Live radio performance features classic noir drama

‘The Maltese Falcon’ lands at the Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver for one performance Wed., Jan. 22

VANCOUVER — “The Maltese Falcon,” a live radio drama led by John Barber, faculty member in the Creative Media and Digital Culture program at Washington State University Vancouver, lands at the Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver for one performance Wed., Jan. 22. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the performance at 7 p.m.

This starts the eighth year of performances by Re-Imagined Radio, Barber’s project to present radio drama as live community art performance featuring local voice actors and sound artists. The performance is based on the 1930 novel by Dashiell Hammett. A movie adaptation starring Humphrey Bogart was released in 1941.

Barber emphasized the enduring characters and their influence—notably hard-boiled detective Sam Space, femme fatale Brigid O’Shaughnessy, and villains Joel Cairo and Kaspar Gutman. “Together, they set the mark for noir detective stories,” Barber said.

Tickets are available for $10 in advance online at, or for $12 at the door the night of the performance. Concessions, beer and wine will be available for purchase before and during the performance.

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

About the collaborators

The Kiggins Theatre 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.

About WSU Vancouver

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-TRAN bus service.

As one of six campuses of the WSU 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. 

Information provided by Washington State University Communications.

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