Click for Show Description / More Info
A monthly night of vintage radio comedy and drama — live onstage in Portland, Oregon! Straight outta 1944! Laughs! Chills! Romance! Danger! Booze! Eats! Cash bar! Live Foley! 1940’s live music! Prizes! Audience participation!
THIS MONTH, September 18th, 2021 shows:
New installment of “Blevins to Betsy“. Threatened by crooner Bobby Villanova’s attentions towards Betsy, Blevins takes comfort in the knowledge he’s still first in the hearts of radio fans. He is, isn’t he? “Blevins to Betsy” is a romantic-comedy set in the world of radio. He’s Blevins DeBell, America’s favorite radio star. She’s Betsy Harper, small town girl and production assistant at the TBC. Their fortunes and hearts become entangled when Betsy steps into the figurative shoes of Blevins’s former co-star and wife, Joan DeBell. It’s a part neither of them expected to play, but the show must go on!
And a brand new episode of the, “The Wilde Card Mysteries”! Jack’s “lucky hand” leads to a mess involving stolen jewelry, high-profile scandal, and mysterious gunmen. Will a night of poker instigate an international incident” The Wilde Card Mysteries” is a detective show featuring affable, nearly always broke P.I. Jack Wilde. He’s a decent gumshoe with a silver tongue and an incurable itch for gambling; in fact it’s a toss-up which has caused more trouble for Jack – the cards or his mouth. But, no matter what hand he’s dealt, Jack gets the job done, often to the surprise of his old friend and sometime nemesis, TCPD captain “Dusty” Mankowitz.
AND…don’t miss the latest installment of the TBC’s soap opera “Nightingale of the Broken Heart!”
Since 2014, we at The Tesla City Stories have been presenting an evening of live “radio” theater derived from the recently uncovered archives of the ultra-obscure Tesla Broadcasting Company (1943-1945). It’s “pop archaeology” as performance art, or, more simply, a fun night of vintage entertainment! The shows of the TBC run the gamut from sitcom to thriller, from mystery to romantic-comedy, with forays into westerns, sci-fi and horror to boot. But all of these shows, regardless of genre, are tied to the fictional locale of Tesla City. That’s part of what makes the output of the TBC so unique and sought-after by historians and collectors.
Truly Portland’s best and most unique night out! Come and join us!
Front row action! Each seat comes with a foot rest, an extra seat cushion, and a special, unique gift from the cast only for each Super VIP ticket holder! Only 14 available per show!
VIP – (Orange)
Front and center to the action. Best seats in the house, close and reserved just for you!
GENERAL ADMISSION – (Blue)
There really is not a bad seat in the house! You and your friends can sit where you like in this section and enjoy the show!
DISCOUNT SEATING – (Green)
For our loyal and budget-conscious fans. A little off-center but there is not a bad seat in the house!
7pm. General Admission ticket holders are encouraged to arrive early for the best seats. For guaranteed best seating consider the VIP option.
Why would I come see radio? Don’t you listen to radio?
Before television was popularized in the 1950’s, radio was often performed and broadcast live before a studio audience. Hence the term “Radio Theater”. It is is very enjoyable to see how radio was produced including watching live sound effects by a foley artist.
Do you serve alcohol?
Yes! We have a beer and wine bar with excellent selections. You must have an I.D. and be 21 or over. You may consume alcohol during the show in the theater.
Is your venue wheelchair and ADA accessible?
Yes! Very much so with excellent seating choices and easy access to the venue, including strategic ramps and elevators.
Can you guarantee seats next to each other?
We can only guarantee seats with VIP and Super VIP. .If you have a large party and wish to sit together, please arrive early. Our venue’s seating is padded benches and are spacious and easy to navigate.
Is the show the same every month? Will I be lost if I have not seen the previous month’s show?
The Tesla City Stories are “serialized” meaning the show is never the same from month to month and there are developing story lines. However, the shows are easily followed and you will enjoy the show whether it’s your first or twentieth time attending!
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Our show is all ages but we recommend 8 and above because it is a theater environment and requires quiet during the performance. I.D. is required for the purchase of alcoholic beverages and you must be 21 years old or older. The show is suitable for all ages.
What’s the refund policy
Unfortunately tickets are not refundable, however we will try honor your tickets for our next performance. If you can’t use your tickets, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or our box office number 503.837.2900
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No. We have a master list. You will need I.D.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Busses, the Max, and the trolley are all very close to the venue! Trimet.org will have all current route information. Lyft is another excellent option for easy transport. Plenty of parking is available in the surrounding streets and meters stop charging at 7pm. There is a large paid parking lot very close to the venue entrance.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Best way is to email at email@example.com
Is my ticket transferrable?
Yes, please email us to let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there food at the venue?
Yes, a small but tasty menu is available, along with treats from the “cigarette girl”.