The award winning Willamette Radio Workshop presents a Halloween anthology, American Gothic: Halloween Tales from the Heartland. The show will consist of two performances at McMenamin’s Kennedy school at 4pm and 6pm, featuring classic radio tales and original works by northwest writers. The shows are FREE and you can buy food and drink right in the gymnasium at McMenamin’s Kennedy School.
The first hour (4:30 start) will feature terror and suspense on a lighter side, chills and laughs from David Ian’s “The Legend of Doc Hazzard the Ghoul Doctor”, Suzanne LaGrande’s wedding themed “The Woman in the Window” and William S. Gregory’s “The Wind That Shakes the Corn” plus his new Halloween companion to the Night before Christmas: “The Halloween Ball”. And a few other secrets to be shared later.
Our second, more mature hour (6pm start) will feature the classic Lights Out Everybody tale “The State Executioner” by Arch Obler an amazing experiment in audio drama that is the perfect fit for some serious Halloween chills. Plus local work from Cynthia J. McGean who takes a look at the story of what really happened to Mrs. O’Leary’s cow with “The Torment of Mrs. O’Leary” along with William S. Gregory’s The Reason Why” and “Delicious” among other surprises.
Local luminary Screamvina graces our poster and will be on hand from 5:35 to 5:55 with the colorful Halloween hi- jinx that made her the Second Most Evil Woman in Portland (and one of our 2 favorite Foley artists to boot).
The Workshop is directed by Sam A. Mowry and features sound designs by Marc Rose and Live Foley by David Ian and Dino de AElfweald. Hauntingly fitting projections curtesy of Joe Medina of Afterhell Productions.
Original Music by Marc Rose
Special Thanks to Tim Eriksen for the use of his music during the show. More on him can be found here:
Bennett Baily and the singers of the Portland Sacred Harp
Daniel Hunter, Mary Brandis, Thom Fahrbach, Anna Stoerch and Anna Tighe
Fiddle Work by Chad Southwell
Live sound is handled by the Dynamic Duo of D. Neil Blake and Phil Bursch.
Poster credits: Garth Mortensen Photography. Kate Dineen and Dino de AElfweald stylists.
Our cast includes Chris Porter, Todd Tolces, Patricia Blem, Robin Woolman, Sara Rea among many others.
Special thanks to Bennet Bailey, Jessica Beer, Jon Straaslund and Cynthia McGean.
WRW has won numerous OGLE and Mark Time Awards as well as Communicator Awards and Awards from the National Audio Theater Festivals. Our actors and designers have won multiple Drammy awards on the local level for stage work.
We hope you can join us for our busiest and best time of the year.