Just as everything bad about Hollywood was bad about Broadway before it, everything bad about television was bad about radio. Virtually every generic trope of television stems from American broadcast having its roots in radio. But where television has run these genres into the ground, it has at least attempted variations on the themes. By comparison, contemporary audio drama is positively hidebound.
Omar Willey sits down with Sable Jak to discuss her upcoming audio drama series based on the Foreigner novels of C.J. Cherryh.
Audio Cinema Entertainment has obtained the rights to produce a full-cast audio version of the first three books of Hugo Award-winning author C.J. Cherryh’s science fiction series, Foreigner Universe. And they have chosen Seattle.
Seattle has always been a radio city. It should surprise no one that Seattle still remains a vital home for audio drama and dramatists like Sable Jak, winner of the 2012 Moondance prize for Best Radio Drama Script for her story, The Enchantress.
Those who know me also know I crusade regularly against bad science fiction in popular culture. They also know that I am not a Doctor Who fan by any stretch of the imagination. Probably, then, there will be some surprise in the ranks that I have only glowing things to say about the new audio drama, The Minister of Chance.
With its delicate balance of music, pathos and humor Sandbox Radio’s director Leslie Law does much to honor radio programming of the past kept familiar by the likes of Prairie Home Companion, but this project brings to its audience so much more. Sandbox Radio pulls nary a punch and for many answers the question of what, precisely, audio theater will sound like in the future?