Willamette Radio Workshop

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A Steam Punk, Live Radio Around the World in 80 Days!

Around-the-World-Script-CovThe Willamette Radio Workshop is proud to partner with Washington State University Vancouver’s Creative Media and Digital Culture program (WSUV, CMDC) to present a one of a kind event at Vancouver’s historic Kiggins Theater, A Steam Punk version of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Day’s, adapted by Cynthia J. McGean. Wednesday August 6th at 7pm (doors open at 6) WRW presents a new twist on a classic adventure story. The bet to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days still remains, but we have kicked it up a notch as they like to say. We have brought in Phileas Fogg’s own “Q” (Aida Lovelace, the Countess Lovelace, the only legitimate heir to Byron and the first computer programer. I’m serious, follow the link.) Dirigibles, submersibles, new stops along the way, romance, buffalo and elephants. That’s why they call this one of the greatest adventures of all time.

Plus, we will have live tweets that YOU the audience will vote to decide which route Phileas and Passepartout will take next. We will have projections, a photo booth in the lobby and a fine collection of beer and wine and Vancouver’s BEST popcorn. And the Around the City in 8 Days treasure hunt.

Following the show, the amazingly talented students at WSUV CMDC Chroniclesprogram will present “Chronicles: stories of the past, present & future”. Their work explores transmedial storytelling experiences using the Jules Verne original novel.  The student’s generated from Professor Brenda Grell’s course, Design and Composition, and Dr. John Barber’s course, Digital Storytelling.

WRW has assembled a wonderful cast and crew as always. The cast includes Suzan Zeitlin, John Monteverde, Phil Rudolph, Dino de AElfweald and David Ian.

The Foley crew has David Ian and Dino de AElfweald and a special guest or two.

Original Music by Bennet Bailey.

Sound Design by Marc Rose

Live Sound and Recording by D. Neal Blake and Phillip Bursch.

Projections by Joe Medina.

Special Technology by Jamie Lawson.

Speacial thanks to John Barber, Dene Grigar, Amalia Vacca, Dan Wyatt, the Kiggins Theater, Ollin Productions, Dry Smoke and Whispers and all the Chronicles students.

As usual the show is directed by Sam A. Mowry and he plays Phileas. Check this out, because it is like nothing you’ve seen or heard before.

30 July, 2014 (10:37) | Uncategorized |

2014 McMenamin’s UFO Festival is Here!

UFO-Festival-2014-WEBSHOTWell, it’s that time of year again. The parades, the floats, the little alien pets costume contest and of course the Willamette Radio Workshop takes to the stage at the Hotel Oregon in beautiful downtown McMinnville to create Live Radio magic for the masses. This year we have a great program for the 2014 UFO Festival, Nightfall by Isaac Asimov, H.G. Wells The Time Machine and a special surprise from Jerrel McQuen, Changing Times. Join us as we travel through time, are cast from a world of eternal light into a world of abject darkness and finally we make contact with the rest of the galaxy and true to form, it’s not what we think it is.

The show starts at 3pm (a new time for all our regulars) and runs a tad over an hour. The cast of audionauts  for this years festival includes: Bruce Miles, David Ian, Dino de AElfweald, and 2 new members of the Workshop Zoe Nelson and Gregory Wilson.UFO Pet

Sound Design and Music by Marc Rose, Live Foley by David Ian, Dino de AElfweald and Ms Lu and live sound from the irrepressible Phillip Bursch. It’s true, I keep trying but cannot repress him.

You can click on the poster above for a better look.

We will have our Merchandise Table helmed by the dynamic Duo of all things radio and shiny Jamie Lawson and Joe Medina. The purchase of our CD’s is a great way to support the mission of the Willamette Radio Workshop and our cohorts in radiodynamism, Dry Smoke and Whispers and Ollin Productions.

As usual, the whole thing is under what we laughingly refer to as “The supervision” of Sam A. Mowry. He and we remain obediently yours.

12 May, 2014 (14:34) | Uncategorized |

Happy birthday Orson.

We at the Workshop love the pioneering work of Orson Welles. Take a moment today to remember the great gifts he gave us and enjoy the unparalleled storytelling that was always his hallmark.

This appearance on I Love Lucy is in honor of my brother, the biggest Lucille Ball fan I know.



And don’t forget to check this out, I’m still trying to figure a way to get there. Woodstock Celebrates Orson Welles.



6 May, 2014 (11:43) | Uncategorized |

H.P. Lovecraft Film Fest & CthulhuCon!

Ollin @ HPLFFHi Folks, two reasons (besides the obvious) to attend the HPLFF&CC, Jamie and Joe from Ollin Productions (Think AFTERHELL) have a merch table set up in the upstairs lobby and Dark Adventure Radio Theater will be performing one of their amazing live radio shows (Pickman’s Model, first time ever!). So if you have a moment or two, check them out, say Hi to Jamie and Joe and enjoy the amazing event. I look forward to reports. WRW CD’s will also be on sale.

19th Annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon

April 11-13, 2014 in Portland, OR

The next main H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon will be held again at the beautiful Hollywood Theatre and the EOD Center (aka The Hollywood Senior Center).Joe @ HPLFF&CC

12 April, 2014 (13:26) | Uncategorized |

1/11/14! The Tolkien Festival & The Hobbit’s Greatest Hits!

Hobbit ImageCome 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 begining and end at the end, but in between, the audience chooses what order we tell the story. The show is broken into two parts at 2pm and 4pm. The performance is set for Saturday, January 11th, at the McMenamins 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. The contest will start at 3:30, 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 Armys and elsewhere.

Our cast and crew include David Loftus, Troyce Crucchiola, David Ian, Dino de AElfweald, Cynthia J. McGean, Mary Thomas, James Lawrence, Mark Homayoun, Phillip Bursch, Jamie Lawson, Joe Medina and Sam A. Mowry. Special thanks to Marty Gallagher and Marc Rose.

“May the hair on your toes never fall out!”Photo_012106_001[1]

1 January, 2014 (13:49) | Uncategorized |

Radio Christmas Carol Fundraiser and Food Drive at the Kiggins!

Radio-Carol-Poster-13The Willamette Radio Workshop is proud to present our Radio Christmas Carol program as a Food drive for the Clark County Food Bank and a Silent Auction and challenge grant fund raiser to benefit the Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver. The program is free with a non-perishable food donation at the historic Kiggins Theater in downtown Vancouver 1011 Main St, Vancouver, WA 98660.

Thursday December 19th at 7pm The Willamette Radio Workshop presents Charles Dickens “A 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/audio theater 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.

The show will be performed at the beautifully restored Kiggins Theater in downtown Vancouver, Washington. This is a big space with plenty of room for throngs. Food and beverages will be available. Beer and wine are served as well as a few seasonal specials.

Our goal for the night is two fold, to collect food for the Clark County Food Bank and prior to the show, beginning at 6:00 PM, we plan a silent auction and challenge grant fund raiser to benefit the Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver.  After all, Christmas is a time when want is keenly felt and abundance rejoices, as Mr. Dickens reminds us. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for the silent auction and refreshments.Scrooge Edit-WEB

The cast includes Greg Alexander, Cynthia McGean, Chris Porter, Alyson Osborn, Renee King, Alan King and Sam A. Mowry.

Live music and carols provided by the Holly Jolly Radio Singers under the direction of Bennett Bailey.

Live sound and recording by Phillip Bursch.

In the tradition of the golden age of radio, live Foley is performed by by David Ian and Dino de Aelfweald. This show is one hour in length and appropriate for all ages.

The Creative Media and Digital Culture Program (CMDC), home of the Bachelor of Arts in Digital Technology and Culture (DTC), integrates critical thinking, creativity, and computing skills with course work in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, MIS, and Computer Science to offer a broad-based, interdisciplinary degree that prepares students for a culturally-diverse, technologically-complex 21st century.

DSC_1024The award-winning Willamette Radio Workshop wants to help preserve the history of radio theater and to this end its work includes recreations or re-imaginings of classic radio programs like the Campbell Playhouse Christmas Carol with Orson Welles and Lionel Barrymore. And we take great pleasure in reaching out to serve our community and celebrate life through the Arts, no matter how dark the times or long the days. We hope you can join us. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all.

7 December, 2013 (08:39) | Uncategorized |

75th Anniversary of War of the Worlds!

WotW-Poster-all-Email-2013Best Halloween Prank Ever!
75th Anniversary of War of the Worlds

The story is now legendary. A fictional radio broadcast of a Martian invasion panics the nation.

Relive the excitement, without the panic, by attending a recreation of that broadcast by Willamette Radio Workshop, featuring six actors, live foley and recorded sound effects in a production faithful to the spirit of “live radio.”

All shows are free.
Beer, wine and food available at both venues.




Wednesday, October 30th @ 7:00pm
Kiggins Theater
1011 Main Street / Vancouver, WA 98660

6:30pm – Doors Open
6:30pm – Costume Contest
Free parking after 6pmOrson directing war

Thursday, October 31st @ 4:30pm and 6:00pm
McMenamins Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Ave Portland, Oregon 97211

Enjoy this vibrant entertainment medium and the opportunity to look back at the best Halloween prank ever pulled on the American Public.
If you haven’t seen live radio, you ain’t heard nothing yet.
Willamette Radio Workshop  on Facebook!-
Cast and Crew
Chris Porter
Todd Tolces
James Dineen
Bruce Miles
Erik James
Sam A. Mowry

David Ian
Dino de AElfweald
Jadea Hales

Live Sound
Marc Rose
Neil Blake
Phillip Bursch

Our THANKS to:
John Barber
Dan Wyatt
Amalia Vacca

The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver as part of the Martians with Moustaches exhibition.

Kiggins Theater
McMenamins Kennedy School
Tapestry Theatre
Judy Straalsund
James Dineen and Portland Media Works
Galen Huckins and Filmusik
Martin John Gallagher
Amy Zing Gray

26 October, 2013 (11:21) | Uncategorized |

Halloween Kicks off with Dr. Moreau!

MOREAU-2013-Email-FINALThe Willamette Radio Workshop presents

From the Case Files of Dr. Moreau by William S. Gregory

(Inspired by The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells)

The Mission Theater 1624 N.W. Glisan  Portland, OR 97209 

Saturday October 26th at 7pm. Minor with Child allowed   $5

Plus- Japanese horror classic HOUSE (1977) 9pm 21+ only $5


This Halloween WRW’s first holiday offering tackles a classic novel of terror and imagination, The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells. We are lucky to have the illustrious and talented William S. Gregory to adapt this timeless novel for us. As with his past work with us, Mr. Gregory brings a different spin to the classics of the past, his Ogle Award winning version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is just such a case in point. Mr. Gregory re-imagines this story of science and biology and the limits of both. This story, From the Case Files of Dr. Moreau, uses the point of view of the manimals (as we like to call them) as opposed to the usual human point of view. The questions of freedom, nature, man’s rights and animal rights all come into play. The genius of Dr. Moreau takes on new depths and the story of his children, created by his own hand, follows new leads with classic, tragic results.


WRW has once again collected an amazing group of artists to help bring the jungles of Moreau’s island and the horrors of his laboratory to life. Sound designers with out peer, Martin John Gallagher, Jadea Hales and Marc Rose (winners of a shelf full of national and local awards) are taking care of music, Foley and sound design that will fill your imaginations with sounds of the wild and sensual jungle. The cast and crew includes Cindy McGean, Curt Hanson, Megan Murphy Ruckman, David Loftus, Joshua North, Matt Haynes, Phillip Bursch, Andrew Hales,  Alexandria Paris and Sam A. Mowry, who also produces and directs.


Come see what all the fuss is about. Makes GMF look pretty tame.


26 October, 2013 (07:54) | Uncategorized |


POCKET PULP: CHILLERS Actors. Tablets. Fun & Chills.Pocket-Chillers-

Thursday, October 17th 7:30pm Jack London Bar (basement of the Rialto Pool Room)

529 SW 4th Avenue

$5.00 Best suited for mature audiences

It’s like campfire ghost stories. Told in dialogue. In a bar! The Pulp Stage theatre company presents a collection of eight plays using just dialogue to fill The Jack London Bar with vampires, serial killers, psychics, wolves, ghosts and the sweetest little cannibal you’ve ever rooted for.

Starring Cody Epling, Paige Jones, Sam A. Mowry and Lily Warpinski


DARKEST MOMENT by Pete Malicki
You have a gift: Whenever people touch your hand you can visualize the worst act from their past. Now what if you found out that one of them is just getting started? 

From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star crossed young folk have one heck of a country nightmare.  

ABSTINENCE  by Alex Dremann
They say that marriage can be the death of romance… but just kissing could literally kill this engaged couple. 

BEST FRIENDS FOREVER by Sydney Somerfield
Three teens break out an Ouija board in a house that may be abandoned… but isn’t unoccupied.

HUSH by Robin Pond
Skeletons in the closet might be some comfort compared to this family secret.

THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT by Sydney Somerfield
A dark and stormy night. An innocent young hitchhiker. A mysterious old trucker. Think you know where this is going? Think again. 

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The evening will end with two macabre selections from Shaking the Tree’s 2012 Drammy-winning production, The Tripping Point: An exhibition of fairy tale installations, featuring Playwrights West.

JACK AND THE BONES by Karin Magaldi
A dark retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk… told by Jack himself.   

TO CAPE Matthew B. Zrebski
There will be no resting and digesting after this meal. 

17 October, 2013 (13:14) | Uncategorized |

National Audio Drama Month 2013- Portland, Oregon

Radio-Graveyard-Nat-Audio-DIt’s October and that means it’s National Audio Drama Month. Audio groups across the country are gearing up with their best tales of terror and imagination. Portland is an especially active audio drama city and here are a few of the shows we have members involved with.

10/17- Pocket Pulp: Chillers @ The Jack London Bar - 529 SW 4th Ave


10/26- Ollin Productions is a sponsor of the “Dead Dash ’13″ Zombie race. 

The creators of AFTERHELL will be selling all kinds of seasonal goodies including CD’s from all our local Audio Drama Groups.

10/26- The Island of Dr. Moreau @ The Mission Theater

William S. Gregory’s adaptation, not to be missed.

10/27- DeComposers Night @ The Star Theater

The 2nd annual. Great music and Sam A. Mowry reading Lovecraft’s THE HOUND.

10/30- The Golem (1922) @ The Alberta Rose Theater

Beth Karp’s haunting score of the silent classic. WRW’s Professor Ringo Zeitgeist and Alyson Ayn Osborn open the show.

10/30- War of the Worlds @ The Kiggins Theater

Sponsored by The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver as part of the Martians with Moustaches exhibition and Kiggins Theatre .

10/31- War of the Worlds @ Kennedy School

The 75th Anniversary of the Orson Welles radio spectacular that panicked the nation. WRW brings it to life in all it’s glory. 

4 October, 2013 (15:31) | Uncategorized |

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