Red Room Radio Redux (R4), September 2015

The first Short Story ReadAloud on Friday evening, October 2 at the new Red Room venue at Taiwan Air Force Base was an informal affair. Some readers had prepared their chosen stories by rehearsing accompanied by music and sound effects. A variety of authors were represented, including Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain and Ray Bradbury. The Taipei Writers Group was well represented and one of the members shared her own work by reading it aloud.
Everyone had a chance a chance to read “cold” (without preparation) from a collection of “Flash Fiction”: extremely short short stories. In this case the stories were 55 words long.

Several attendees expressed interest in regular meetings where we can read aloud, either as soloists or to share a piece of literature by taking turns reading aloud to the group. We look forward to starting a series of gatherings and will post when we settle on a pattern of dates. The meetings may lead to productions or may be just for the joy of it.

Rehearsals for DRACULA are in full swing, complete with plenty of noise.
We are scheduled to perform on Friday, October 23 at the new Red Room space at TAF. Tickets can be bought through AccuPass.
Details here on the Red Room website and FaceBook page.

Our adaptation draws heavily on the original novel by Bram Stoker. It was written specifically for Red Room Radio Redux by Ignatz Ratskywatsky.

Nearly half the cast is returning from our original production in 2013.
The studio recording (also made in 2013) is on the new ICRT-FM100 app, along with five other stories we produced at their studio. You can download the app to your smart phone for free! Do it now!

2 Oct 2015, A Round Table ReadAloud


Red Room Radio Redux presents
2 October 2015
6:30 pm-9:00 pm

Red Room International Village
Your Patronage 開支攤提費 $200NTD
Taiwan Air Force Base (TAF) LIBRARY 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)

Gather ‘Round for
A Round Table ReadAloud

1) Red Room Radio readers will bring to life Masters of the art of writing, such as Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, Helen Keller and others.

2) The Taiwan Writers’ Group will be represented, as members will read their original stories aloud.

3) IF YOU WANT TO SHARE A STORY, (under 10 minutes, please) contact Ruth for further instructions.

4) Guests will be invited to participate in a Round Table ReadAloud, where we will share a short story by taking turns reading aloud.

Pass the book and Listen, All!
You’ll witness and experience the joy of giving a voice to words on a page,
lifting them off and releasing them into a circle of listeners.

Latecomers will be admitted between stories.

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

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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Red Room Radio Redux, March 2015

From the desk of Ruth Giordano ~~


We had a wonderfully “Mad Tea Party” at Aside 8@The Red Room on March 14. In fact, the whole evening went swimmingly. If you missed us at Aside, you can catch us at our next event: teatime poetry-reading at the brand new eatery NakedFood. Do you love poetry? Do you love food?  How about poetry about food? And at NakedFood, the food is poetic. Join us in a round-table read-aloud, with works by D.H. Lawrence, Maya Angelou, and Roald Dahl, to name a few. We’ll finish up the afternoon with an R4 rendition of Lewis Carroll’s “The Mad Tea-Party” from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

For details about the Party and NakedFood, go to:

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be in post-production at the ICRT studio with a few short stories. (backstory: Last spring, we laid down vocal tracks for 1) James Thurber’s original Secret Life of Walter Mitty read by Nate Murray; 2) Butch Minds the Baby written by Damon Runyon (of Guys and Dolls fame) & read by Mark Lipsey of the TAS Upper School fame and, finally, Shirley Jackson’s classic The Lottery read by Yours Truly.

And that’s all we’ve got time for, folks. Tune in again next month when we bring you more news of the Radio Redux.

…kindling the power of the spoken word and populating the theatre of your imagination…

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

Reflections, December 2014

Red Room’s 5th year anniversary

The anniversary of our 5th year of red room kicked off with Stage Time and Juice for the kids. We welcomed parents and young ones alike to perform skits, stories, and puppet shows. Some had rehearsed to the point of perfection, while others visibly overcame their stage fright in order to share stories with us. Further into the afternoon, the stage was filled with music while guests enjoyed refreshments provided by Red Room’s sponsors for food and drink.

Deeper into the evening, with the stage cleared of bands and music, we welcomed people of all ages to share whatever they pleased, in the spirit of Red Room’s Stage Time and Wine. There were singers, dancers, a juggler, and even our very own Taipei Improv troupe!

With time to mingle, share, and listen, a socially and creatively fulfilling Saturday was had by all. We hope you can join us for Stage Time and Wine on the 3rd Saturday of each month. We look forward to seeing you there!

Trevor Tortomasi
Red Room Host

Happy Birthday!

“Happy birthday” to the always wonderful, unrelentingly passionate Red Room. Throughout the years, RR has provided us with a platform for self expression and for sharing in the creative arts – be it performance, visual, musical, spoken, etc. But most importantly, it has provided a safe space full of acceptance, warmth, and encouragement for people that wish to share, grow, and connect.

For some of us, it really is like coming home when we attend the monthly Stage Time & Wine/Juice. We get to see our old friends as well as make new ones, and find inspiration through shared stories and experiences. This day was a remembrance of the triumphant five years we’ve shared together, and a celebration of the wonderful times the future of RR is sure to hold.

Here’s to you, Red Room. Happy, happy birthday.

Julia Kao
Red Room Photographer

Photos from the 5th year anniversary can be viewed on Flickr

Soaking In, December 2014

My first exposure with Red Room was at the 5th anniversary event. I had been waiting to get involved in theatre, storytelling and performance for the last four years of living in Taiwan, and I’m so psyched to join in! I adore my new community of friends and I can’t wait to be involved more over the years, especially in R4 and Stage Time & Wine.

I took away a lot with me after the 5th Anniversary. I feel like I found my voice again, in a community where I feel I truly belong. I feel like I’m getting back a piece of myself that has been put away on the shelf for a while because of motherhood, work, and marriage. Now it’s time to get reacquainted with the storyteller/actress/writer that I am. I feel like I can get back to my calling of sharing stories and voices with the world.

However the most important treasure I took away with me actually didn’t belong to me. It belonged to my young son Preston. I watched him absorb his surroundings in his own unique way. I watched him choose to enjoy the performances he liked at Stage Time Juice, and choose to ignore what he wished. I watched him make new friends and share his toys. And when he reached out his little hand to take my camera and start taking pictures of his own, I realized more than ever that art and voices belong to everyone, and everyone responds to it in their own way. In his own way, Preston was soaking it in.

By: Whitney Zahar

Red Room Radio Hour, every Thursday in October

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October 23: The Black Cat by Edgar Allen Poe


Edgar Allan Poe (1809 –1849) was an American author and poet best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre. His story, The Black Cat is a “first person” narrative, told by a man bedeviled by alcohol and a paranormal feline.

愛倫坡 (1809-1849) 是一個美國作家和詩人,最為知名是神秘與恐怖系列故事。他的故事 “黑貓” 是一個第一人稱敘事,


October30: Bram Stoker’s Dracula


Our story takes place in the late 1890’s. A British lawyer, Jonathan Harker, travels to Transylvania to meet a client, the charismatic and mysterious Count Dracula. The Count is interested in purchasing property in London. Harker is welcomed as a guest but soon finds himself prisoner in the Castle Dracula which is surrounded by bloodthirsty wolves and haunted by Undead Brides.

Dracula travels to England, seeking victims to support his thirst for blood. He seduces Harker’s fiancée, Mina Murray, and Mina’s best friend, Lucy Westenra. Lucy’s ill health draws the attention of her fiancée, Dr. John Seward, who, in turn, calls for help from his former professor and vampire hunter Dr. Abraham van Helsing. Together, this small band of survivors must defeat Dracula…before they, too, become Undead.

The original novel Dracula was written by Irish author Bram Stoker and first published in England in 1897. His novel has spawned numerous theatrical, film and television interpretations.

Bram Stoker was born in Dublin in 1847, and spent most of his career as a theater critic and later a theater manager in London. He wrote a number of other occult and horror novels, and had a strong personal interest in the folklore of Eastern Europe.

我們的故事發生在 1890 年代後期,一位英國律師,名叫喬納森哈克,前往特蘭西瓦尼亞拜訪一位神秘又有魅力客戶,德古拉伯爵。而伯爵對於購買英國的資產非常有興趣,因此哈克受到熱情款待,但是不久發現到他自己被亡靈新娘和嗜血狼人鎖包圍與困住,被囚禁在德古拉城堡。


原著小說德古拉是由愛爾蘭作家布拉姆·斯托克撰寫,在 1897 年於英國發行。他的小說已經由眾多戲劇,電影和電視劇所詮釋。

布拉姆·斯托克在 1847 年誕生於都柏林,他大半生涯從事著戲劇評論家,而後期來到倫敦擔任劇院經理。他寫一系列恐怖小說,在中東歐地區民間家喻戶曉流傳著。

October 2: Shakespeare’s Macbeth


r4-macbeth-291x69px4The Tragedy of Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare in the early 1600’s, is considered one of his darkest and most powerful tragedies. Set in Scotland, the play tells the story of a brave general who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King. Consumed by greedy ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth kills the King, and takes the throne. He becomes a tyrannical ruler, as he is compelled to commit more and more murders to protect himself. The bloodbath swiftly takes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into realms of arrogance, madness, and death.

馬克白,由莎士比亞在 1600 年代所著,是一部其極為黑暗及悲劇的作品。故事背景在蘇格蘭,內容講述一名勇敢的將軍,從三名女巫的預言中得知有朝一日他會成為國王。由於貪婪野心和妻子 背地裡慫恿鼓吹,馬克白殺了國王奪得王位。從此,馬克白成為一名暴君,並且不得不透過更多殺戮保護自己。然而,無情地屠殺帶著馬克白和妻子走上囂張態勢、 殘暴、和死亡的之路。

October 9: Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island

r4-icrt-TI-291x69pxTreasure Island, by Scottish novelist Robert Louis Stevenson, is the 18th century tale of young Jim Hawkins, who sets sail as a cabin boy on the Hispaniola, on a voyage in search of treasure hidden on a faraway island. In the course of his harrowing adventures, he comes across a motley assortment of devious seaman: Bill Bones, Black Dog, Old Blind Pew, Ben Gunn and that most notorious pirate of all, the one-legged Long John Silver, with the ever-present chattering parrot on his shoulder.  Along the way, Jim uncovers the crew’s plot of mutiny, comes face to face with their greedy and bloodthirsty tricks, and helps to rescue the ship as well as the stash of buried gold.
The story is told by Jim as an adult, looking back on his youthful, daring adventure. We begin by finding young Jim at home with his mother at the Admiral Benbow Inn, where the boy meets his first shadowy buccaneer, Bill Bones, and unknowingly comes into possession of an old treasure map…a map that everyone is after…

金銀島,由蘇格蘭小說家羅伯特·路易斯·史蒂文森著。背景自十八世紀青年賀詹姆(Jim Hawkins)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。在冒險過程中,他遇到一群狡猾奸詐的航海人,包含許多惡名昭彰的海盜,其 中最有名的海盜:單腳西渥弗(Long John Silver),和站在他肩膀上的活潑鸚鵡。沿路上,賀詹姆揭發了叛變的船員們,親眼目睹他們的貪婪以及各種詭計,最後拯救了航海船以及找出埋藏深處的黃 金寶藏。


October 16: Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes/Doctor Watson story “A Scandal in Bohemia”


A Scandal in Bohemia , by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, features the world famous fictional characters: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. In this adventure, our heroes are employed by the Duke of Bohemia to foil a cunning and beautiful blackmailer who is poised to ruin his reputation.

Sherlock Holmes disguises himself in order to garner information and gain access to the blackmailer’s home and, with the help of Dr. Watson, carries out a ruse to trick her into revealing the location of the incriminating evidence.



Adapted for Radio Drama by Ignatz Ratskywatsky
Read by Red Room Radio Redux members including:
Marc Anthony
Thomas Bellmore
Sarah Brooks
Rick Brundage
Marina Burana
Mark Caltonhill
Ruth Giordano
Taili Huang
Ronan Hsieh
Paul Jackson
Reider Larson
Manav Mehta
Nate Murray
Evelyn Philbrook
Ted Pigott
Murray Richardson
Nic Sando
Charlie Storrar
Pat Woods

Engineered for broadcast by Liu Ping
Directed and produced by Ruth Giordano