Don’t “Claus” Your Eyes – Holiday Cancer Benefit – Dec. 14, 2013

Don’t Close Your Eyes: Live Radio Theatre presents its second annual “Don’t Claus Your Eyes”  holiday fundraiser Saturday, December 14th at 8pm at Peach Street Studios.

Enjoy an evening of great family entertainment while helping to defeat cancer! The evening will include two all-new original holiday-themed radio plays presented in the style of old-time radio with live actors and analog sound effects! 100% of proceeds from this special event will go directly to the Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center.

This one-night only extravaganza starts at 8pm with the the thrilling Yule time mystery Strade & Holmes “Holmes for Christmas,” followed by the hilarious hillbilly antics of Elmer & Verne in “Rumer’s Christmas Carol” performed live by our DCYE cast and special guests!

Tickets for this benefit event are available for $20 at Cactus Records downtown, or on-line ($21) at

March Fourth on September Thirteenth!

We are mis-billed, but that’s just the magic of rock ‘n roll posters, kids!

We are delighted and pleased to be opening on September 13th for the March Fourth Marching Band at the Pine Creek Lodge in Livingston!  March Fourth is a collection of dozens of musicians, acrobats, and wonderful oddities who make incredible, fun, danceable music as a VERY big band!

Keeping with the light, festival tone, we will be presenting two brand-new, shorter adventures: Keith has penned (or rather, word-processed) a very silly tale of adventure with “Gert Thistlebeard: Mountain Man of the Rockies” and Ryan has penned (literally — with a quill and blood from a stone) the long-awaited return of “Mystico the Magnificent Mentalist!”

Tickets are available at or at the door!  As always, this is an all-ages show and the entertainment will be glorious fun for the entire family!  See you there!



Awesome promotion all season by Marla Goodman! Thank you ever so much!

Your Obedient Servant Keith here:  We don’t know how it is for you — but the end of each season always sneaks up on us!  Fortunately, after two other seasons, we knew this one, too, would end — so we were ready for it!  After our Christmas fundraiser last year, Ryan and I realized we’d written two episodes of Elmer & Verne and Rocket Red, respectively, that year!

So when it came to start this 2013 season, we found that we weren’t quite ready to revisit the characters, beloved though they are with our audience.  Then we hit upon the idea of trading and writing in each others’ universes — which is quite energizing and a little daunting!  But daunting and energizing are two of the core adjectives we work with all summer long at Don’t Close Your Eyes!  Ryan and I are both extremely excited to see how you like our treatments of each others’ creations!

And what better way to celebrate the end of another hugely successful season of all-new, old-time radio plays than with a double feature?  We’re pleased to present two brand new comic entertainments for you — with a real honest-to-goodness Intermission in between!  Join us at 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27th, to tear the roof off!  (Then, stick around afterwards to help us put the roof back.  We’re not made of roofs here.)  We’re hoping to sell out this closing night, so make sure to get your reservations early!  Thank you all so very much for your support!

Just Glue Some Gears On It…

The year is 1899 and American inventress Divinia von Presterton has finally gained entrance to Lord Tiberius Q. Braithwaite’s formerly all-male society of London inventors, but finds herself undervalued and unappreciated. Meanwhile, a mysterious, ticking assassin stalks Paris, killing only men named Pierre! The world’s greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes, needs Divinia’s help to track down who is behind the murders — little knowing they will uncover a much larger plot involving Thomas Edison, a mysterious mesmerist, radioactive giants, death rays, and a woman bent on total world domination! Steam-driven adventure, mystery and humor combine to form a gallimaufry set in a Jules Verne world-gone-askew, sure to thrill all audiences!

Your Obedient Servant Keith here:  Just look at that cast list.  Carefully.  You should click the picture and admire Marla Goodman‘s awesome design! How could you pass up those folks playing those roles?  I’ve closed out every year with an adventure set in an alternate 1899; filled with giant metal monsters, airships, villainous robber barons, class warfare, obscure trivia, historical accuracy (and inaccuracy), and more sound effects than any other show of the run!  Why?  Because it’s my last chance to pull out all the stops and we are ready to flood the theatre with awesomeness!  You don’t have to have seen any of the previous years’ shows to enjoy this episode — it is not a sequel, but a new adventure with some of the same characters I invented.  While there are plenty of jokes for folks who HAVE seen the previous episodes, I’ve crafted this one stand on its own.  Shine up you goggles, strap on your flasks of tea, and stoke the bellows — we’re going to have so much fun together this weekend!

Jewel Caper Gone Awry!

DCYE-Promo-July-12THIS WEEK (July 12-13, 2013 8p at Verge Theater) in “Linus Graham and the Great Pumpkin Jewel Heist,” Ryan Cassavaugh pulls out all the madcap stops in a comic heist that’s part Robin Hood, part A.J. Raffles, and part P.G. Wodehouse.

In this fast-paced farce that’s fun for the whole family, Linus Graham is a gentleman thief who, with the help of his loyal valet Codswallop, “liberates excesses from those who can afford the loss.” However, when Graham becomes bored with pinching pearls from the necks of socialites and dowagers, he decides to go after the biggest and most difficult haul of his career: A jeweled tiara belonging to the wife of short tempered cattle baron Maximilian Wyatt! But when plans go awry, Linus and Codswallop resort to stealing the only thing more valuable to Wyatt than his money, jewels, or even his wife: his potentially prize winning pumpkin “The Jewel of the Montana.”

Popularity of our hilarious and exciting live radio shows grows throughout each summer, and seats are filling up! Buy tickets in advance online, visit Cactus Records in downtown Bozeman, or call Verge Theater for reservations at 587-0737 to be sure you don’t miss out on the third big season of Montana’s longest running live radio theatre!



It’s Pronounced: “Jeke-ull”

1016055_549672058426997_939636691_nThe famed scientist Doctor Jekyll knows more about the human brain than anyone alive.  And he’s made a serum that proves it!  One drink and your basest nature, your alter-ego (or more to the point: alter-id), comes to the fore.  As if he didn’t have enough to deal with in his main opponent in eyesresearch:  Dr. Fanklin Nigel Stein; now the Hughley Institute is overrun with pandemonium as the famed Detective Baines chases the murderous Mr. Hide, and ace reporter Vera Vauxhall is hot on the trail of a burglar going only by the name: “The Archaeopteryx!”  It’s raucous dark humor as Don’t Close Your Eyes tries to unravel just who is who in this caper of alternate identities!

Keith here:  I really feel that I’ve outdone myself with this week’s adventure.  Inspired by Ryan’s “Dark Hallway” sub-series of suspense stories, I wanted to tell a story with a darker edge.  Of course, it still ended up with the usual amount of fun and jokes in it!  (It’s unavoidable, really.)  It’s an high-concept adventure that follows comfortably in the footsteps of Betsy MacGuyver: Nazi Puncher and the Steampunk episodes I’m so fond of!  I hasten to remind you this episode is still family appropriate — more like a funny detective show and definitely not a gory procedural, with oddly little relation to a particular public-domain Victorian horror tale by Robert Louis Stevenson, apart from a mysterious potion and some names that sound disturbingly similar…

I’m so pleased to be working again with some of my very oldest and very newest friends to bring this story to life for you!  I can’t wait to see and hear how it turns out — can YOU?  Join us at The Verge Theater at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 5th and 6th!  And watch carefully when you buy a drink from the concession stand!  Muah, ha, ha!!!


True Adventures of the Old West!

DCYEpromoJune28Friday and Saturday, June 28-29 8pm

For this week’s DCYE Live Radio performance, Ryan Cassavaugh has penned a comedy of the old West. (Actually, he used a keyboard, but his is missing the back space and the shift key, so this could be interesting.)

When two snake oil salesmen are mistaken for heroes, they have to figure out a way to save themselves, and possibly the town of Wildflower, from the Bloody Barton Gang — while dodging Pinkerton men and amorous widows!

You’ll get to hear some classic Old West sound effects performed live by Marya Cline and Wren Goodman: A train leaving the station! Clip-cloppy horse hooves! Bridge collapse! Explosions! Splash! And that all-time Wild West favorite… butter-licking!

This week’s show features DCYE regulars Keith Suta and Ryan Lawrence Flynn as Bert and Charlie, Sadie Cassavuagh as Sheriff Sommers, Ryan Cassvaugh as hard-hearted Black Bailey, Christian McDaniel as the entire town of Wildflower, and introducing Jade and Katy Lowder as Reggie and Maude.

Get your tickets online to reserve a seat, or call Verge Theater at 587-0737. Tickets for available seating are also sold at the door.


The Adventure of the Jade Seal

dcye live radio theaterAt 8pm on Fri. & Sat. June 21 and 22, we are back for the second radio play of our third exciting season! This week join us for an exciting noir  adventure through the back alleys of 1950′s Istanbul.

Rosalind Brand is a retired antiquities dealer running a cafe in Istanbul, until her old friend Inspector Bey  asks for her help in tracking down a stolen jade seal with mystical connection. Soon Rosalind finds herself neck deep in an the world of ancient artifacts, secret societies, and murder!


“The Cafe Sophia: Adventure of the Jade Seal!” Friday & Saturday at Verge Theater.

We’ll Split Your Sides in Twain!

5834_539274439466759_426030756_nWe’re exceedingly pleased to announce our first week’s episode, which will run from June 14th and 15th:  “The Fynally Truwe Adventures of Robyn Hoode!”

Robyn Hoode

Poster art by the super-cool Dani Barrett (who once played Peter Pan for Disneyland)!

Keith Suta presents a somewhat reverent take on one of the most beloved legends in the English language!

Robyn Hoode and her Winsome Women have been terrorizing Prince John for too long!  Now the phony King of England, the Sheriff of Nottingham, and the mysterious alchemist Cambion have come up with a plan to stop her once and for all!  Can Robyn save the handsome Marquis Marion and keep robbing from the rich and giving to the poor?  Join us this Friday and Saturday to find out!

Expect adventure, archery, sword fighting, false beards, Morris dancing, excitement, romance and much more!

Click here to purchase tickets!  See you at The Verge Theater at 8 p.m. the 14th and 15th!

New Season: New Old-Time Radio!

It’s 2013 and since the Mayans were super-wrong, it’s time to enter our smash third season of what can probably safely be called Montana’s Longest-Running Live Radio Theatre Company!


Illustration by Bryan Kelly — check out his Kickstarter campaign and donate:

The Equinox Theatre has changed their name to The Verge Theater, but don’t worry — it’s still the same great place and great folks bringing you extraordinary theater!  Ryan Cassavaugh and Keith Suta will once again co-write and co-direct SEVEN all-new, original radio plays, highlighting and skewing slightly from the golden age of radio!  Expect laughs, thrills, surprises, and an all-around good time this summer!  Shows start the weekend of June 14-15th and close July 26-27th!  You can buy tickets for individual shows, or pick up discounted season passes at Cactus Records in downtown Bozeman or at the show!  We’ll keep you updated each week on what you can expect and we’ll soon have the vault updated with shiny recordings of previous episodes!  In the meantime, please spread the word to your friends, add us on Facebook (, and come out every Friday and Saturday all summer long!

Bad Song; Great Organization!

We are pleased to announce we have been booked to open Missy O’Malley’s 30th Birthday/Variety Show fundraiser for the Gallatin Valley YMCA and their youth programs!  It will be an evening of assuredly odd, family fun, with a new short, pirate-themed adventure, as well as some classic Don’t Close Your Eyes comedy selections to help kick the evening off on a high note!  Tickets are available at Cactus Records and gifts or online here!  You can check our more information about the show on Missy’s website or on Facebook!  It’ll be a great warmup for our 2013 season of seven brand new plays coming live to The Verge (formerly the Equinox) Theatre this summer!

Don’t “Claus” Your Eyes Holiday Benefit Show

Don’t Close Your Eyes: Live Radio Theatre presents: “Don’t Claus Your Eyes” a special holiday fundraiser Thursday, December 13th at 8pm at the Equinox Theatre.

Enjoy an evening of great family entertainment while helping to defeat cancer at “Don’t Claus Your Eyes,” an evening of two all-new, full-length, original holiday-themed radio plays presented in the style of old-time radio with live actors and analog sound effects! This gala event is a fundraiser to help Equinox actress and sound effects performer Marya Cline, in her battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma — all monies raised will go to help cover Marya’s medical treatments and expenses. This one-night only extravaganza starts at 8pm with the hilarious holiday farce “Elmer and Verne’s Christmas” about two old men in the hills of North Carolina who go to impossible lengths to ensure a merry Christmas for all, followed by an action-packed holiday episode of the high-flying space adventure “Rocket Red and the Kringle Menace!

The event will include a free beer, wine, and refreshment reception before the show. Don’t miss out: Get your tickets today!




Sweet Pea 2012

Don’t Close Your Eyes have two live performances coming up this weekend at the Sweet Pea Arts Festival in Bozeman.

On Saturday at 2 o’clock we will be presenting Elmer & Venre:
Bilgewater Downs, ‘a comic soap opera following the adventures of “everyone’s favorite old time dreamers” Elmer Van Fleet and Verne Peabody, owners of the Ityl Dew Hotel in the hills of Rocky Start, North Carolina.’

Then on Sunday at 1 o’clock, we will present the heart-touching comedy The Hard Luck Kid: A Fairytale of Newark an ‘off-kilter take on the “Plucky Underdog Sports Story,” about a young guy named Manny Midman, who must save the orphanage he grew up in from a ruthless gangster.’

Both shows are on the Cyprus stage (to the left of the Main Street enterance) and are included as part of your admission to the festival.

Please come out and support live radio theatre. We hope to see you there!

The End of The Road

Ka-POW! All our amazing banner designs by Marla Goodman with photos by Nina Tucciarelli! Thanks a ton!

This is it! The big good-bye! The end of the road!

The last new radio show on the 2012 season is upon us, and we’re going to go out with a bang.  The semi-musical comedy “The Road to Easter Island” is our loving tribute to some of our comic heroes – Abbot  & Costello, The Marx Brothers, Bob Hope & Bing Crosby. A gag filled romp across the world.

Keith and Ryan (played somewhat convincingly by Keith and Ryan) are two of the worst door-to-door soup salesmen in the long and well-known history of door-to-door soup salesmaning. They are given one last chance to turn things around with  a new route – Easter Island. All they have to do is get there.  An angry boss, a silent partner who’s not so silent, an elusive man of girth, a mad scientist, a monster, a strange island, a visit with the almighty, and an above average noggin all conspire to stand in their way. Will they ever reach Easter Island? Will they sell any soup? Will Keith finally get the girl? Find out all this, and more, this weekend on “The Road to Easter Island”

In this week’s cast: Sadie Cassavaugh, Sarah Jackson, Ryan Lawrence Flynn, and Christian McDaniel. Sound effects by the inimitable Wren Goodman and Marya Cline.

All tickets for this final weekend are buy-one-get-one-free. For every ticket you reserve, bring a friend on us! (Be sure to reserve seats in advance)

Your Humble Narrator,






Adventure, danger, guns, and magic!

Holy smokes! It’s hard to believe the 2012 season is almost at an end. This weekend we hit my final solo story with a bang,

my very first adventure tale! Based on the weekday serialized adventure story of the 30s and 40s  - like Buck Rogers, Captain Midnight, The Shadow, and Chandu the Magician - this week’s play tells the story of Garvman Goodrick, a struggling stage magician, and his transformation into the crime fighting hero known as Mystico, the Magnificant Mentalist. There are motorcycle chases, explosions, magic, an eccentric scientist, a daring adventuress, a circus strong-woman, occult idols, jewels, a diminutive clown, an Ectoplasmatic Psychic-Ray Machine, and a mysterious organization known only as The Bo’mun-Kahn.

This week we have  a very special guest in the lead role, none other than the wonderful Ben Sevilla, who you may know as Frankenfurter from the Equinox’s yearly production of The Rocky Horror Show, or as the lead in last year’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch! Not to mention our great core company performers including Ryan Lawrence Flynn, Christian McDaniel, Saide Cassavaugh, Marya Cline, Wren Goodman, Keith Suta, myself.

This is a ripping yarn of adventure and friendship. I hope to see you here!

Your humble narrator,

Hey look! Tickets:



“You Never Did Understand the Difference Between Evil and Marketing, Tesla!”

The year is 1899 — the Industrial Revolution has been chugging along for a while now and things might be getting a little out-of-hand!  Steam-powered airships hurtle across the skies; pneumatic tubes crisscross the landscape; and great inventors like Nikola Tesla and Thomas A. Edison are changing the entire world forever!  Steampunk is an intriguing rarity:  an actual new genre of speculative fiction.  A world of Victorian manners and Jules Verne-esque invention collides with prescient inventions and actual historical events and characters to create wonderful, new possibilities!  I realize, of course, that this isn’t in the strictest sense “a genre from the Golden Age of Radio,” as our press package puts it — but Orson Welles dramatized “Around the World in 80 Days” several times throughout his career; and if he’d thought about it, he’d have zombie Benjamin Franklin in a show, too!

When we first met our lead characters, American inventress Divinia von Presteron and Lord Tiberius Q. Braithwaite, last year, their race around the globe was interrupted by the evil Thomas Edison and Henry Ford!  This year, they are ready to resume their race, but will soon discover a secret society of immortals who seek to control the world!  A small sampling of what we have in store for you includes airships, a mechanical giant squid, Tesla, Edison, Carry Nation, Nostradamus, an automoton army, zombie Benjamin Franklin, and the horrifying origin of this season’s sponsor;  Button Soups!

These are my very favorite episodes to write, for so many reasons:  They are as unfettered as my imagination can get (for better or worse) — until they are a gallimaufry of facts, fiction, immense action,  references only a few folks will get, and actual historical figures bent to our purposes!  The action itself is on an enormous scale this episode — with twice as many sound effects as any previous show!  If it were a movie, it would cost $100 Million to make — which is why I adore radio theatre:  we’d never be able to afford to construct a mechanical giant squid, but we’ll have one nonetheless!  Our cast is also the quill:  Sadie Cassavaugh, Ryan Lawrence Flynn, and Christian McDaniel will be playing multiple parts (any similarity to any actual historical persons, living/dead/undead is purely coincidental)!  In the titular roles we welcome back seasoned vet of Don’t Close Your Eyes: Robert Dalton as Lord Braithwaite, and my bride-to-be Sarah Jackson as Divinia von Presterton!  This week we will all endeavor to provide you adventure, humor, and diversion on as grand a scale as possible!  Join us this Friday and Saturday, won’t you? Until then, I remain,

Your Obedient Servant,

The Dark Hallway: “Make Mark Do It!”

When Keith and I first discussed doing a second season of “Don’t Close Your Eyes”   I knew right away that I wanted to write another horror tale for “The Dark Hallway” series. This story is an idea that has been rattling around the back of my brain since we closed last season, and one I was anxious to get onto paper. As it always happens, the stories I want to write the most, are the ones I have the hardest time getting right. However after a lot of writing and rewriting, changing and starting again, I finally have a script I am very pleased with, one that comes close to the vision I had for this story! Keeping with the “rules” of old time radio I knew the story could be neither graphic, nor violent, but needed still to create an atmosphere of fear. My goal was to write a suspense tale in the purest sense; no monsters jumping out at you, no boogie men in the dark; just a simple, straight forward tale of a man, alone and afraid, coming to terms with the choices he’s made in life. Spooky, tense, and atmospheric, but also personal and touching as well. I think we’ve accomplished that goal, but you will be the ultimate judge.

I am very pleased and excited to have the wonderful Kent Davis stepping into the lead role for this performance, alongside Christian McDaniel and myself, this is the smallest cast we have ever had; making for a tight, exciting story. Be aware that this week’s tale is “designed to chill the spine” and not for the faint of heart. Don’t say you haven’t been warned!

Your Humble Narrator,

Tickets here

Betsy McGuyver: Nazi Puncher!

SPOILER ALERT:  The good guys win!

It’s always fun to have a title before you fully have a story worked out…  For me, one of the best advantages to our insanely truncated production schedule (apart from the element of danger and high energy) is the way it forces me into engaging quickly with an idea the instant it pops into my head.  I find that many of the shows I have described in vague terms to our company, with a few ideas for characters and general plots, in a “I don’t know — maybe something like this…” tone of voice (“The Hard Luck Kid” is a good example from this season, as was “The Most Splendid Race…” and its other half being staged later next month) seem to stick and compel me to write them.  And so it was with this title — no sooner had it entered my head that it demanded I write it!

Originally this was intended to be a “lightweight” episode due to a show being booked Thursday night at The Equinox, thus requiring us to strike and reset all our stage equipment just before opening night.  I began with a cast of four in my head, thought carefully about vocal doubling and told Wren Goodman that I would be moving her off the sound effects table into the lead role.  Then I went and wrote an episode with more sound effects than any we have yet staged!  Fortunately, Pol Llovet has stepped in to ably assist Marya Cline while Wren comports herself admirably as our title character.  Filling out our cast in many, many roles, are company members Sadie Cassavaugh, Christian McDaniel, and myself.

This week’s show is (for me, and hopefully for all of you, too!) rollicking good fun — peril, ancient Egyptian artifacts, a penguin with a cold, mummies, Eleanor Roosevelt, danger, soup, excitement, and yes, lots of punching famous (and not-famous) Nazis!  It is very much an origin story, the kind that may or may not have a sequel — only time will tell…   I hope that you will join us this Friday or Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  It will be a marvelous way to get in the mood for Independence Day!  Until I see you at the show, I remain,

Your Obedient Servant,

A Return to Rocky Start, NC

Hey Everyone, Ryan here.

I’m really excited for this week’s show, and think it may possibly the most joke packed show we’ve ever done!

We’ve got a great cast lined up from our core company, including the return of Ryan Lawrence Flynn in scene stealing performances as Bigfish and Mr. Willerby.

If you didn’t get to see last year’s Elmer and Verne, it’s a comic soap opera following the adventures of “everyone’s favorite old time dreamers” Elmer Van Fleet and Verne Peabody, owners of the Ityl Dew Hotel in the hills of Rocky Start, North Carolina.

In this episode Elmer gets involved in another one of Bigfish’s money making ideas, and Verne decides to dissolve the partnership. While Elmer is off training the Queen of Sheba in “the sport of kings,” Verne, and his new business partner Mr. Willerby, set about transforming the Ityl Dew into ‘The Carnegie Hall South Palladium Orpheum Imperial Globe Theatre for Acting and Such.’ Things get complicated with help from an sleep deprived Rumer Pyle, a rickety diving platform, a leaky pool, and a visit from the dreaded Black Turnip!