DRACULA for Halloween 4 Shows at 3 venues, 3 prices.

Willamette Radio Workshop presents: Dracula, A Live Radio Drama. 4 performances at 3 venues. The Kiggins Theater in Vancouver on Thursday October 27th at 7pm for $5, at the Venetian Theater in Hillsboro on Sunday October 30th at 7pm  for $10  and Halloween night at the Kennedy School Movie Theater at 4pm and 5:30pm. Free and open to all ages.

dracula-2016-mcm_webshot dracula-poster-2016-kiggins-webshotKIGGINS– 1011 Main St, Vancouver, WA 98660

VENETIAN– 253 E Main St, Hillsboro, OR 97123

KENNEDY SCHOOL  5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211

WRW brings the ultimate story of the supernatural to the McMenamins Empire. First published in 1897, the novel Dracula by Irish author Bram Stoker has never been out of print. It has been reissued in over 300 editions, including dozens in foreign languages. The figure of Count Dracula has dominated twentieth-century culture, from movies to cereal boxes to radio.

This is the original radio adaptation by Orson Welles and John Houseman. It was the first broadcast of the Mercury Theater on the Air, the greatest of all radio companies and the inspiration for forming the Willamette Radio Workshop.

“Welles got the rights to it at the last minute — he was going to launch the season with ‘Treasure Island,’” Mowry says. “He and John Houseman sat in an all-night cafe cutting up seven copies of the book and gluing pages together to make the script. They argued around the clock for 36 hours, eating and drinking the whole time, then dropped off the pages at the typing pool and left Welles’ secretary to pay the bill.”

Bram Stoker, wrote the story in 1897 and made vampire a household word. Vampires continue to enthrall 100 years later, immortalized in movies and television.

dracula-2016-venitian_webshot“We accept the idea of vampires today, but when the story was written, nobody knew what they were. Here’s this great story: Basically, a real estate salesman goes to close a deal in Eastern Europe — and instead this evil is loosed on the world!”

Welles’ script runs 55 minutes and the adaptation rushes along, with foley sound effects creating the atmosphere of doom.

Halloween horror stories are perfect for radio drama, It’s the power of suggestion. Everybody carries their own private hell with them.

Our Cast includes James Dineen, Patricia Blem, Scott Jamieson, Carole Dane, Atticus Welles Mowry and Sam A. Mowry.  Live Foley by David Ian and Dino Deaelfweald. Original Music by Martin John Gallagher and Sound Design by Gallagher and Mowry. Magic Lantern Imagery by Joe Medina. Webmaster and Merchandizing by Jamie Lawson. Live Sound by D. Neil Blake. Live Sound at the Kiggins and Venetian by Joe Reed.

Halloween at McMenamins Kennedy School.

Monday October 31st 4 & 5:30pm  | Free admission | All ages welcome

Come celebrate the spookiest of holidays with us! Kids in costumes are invited for Trick-or-Treating! Bring those pumpkin buckets for gathering treats from 4:30 p.m. ‘til 6:30 p.m. in the hallways.

Live music by:

Freak Mountain Ramblers


Willamette Radio Workshop presents: Dracula in the Movie Theater! at 4pm and 5:30pm.

and Trick-or-Treating

Kennedy School | Monday, October 31, 2016

Live music 7 p.m. ’til 10 p.m.

DRACULA AT THE KIGGINS Presented by Re-Imagined Radio and John and Dene Barber

Thursday October 27th at 7pm, doors open at 6:30. $5 tickets.

DRACULA AT THE VENETIAN Presented by Martin John Gallagher

Sunday October 30th @ 7pm Tickets $10

Books in Space @ the UFO Festival 5/14/16 3pm.

BIS-Poster-2 WebshotWelcome to McMenamins’ UFO Festival, called the 2nd-largest alien festival in the United States. WRW has been producing high quality audio drama for the past 15 years and the UFO Festival is always a highlight of the year. This year we bring you BOOKS IN SPACE a compendium of 15 minute section of some of literatures greatest classics. Macbeth, Count of Monte Christo, The Tell Tale Heart and Sweeney Todd. All are materfully adapted in to a far distant future in a galaxy unknown to us by William S. Gregaory. Mr. Gregory is an award winning playwright and radio dramatist and he has created a unquie experience for you all to share. Live Foley SFX by David Ian and Dino de AElfweald, Digital SFX by Marc Rose and original music by Bennett Baily. The cast includes James Dineen, Patt Blem, Bruce Miles, Phil Rudolph and Douglas Mitchell. Phillip Bursch is our live sound engineer and merchandizing by Jamie Lawson and Joe Medinda (be sure to drop in and say HI.jamie

The whole menagre is directed and produced by Sam A. Mowry and he won’t leave the stage, so he plays a few roles as well.

James, Linsae, David-ShoesWe perform in Mattie’s Room of the Hotel Oregon in McMinnville, OR. 3pm start, 2pm doors. Admission is FREE and there is a bar in the room.

“From our hosts:
McMenamins UFO Festival is a 4 day event being held from 12th May to the 15th May 2016 at the McMenamins Hotel Oregon in McMinnville, USA. This event showcases products like the “Ground Zero” radio show, a parade, an alien pet costume contest (with the first chicken entrant), live music, a fun run, a specially brewed Alienator Ale, luncheon and breakfast with speakers, McMenamins Passport stamps, expert speakers, live music and more, along with a UFO costume parade, alien pet costume contest, live music and beyond etc.”UFO Fan

See you there!

The Silent Avenger and Bloody Hands- The Shadow and Gunsmoke Live at the Kiggins 5/4/16 7pm

Classic Radio dramas examine Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Gun Violence.ShadowGunsmoke-Webshot2

Our final presentation of this years Re-Imagined Radio Project brings two of radios greatest crime fighters to center stage, The Shadow and Matt Dillion in Gunsmoke.

The performance takes place at 7 p.m. May 4 at the Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, located at 1011 Main St., Vancouver, Washington 98660. Doors open at 6pm.

It is free and open to the public.

Directed by Sam A. Mowry, the dramas are episodes from the radio series “Gunsmoke” and “The Shadow.” The performance is part of the Re-Imagined Radio project produced by John Barber, faculty member in Washington State University Vancouver’s Creative Media and Digital Culture Program.

“These radio dramas were written and performed long before there was a name for or understanding about PTSD,” Barber said, “but the effects were real and provided the basis for great storytelling and critical thinking.”

Broadcast for 480 episodes between 1952 and 1961, “Gunsmoke” is one of the longest-running radio series and went on to 20 years on TV as well. The performance features an episode titled “Bloody Hands,” in which Marshall Matt Dillion, faced with too much killing and fearing he has lost his edge, quits his job. Dodge becomes an open town and when a murderer comes to town, Matt has some tough choices ahead of him.

William-Conrad“The Shadow” centers on Lamont Cranston, a young man with a mysterious power to “Cloud mens minds”. The episode to be performed, “The Silent Avenger,” is from 1938, when Orson Welles voiced the The Shadow. The Shadow confronts a man facing a death sentence who has manipulated his brother, a World War I sniper suffering from PTSD, to kill everyone responsible for his pending execution. The Shadows speech at the shows conclusion will shock you to realize it was written 78 years ago.

The Willamette Radio Workshop creates original studio productions and reimagines historic radio programs in front of live audiences. Winning major awards for their work.

Our cast and crew include James Dineen, Patt Blem, Phil Rudolph, Scott Jamieson, David Ian, Dino de AElfweald and Sam A. Mowry.

Live Foley by David Ian and Dino de AElfweald

Live Music and Sound scape by Martin John Gallagher

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Magic Lantern Show by Joe Medina

Merchandizing by Jamie Lawson

Special Thanks to Marc Rose, Cynthia J. McGean, Washington State University in Vancouver, The Creative Media and Digital Culture program, The Cougs Parents Fund, Dan Wyatt and the staff at the Kiggins Theater.

Producer of this series, John Barber.

And the always remarkable Dene Grigar.

Concessions, beer and wine will be available for purchase. The Kiggins Theatre is located at 1011 Main St., Vancouver, Washington 98660.

About WSU Vancouver

As one of four campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

WRW performs Fibber and Molly for the Mighty Women. Saturday at 6pm 2/27/2016

img_mcgeesgambleHello! Saturday the 27th we are performing for the Mighty Women Dragon Boat team fund raiser. We are happy to present our second foray into the wonderful world of 79 Wistful Vista, the home of Fibber McGee and Molly (Or Fibber Shane and Jeanie as the case may be). Come check us out and support a great group of women.

Come celebrate with Mighty Women! Bid on a variety of exciting Silent Auction items from local and regional restaurants and businesses. Enjoy classic comedy and adventure with a performance by the famous Willamette Radio Workshop.

Saturday, February 27, 2016
Portland Brewing, Highland Room, 2730 NW 31st Ave., Portland 97210
6:00-9:00 PM
$25 advance ticket includes buffet dinner and 2 drink tickets (beer or wine)
Tickets at the door will be $30, space permitting.


We did the show last year and we all had a blast. Hope you can join us. Us being Cindy McGean, Mary Thomas, Phillip Bursch and Sam A. Mowry as the Beaver.


The Hobbit’s Greatest Hits at Kennedy School 3 & 5 pm Saturday the 9th!

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 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 9th, 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 , Scott Jamieson, David Ian, Dino Deaelfweald, Cindy McGean, Toni Lima, Curtis F Hanson, Bill Barry, Phill Bursch, Jamie Lawson, Joe R Medina, 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!”Costume Contest Hobbit

WRW’s Radio Carol on OPB Tonight!

Radio-Carol-Poster-13Willamette Radio Workshop’s Radio Christmas Carol will be broadcast on Oregon Public Broadcastings radio stations across all Oregon and Southwest Washington this Thursday evening the 24th (of all the good old days of the year, Christmas eve!) at 9pm on 91.5 fm. And streaming from: http://www.opb.org/radio/listennow/player.php/

For many years, members of the Willamette Radio Workshop have given special performances of “A Christmas Carol” for audiences around the Portland metro area who might not otherwise have had any holiday entertainment.  We took this tradition to the next level with a live performance, open to the public, to benefit our local Food Bank. We are very excited to now be able to share it with the whole state. We also ask that if you have the resources, that you continue to support the food banks in your area, all year round.

This “live radio” performance of “A Christmas Carol,” was adapted by Cynthia J. McGean from the Charles Dickens story and the Campbell Playhouse version. The show was recorded at First Christian Church in Portland, Oregon in front of a live audience.  While admission was free, we asked for the donation of two cans of non-perishable food per person or an appropriate cash donation to the Food Bank.  Envelopes were  available for cash donations.Radio-Carol-OFB-2012-websho

The cast for this performance included Tim McKennie, James Dineen, Greg Alexander, Alan King, Cynthia McGean, Renee Boutin King, Mary Thomas and Sam A. Mowry. Live music and carols  provided by The Holly Jolly Radio Choir, directed by Bennett Bailey and featuring over twenty singers!

Recorded and Mastered by D. Neil Blake.

Merry Christmas to you all and the happiest of New Years!DSC_1024

The Civic Theater Guild’s Holiday Radio Hour with WRW!

fibber-mcgee-and-molly Holiday Radio Hour with the Willamette Radio Workshop is the December 1 reading for the Portland Civic Theatre Guild’s 2015-2016 Reader’s Theatre season.

Holiday Radio Hour with the Willamette Radio Workshop, directed by Sam A. Mowry, will be the December reading for the Portland Civic Theatre Guild’s Readers Theatre season, Tuesday December 1, at The Old Church. The event begins at 10:00 am with complimentary refreshments followed by the play at 10:30. The Old Church is located at 1422 SW 11th. Tickets are $8.00 and available at the door.

Warm up the Philco and gather round as Willamette Radio Workshop ushers in the spirit of the holidays with a selection of stories presented in the style of an old time radio show. Hear your favorites, including The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert W. Service, The Plot to Overthrow Christmas by Norman Corwin, and Fibber Paints a Christmas Tree by Don Quinn and Phil Leslie.Norman-Corwin-appears-in-the-NBC-radio-studio-with-Peggy-Burt.-

Director Sam A. Mowry has assembled an outstanding cast for the reading. The actors are Alyson Ayn Osborn, Michele Mariana Todd Tolces, Phil Rudolph, David Meyers, and Atticus Welles Mowry, as well as Sam A. Mowry as Santa! Get ready for laughter, thrills and sound effects!

More information about Holiday Radio Hour and the Portland Civic Theatre Guild is available atWRW-Poe-2011-

This Halloween 10/31! The Mummy’s Bride by Erik James Live Radio Chills!

The Willamette Radio Workshop, Winners of 9 National Audio Drama Awards, presents:

The Mummy’s Bride by Erik James.

Kennedy School – Gymnasium | Saturday, October 31, 2015
1 p.m til 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. til 4 p.m. | Free | All ages welcome .

Please note the new times.Mummys-Bride-Poster-2015

The Mummy’s Bride is a classic horror tale in the spirit of Universal, Hammer and International Pictures Mummy movies. A trio of archaeologists discover fabulous wealth along with a forgotten sarcophagus in the valley of the Nile. There is, of course, a curse, ancient spirits taking over peoples bodies and Kharis- The Mummy who will do anything to protect his beloved Princess Anika-Tera. Listen as the past battles the present. Science battles superstition. And Foley artists choke each other senseless. The Mummy Lives and so does Live Radio!
This is a loving homage to one of the great horror figures of all time. Joining our radio classics, Dracula and Frankenstein. Based on “The Jewel of the Seven Stars” by Bram Stoker.

Our team includes: James Dineen, Scott Jamieson, Bruce Miles, Patricia Blem, Robin Woolman, David Ian, Dino de AElfweald, Marc Rose, Phillip Bursch and Sam A. Mowry

Magic Lantern projections by Joe Medina will accompany the program.

Special Appearance by Ringo Zeitgeist with Ukulele songs to call up the spirits and swing in the season.

The perfect way to start off your Halloween festivities. The program is an hour long and suitable for all ages, though it can get intense.

Bring your kids-in-costume for trick or treating while you enjoy a handcrafted ale, wine or spirit
CDs of past performances and the work of other local Audio Dramatists will be available for purchase at the show.

Fall of the City and R.U.R.- Re-Imagined Radio!

Fall-of-the-City-RUR-Webshot Re-Imagined Radio Presents:

The Fall of the City and R.U.R.
Two classic radio dramas combined into one production!
Wednesday, 7 October 2015
Kiggins Theatre — Vancouver, Washington
Doors open at 6:00 PM, show starts at 7:00 PM
Wine, beer, and concessions available

ADMISSION is FREE. Thanks to support from WSUV, CMDC and Re-Imagined Radio

The program will last one hour.

The Fall of the City, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982), was the first American verse play for radio. Arguably, no program did more to reveal the artistic potential of radio broadcasting in terms of both stylistic innovation and social power. First performed by The Columbia Workshop, 11 April 1937,  The plot centers on a radio announcer reporting from the plaza of a nameless city, where a crowd awaits the appearance of a woman dead three days. She brings a prophecy of a brutal conqueror who will make this city of masterless men, take a master. The people of the city struggle to decide between security and freedom with fear driving the argument. MacLeish noted the surrender of Austria to Nazi Germany as the inspiration for his play.  The play, he said, was not about the conqueror, but rather about the way people chose their freedom. In this regard, The Fall of the City raises interesting questions about sustaining the burden of freedom that we seem to be facing today as well. This is our director Sam A. Mowry’s favorite radio play and we are very excited about bring it to a live audience. Marc Rose’s brilliant sound design both keeps the timeless quality of the original and adds an echo of the future to the program.

Our amazing cast includes Sam A. Mowry, Curtis Hanson, Linda Goertz, William S. Gregory, Holly Spenser, Tim McKennie, David Loftus, David Ian, Scott Jamieson and Dino de AElfweald. Original sound design by Marc Rose and Projections by Joe Medina
Our second show of the evening is  R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots), written as a stage play by Czechoslovakian writer Karel Capek (1890-1938), premiered in 1921 at the National Theater, in Prague and was transformed into a radio drama by The Columbia Workshop in 1937. Grown in vats, Rossum’s Universal Robots are designed to work as slaves for humans and, so, have no feelings. The plant manager’s wife, pities the robots and persuades the head R.U.R. scientist,  to give them feelings. As you can imagine, with feelings comes resentment of their subservience to humans and revolt ensues. Issues of what makes a human and the rights of living creatures drives this pl,ay, which is also far ahead of it’s time.
This is the first appearance of the term “robot” and to this day leads audiences to discussions regarding the relationship between humans and robots, androids, cyborgs, and lately, artificial intelligence and how we will handle the sciences that sometimes seem far beyond our understanding and control.

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Re-Imagined Radio is  Start with a 1936 theatre. Re-enact historic radio dramas complete with voice actors and Foley sound artists. Garnish with digital SFX, music, and visual backdrops. Overlay student digital interpretations of the base narrative. Invite a live audience to watch, eat popcorn, and participate via social media. The result: Re-Imagined Radio—storytelling as never before heard, or seen. You can find out more about Radio Re-Imagined and radio history by following the link.

McMenamin’s 16th Annual UFO Festival in McMinnville 5/16/15 @ 3pm, Hotel Oregon in Maddie’s Room.

UFO-2015-WebshotIt’s that time of year again. WRW heads to the wine country to present some of the finest moments in Sci-Fi Radio history at the historic Hotel Oregon. This year we offer up two beauties, X-1’s The Martian Death March by Ernest Kinoy and Planet Man, a mysterious serial from the 50’s, loaded with campy good fun. We’ll be in Maddie’s Room at 3pm. The show runs about an hour and is suitable for all ages, though there is drama, so you are the best judge of your small ones.

The Martian Death March is a great show, an allegory of the Trail of tears, populated with Martians instead of Native Americans. A John Brown-esque character leads a band of Martians to their homeland and encounter a homesteading family determined to keep their land and their hate. The story is dramatic and heart breaking, one of Kinoy’s best.

Planet Man lightens the mood with the story of Dantro, the Planet Man. Here’s some starter information for you. I think we’ll get requests for more episodes.


Produced in about 1950 by Palladium Radio Productions, “The Planet Man” is the golly-gee-whillikers saga of Dantro, an intergalactic troubleshooter for an organization known as the League of Planets – “the law enforcement body for peace and justice in the celestial world.” (Think of him as an outer-space version of Marshal Matt Dillon – “It’s a chancy job, and it makes a [planet] man watchful…”) With their center of operations situated on Planeria Rex, “the capital of the planets,” the League sends their water-carrier Dantro out into the celestial world to maintain law and order “whenever danger threatens the universe.”

Dantro is assisted in his quest for law-and-order by the members of Earth’s first rocket expedition: Dr. John Darrow, his daughter Pat, and engineer Slats, who are rescued by the Planet Man before their rocket comes perilously close to crashing into the moon. (The explanation for this is that Darrow and crew took on a pair of stowaways before blast-off, namely his nephew Billy and niece Jane – which makes a listener wonder why the heck they weren’t in school.) These five individuals join forces with the Planet Man to defeat evildoers like Marston, the ruler of Mars who possesses an insatiable appetite for interplanetary domination.

This is borrowed from the fine folks at Radio Archives. See the whole listing and history of the show here: http://www.radioarchives.com/The_Planet_Man_Volume_1_p/ra023.htm


Our cast and crew are top notch as always. Todd Tolces, Scott Jamieson, David Ian, Dino de AElfweald, Eli Campbell and Toni Lima. We welcome back Marty Gallagher on Live Organ, Marc Rose adds Expert Sound Design and live sound by Atticus Welles Mowry. Sam A. Mowry directs and acts as is his want.

Plus a special musical event, the world premier of Alien Girlfriend. Not to be missed.

Jamie Lawson and Joe Medina of Ollin Productions man the Swag table and vend some of the best audio drama in the Northwest and a fine selection of hand crafted jewelry and other wonders for your perusal. Remember, every thing you buy helps to support our endeavors to bring you the best live radio we can.

Special thanks to McMenamin’s, the Medici’s of live radio drama, Ollin Productions, Dry Smoke and Whispers, Fuse Audio Design, WSUV and the Creative Media and Digital Culture program, Dene Grigar & John Barber and our dramaturge, Cynthia J. McGean.

Stay tuned for announcements concerning our upcoming summer show, it’s quite the blockbuster.

Come early, enjoy the day and remember, “Live Radio Lives!”.