“Her voice was high and plummy, but there was not a lot of orchestration to it,” Peterson says. “If you did it that way, no one would come back for the second act.”
Peterson loves what she calls a “hybrid” sort of play.
“The audience will see us as we perform,” she says. “But if they close their eyes, they’ll hear what the BBC audience heard.”
Former WKRP in Cincinnati star Gary Sandy appears in three of the four plays and says Christie’s macabre, exciting writing in the BBC pieces has made him want to read more of her work. He says that lately, Buffman has pushed the cast to take some segments in a more theatrical direction, getting away from the script-in-hand style of radio drama.
“We need a happy medium, not just presenting a radio drama but doing it in a theatrical form. If we get it right, I think everyone will think, ‘Well, that was just terrific,’” he says.
Sandy, who has known Buffman since the producer was presenting subscription seasons at the Parker, Palm Beach’s Royal Poinciana Playhouse and Miami Beach’s Jackie Gleason Theater, reconnected with him in Kentucky, where Sandy has a farm.
“Zev is one of the best producers and nicest guys I’ve ever met,” he says.
Buffman, who gave the cast a Parker Playhouse tour that proved emotionally intense for him, says he’s excited about reentering a world that could, perhaps, take him back to Broadway.
“I’m a Peter Pan. But there comes a time when you think more deeply about what you want to do and how you want to spend your time,” he says. “I learned that theater is my home.”