Cynthia J. McGean
Frankenstein:  My adaptation of this classic tale received a Special Ogle Award for Best Adaptation.  Willamette Radio Workshop’s award-winning production of the script has aired on radio stations throughout the country.  You can hear an excerpt and license that production through Public Radio Exchange (PRX), where listeners heralded it as “a superbly crafted script” and “a brilliant retelling of a sad and painful tale.”. The script was also produced by Wisconsin’s RG Productions.

Pandora’s Box:    
A burned out veteran worker in a domestic violence shelter finds hope in a surprising place when she recognizes one of the shelter’s clients from years ago.  Produced by Willamette Radio Workshop and developed through their inaugural Writers On-the-air Workshop, “Pandora’s Box” won the Grand Prize from the National Audio Theatre Festival Scriptwriting Competition.  In March 2011, it was presented at Southwestern Illinois College in connection with “A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer” as part of Herstory, a celebration of women.

Mission Control:  The compulsion for the perfect body leads to destructive impulses and unleashes a monster within a teenage girl in this dystopic science fiction tale examining the dynamics of eating disorders.  This Mark Time Award Winner was developed and produced through Willamette Radio Workshop as part of the Writers On-the-air Workshop.

The St. James Sisters: Inspired by the classic blues song “St. James Infirmary Blues” and the Grimms fairy tale “The Seven Sisters”, this romance set in the Civil War takes a supernatural turn as a war-weary soldier discovers the secret of the mysterious sisters at the old St. James mansion.  Willamette Radio Workshop commissioned and performed this piece, part of a series of original works streamed live across the country by Radio 23 on Halloween night, 2009.  You can listen to it through the mp3 at right, recorded live during a performance at McMenamin’s Kennedy School in Portland, Oregon.

The 7 Minute Dr Moreau: When Willamette Radio Workshop asked me to create 7 minutes that would wow Live Wire audiences at Portland’s Wordstock festival, I distilled H.G. Wells’ classic tale down to its animal essence.  The result, recorded for Oregon Public Broadcasting, isn’t a sound bite - its a sound chomp. To watch and listen, click here. 

Theatre of Blood: Inspired by the classic 1970’s horror film featuring Vincent Price, this piece is an audio theater must for Shakespeare fans or anyone who likes a good revenge story. When the Critics Circle snubs him for a coveted award, an aging Shakespearean actor seeks revenge by killing off their members in Shakespearean style.  A deft combination of humor, horror and classic language, produced by Willamette Radio Workshop for Halloween 2010. 

Can You Hear Me Now?  In the age of cell phones, the demons of the underworld have new tricks at their disposal so you’d better have enough minutes on your plan. This short piece is featured on Willamette Radio Workshop’s Ogle Award-winning anthology, A MURDER OF CROWS.    
The Truth About the White Eagle Another in the Ogle-Award-winning collection A MURDER OF CROWS, this story was inspired by the true haunted history of  the White Eagle Saloon in Portland, Oregon, featuring shanghaied sailors and a sad ghost named Sam.  

Meditations of a Gargoyle  What if the grotesque stone statues now replicated in boutique shops around the country were actually living monsters, biding their time to wreak havoc on humanity?  In this piece from A MURDER OF CROWS, the grandfather of all gargoyles ruminates on the past, present and future of his race. 

Call of the Mummy:  My first commission for Willamette Radio Workshop, “Call of the Mummy”  pits egyptologists against cursed corpses, with a mysterious native guide thrown in for good measure.  This story will tear your heart out - literally.  Performed and recorded live on the air at KBOO radio station.

Around the World in 80 Days:  A lively, 30 minute audio adaptation of the Jules Verne classic, featuring all the most exciting highlights your ears can imagine.  Performed live for multiple Portland audiences. 

A Christmas Carol:  A two-person adaptation of Dickens classic tale, coming in at just under an hour and a broader version drawing on elements from the 1940’s Campbell’s Playhouse script. To listen to a recording of the latter version, click here.
Audio Theater Scripts

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