Haunted by his conscience, Ron’s silver tongue begins to betray him.

“Just when you thought it was unsafe to attend another solo Fringe show, along comes Chris Earle’s Radio: 30, a play that practically redefines the genre… The script, dramaturged and directed by Shari Hollett, is exquisite, filled with internal echoes and profound ideas about blame and personal responsibility… One of the funniest shows of the Fringe, Radio: 30 is also one of the most moving.” – Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine

Writer/performer/directors Chris Earle and Shari Hollett founded the night kitchen in 1992 with the goal of producing intelligent, provocative, and accessible theatre with an emphasis on satire and dark comedy. Their inaugural production, The Proceedings, written by Earle, starring Earle, Hollett and Tim Sims, premiered at the 1992 Toronto Fringe.

Since then night kitchen has co-created numerous shows, including Expectation (1993), Big Head Goes to Bed (1996), Radio :30 (1999), Russell Hill (2002 workshop; full production produced by Tarragon Theatre), Democrats Abroad (2005), and Hard Times (2010, co-produced with Puppetmongers and Theatre Passe Muraille). Radio :30 will make its way to this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival with a series of shows starting on September 8.

Radio :30 is written by Chris Earle, is directed by Shari Hollett, and stars Chris Earle and Sam Earle.

Radio :30
Dates: September 6, 5 pm
September 8, 8:30 pm
September 9, 8:30 pm
September 10, 9:10 pm
September 13, 8:55 pm
September 14, 2:10 pm
Venue: Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright Street (Granville Island), Vancouver
Tickets: $10 weekday/$12 weekend (plus one-time $5 Fringe Festival membership); available online or at the Box Office, 1398 Cartwright Street on Granville Island.
*All advance ticket purchases subject to a $3 surcharge.
Partial proceeds from this show will go to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

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