“June Cleaver, Sexual Deviant” with Benjamin Smith & Trenton Bennett


“The great mystery of June Cleaver, her life, her marriage and her family, has plagued mankind for generations. How could such a perfect woman exist, loving a husband, raising two sons, and cooking so immaculately while never appearing stressed, over-worked, fed-up, or unsatisfied?”

Or, at least that’s how the Amazon description of “June Cleaver: Sexual Deviant” begins. I don’t remember feeling any sense of mystery around the characters on Nick At Night – they seemed pretty straight forward. And downright bland. But for author Benjamin Smith there was a backstory to be explored. So he created one, giving a new life to the matriarch of “Leave it to Beaver.” His stage play centers on June and Ward Cleaver in their golden years, tackling their roles as grandparents and coming to terms with their pre-“Leave It … ” lives.

A play requires characters – usually several. And it’s a challenge to bring multiple characters to life in audio format, but Trenton Bennett faced the challenge head on. June, Ward, and the rest of the cast are brought to aural existence by a single performer, and each voice presented its own challenge for Trenton.

On this episode of Table to Stage we hear from author and performer about “June Cleaver: Sexual Deviant.”

Music from https://filmmusic.io

“Wholesome” by Kevin MacLeod https://incompetech.com

License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

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