KZMU’s original musical radio drama, performed at Star Hall in February, will be aired on Sunday, March 18th at 5 pm. “Beautiful Radiant Things” is the story of the anarchist Emma Goldman’s birthday in prison nearly one hundred years ago. With more than 30 pieces of music, the play not only portrays a slice of early 20th century life in the Missouri State Penitentiary for Women, but tells much of the story of Emma Goldman’s life (1869-1940).
Written and directed by KZMU manager Marty Durlin, “Beautiful Radiant Things” features a talented local cast, orchestra and crew. Laurel Hagen stars as Emma Goldman and Kya Marienfeld portrays the socialist Kate O’Hare; the two clash over politics and personality while trying to sway their sister inmates: Haley Austin as prostitute Hester Campbell; Jenna Whetzel as druggie Lottie Funk; Michele Johnson as thief Lulu Bibbs; Ellen Hutto as counterfeiter Minnie Eddy; and Melissa Graciosa as Aggie the Lifer.
The orchestra is led is Jessica Retka on piano, with Bobby Hollahan on trombone and tuba; Jeff Gutierrez on saxophone; Miriam Graham on concertina and whistle; and Josie Kovash on bass; and Doni Kiffmeyer on snare drum.
Sound effects on Foley Box are performed by Marlene Mody and Doni Kiffmeyer, Joanne Savoie served as assistant director and stage manager. Sound is by Dave Montgomery.
“Beautiful Radiant Things” is the third original musical radio play KZMU has produced in the past two years. The plays tap into the deep reservoir of musical, theatrical and technical talent in Moab, and create an annual performance event as well as programming for the station.