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The Long Walk


In his memoir, Brian Castner comes right out and tells you he’s crazy. Castner was the leader of a bomb disposal team in Iraq, a gory, dangerous job. But he never considered what life would be like when he got home. So to try to figure out who that crazy person was, he started writing. His 2012 book is the basis for an opera that’s being performed in Salt Lake City. Thursday, Castner and others join us to talk about the costs of war, and how you make art out of an experience like that.


Thursday night at 6:30, Brian Castner will present a reading at Weller Book Works at Trolley Square in Salt Lake City. [More info]

On Friday, March 31st and Saturday, April 1st, Utah Opera presents the western premiere of The Long Walk. That's at 7:30 p.m. both nights at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. It's under the direction of David Schweizer, conducted by Steven Osgood, featuring Daniel Belcher as Brian and Megan Marino as Jessie. The play was originally commissioned by American Lyric Theatre

  • Get tickets here
  • Learn more about the opera The Long Walk through Utah Opera's online learning
  • Listen to "Jessie's Aria," performed here by Heather Johnson for American Lyric Theater

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.