The Willamette Radio Workshop’s production of “The Fall of the City” will be featured on the Radio Theater Spotlight show on KBOO, 90.7 FM this Monday, October 11, at 11pm.Â WRW Director Sam A. Mowry will be in the KBOO studio, speaking with host Rascho (aka Randall Howington) via Skype about the production.Â Rolf Semprebon will engineer the session.
“The Fall of the City,” first produced in 1937 by the Columbia Workshop for CBS Radio, is a verse drama by Archibald MacLeish.Â A brilliant allegory about the rise of Fascism on the eve of the Second World War, it has a powerful resonance in our own time.Â WRW’s 2004 production is a winner of the Crystal Communicator Award.
This powerful play was produced again by the Night Kitchen Radio Theater for the opening of WNYC’s Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.Â Produced and directed by Sarah Montague, this production won a 2009 Gracie Award for Best Drama.Â A streaming audio can be found at the New York Festivals website.
The Willamette Radio Workshopâ€™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 WRWâ€™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.
Hiro & Liling is inspired by Japanese folklore, this original love story by Kristina Armetta unfolds as an old man teaches his grandchild the legend of an ancient rock formation. In Armetta’s simple, lyrical language the grandfather traces the relationship between a war-hardened Japanese General and a young Chinese girl orphaned by his troops. At once poignant and hopeful, potent and reflective, the piece represents some of the best work to come out of WRW’s 2004 Writers On-the-air Workshop.
Willamette Radio Cast and Credits
Chris Porter, Janet Penner, Genevieve Winters, David Loftus, Atticus Welles Mowry and Sam A. Mowry.
Little One / Old Lady Nara – Laura Faye Smith
Written by Kristina Armetta
Original Music by Peter Armetta
Recorded by Robert Kowal
The Writers on the Air Workshop is directed by Cynthia McGean
Tuesday, October 29th, 2002
KBOO 90.7 FM Portland, OR
Courtesy of Stage & Studio with Dmae Roberts and Emily Young
Thousands of years ago, a secret was buried deep beneath the sands of Egypt – the secret of eternal youth. Now, Dr. Clyde Evans seeks to unearth that secret. His expedition will travel to the deadly River of Souls in search of the legendary tomb of Imhotep. In his unnatural quest, Dr. Evans will risk
not only himself, but the lives of his friend, Reginald Bonhoffer, and his financier, the beautiful Victoria Neeferts. They have the hunger for knowledge, but do they have the strength to resist The Call of the Mummy?
Willamette Radio Cast and Credits
Mark Homayoun – Reginald Bonhoffer
Atticus Welles Mowry – Dockworker, KBOO announcer, Live Foley
Scott Jamieson – Dr. Clyde Evans
Mary Robinette Kowal – Victoria Neeferts, Cluna
Sam A. Mowry – Voice on the Wind, Announcer
Mark Twohy – Live Organ
Producer – Robert Kowal
Director – Sam A. Mowry
Sound Design – Marty J. Gallagher
Special Thanks: KBOO, Emily Young and Dmae Roberts