Writers On-the-air Workshop 2006

This July, WRW’s Writers On-the-Air Workshop (WOW), returns for its third year developing and showcasing new, original works for audio theater by writers from around the country. Funded in part by the Regional Arts and Culture Council, this year’s WOW focuses on “Voice and Viewpoint.”

WOW participants meet two to three times a week to discuss and revise their scripts through a peer-driven, collaborative process led by WRW dramaturge and published playwright Cynthia McGean. The three-week workshop begins Saturday, July 8, with an introduction for those new to audio theater, and culminates July 29th in recorded readings of the scripts with actors chosen by WRW Director Sam A. Mowry.

Three pieces from WOW will be selected for full production and broadcast. WOW is free and open to those interested in exploring their writing craft through the medium of audio theater. For an application, contact Cynthia McGean at cjmcgean@aol.com.

Past WOW productions include Gold Ogle Award Winner Next Year’s Girl, by Heather Breeden and National Audio Theatre Festival Grand Prize Winner Pandora’s Box, by Cynthia McGean. WRW is proud to present WOW productions on local radio station KBOO, as well as community radio stations around the country.

Four Hours From Omaha

Four Hours from Omaha
by Craig Kenworthy

The Willamette Radio Workshop’s production of Four Hours From Omaha by Craig Kenworthy is a play developed by the Writers on the Air Workshop, Cynthia J. McGean Director. We were happy to have our initial broadcast of Stage and Studio on KBOO 90.7 FM April 18th, 2006. Craig Kenworthy is a writer who resides in Montana. His works have been seen and heard in many venues across the country. The script has gone through a couple of reading and re-write sessions to get to today’s finished product. We were actually lucky enough to have Craig visit us at WRW’s studio for the final reading before we went into the studio. WRW is always happy to work with writers on both adaptaions and original projects, but there is always a special spark when we help usher a new work into the world, especially one as fine as Four Hours From Omaha.

The production was directed by Sam A. Mowry and starred Kate Hawkes, Brian Bartley, Carole Dane, Jane Bennett and Cindy McGean. Original music was composed by Martin John Gallagher. This is the first in a series of new works sponsored in part by the Regional Arts and Culture Council of Oregon. Our special thanks to Dmae Roberts and Stage & Studio for premiering this work.