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.
Join us for our 2018 season featuring:
April 4, THE LONE RANGER The Lone Ranger was a popular radio drama, with more than three thousand 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 live radio drama re-imagines the Lone Ranger origin story and combines it with a story of empowerment of women on an Oregon Trail wagon train.
September 26th, DRACULA 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 is presented with the intent of sending a skittering up your spine, a preview of Halloween!
October 30th, THE WAR OF THE WORLDS 80th Anniversary The War of the Worlds was first broadcast eighty years ago on this night. Even if you have never heard the radio broadcast, you know the story. Join us for this anniversary night tribute and enjoy a re-imagined live performance of the most (in)famous radio broadcast of all time.
November 23rd, NORJACK: DB COOPER SKYJACKING D.B. Cooper is a local legend, and whether or not you agree with his actions, the story is more than amazing! Join us for this original radio drama. Locally written, locally produced, and locally acted, this re-imagined depiction of the D.B. Cooper legend promises a look from multiple perspectives, and a surprise ending! Proper dress requested: Dark business suit, white shirt, skinny black tie, black raincoat, black slip on loafers, and dark eyeglasses.
December 20th A RADIO CHRISTMAS CAROL 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.