It All Started With a Private Eye
The Downstairs Entertainment Story
In the Spring of 2015, Greg and Rhiannon McAfee began working on a fictional podcast centering around a character that Greg first created over 30 years ago. With the help of a few friends, the first episode of Rex Rivetter: Private Eye was released in August of 2016.
Since then, Downstairs Entertainment has worked with over 60 local actors to bring these exciting stories to life.
What started as a small project in the McAfee basement has grown into a show that has listeners anxiously awaiting each new episode. Downstairs Entertainment shows have listeners in 35 countries across the globe.
They continue in their pursuit to develop and produce entertaining shows that capture the imaginations of audiences around the world, and immerse the listener in their theatre of the mind.
Greg McAfee is the head writer of Downstairs Entertainment, the creators of Rex Rivetter: Private Eye. Previously he has written for Derek Dujadin’s MENding Monologues, a companion piece to Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, and some of his work was featured in San Diego’s 2014 Fringe Festival where the MENding Monologues won “Best Testimonial.” Greg has also written for San Diego Rep & Amigos Del Rep’s Historias Tenebrosas (Scary Stories), and WriteOutLoud’s TwainFest. Greg takes great pride in seasoning Rex with historical events and figures.
Editor and Sound Designer
Appearing as Rex Rivetter's nemesis, the sinister Anthony Solerno, Steve assumed sound design and editing duties for Rex Rivetter beginning with Deadlier than the Male. A long-time San Diego resident, Steve is a frequent director, actor, and sound designer at numerous local theaters. Favorite directing projects include David Mamet's November, Ronald Harwood's The Dresser, and Helene Hanff's 84 Charing Cross Road. Favorite roles include Henry II in The Lion in Winter, Joe Keller in All My Sons, C.K. "Dexter" Haven in Philadelphia Story and Sidney Bruehl in Deathtrap.
Rhiannon McAfee is the executive producer of Downstairs Entertainment and produces and directs Rex Rivetter: Private Eye, along with script supervision, dramaturgy, and playing the role of Rex’s Girl Friday, Jenny McIntosh. She is a San Diego based stage, screen, and voice actor with over a decade of experience in project management and executive-level leadership. Favorite stage acting credits include her award-winning performance of Laura in The Glass Menagerie at OnStage Playhouse as well as David Mamet’s November, God of Carnage, and Pride and Prejudice (where she met her husband). Voice acting credits include major roles in Who Killed Julie, Tunnels, and Drift and Ramble.