Exuberance Is Beauty

Exuberance Is Beauty

Exuberance Is Beauty 2021
Monday, 17 May 2021

Program Guide for Exuberance Is Beauty

Re-Imagined Radio presented a sample from Exuberance Is Beauty recorded for radio performance by actors from Illuminus Audio Productions. The setting is Portland, Oregon, following the end of World War II. A young widow, Eve Miller has not gotten over the loss of her husband Nick. An intense and exciting love affair with Jeff Lambert, a dashing, married, artist has brought passion back into her life. But, both Jeff and Eve must face the consequences of their desires and actions.

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Optimized for radio broadcast. But, listen with headphones to best enjoy the rich soundscapes and ambient sounds.


Darlene Sorensen as Eve Miller
Eric Schniewind as Jeff Lambert
Shelley Bryant as Mary and Carmen
Ross Laguzza as Frank and Harry


Created and Directed by Donna Barrow-Green
Sound Design by Donna Barrow-Green
Post Production by Martin John Gallagher
Social Media by Regina Carol Social Media Management and Photography
Graphic Design by Holly Slocum Design
Produced and Hosted by John Barber


Set in Portland, in the 1940s, following the end of World War II, "Exuberance Is Beauty" is a fine example of how radio storytelling combines sounds, music, and spoken word to create and sustain compelling drama. In this case, "Exuberance Is Beauty" provides a contemporary interpretation of the biblical allegory of Adam and Eve and Eve's fall into desolation.

Eve Miller is a young war widow. She has not gotten over the loss of her husband, Nick. She rebels against the ordinariness of womanhood in the post-war era and succumbs to the sensual temptation of an adulterous affair with a dashing, married, artist, Jeff Lambert. In the aftermath of this affair, both Jeff and Eve have to face the consequences of their desires and actions. Despite being a strong female protagonist, Eve Miller's life unravels and leads to unexpected violence and moral isolation resulting from her estranged lover's obsessive control.

The tragic story unfolds through Eve's eyes, despite her will and resistance. Themes explored include gender norms, liberty, motherhood, obsessive love, mental illness, and justice.

This special performance for Re-Imagined Radio begins with Exuberance Is Beauty (2015), a fictional, historical novel by Donna Barrow-Green, a writer of dark fiction, memoir, and docu-biography living in Portland, Oregon. In 2020, Barrow-Green created a serialized literary podcast of her novel. Barrow-Green created and produced the sound design. Vocal parts were performed by Illuminus Audio Productions. This multi-episode podcast, available on Apple Podcasts, Google, Spotify, Audible, and other podcast platforms, is akin to an audio book and retains the depth and breadth of the original novel. Exuberance Is Beauty has garnered serious attention and awards as a fictional podcast. LEARN more at the Illuminus Productions website.


"5 Things To Do in the Coming Week." The Columbian, 6 May 2021, D1.
#4. Turn on your radio
Re-Imagined Radio presents two new radio plays: "The Immortal Sherlock Holmes" on Monday and "Exuberance Is Beauty" on May 17. The hour-long episodes, featuring voice actors, Foley artists, musicians and sound engineers, will be broadcast at noon both days on Vancouver's KXRW-FM (99.9 FM) and Portland's KXRY-FM (91.1 FM or 107.1 FM). The performance will also be available online via the stations' websites and archived at reimaginedradio.net.

Thank you so much for including Exuberance Is Beauty in Re-Imagined Radio. I listened to the broadcast yesterday and it was so great. Marty did such a nice job with the sound making the show very professional and enjoyable. I loved your introduction, intermission, and closing. You really "got" the show and captured the plot and brought a compelling context for the episode. It was all so wonderful to hear the show on the radio. I noticed how much the story sounded like those old time radio programs/soap operas and it was magical hearing it broadcast on radio. I enjoyed working with you and your talented team of media experts. It was a great experience. I look forward to listening to more of your programs!
Thanks again,
Donna Barrow-Green, creator, Exuberance Is Beauty

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