Live radio drama features love stories for Valentine’s Day

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 4:43pm -- brenda_alling

VANCOUVER, Wash. – “Affairs of the Heart with Lonesome Gal,” a live radio drama directed by John Barber, professor in the Creative Media and Digital Culture program at Washington State University Vancouver, will be performed at the Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. Featuring local voice actors and sound artists, the show will be performed once only. Doors open at 6 p.m. The performance begins at 7 p.m.

“Affairs of the Heart” will sample five romantic radio dramas from the 1940s through the 1960s. The performance is part of Re-Imagined Radio, a series led by Barber that presents live performances of new and classic radio dramas.

“Beyond entertainment, our live performance is both an exploration of how the original radio drama might have been produced, and an effort to promote civic engagement through community art and performances,” Barber said.

The program includes:

  • “Lonesome Gal,” which Barber describes as “the first virtual girlfriend, a sultry voice on the radio.”
  • “Good Salesperson,” the story of two lonely people who connect through the newspaper's personals column.
  • “The Valiant,” a tale about the unexplainable actions undertaken for love.
  • “The Romance of Helen Trent,” an exploration of the hardships and heartbreaks endured for love.
  • “Bloodthirsty Kate,” a story showing how love can toss human beings about, “like ships on the ocean,” Barber said. “When this happens, even pirates have trouble finding love.”

Tickets are available for $10 in advance online at, or for $12 at the door the night of the performance. A special couples package is available for $25, including two tickets, a small popcorn and two chocolate truffles from Fleur Chocolatte. Concessions, beer and wine will be available for purchase before and during the performance.

Re-Imagined Radio is a partnership between Barber, Kiggins Theatre, KXRW Radio, Metropolitan Performing Arts, and the Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at WSU Vancouver.

About WSU Vancouver

As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

About the Kiggins Theatre

The theater has been a landmark in downtown Vancouver since 1936. It is owned and operated by WSU alumnus Dan Wyatt, Jr.

About KXRW-FM Radio

KXRW-FM is an independent, volunteer-based, Vancouver radio station dedicated to delivering quality programming and community building in Southwest Washington and beyond.

About Metropolitan Performing Arts

Metropolitan Performing Arts is a nonprofit organization providing performing theater arts education and community theater for Southwest Washington.

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