Inspired by the 1896 science fiction novel The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells, this radio adaptation by William S. Gregory, Portland playwright, radio dramatist, lyricist, and screenwriter, focuses on a scientist who attempts to convert animals into humans using vivisection. Themes include pain and cruelty, moral responsibility, human identity, and human interference with nature.
This performance was recorded live.
Moreau/Wolf = Sam A. Mowry
Monkey/Lynx = Cynthia J. McGean
Dog/Chetah = Scott Jamieson
Prendick/Leopard = Tim McKinney
Cat/Sailor = Amy Gray
Sayer/Captain = Phil Rudolph
Director and Producer
David Ian and Dino de AElfweald
Martin John Gallagher
D. Neil Blake
Cynthia J. McGean
Students in my DTC 338 Audio Performance class participated in the production and produced digital backstories for several of the characters. This work was exhibited as "The Wunderkammer of Dr. Moreau" in the Kiggins Theatre Lobby before and after the performance. Wunderkammers, collections of unusual or unique natural and created curiosities, began in Renaissance Europe as a way to categorize collections of objects, and gained popularity in Victorian England with many cabinets being prominent features in personal homes. These Wunderkammers were precursors to what we now know as museums. LEARN more.