The Willamette Radio Workshop will present a live radio adaptation of William S. Gregory’s “The Case Files of Dr. Moreau” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, at the Kiggins Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. The performance is a collaboration between the Willamette Radio Workshop, Washington State University Vancouver’s Creative Media and Digital Culture program, and the Kiggins Theatre. John Barber, faculty member with the program, teaches a course on digital storytelling and is staging the performance as part of his Re-imagined Radio project.
“The Case Files of Dr. Moreau” is Gregory’s adaptation of H.G. Wells’s “The Island of Dr. Moreau.” The novel focuses on a scientist’s attempts to convert animals into humans using vivisection, and its themes include pain and cruelty, moral responsibility, human identity and human interference with nature. The radio adaptation examines these themes from the perspective of the “manimals”—the creatures of Moreau’s experiments as they suffer under the experiments of Moreau.
This will be a recreation of the original radio drama complete with voice actors and Foley sound artists, along with digital and multimedia components. Doors open at 6 p.m. Concessions, beer and wine will be available for purchase in the lobby and in the swanky Marquee Lounge upstairs. The Kiggins Theatre is located at 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver.