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A Memorial Tribute To Utah Playwright Eric Samuelsen

Plan-B Theatre Company

The playwright Eric Samuelsen died last week. He was a leading figure in Mormon literature and the local theatre scene. We're talking about his influential life and work.

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The playwright Eric Samuelsen died last week. A leading figure in Mormon literature and the local theatre scene, he has been called a "titan of the Utah Enlightenment." His body of work often probed the LDS experience, and through his unique partnership with Plan-B Theatre Company, he bridged the cultural divide between Utah and Salt Lake Counties. He also made a lasting impact on generations of students as a BYU professor. We're talking about Samuelsen's influential life and work.


On Saturday, October 5, Plan-B Theatre Company will present a free, script-in-hand reading of Eric Samuelsen's play Borderlands at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City. 

Eric Samuelsen appeared on RadioWest nine times. Many of those shows are still available online, though some are not. We will work to fix that in the very near future. In the meantime, please enjoy this selection of our interviews with Eric, going back to 2011.

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.