Blyth Festival to Present Night Kitchen's RADIO :30, 9/4-6

Blyth Festival presents the Night Kitchen production of Radio :30, written by and starring Chris Earle. A sell-out across the country and a hit of the Fringe circuit, Radio :30 is on stage at Blyth's Phillips Studio for five performances only - September 4 to 6. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for youths and may be ordered through Blyth's Box Office at 519.523.9300, Toll Free 1.877.862.5984 or online at

This acclaimed show is the winner of a Canadian Comedy Award, a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play and a Chalmers Award and has caught the attention of audiences and critics alike; the New York Times calls it "A powerful tale of betrayal and deceit, created and performed to unsettling perfection by Chris Earle" and NOW Magazine says "One of the funniest shows of the Fringe, Radio :30 is also one of the most moving."

"We're all victims of non-stop advertising, but just who's behind the smooth voice that's constantly prodding us to buy?" asks Shari Hollett, director of Radio :30. Chris Earle plays Ron, a "voice guy," at the top of his game, ready to record a 30 second radio ad with the help of his faithful recording engineer Mike, played by Sam Earle. Ron has secrets he can't help but share and slowly reveals how the polished dishonesty of his profession has infected his personal life.

Chris Earle was last seen at Blyth in John Roby's The Old Man's Band. An alumnus of The Second City, Earle has also directed seven revues for the company. His other plays include Democrats Abroad, which received the NYC Fringe Excellence Award and Russell Hill at Toronto's Tarragon Theatre. As an actor, Chris has worked at Tarragon, Theatre Columbus, Crow's Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille.

Sam Earle is best known as K.C. Guthrie, the troubled teen on TV's Emmy-winning Degrassi. His other film and television credits include Defiance, Call Me Fitz, Sticks and Stones and the web series Guidance.

Shari Hollett is a director, writer and actor who has worked across Canada and the U.S. including Early August at Blyth Festival in 2011. Most recently she directed Real Estate at Sudbury Theatre Centre. "Chris and I premiered this play in 1999, and we're thrilled to share it with new audiences," says Hollett. "We're even more thrilled to be back in beautiful Blyth."

Radio :30 is generously sponsored by Castle Building Centres/Blyth Building Supplies and 104.9 The Beach. Blyth Festival acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the 2014 Season Sponsor Sparlings Propane and 2014 Season Media Sponsor CTV.

Blyth Festival is a professional theatre that enriches the lives of its audience by producing and developing plays that give voice to both the region and the country. The theatre produces a repertory summer season of exclusively Canadian theatre, with an emphasis on new work. Blyth Centre for the Arts, including Blyth Festival, was founded in 1975 - 2014 is our 40th season.

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