D. B. Cooper story returns to Vancouver

Re-imagined Radio will perform a Cooper-themed event Wed., Nov. 27 at Kiggins Theatre

VANCOUVER – Legendary airplane hijacker D.B. Cooper has disappeared into Pacific Northwest lore, but his story is returning to Vancouver’s Re-imagined Radio on Wed., Nov. 27 — the anniversary of the actual event in 1971.

D. B. Cooper
D. B. Cooper

Re-imagined Radio will perform “In Flight with D. B. Cooper” at 7 p.m., Wed., Nov. 27 at Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. Advance tickets are available for $10 from kigginstheatre.com until midnight Nov. 26. After that, tickets will be sold at the door for $12. Doors open at 6 p.m.; beer, wine and concessions are available for purchase.

The Re-Imagined Radio project is led by John Barber, faculty in the Creative Media and Digital Culture program at Washington State University Vancouver.

Cooper has been the subject of endless speculation since Thanksgiving Eve 1971, when he parachuted over Southwest Washington from the rear of a hijacked passenger jet airplane with $200,000 tied to his body. Although some of the money was found years later, Cooper and the rest of the money never were. Written by Dan Wyatt Jr., owner of Kiggins Theatre, the radio drama seeks to answer the question: What did Cooper and Northwest Orient stewardess Tina Mucklow talk about before Cooper jumped?

Audience members are encouraged to dress in Cooper-like costumes, such as black pants and jacket, white shirt with black tie, black overcoat and wraparound sunglasses.

Re-Imagined Radio is a partnership between Barber, Kiggins Theatre, KXRW Radio, Vancouver’s community radio station, and Metropolitan Performing Arts, a local school and resource for aspiring actors, dancers and singers.

About the collaborators

The Kiggins Theater has been a landmark in downtown Vancouver since 1936. It is owned and operated by WSU alumnus Dan Wyatt Jr. Metropolitan Performing Arts is a nonprofit organization providing performing theater arts education and community theater for Southwest Washington. KXRW-FM Radio is an independent, volunteer-based, Vancouver radio station dedicated to delivering quality programming and community building in Southwest Washington and beyond.

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. 

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