27 May 2016, May – Come What May

Readaloud-4Do you ever just want to HEAR what you’re reading? or sit back and LISTEN to a story? That’s what we do, two ways: 1) Volunteers prepare in advance to read short stories aloud, (some restrictions apply. please contact us for details). 2) Event attendees are invited to share reading a story aloud by joining a circle of readers.

Red Room Radio Redux presents
May – Come what may
Friday, 27 May 2016
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Red Room Radio Redux is dedicated to the survival of reading. Proceeds from our events support libraries in developing communities in Taiwan.
If you can donate books for these communities, bring them to the Red Room International Village at TAF, where there is a collection box.
Any level of reading appropriate for school going children is accepted – in Chinese or English. Please be sure the books are in good condition.

Red Room International Village
Your Patronage 開支攤提費 $200NTD
Taiwan Air Force Base (TAF) LIBRARY 2F 空軍總部 「圖書館」
No. 177, Sec. 1, Jianguo S. Rd (Intersection of Jianguo S. Rd. and Jinan Rd.)台北市大安區建國南路一段177號(濟南路與建國南路交叉口)

~~Kindling the power of the spoken word and
populating the theatre of your imagination ~~

13 & 14 May 2016, R4 Presents: Treasure Island


Photos from a previous production of Treasure Island can be viewed below.
R4: Treasure Island

RED ROOM RADIO REDUX will present a staged radio-theater- style production of TREASURE ISLAND, the Robert Louis Stevenson classic story of pirates and buried treasure, for three performances on:
Friday May 13 at 8:00 PM
Saturday May 14 matinee at 2:30 PM***
Saturday May 14 at 8:00 PM.
The performance will last approximately one hour.



All performances will be held at the International Artist Village at the TAF in Taipei.


***Especially for the children: prior to the matinee performance on Saturday, May 14, there will be a treasure hunt for all ticket holders aged 8 to 18. The treasure hunt will start at 1:30PM on Saturday, May 14.

The performance and treasure hunt will be held in English.

Your patronage: early bird reservations on accupass
現場購票: NT400
8-18歲以下孩童特別優惠: NT250

Tickets are available through ACCUPASS for NT300 or at the door for NT400.
Children 8-18 years NT250.
Under 8 years no charge.


Treasure Island is the tale of young Jim Hawkins, who sets sail in 1783 as a cabin boy on the schooner Hispaniola, in search of treasure hidden on a faraway island. In the course of his adventures, he comes across a motley assortment of devious seaman, including the infamous buccaneer Long John Silver. This production of Treasure Island will appeal to adults as well as children aged 8 and up.

The performance of Treasure Island will be in English, in an adaptation that draws extensively on the original language of the story. It will be presented as a radio-style staged reading in which the actors use voice, characterization and gesture, as well as live sound effects and music, to recreate a lively tale in the minds of the audience.

Audio recording of Treasure Island is on demand on the ICRT website.

At R4, we believe that through this “theater of the imagination,” we can promote a culture of live storytelling and creative listening through the great works of literature. Come join us with a heart of adventure and a mind of exploration as we sail into the deepest oceans of our imagination!
To learn more about R4¸ find us on Facebook : R4=Red Room Radio Redux

R4’s repertoire includes: Macbeth, The War of the Worlds, Dracula and A Christmas Carol. In addition to live performances, the group has produced and broadcast voice dramas in partnership with ICRT-FM100.

Red Room Radio Redux is affiliated with the Red Room. For more about “spoken word” events sponsored by the Red Room, go to

金銀島是一個青年賀詹姆(Jim Hawkins)的故事,從伊斯帕尼奧拉島揚帆啟程,在航程中找尋隱藏在遙遠島嶼的寶藏。在冒險的過程中,他遇到一群狡猾奸詐混雜的航海人,包含了最有名的海盜,單腳西渥弗(Long John Silver)。

紅坊廣播劇場會用英文演出金銀島,從原語的方式帶出延伸的效果。會用電台的效果來呈 現每一位角色的說詞,個性特色和手勢比劃,搭配著現場聲音效果以及配樂,重新帶出原 始故事的感覺給觀眾們。紅坊廣播劇場要將這樣獨特的表演方式,一種戲劇的想像的方式 獻給觀眾,透過分享偉大文學巨作和表達文化特色的現場說故事效果。

金銀島演出適合大人到8歲以上小孩。會有個簡單的詩詞作為開場,來自路易斯·卡羅爾的 愛麗絲夢遊仙境。會將音樂和聲音強化,來優化重述史蒂文森的知名故事。

紅坊廣播劇場是一個隸屬於 Red Room 藝術表演活動的社團。先前表演過馬克白、世界大 戰、聖誕頌歌、小氣財神等西方經典名著,也曾與ICRT 一同製做播出。贊助單位有漣漪 人基金會。你/妳可以在 Red Room 的網站找尋 “Spoken word”。網址是,也可上臉書蒐尋R4=Red Room Radio Redux。

22 April 2016, Invitation to attend R4’s Read Aloud

Readaloud-2Red Room Radio Redux (R4) invites you to spend an evening reading aloud and listening to others-

On the fourth Friday of each month,  all are welcome to bring a story, a poem, quotation or even a joke you’d like to read – or hear – aloud.

You may choose to read something you wrote or a favorite piece of poetry or prose. (roughly 10 min limit, depending on the number of readers).

Constructive criticism will be offered – a great opportunity to improve your public reading skills.

We will announce a theme each month but it is considered a suggestion, only.

Please bring a snack and/or a beverage to share. Wine will be on sale by the glass.

All languages and all levels of experience are welcome. No microphones, no special effects. No competition. Guaranteed moral support.

“There is a certain satisfaction in voicing written words. We lift them off the page and let them out into the air. At RedRoom, we have created a space-within-the-space – we draped fabrics to make a canopy – we meet there to listen and to be heard.”

— Ruth, Artistic Director R4

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Updates from Red Room Radio Redux’s ReadAloud

The monthly ReadAloud evening has been taking shape. Last Friday’s group was small in numbers but rich in warmth.

We’ve created a space within the Red Room space by draping fabric and creating a canopy over two of the rugs. We borrowed pillows from the bed and sat in a circle. We did not use mics, background music or sound effects.

In our intimate space, participants shared segments of prose and poetry from Coelho, Garcia Marques, Anne Rice and David Bowie.

Not everyone chose to read from prolific, well-established authors. Two people chose to read their own work. One of the Taiwan Writer’s Group read an except of one of his stories from their latest publication and another came from TaiChung to share her personal prose poems.

We will be holding more ReadAlouds in the coming month and we welcome original material. If you wish to share a piece, whether it is your own or from a writer you admire, we request you contact Ruth at [email protected] to reserve time.  When making your request, please include the name of the author, the title of the piece, and a short description of what you’d like to read.

During the last Read Aloud, we have decided to change our patronage policy. In the past, the patronage for “soloists” has been waived. In the future, as we are all equal in the room, everyone will be asked to put money in the box.

Ruth Giordano
Red Room Radio Redux

Red Room Renaissance Festival: November 2015

Renaissance Festival

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Red Room Renaissance Festival
In the early hours of the twenty-first, we stood across the street mumbling drowsy greetings and admiring the banner adorning the entrance of the TAF compound. Even from a distance its vibrant colors and characters captured our attention. Ten minutes later we gathered under the festival tents, decidedly more lively after consuming coffee and dan bing, and watched the sky drop its first tentative drops of the day. “Oh dear,” one dismayed volunteer murmured. Another volunteer quickly replied that “[it’d] be good luck.”. “Don’t you know rain on a festival day is good luck?” she asked us with a grin.Rain has become something of a traditional part of Red Room’s anniversaries; in fact, not a single Red Room anniversary has been without it. Though rain can be a nuisance, it is perhaps a fitting symbol of Red Room’s rebirth.

Red Roomers watch an outside performance under umbrellas.

Red Roomers watch an outside performance under umbrellas.

In a traditional sense, rain has always symbolized revival; rain transforms the land through nourishing the soil. Similarly, Red Room has transformed through finding new soil. Since moving to the TAF, Red Room has introduced a myriad of events and activities for the community. In short, Red Room’s rebirth has ushered a new era, enabling Red Roomers to attain new heights in expressing creativity. This idea of rebirth was well captured during Red Room’s anniversary, which proudly presented some of the community’s new initiatives including a first glimpse at plays written and performed by members of the Red Room community. When Red Roomers weren’t enjoying performances, they were able to peruse the walls which were adorned with featured art by J.J. Chen and Ted Pigott from Red Room’s second Visual Dialogues.


Yet, Red Room’s expansion and rebirth has not drastically eroded the traditions Red Roomers value most. The return of rain on November 21st also reminded many Red Roomers of the aspects they love most about the community. For as the sky drizzled, community members gathered, laughed and shared. During Stage Time & Juice, the rain did not hinder the imaginations of Juicers as they fought agents of destruction, or dazzled audiences with magic. Indeed, it did not prevent them from embarking on great adventures on the grounds, imaginary sword and cape in hand. As the day cooled, Red Roomers could again gather inside to listen to rich stories by performers from Red Room Radio Redux’s Read Aloud.

Juicers unleash their imagination during Stage Time & Juice

Juicers unleash their imagination during Stage Time & Juice

Outside, Red Roomers were treated to a mix of sounds from musicians whose sound ranged from classic rock, to blues, to traditional aboriginal. Crowds gathered in front of the colorful stage, hands cupping a warm cup of 臺Walla, Red Room Chai from R & D Lab, or a beer from Bloch Brewing Company. They browsed artisan booths holding a sandwich from Sprout or Belgian fries from Belga, and watched new and old Red Room musicians perform.

Red Roomers collect in front of the stage for a late night performance

Red Roomers collect in front of the stage for a late night performance

To memorialize the day, artists sketched Red Roomers, photographers snapped candids and, for the braver Red Roomers, artists offered free slow poke tattoos. Red Roomers could also transform themselves with anything from haircuts and metallic body art to the opportunity to learn about and dedicate themselves to important social issues. Of course there were plenty of opportunities to make less tangible memories. Red Room offered countless opportunities to get involved. Upstairs and downstairs, Red Roomers could participate in art whether through painting on a scroll, leaving their handprint on a canvas or speaking on community and compassion.


A Red Roomer prepares to add his hand print to the canvas.

As the day drew to an end, and the sky exchanged the sun for the stars,  performers exchanged the stage for the Red Roomfloor. The members of Mafana and Faloco gathered beneath the stairs to continue celebrating. Sitting in a circle, they sang with ebullient enthusiasm, swaying and grinning; strumming and beating. Their joy was so irresistible that other Red Roomers soon joined in. Meanwhile, other performers moved inside to avoid the rain, exchanging a public performance for a more intimate one. Lights reflected warmly off the gathered crowd who watched transfixed as Valentin Le Chat and La Gitanita seamlessly merged different styles of physical art.

La Gitanita balances two of Valentin Le Chat's juggling balls

La Gitanita balances two of Valentin Le Chat’s juggling balls

The crowds did not dissipate, even as the night cooled.  Instead, Red Roomers did what they do best. They provided a platform for artists and community members to express themselves creatively. They reveled in each other’s triumphs and talents and embraced each other’s goals and initiatives. The Renaissance Festival offered Red Roomers the opportunity to connect with six years of memories and renew their keenness to contribute to communities through art and volunteerism. Red Room is sustained by its community members’ passion and compassion and the anniversary was a wonderful continuation and expansion of those virtues.

Red Room volunteers gather at the end of a fulfilling day

Red Room volunteers gather at the end of a fulfilling day

Leah List
Editor, Red Room News

R4 Updates, September 2015

Oct 23: The Black Cat by Edgar Allen Poe

Oct 23: The Black Cat by Edgar Allen Poe

R4 Short Story Read-Aloud

Last spring, R4 held a small gathering for the purpose of reading poetry aloud. Several R4 Readers had prepared presentations and our guests were invited to read aloud from an anthology.

This fall, we are preparing a similar event using short stories.

Five solo readers and one duet have chosen material from a variety of western writers including Ernest Hemingway, Helen Keller, Ray Bradbury among others.

Background music and sound effects will enhance the listeners’ experience of the stories.

Guests may choose to read aloud spontaneously from a collection called The World’s Shortest Stories – each one just 55 words long!


Red Room Radio Redux Revives DRACULA!

Also stirs new life into Edgar Allen Poe’s classic poem: The Raven

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R4 Update…Fall/Winter 2014

Oct 23: The Black Cat by Edgar Allen Poe

Oct 23: The Black Cat by Edgar Allen Poe

R4 Update …from the desk of Ruth Giordano
Fall/Winter 2014

In September & October, many hours were spent in the ICRT studio finishing projects we started last spring. The final product was The October Series: five weekly broadcasts of five different hour-long shows. Two shows had been aired previously: Treasure Island (March 2013), Macbeth (Sept. 2013). Our adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula had been completed in March 2014 and saved for broadcast on the night before Halloween. We added two new hour-longs, namely Sherlock Holmes and A Scandal in Bohemia read in its entirety by Charlie Storrar and Pat Woods as well as Two by Poe: The Black Cat (complete) and The Raven (abridged) read by Rick Brundage and Thomas Bellmore, respectively.

On Christmas Eve, our original recording of A Christmas Carol (first aired Dec. 24-25, 2012) was broadcast over Taiwan and streamed live world-wide, thanks to the folks at ICRT-FM100.

Locally, Dickens’ own condensed version was read aloud by a dozen or so merry revelers for their own enjoyment.

Currently, we are:
Organizing gatherings for reading literature aloud as a group.
Forging a new relationship with an independent recording engineer
Researching podcasting as an outlet for recorded readings.
Coaching new readers via Skype

R4 Updates, May 2014

RRRR-wasteland-0314An historic piece of 20th century Modern poetry was heard as never before at ASIDE @ The Red Room on March 29, 2014.

Four readers, accompanied by a sound effects operator presented TS Eliot’s The Waste Land for an audience of appreciative listeners.
TS Eliot wrote this opus using a wide variety of voices and each R4 reader developed several for the occasion.

The Waste’Land was read by: Marc Anthony, Andi Smela, Charlie Storrar and Pat Woods. They were accompanied by Trevor Tortomasi on Sound Effects. Videographer William OPENSHAW was on-hand to record the event and has subsequently met with the readers to shoot close-ups for use in future editing.

R4 revived their adaptation of TREASURE ISLAND for a public audience at the new branch of the public library near ShiLin Summer Residence on Sunday, April 26. The show was well-attended by persons of all ages.

R4 readers Marc Anthony, Sarah Brooks, Jenny and Conrad Green, Mark Lipsey, Nate Murray and Naden Rowe brought the story to life. Accompanying  sound effects were ably provided by Pat Woods, who also voiced several characters.
Plans are underway for future R4 presentations at the library.

May 18, 2014

R4 Reader Rick Brundage and Ruth Giordano Director spent a few satisfying hours last Saturday in the ICRT studio. Rick teaches in the History Department and coaches the public speaking program at Taipei American School. R4 followers might remember Rick for his rendering of the title character in DRACULA last fall. On Saturday he read Edgar Allan Poe’s short story of horror and madness, “The Black Cat”.

Then, Ruth took a turn at the studio mic, reading Shirley Jackson’s story “The Lottery”. This story was first published in the New Yorker magazine in June of 1948. In addition to numerous reprints in magazines, analogies and textbooks, it has been adapted for radio, live television, a ballet, two films, a TV movie, an opera and a one-act play.

The Short Story Project is scheduled for two more days in the ICRT recording studio this month. Our head writer and dramaturg, Ignatz Ratzkywatzky carefully considered the unique qualities of our most dependable readers and chose a story for each from the wealth of Western short story literature. Murray Richardson was assigned a story by Nathaniel Hawthorne (author of The Scarlet Letter, The Marble Faun & numerous others) and Mark Lipsey will read a selection from the collection of Damon Runyon stories, (it was Runyon whose stories inspired the creation of the musical “Guys and Dolls”). Next week R4 is scheduled to record “A Scandal in Bohemia”, one of Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, with Pat Woods and Charlie Storrar reading.

The R4 creative team will be out of the country for the months of June and July, preparing sound cues to enhance the voice tracks of the above mentioned recordings and planning their third season.

Ruth Giordano