RADIO MACBETH at Kennedy school for Halloween! 4 & 5:30 FREE!

Now o’er the one-half world nature seems dead, and wicked dreams abuse the curtained sleep. Witchcraft celebrates and murder thus with stealthy pace moves like a ghost.

Now could I a tale unfold whose lightest word would harrow up your soul, freeze your blood, and make your two eyes, to start from their spheres, and each particular hair to stand an end.

When shall we three meet again?

In thunder, lightning, or in rain?

Where the place?

McMenamins Kennedy School.

On Halloween.

There to meet with?

Macbeth.

 

 

 

 

The award winning Willamette Radio Workshop presents a One Hour version of Shakespeare’s creepiest tale of witches, murder, ambition and curses, MACBETH.

FREE at 4:00 and 5:30pm Wednesday October 31st. Free Trick or Treating from 4:30-6:30pm.

This Halloween offering is perfect for the Shakespeare and Halloween mad Portland crowd, indulge both with some fine craft beer and hearty autumnal food at McMenamins Kennedy school. The shows are free and free Trick or Treating within the halls of Kennedy school make it the perfect way to spend our favorite holiday.

The shows are free and parents of children should be aware of intense scenes, though the bloodshed is all audio and therefore even scarier.

RADIO MACBETH is adapted from Shakespeare by Cynthia J. McGean and stars Patricia Blem as Lady Macbeth, Chris Porter, Tom Beckett, James Dineen, Bruce Miles, Karyn O’Bryant  and Sam A. Mowry as Macbeth.

Original Sound Design by Marc Rose

Live Foley by David Ian and Dino de AElfweald

Live Sound by Martin John Gallagher

Production Manager, Atticus Welles Mowry

Magic Lantern Show by Joe Medina

Swag by Jamie Lawson of Ollin Productions

Social Media by Jacin Harter

2018 UFO Festival Shows Announced!

Announcing Willamette Radio Workshop’s programs for McMenamin’s UFO Festival 2018.

HURF, by Craig Kenworthy.  HURF is the story of two slackers who accidentally summon a death-dealing demon from another dimension while playing Scrabble.  In a time of war with death a daily topic of the news, the question of why people kill and why people choose not to kill is of paramount importance. HURF uses humor and Science Fiction to examine the question: is it ever okay to take a life?  Our production won the Ogle Award for Science Fiction Audio Drama in 2007.

Our next show comes from Dimension X, June 17, 1951. “Pebble in the Sky” takes its theme from the eponymous Isaac Asimov novel (brilliantly adapted by our favorite OTR writer, Ernest Kinoy) that thrusts a 20th-century everyman into a complex future of a galactic empire, a radioactive Earth, and mandatory euthanasia at age sixty, the Earth, which is the only inhabited radioactive planet in the Empire, has plans for conquest!  The civilization of the galaxy spread across two hundred million worlds and space swarmed with the ships of the empire. But far off the trade routes, almost forgotten, lay the dying planet Earth. This is a story of the future, a story of an insignificant pebble in the sky called Earth, and of a man from a distant star who grew to love this unimportant planet.

Both these stories speak to issues of today in ways you’ve perhaps never imagined. The perfect blending of Science fiction and reality, or possible realities. It’s why we love doing the UFO Festival.

The show is produced and directed by Sam A. Mowry

 

The shows will be in the Hotel Oregon in Mattie’s Room at 3pm on Saturday May 19th. Admission is free, food and drink are available and Audio Theater swag from across the region will be on sale.

Hobbit’s Greatest Hits Saturday the 13th 2018!

Come join the Willamette Radio Workshop as we make another journey to Middle-earth with “The Hobbit’s Greatest Hits” our one-of-a-kind adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien classic suitable for all ages. We start at the beginning and end at the end, but in between, the audience chooses what order we tell the story (by picking numbers from the proverbial hat). The show is broken into two parts at 3pm

and 5pm. The performance is set for Saturday, January 13th, at the McMenamin’s Kennedy School (5736 N.E. 33rd Ave.Portland, OR 97211), part of the annual J.R.R. Tolkien Birthday Celebration.

 
The costume contest is always a highlight and this year will be no different. Bring your finest Middle Earth inspired creations and join in the fun. Come on your own or bring a crew of your favorite characters for back up. The contest will start at 4:30, sign up with Jamie and Joe at the swag table, prizes will be awarded, laughter and merriment usually ensues.
 
The performance is absolutely free, but remember: when you come to Middle-earth, you too may be called into service! We need your voices for the battle of the Five Armies and elsewhere , don’t worry, it won’t be 2 and a half hours long.Photo_012106_001[1]
 
Our cast and crew include, but are not limited to,  Scott JamiesonDavid IanDino DeaelfwealdCindy McGean, Bill Barry, Curtis F HansonJoe Medina, Jamie Lawson and Sam A. Mowry. Special thanks to Martin John Gallagher and Marc Rose for their sonic enhancements.
 
Come grab a beer and some pizza and enjoy the unique experience of live radio and the timeless tale of The Hobbit.
 
“May the hair on your toes never fall out!”

The Original Radio Christmas Carol at Taborspace 12/16 for the Oregon Food Bank.

Tapestry Theatre joins in presenting the Willamette Radio Workshop’s performance of the original, A Radio Christmas Carol as heard on OPB as a benefit for the Oregon Food Bank.  The show has been a Christmas tradition for the past 7 years at the First Christian Church, The Kiggins Theater in Vancouver and this year the show will be at Tabor Space in the Copeland Commons, a beautiful space and the perfect fit for our favorite ghost story.

Doors open at 7pm the show starts at 7:30.

Admission is FREE with a non-perishable food donation for the Oregon Food Bank Food Bank.  Cash donations will also be accepted.

Cookies and Hot Chocolate will be provided free of charge to set the mood.

The Willamette Radio Workshop presents a “live radio style” performance of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol, adapted by Cynthia McGean from the source and the Campbell Playhouse versions.  The classic Christmas story of Scrooge and Tiny Tim finds it’s natural home in the radio medium, the theater of the mind. A ghost story told to remind mankind of the perils of greed and isolation at a time of the year when our community needs more help than ever. This years cast includes Tom Beckett as Scrooge, Cynthia McGean, Angela McKennie, Judy Straalsund , Chris Porter, Tim McKennie and Sam A. Mowry. Music provided by The Holly Jolly Radio Singers under the direction of Bennett Bailey.  Plus in the tradition of the Golden Age of Radio, live Foley by David Ian and Dino de AElfweald. The show is an hour in length and suitable for all ages.

The award winning Willamette Radio Workshop wants to help preserve the history of Radio Theatre and to this end our work includes re-creations or re-imaginings of Classic Radio programs like The Campbell Playhouses Christmas Carol with Orson Welles and Lionel Barrymore. We also just love to put on a great show and that’s what we’ve done here.

The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, Ho, Ho. By William S. Gregory

This Halloween join the Workshop as we bring you the Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, Ho, Ho. FREE. Our take on the Master of the Macabre and the encroachment of Christmas on our favorite holiday, Halloween. Who better to put the mistletoe in it’s place than Poe and who better than William S. Gregory to make it happen. Starring Pattricia Blem, Robn Woolman, Curt Hanson, James Dineen, Chris Porter with Live Foley by David Ian and Dino DeAElfweald, live music by KJ McElrath and Magic Lantern Slides by Joe Medina of Ollin Productions.

This Halloween Tuesday the 31st at 4:00pm and 5:30pm at McMenamin’s Kennedy School in the Movie Theater (5736 N.E. 33rd Ave.,Portland, OR, 97211).

More details to follow.

 

Laugh your Dial Off at the Kiggins! 10/27/17 7pm!

LAUGH YOUR DIAL OFF, COMEDY FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF RADIO.

WHEN: September 27th at 7pm curtain 6pm door

WHERE: Kiggins Theater 1011 Main St, Vancouver, WA 98660

HOW MUCH:  $5 suggested donation for future ReImagined Radio Projects.

LAUGH YOUR DIAL OFF is a collection of the best comedy shows and acts from the Golden Age of radio. Jack Benny, Fred Allen and Allen’s Alley, Fibber McGee and Molly, Abbot and Costello, Charlie McCarthy and Edgar Bergen with W.C. Fields. Plus previously unreleased Vic and Sade episodes, heard here for the first time. Plus commercials of the Day, so true and yet so funny. You can’t make this stuff up.

Radio was the perfect medium to bring the tradition of Vaudeville to the average American home. The quick talking word play and snappy comebacks merged with the quiet family situational comedies. The fresh open takes on the same family frustrations and foibles we face today make the works of these comic geniuses as funny today as they where in the Golden Age.

The Willamette Radio workshop operates under the direction of Sam A. Mowry, the cast for this show includes fan favorites Todd Tolces, David Meyers, Erik James, Patt Blem, Judy Straalsund, introducing Jacin Harter and good ol’ Sam A. Mowry.

Live Foley sound effects and Fibbers Famous closet by David Ian and Dino de AElfweald.

Magic Lantern Show by Joe Medina

Live Sound Design by Martin John Gallagher.

Atticus Welles Mowry is our production manager.

Transcription services, Swag Management and Web Mastery by Jamie Lawson

This show is appropriate for all ages.

City of Weird 2 Shows! 4/26 Vancouver and 5/20 UFO Festival in McMinnville.

The Willamette Radio Workshop in conjunction with Forest Avenue Press and Re-Imagined Radio is proud to present THE CITY OF WEIRD From Forest Avenue Press‘ best selling story collection edited by Gigi Little and adapted by Cynthia J. McGean for the radio. Produced and directed by Sam A. Mowry.

Two shows: April 26th at 7pm at the historic Kiggins Theater 1011 Main St, Vancouver, WA 98660 with a $5 suggested donation and May 20th at McMenamins’ Hotel Oregon  310 N. E. Evans Street McMinnville, OR 97128 as a part of the 18th annual UFO Festival, 3pm in Maddie’s Room (admission free).

We were meeting with Laura Stanfill about producing one of the stories from her recent anthology City of Weird. Well as we talked Cindy had the wonderful idea that this collection could offer several stories for radio adaptation. The more we talked the stronger the idea became and of course the UFO Festival would be the perfect spot for this collection of NW weird. The hard part was choosing only 5 stories to include, but I think you’ll love them.

“How Do You Say Gentrification in Martian” by Jonathan Hill – a short, graphic-novel/comic style story whose artwork will be featured in our Magic Lantern Show.

Transformation, by Dan DeWeese – What does existential angst look like for killer slime molds from outer

space and their nurturing spore-filled mothership when they touch down in Portland?

The Fixer: a Serial – 1 – The Duchess, by Sean Davis -a noire-style piece featuring a Sasquatch with a pot dispensary, a local dyed-in-the-wool prophet and a Russian water ghost, plus the classic hard-boiled detective and a femme fatale with a  twist.

A Code for Everything, by Andrew Stark – the poignant tale of a boy and his robot dog in Portland circa 2025

Letters to The Oregonian in the Year 30,000 BC, by Mark Russell – ancient Portlanders Crolak, Chaka, Grub and Bill grapple with the trendy new invention of fire and its impact on life in the Yak Village and beyond.

As an added bonus we will be presenting our UFO show at the Kiggins theater in Vancouver on the 26th of April. That show will have the fabulous Magic Lantern work of Joe Medina, which, sadly we can’t use in McMinnville. So if you’ve missed the UFO fest before and wanted it a little closer to home, this is your lucky year. For you UFO fanatics, the parade, the music and the speakers will make your trek to wine country well worth it.

A little more about City of Weird, the book. 

Now in its third printing!

Pacific Northwest Independent Bookseller bestseller

#1 Powell’s Books bestseller

#1 Powell’s Books holiday bestseller, 2016

Powell’s Pick of the Month and Pick of the Season

#1 Annie Bloom’s Bestseller

Powell’s Staff Top 5s

City of Weird conjures what we fear: death, darkness, ghosts. Hungry sea monsters and alien slime molds. Blood drinkers and game show hosts. Set in Portland, Oregon, these thirty original stories blend imagination, literary writing, and pop culture into a cohesive weirdness that honors the city’s personality, its bookstores and bridges and solo volcano, as well as the tradition of sci-fi pulp magazines. Including such authors as Rene Denfeld, Justin Hocking, Leni Zumas, and Kevin Sampsell, editor Gigi Little has curated a collection that is quirky, often chilling, at times surprisingly profound—and always perfectly weird.

Contributors: Stevan Allred, Jonah Barrett, Doug Chase, Sean Davis, Susan DeFreitas, Rene Denfeld, Dan DeWeese, Art Edwards, Stefanie Freele, Jonathan Hill, Justin Hocking, Jeff Johnson, Leigh Anne Kranz, Kirsten Larson, B. Frayn Masters, Kevin Meyer, Karen Munro, Linda Rand, Brian Reid, Bradley K. Rosen, Nicole Rosevear, Mark Russell, Kevin Sampsell, Jason Squamata, Andrew Stark, Adam Strong, Suzy Vitello, Leslie What, Brigitte Winter, and Leni Zumas.

This will be an epic show and you can get your own copy of City of Weird when you’re done with the radio show. You won’t be able to help yourself.

Special thanks to Washington State University in Vancouver, the Creative Media and Digital Communication Program, The Historic Kiggins Theater, The CougParents Fund and Re-Imagined Radio for their support of our work in Vancouver. Spreading the gospel of live radio throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Dene Grigar, John Barber, Dan Wyatt, Claudine Hemmingway and Lori Hughes Killen

for their unwavering support of the Workshop.

Until next time, we remain, obediently yours.

http://www.forestavenuepress.com/catalog/city-of-weird/

http://ufofest.com/schedule/

The Hobbits Greatest Hits in a Winter Wonderland. 1/14/17 3 & 5pm

Costume Contest HobbitCome join the Willamette Radio Workshop as they trudge through a record snowpocalypse to make another journey to Middle-earth with “The Hobbit’s Greatest Hits” our one-of-a-kind adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien classic suitable for all ages. We start at the beginning and end at the end, but in between, the audience chooses what order we tell the story (by picking numbers from the proverbial hat). The show is broken into two parts at 3pm and 5pm. The performance is set for Saturday, January 14th, at the McMenamin’s Kennedy School (5736 N.E. 33rd Ave.Portland, OR 97211), part of the annual J.R.R. Tolkien Birthday Celebration.
 
The costume contest is always a highlight and this year will be no different. Bring your finest Middle Earth inspired creations and join in the fun. Come on your own or bring a crew of your favorite characters for back up. The contest will start at 4:30, sign up with Jamie and Joe at the swag table, prizes will be awarded, laughter and merriment usually ensues.Hobbit-Webshot
 
The performance is absolutely free, but remember: when you come to Middle-earth, you too may be called into service! We need your voices for the battle of the Five Armies and elsewhere , don’t worry, it won’t be 2 and a half hours long.
 
Our cast and crew include , Scott Jamieson, David Ian, Dino Deaelfweald, Cindy McGean, Curtis F Hanson, Bill Barry, Martin John Gallagher, Jamie Lawson, Joe R Medina, Max Moss and Sam A. Mowry. Special thanks to Martin John Gallagher and Marc Rose for their sonic enhancements.
 
Come grab a beer (or a hot toddy) and some pizza and enjoy the unique experience of live radio and the timeless tale of The Hobbit, surrounded by a cocoon of snow.
 
Orson directing war“May the hair on your toes never fall out!” You’ll need it on Saturday!

Radio Carol at the Kiggins on the 21st. Live Christmas Carol @ 7pm!

Radio Carol 11 WebshotWashington State University will be presenting the Willamette Radio Workshop’s performance, A Radio Christmas Carol as part of the Re-imagined Radio series at the Kiggins Theater (1011 Main St, Vancouver, WA 98660). Doors open at 6pm.

Admission = FREE with food donation for Clark County Food Bank.
And a $5.00 donation per person to support future performances suggested.

sam-radio-carol-sadThe Willamette Radio Workshop presents a “live radio style” performance of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol, adapted by Cynthia McGean from the source and the Campbell Playhouse versions.  The classic Christmas story of Scrooge and Tiny Tim finds it’s natural home in the radio medium, the theater of the mind. A ghost story told to remind mankind of the perils of greed and isolation at a time of the year when our community needs more help than ever. This years cast includes Curtis Hanson as Scrooge, Cynthia McGean, Renee Boutin King, Patricia Blem, Chris Porter, Todd Tolces, Tim McKennie and Sam A. Mowry. Music provided by The Holly Jolly Radio Singers under the direction of Bennett Bailey.  Plus in the tradition of the Golden Age of Radio, live Foley by David Ian and Dino de AElfweald. Plus Magic Lantern projections by Joe Medina. Live sound by Martin John Gallagher.  Stage Manager Max Moss. The show is an hour in length and suitable for all ages.DSC_1270

unnamedThe award winning Willamette Radio Workshop wants to help preserve the history of Radio Theatre and to this end our work includes re-creations or re-imaginings of Classic Radio programs like The Campbell Playhouses Christmas Carol with Orson Welles and Lionel Barrymore. We also just love to put on a great show and that’s what we’ve done here.

WRW supplies some Holiday cheer to the Civic Theater Guild.

shadow-crossed-gunsGet ready for an Old Time radio broadcast day as we all get ready for Christmas with the Civic Theater Guild’s Christmas Show Tuesday the 6th of December at 10:30 The Willamette Radio Workshop is back on the stage with a holiday episode of The Shadow- “The Stockings Were Hung”. Then Vic and Sade with “Vic’s Christmas Card List” and Suspenses’ take on the holiday with “The Night Before Christmas”. Plus 2 special Christmas songs by Kurt Misar, sung by the lovely Leah Yorkston. Plus Live Foley sound effects, a few special shorts and some of those classic Old Time Radio Commercials. Everything old is new again.radiotheater

Our cast includes Chris Porter, Alyson Ayn Osborn, Todd Tolces, Curtis Hanson, Leah Yorkston and Kurt Misar on the piano.

Live sound by Martin John Gallagher.  Directing and lending a voice is Sam A. Mowry.

Readings are presented at The Sanctuary 1785 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232.  Coffee at 10:00 AM,  Performance at 10:30AM with Single tickets $8.

 

rush-vic-and-sadeHere are the parking details: The entrance to their new parking lot is on NE 18th between Glisan and Irving. It is a block and a half from the theatre. Be aware that there are 2 lots on that block.  Only park in the lot that has the PARK HERE sign with balloons or you will be towed for being in the wrong lot.  There will have a parking attendant at the entrance to the lot starting at 9:30 am so it will be clear where to park.  If you have any problems finding the lot, someone will be outside by the front door of the theatre with a map to guide you as well.  There are plenty of spaces available (100) so no need to rush.