Re-Imagined Radio

Re-Imagined Radio

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Overview

Re-Imagined Radio is the production and performance "leg" of my ongoing Radio Art+Performance+Research (RAPR) research focus. The other components are Radio Nouspace and my own creative practice with radio+sound art.

With its focus on production and performance, Re-Imagined Radio experiments with live performances of classic and contemporary radio dramas as multimodal storytelling in the 21st century. These performances, featuring community voice actors, Foley artists, and sometimes the audience, are conceptualized as engaging, immersive use of the radio medium, technology, and ecology to provide shared community art and culture. The result: old medium, new opportunities. Radio art, or transmission art. Radio as never before seen, or heard.

Details

Object: Re-imagined radio drama for live performance and Internet broadcast
Format: Live performance, live streaming, audio recording
Duration: Varies with performance
Date: 2013 to present
Created by: John F. Barber

Upcoming Performances

Season 6 (2018) Schedule
A Radio Christmas Carol

Thursday, 20 December 2018
A Radio Christmas Carol is adapted from the 1938 radio broadcast by The Mercury Theatre on the Air, narrated by Orson Welles. That performance was itself inspired by the Charles Dickens novella, A Christmas Carol, first published in 1843, and never out of print since. This popularity and the spirit of the story are appropriate to the holiday season. The message of this live re-imagined performance—humanity far outweighs riches—is timely as we contemplate the changes and uncertainties ahead of us, as a culture, a community, a country. Join us for this holiday classic. Food donations for those less fortunate appreciated.

Place

All performances at Kiggins Theatre — Vancouver, Washington
Doors open at 6:00 PM — with a live radio pre-show
Featured performance starts at 7:00 PM
Wine, beer, and concessions available

Tickets

$8.00 in advance (Kiggins website) or $12.00 at the door

Social Media

Twitter: #reimaginedradio and @RadioNouspace

Past Performances

Season 6 (2018)
D.B. Cooper Transmissions
Skyjacker '71: The D.B. Cooper Transmissions

Wednesday, 21 November 2018
Live performance by Metropolitan Performing Arts actors and other community volunteers at the historic Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington. Recording by Joe Clemmons, KXRW, Vancouver's community radio.

Background
In 1971, on Thanksgiving Eve, somewhere over Southwest Washington, D.B. Cooper parachuted from the rear of a passenger jet airplane he had hijacked with $200,000 tied to his body. Years later, a small amount of the money was found. Cooper, and the rest of the money, never were.

Today, Cooper's legendary status in Southwestern Washington has broad reach. His hijacking of Flight 305, enroute from Portland to Seattle, is the only unsolved air piracy case in America. His exploit has been celebrated in movies, television, song, and now, for the first time radio. Seeking to avoid either endorsing or condemning Cooper, this live radio drama explored the many communications between multiple agencies and individuals as they attempted to resolve a tense situation, keep citizens safe and informed, and uphold the law.

Written by Dan Wyatt, Jr., owner and general manager of Kiggins Theatre, and realized by local actors and sound artists, Skyjacker '71: The D.B. Cooper Transmissions celebrated the anniversary of Cooper's exploit forty seven years ago through research, creativity, and historical imagination.

The script was based on historical research and numerous interviews. The authenticity of the facts and event portrayed were verified by a former FBI clerk with connections to the Cooper case.

Sound effects added to the immersive portrayal of scenes in the Portland and Seattle airports, as well as the cockpit and cabin of the hijacked airplane. But, beyond entertainment, the aim of this performance was to demonstrate how live radio dramas were produced using voice actors, sound effects, and imagination.

In re-imagining this creative mix, audience participation was encouraged. For example, audience members were assigned speaking parts in the performance. Marketing and outreach efforts encouraged everyone to wear black pants, black jackets, white shirts with black ties, black overcoats, and black, wraparound sunglasses, the attire worn by D.B. Cooper.

Stats
Live audience: 298

Press
Hewitt, Scott. "Riddle on the Radio." The Columbian, 17 Nov. 2018, pp. D1, D2.
Hewitt, Scott. Unsolved mystery of D.B. Cooper comes to the Kiggins stage. The Columbian, 17 Nov. 2018.
Vondersmith, Jason. D.B. Cooper Radio. Bits & Pieces. Portland Tribune, 20 Nov. 2018.


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The War of the Worlds

Tuesday, 30 October 2018
SOLD OUT! Live performance by Metropolitan Performing Arts actors and other community volunteers at the historic Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington. Celebrated the 80th anniversary of the original broadcast of this classic radio drama. A contribution to World Audio Drama Day. Recording by John Oberg, KXRW, Vancouver's community radio.

Background
The War of the Worlds radio drama, starring Orson Welles and The Mercury Theatre on the Air, was first broadcast the night of 30 October 1938. Since then, it has been often called the most (in)famous radio broadcast of all time.

The story is about an invasion of Earth by beings from the planet Mars. Earth survives, and is thankful for this reprieve, all the while knowing that the Martians are watching, cooly calculating their next invasion.

The use of "break in" news announcements, then relatively new, was key in convincing many people that the fictional program was actually reporting live events unfolding around the country. Believable dialogue and realistic sound effects created, in listeners' imaginations, the idea that the events they were hearing were actually happening.

Stats
Live audience: 336


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Dracula

Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Live performance by Metropolitan Performing Arts actors and other community volunteers at the historic Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington. Recording by John Oberg, KXRW, Vancouver's community radio.

Background
Dracula, as a radio drama, is adapted from Bram Stoker's 1897 novel of the same name. Mr. Stoker, an Irish writer and theatre manager, wrote his novel to address the fears and uncertainties of Victorian society in the late 19th century. Dracula continues to signify fears of the unnatural, and how abnormality can evolve from one source and infect the surrounding society with discord, misfortunes, and evil. In July 1938, Orson Welles and The Mercury Theatre on the Air presented a radio drama adaption of Stoker's novel. Since then, the radio script has lain dormant . . . buried in a box . . . covered with earth . . . waiting to emerge. It was revived through arcane galvanic sciences and careful administrations of elixers and tonics and presented with the intent of sending a skittering up your spine, a preview of Halloween!

Stats
Live audience: 172

Feedback

I thought that was perhaps the best radio-drama presentation I've seen at Kiggins. Thoroughly fun and really chilling! Congrats!
— Scott Hewitt. Email to John F. Barber, 27 Sep. 2018.

Press
Hewitt, Scott. Live (undead) onstage: Re-Imagined Radio revives a scary classic live at Kiggins Theatre. The Columbian, 22 Sept. 2018, p. D1.

Wade, Adeena Rose. "Re-Imagined Radio: Sound-Based Storytelling for the Digital Age." Northwest Crimson & Gray, Fall 2018, p. 8.


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The Lone Ranger

4 April 2018
Live performance by Metropolitan Performing Arts actors and other community volunteers at the historic Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington. Recording by Gerald Gaule, streamed on his American Senior Radio Network.

Another recording, by John Oberg, KXRW FM, Vancouver's community radio, was broadcast on KXRY FM, Portland, Oregon.

Background
The Lone Ranger was a popular radio drama, with 2,956 episodes from 31 January 1933 until 27 May 1955. The radio show was an immediate success and quickly spawned a series of novels, films, television series, animations, comic strips and books, video games, premiums, and toys, as well as parodies and spoofs. Although possibly inspired by Texas Ranger Captain John R. Hughes, to whom the book The Lone Star Ranger by Zane Grey was dedicated in 1915, the Lone Ranger, and his companion Tonto, are both fictional characters. Even so, they, and their horses, Silver and Scout, are enduring American icons. Hi-Yo, Silver, away! This episode re-imagined The Lone Ranger origin story, the origin story of the Lone Ranger's powerful white stallion, Silver, and an episode about women empowerment on a wagon train bound for the Oregon Territory.

Stats
Live audience: 125
Live stream audience: 492 listeners in 32 countries as follows
United States (86), Germany (76), Great Britain (68), Canada (62), Japan (51), Australia (37), India (11), Mexico (10), Brazil (10), Russia (10), Romania (9), Denmark (9), Panama (8), Ireland (8), Poland (6), China (5), Taiwan (4), Korea (3), Czech Republic (3), Finland (2), Columbia (2), Singapore (2), Uruguay (1), Netherlands (1), Egypt (1), Italy (1), France (1), Israel (1), Malta (1), Dominican Republic (1), Spain (1), Austria (10).

Photographs
The Lone Ranger Photo Gallery by Adeena Wade. Taken during the dress rehearsal and performance.

Lone Ranger Photo Gallery by Natasha Hauskins. Taken during the performance.


Season 5 (2017)
A Christmas Carol poster
A Radio Christmas Carol

20 December 2017
SOLD OUT! Live performance by Metropolitan Performing Arts actors, the Metropolitan Performing Arts Carolers, The Juleps, and others from the community at the historic Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington. Recording by Gerald Gaule, streamed on his American Senior Radio Network.

Stats
Live audience: 320
Live stream audience: 530 listeners in 34 countries as follows
United States (89), Canada (72), Great Britain (61), Germany (53), Denmark (44), China (31), Japan (29), France (26), Russia (22), Singapore (17), Myanmar (9), Indonesia (9), Pakistan (8), Australia (8), Brazil (7), South Korea (6), Italy (6), Peru (5), Mexico (5), Azerbaijan (4), Spain (3), Estonia (3), Columbia (2), United Arab Emirates (1), Romania (1), Norway (1), Denmark (1), Netherlands (1) Uruguay (1), Argentina (1), Ireland (1), Namibia (1), Taiwan (1), Nigeria (1).

Photographs
A Radio Christmas Carol Photo Gallery by Natasha Hauskins. Taken during the performance.

Press
Hewitt, Scott. The Sound of Scrooge: Vancouver Group Steps up To Keep "A Radio Christmas Carol" on the Air The Columbian, 15 Dec. 2017, pp. D1, 2.


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Laugh Your Dial Off

27 September 2017
Live performance by the Willamette Radio Workshop at the historic Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington. Skits from Old Time Radio comedians, including Jack Benny, Fibber McGee and Molly, Abbot and Costello, Charlie McCarthy and Edgar Bergenand, and W.C. Fields. Recording by Gerald Gaule, streamed on his American Senior Radio Network.

Stats
Live audience: 133
Live stream audience: 511 listeners in 28 countries as follows
United States (88), Great Britain (80), Germany (76), Canada (61), France (50), Japan (42), Norway (36), China (20), Ireland (14), Australia (10), Netherlands (7), Italy (6), Thailand (3), Romania (2), Panama (2), Mexico (2), Dominican Republic (1), Ukraine (1), Honduras (1), India (1), Poland (1), Columbia (1), Pakistan (1), Zambia (1), Russia (1), Zambia (1), Czech Republic (1), Switzerland (1).

Press
Hewitt, Scott. Save the Date: Spooky Stories, Nature's Bounty, More Dot Calendar. The Columbian, 16 Sep. 2017.
The Golden Age of Radio may be long gone, but it's still hilarious—and now, you can watch as well as listen. The Willamette Radio Workshop, a Portland group that performs old-time radio scripts live on stage—complete with special audio effects and other theatrical magic—will bring a comedy showcase called "Laugh Your Dial Off" to downtown Vancouver's Kiggins Theatre at 7 p.m. Sept. 27. In addition to snappy, silly material from the likes of Jack Benny, Fibber McGee and Molly, Abbot and Costello and W.C. Fields, there'll be genuine radio commercials of the day—"so true and yet so funny," according to Re-Imagined Radio, a project at Washington State University Vancouver that brings these performances to the Kiggins. Doors open at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 at 1101 Main Street, Vancouver. Suggestion donation is $5. Visit www.kigginstheatre.net/events/re-imagined-radio.

Jones, Ken. Mr. Jones's Neighborhood. KBOO FM Radio, Portland, Oregon, 29 Sep. 2017.
Radio interview with host Ken Jones, and Sam A. Mowry, artistic director of the Willamette Radio Workshop.

Peru, Alex. Local Radio Broadcaster Provides Unique Listening Service. Clark County Today, 10 Sep. 2017.
Interview with Gerald Gaule who operates American Senior Radio Network and live streams Re-Imagined Radio performances.

Laugh Your Dial Off. North Bank Now, 25 Sep. 2017.


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City of Weird

26 April 2017
Live performance by the Willamette Radio Workshop at the historic Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington. Five short otherworldly dramas, adapted by Cynthia J. McGean from the anthology City of Weird (published by Forest Avenue Press, Portland, OR, 2016). Recording by Gerald Gaule, streamed on his American Senior Radio Network.

Stats
Live audience: 150
Live stream audience: 672 listeners in 44 countries as follows
United States of America (111), Canada (96), Germany (82), England (77), France (54), Romania (41), Italy (37), Austria (29), Finland (24), Ireland (21), Japan (15), Croatia (10), Mexico (10), Netherlands (9), Russia (8), Brazil (7), Bosnia (4), Ukraine (3), Puerto Rico (3), Indonesia (2), Columbia (2), Barbados (2), Sweden (2), Hungary (2), Denmark (2), Pakistan (1), Honduras (1), Australia (1), Serbia (1), Lativa (1), Hong Kong (1), Belarus (1), Argentina (1), Vietnam (1), Taiwan (1), Estonia (1), Luxembourg (1), India (1), Oman (1), Morocco (1), United Arab Emirates (1), Sri Lanka (1), Guam (1), Monaco (1).

Contents
"How Do You Say Gentrification in Martian" by Jonathan Hill
A short, graphic-novel/comic style story whose artwork will be featured in our pre-show slides

"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.

Press
Hewitt, Scott. Kiggins Hosts 'City of Weird' Radio Drama. The Columbian, 22 Apr. 2015, pp. D1, D2.


Season 4 (2016)
A Radio Christmas Carol

21 December 2016
Live performance by the Willamette Radio Workshop at the historic Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington. Recording by Gerald Gaule, streamed on his American Senior Radio Network.

Background
Based on the 24 December 1939 radio adaptation by Orson Welles and The Mercury Theatre on the Air of the Charles Dickens' novel, A Christmas Carol.

Stats
Live audience: 300+
Live stream audience: 580 listeners in 36 countries as follows
United States of America (81), Germany (77), Canada (64), Japan (60), Finland (54), New Zealand (45), Russia (30), Austria (28), France (22), Ireland, (17), England (16), Poland (12), Mexico (11), Netherlands (10), Italy (9), Brazil (8), Switzerland (7), United Arab Emirates (5), Puerto Rico (3), Indonesia (3), Columbia (2), Ivory Coast (2), Norway (1), Hungary (1), Tunisia (1), Scotland (1), Honduras (1), Costa Rica (1), Vietnam (1), China (1), Hong Kong (1), Peru (1), Argentina (1), Serbia (1), Taiwan (1), Moldova (1).

Donations to The Clark County Food Bank were requested. Donations of 763 pounds of food and $325.00 provided 2,228 meals for hungry families in Clark County.

Press
Hewitt, Scott. Willamette Radio Workshop To Present 'A Christmas Carol' at Kiggins. The Columbian, 11 Dec. 2015.
Hewitt, Scott. The Sounds of Scrooge Come To Life. The Columbian, 17 Dec. 2016, pp. D1, D2.


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Dracula

27 October 2016
Live performance by the Willamette Radio Workshop at the historic Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington.

Background
Based on the radio drama adaptation by Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre on the Air of Bram Stoker's legendary novel, Dracula, first published 1897, for their radio broadcast, 11 April 1938.

Directed by and starring Orson Welles, as both Count Dracula and Doctor Seward, the cast also included Martin Gabel, Agnes Moorehead, George Coulouris and Ray Collins.

The performance was notable, but quickly forgotten as the cast and crew of the Mercury Theatre began immediately working on upcoming performances. Following the broadcast of The War of the Worlds, 30 October 1938, perhaps the most famous radio broadcast of all time, Orson Welles noted the earlier performance of Dracula to defend the production of realistic tales of horror. Learn more.

Stats
Live audience: 270

Press
Hewitt, Scott. Kiggins Presents Radio-Drama Production of Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'. The Columbian, 22 Oct. 2016.


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Bloody Hands and The Silent Avenger

4 May 2016
Live performance by the Willamette Radio Workshop at the historic Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington. Episodes from Gunsmoke and The Shadow. Both deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) before it was named or understood.

Background
"Bloody Hands" (Gunsmoke episode 155; 2 April 1955). Marshall Matt Dillon, faced with too much killing and fearing he has lost his edge, quits his job. But when a murderer comes to Dodge City, who will save its citizens? Learn more.

"The Silent Avenger" (The Shadow episode 111; 13 Mar. 1938). Joe Bricker is sentenced to death. He manipulates his brother, a World War I sniper suffering from PTSD, to kill everyone responsible for his pending execution. Can the invisible Shadow find and stop the invisible sniper before it is too late? Learn more.


Sorry, Wrong Number and The Hitchhiker

23 March 2016
Live performance by the Willamette Radio Workshop at the historic Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington. Two radio dramas by Lucille Fletcher to celebrate her work in conjunction with National Women's History Month.

Background
"Sorry, Wrong Number," starring Agnes Moorehead, is called the most effective radio drama ever written and the best episode from the Suspense series, itself called one of the best series of the Golden Age of Radio (1920s-1950s). Mrs. Stevenson is connected into a telephone conversation between two men. She can hear the two men, but they cannot hear her. Apparently, they are plotting to murder a woman at 11:15 that night, just as a train passes outside. Mrs. Stevenson realizes she may be the murder victim. Learn more.

"The Hitchhiker" is, essentially, a ghost story. Driving cross country, Ronald Adams sees a strange man hitchhiking again and again. Adams becomes obsessed with finding this hitchhiker, and learning his identity. Learn more.

Press
Hewitt, Scott. The New Magic of Old-Time Radio. The Columbian, 13 Mar. 2016, pp. D1, D8.
—. The Sound Magician: David Ian Demonstrates the Art of Foley. The Columbian, 13 Mar. 2016: D1, D8.


Season 3 (2015)
A Radio Christmas Carol

16 December 2015
Live performance by the Willamette Radio Workshop at the historic Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington. Recording from the audio board.

Background
Based on the 24 December 1939 radio adaptation by Orson Welles and The Mercury Theatre on the Air of the Charles Dickens' novel, A Christmas Carol.

Press
Facebook page for this event.

Hewitt, Scott. Christmas on the Radio. The Columbian, 11 Dec. 2015.


The Fall of the City and R.U.R.

7 October 2015
Live performance of these two classic radio dramas by the Willamette Radio Workshop at the historic Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington.

Background
R.U.R. dramatizes a fundamental tension for humans with robots: we want them to be workers who make our lives easier, but if they have the ability to think independently, then are they actually slaves that should have rights? And, if they can think for themselves, would they possibly overthrow humans? Learn more.

The Fall of the City focuses on the ambiguous relationship humans have with freedom. We want to be free but we also like order and structure, even if that order and structure is imposed upon us. How much freedom and liberty are we willing to give up to enjoy order and structure. Because of this ambiguity, we both fear and welcome the conqueror. Learn more.

Press
Hewitt, Scott. Bits 'n' Pieces: Radio Plays Scare up Some Chills at Kiggins. The Columbian, 3 Oct. 2015, pp. D6-D7.


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The Golden Age of Superman

18 June 2015
Live performance by Vancouver Mayor Timothy Levitt and other local civic leaders, and featuring the talents of students from my summer 2015 DTC 354 Digital Storytelling class at the historic Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington. Facebook page for this event.

Background
Based on Superman of the 1930s-1940s, this radio adaptation by Dan Wyatt, Jr. cast a satirical eye on contemporary issues facing Vancouver, Washington.


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The Case Files of Dr. Moreau

22 April 2015
Live performance by the Willamette Radio Workshop at the historic Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington. Students in my DTC 338 Audio Performance class and the Willamette Radio Workshop participated in the production and produced digital backstories for several of the characters. Learn more. Recording from the audio board.

Background
Inspired by the 1896 science fiction novel The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells, this radio adaptation by William S. Gregory focuses on a scientist who attempts to convert animals into humans using vivisection. Themes include pain and cruelty, moral responsibility, human identity, and human interference with nature.

Videos
An eight minute video excerpt by the Willamette Radio Workshop
Facebook page
The Wunderkammer of Dr. Moreau highlights student projects


Season 2 (2014)
A Radio Christmas Carol

18 December 2014
Live performance by the Willamette Radio Workshop at the historic Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington. Facebook page

Background
Based on the 24 December 1939 radio adaptation by Orson Welles and The Mercury Theatre on the Air of the Charles Dickens' novel, A Christmas Carol.

Press
WSUV Brings Program, Artwork To Downtown. The Columbian, 13 Dec. 2014.


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The War of the Worlds

30 October 2014
SOLD OUT! For a second time, the world was utterly destroyed before the ears of an overflow audience at the historic Kiggins Theatre! Live performance by the Willamette Radio Workshop. Facebook page

Press
'War of the Worlds' Reimagined at Kiggins. The Columbian, 30 Oct. 2014.


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Around the World in Eighty Days

6 August 2014
Live performance by the Willamette Radio Workshop at the historic Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington. Included a curated gallery exhibition, Chronicles, of multimedia narrative responses to the novel created by students in my Fall 2014 DTC 354 Digital Storytelling class. Learn more.

Background
Inspired by the 1873 Jules Verne novel Around the World in Eighty Days. A re-imagined version of the 23 October 1938 radio broadcast of Around the World in Eighty Days by Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre on the Air.


Season 1 (2013)
A Radio Christmas Carol

19 December 2013
Live performance by the Willamette Radio Workshop at the historic Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington.

Background
Based on the 24 December 1939 radio adaptation by Orson Welles and The Mercury Theatre on the Air of the Charles Dickens' novel, A Christmas Carol.


The War of the Worlds

30 October 2013
SOLD OUT! The world was utterly destroyed before the ears of an audience at the historic Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington! Live performance by the Willamette Radio Workshop. Included a curated gallery exhibition, Martians with Moustaches, of multimedia narrative responses to the novel created by students in my Fall 2013 DTC 354 Digital Storytelling class. Learn more.

Background
Inspired by the 1898 H. G. Wells novel The War of the Worlds. A live re-enactment of the most famous radio broadcast of all time on the occasion of its 75th anniversary.

Press
75 Years of War of the Worlds. OPB, 30 Oct. 2013.

Conceptual Framework

The conceptual framework for Re-Imagined Radio evolves from my radio art+performance+research (RAPR) research focus to explore radio as a medium for art and performance storytelling in the 21st century. This focus includes research and creative practices in the areas of audio drama, radio art, radio drama, soundscapes, sound art, and sound poetry. Learn more.

The purpose behind Re-Imagined Radio is to investigate sound-based storytelling in the radio medium through live performances. With the addition of Internet streaming, Re-Imagined Radio becomes a radio art—transmission art project.

Each Re-Imagined Radio performance is offered in the historic Kiggins Theatre, built in 1936. Community voice actors, Foley sound artists, and other creative people re-image classic and contemporary radio dramas as live performances. Digital SFX, music, visual backdrops, and social media provide new storytelling opportunities. Live audiences see, hear, and sometimes participate in sound-based radio storytelling. Online audiences listen only, but in that listening radio sparks their imaginations like no other medium. The result: old medium, new engagement. Radio as never before seen, or heard. Re-Imagined Radio.

Partners include the historic Kiggins Theatre, in downtown Vancouver, WA; Metropolitan Performing Arts, Vancouver, WA; Nouspace Gallery & Media Lounge, a pop-up, interactive, multimedia art and media gallery; KXRW-LP 99.9 FM Radio, Vancouver's community radio; and the Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver.