Our Fair City
Episode 6.20- Uninsurable Risk

Loyal Policies: listen and remember, as we recount the true events that nearly destroyed the sanctity and security of our Tower.  Savor these words, as we bring the sixth seasonal retelling of the Historical Records of the HartLife corporation to a close.

Season Seven of Our Fair City will begin in the Spring of 2016.  Stay tuned until then for blooper reels, behined the scenes recordings, and more.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Dr. Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Dr. Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Dr. Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Cassie Wilkins— Ele Matelan
  • Cromwell— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Director Sophia— Saren Nofs Snyder
  • Director Williams— Jonathan Tazewell
  • Director Harrison— Cecil Baldwin

Written by Mark Soloff. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Jess Cwik.  Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Capsule Force!

Direct download: S6_Episode_20-_Uninsurable_Risk.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:49pm CDT

2015 Exclusion Day Special- Tidings of Comfort and (Mandatory) Joy

Every year, the Loyal Policies of HartLife celebrate Exclusion Day: the day the glorious founders of the Company sealed the tower away from the cold, Wolves, and dangers of the Outside, protecting their Policies from here to eternity.  By Excluding the outside world, Loyal Policies would never be exposed to dangers like Free Thought, New Ideas, or Innovation.

This musical episode was recorded live at iO Chicago with Improvised Star Trek on December 18, 2015.

We'd like to make a special note here: this Holiday season, the themes of exclusion, refugees, and societal control through xenophobia are everywhere in the news.  We'd like to take the opportunity to raise awareness for several great organizations that are working to provide opportunities and help for refugees in American and around the world.

Here in Chicago, we'd recommend supporting RefugeeOne, which you can learn more about at refugeeone.org--they're a great organization dedicated to creating opportunities for refugees fleeing war, terror, and persecution to build new lives of safety, dignity, and self-reliance.   Globally, Doctors without Borders is a fantastic organization, helping  people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care.  You can find their organization online at doctorswithoutborders.org.    Finally, we recommend supporting the TransLatin@ Coalition, whose mission is to advocate for the specific needs of Trans Latin@ immigrants who reside in the US and plan advocacy strategies that would improve their quality of life.  Support them and learn more at http://www.translatinacoalition.org.

  • The Narrator— Abby Doud
  • Exclusion Day, Exclusion Day!— Marsha Harman
  • Loamy the One-Armed FeMole— Stephen Poon
  • You're a Weird One, Mr. Snidge— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Baby it's Mold Outside— Betsey Palmer and Marsha Harman
  • Guitar— Stephen Poon

Written by Clayton Faits, Makena Levine, and David Rheinstrom. Directed by Betsey Palmer.  Episode art by Sebastian Orr Photography.  Produced by Clayton Faits. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip and Clayton Faits.  A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity!

Direct download: Exclusion_Day_2015.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:26am CDT

Episode 6.19- The Coming of the Waters

The Waters are Coming.  As the denizens of the tunnels grapple with the impending destruction of their underground home, we are left to wonder: who will survive?  Who will escape?  How will the glorious HartLife company continue without the support of its tunnel-dwellers?

Fear not, Loyal Policies.  HartLife always survies.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Cromwell— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Jack— Mark Soloff
  • Greyson— David Rheinstrom
  • Alison— Nina O'Keefe
  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Dr. Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Dr. Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Dr. Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Cassie Wilkins— Ele Matelan
  • Dora— Kat Evans
  • Simon— Mark Soloff
  • Katherine Sullivan— Whitney Kraus Jones
  • Vice President Carter— Clayton Faits

Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Steph Charaska.  Produced by David Rheinstrom and Clayton Faits. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Field Notes!

Direct download: S6_Episode_19-_The_Coming_of_the_Waters.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:18am CDT

Episode 6.18- The Rise and Fall of Charles Wynn

Charles Wynn: Project Manager, loyal policy, and hero of small children everywhere.  Many stories have been told about his life, his works, his efforts on behalf of the company.  Perhaps some of you rarefied listeners in the Tower may even have known him personally.  For the first time ever, we are pleased to bring you an accurate recounting of his time Outside during the Ant Wars.

Loyal Policies, no matter what you hear, be it from the Hendersonian Occupiers, Outsider Invaders, or even from the mouth of Charles Wynn himself, remeber: the Outside is Cold, and full of Wolves.  You cannot survive without HartLife.  You can not.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Charles Wynn— Jared Latore
  • Vice President Carter— Clayton Faits

Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Art by Dan Streeting.  Produced by David Rheinstrom and Clayton Faits. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Cards against Humanity!

Direct download: S6_Episode_18-_The_Rise_and_Fall_of_Charles_Wynn.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:38am CDT

Episode 6.17- The Smell of Anger

The Doctor Montgomery Moro Museum and Memorial House remains a hotbed of unapproved science, illegal cohabitation, and fraternization with MolePeople as the survivors of the Ant Invasion hole up and try to survive.  Will noble, productive Project Manager Charles Wynn teach them the errors of their ways, or will they continue their slide into infamy?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City...continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Theodora Thoreau-Roosevelt— Kat Evans
  • Simon Von Hagens— Mark Soloff
  • Sandy— Abby Doud
  • Clay— Clint Worthington
  • Cassandra Wilkins— Ele Matelan
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Doctor Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Charles Wynn— Jared Latore
  • The Queen of the Ants— Lauren Faits

Written by David Rheinstrom. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Art by Dann Tincher.  Produced by David Rheinstrom and Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Know Your Company!

Direct download: S6_Episode_17-_The_Smell_of_Anger.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:35am CDT

Finally: a recording of the traditional murder ballad Henry Lee, popularized by Dick Justice (and more recently) Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

Henry Lee

  • Vocals— Betsey Palmer
  • Vocals— Stephen Poon
  • Backing Vocals— DJ Catnip
  • Guitar— Stephen Poon
  • Violin— Jeffrey Gardner

Traditional Murder Ballad.  Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.

Direct download: Henry_Lee_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:15am CDT

Halloween Special 2/3- The Spirit of Chicago

A Halloween ode to Chicago's favorite liquor, which you should absolutely try if you have never had the pleasure.  

The Spirit of Chicago

  • The Spirit of Chicago— Stephanie Murphy
  • Music and Effects— DJ Catnip

Written by Ele Matelan. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner.  Sound Design by DJ Catnip.  Episode Art by Dann Tincher.  Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.

Direct download: Spirit_of_Chicago-_Halloween_OFC__final_mp3-_10_28_15_7.49_AM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am CDT

This Halloween, HartLife NFP is happy to share a trio of ghoulish short audio pieces: Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Conqueror Worm,’ Ele Matelan’s “The Spirit of Chicago,’ and the murder ballad “Henry Lee.”

Part 1 of 3: The Conqueror Worm

  • The Conqueror Worm— Jonah Winston
  • Cello— Ira Ochs

Written by Edgar Allan Poe. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.  Music recorded by Ira Ochs.  A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, MakeSpace!

Direct download: Conqueror_Worm_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:56am CDT

We are excited to share a live recording of our 2015 Chicago Fringe Festival show, "Human Resources."  Thanks to the Fringe Festival for being amazing hosts to our work- learn more about the festival at chicagofringe.org

  • The Voice of Human Resources— Jared Latore
  • Kim— Abby Doud
  • Izzy— Stephanie Murphy
  • The Voice of the Test— Clint Worthington
  • Alex— Clint Worthington
  • Various— Jared Latore, Clint Worthington

Written by Kat Evans and Ele Matelan. Directed by Jennifer Olson. Live Foley Devised and Performed by Ele Matelan. Music and Electronic Environment by DJ Catnip.  Music Direction by Betsey Palmer. Episode image from the 2015 Chicago Fringe Festival by Jenna Braunstein. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Iron Galaxy!

Direct download: Human_Resources_Fringe_2015_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:19am CDT

Episode 6.16- The Buddy System

Using the extracted scent glad of the old Ant Queen, our “Buddy Group” goes in search of the new Queen.  But the tunnels are long, and more insidious threats than the Ants lurk deep in the warrens…and within the Buddy Group itself.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Theodora Thoreau-Roosevelt— Kat Evans
  • Simon von Hagens— Mark Soloff
  • Katherine Sullivan— Whitney Jones
  • Doctor Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Charles Wynn— Jared Latore
  • The Queen of the Ants— Lauren Faits

Written by David Rheinstrom. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Art by Ali Cantarella.  Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Know Your Company!

Direct download: S6_Episode_16-_The_Buddy_System.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:42am CDT

Episode 6.15- In the Hall of the Ant Queen

Our intrepid explorers, sadly marooned from the loving comfort of bounteous HartLife, continue their quest through the tunnels to find the Queen of the Ant People.  What horrors will the encounter?  What struggles must they overcome?  What paperwork should they fill out on their return to the Company?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City….continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Theodora Thoreau-Roosevelt— Kat Evans
  • Simon von Hagens— Mark Soloff
  • Katherine Sullivan— Whitney Jones
  • Limey— Lauren Faits

Written by Stephanie Spence. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Art by Jacob Halton.  Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Basecamp!

Direct download: S6_Episode_15-_In_The_Hall_of_The_Ant_Queen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:05pm CDT

Episode 6.14- The Snidge with Two Brains

The Hunt for Snidge’s Body continues as Cassie, Dr. Caligari, and the MolePeople traverse trap-laden tunnels and perilous pathways to restore  Andrew’s brain to its rightful place.  Will rogue science, determination, and love win out?  Will all return to a comfortable stasis?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City…continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Cassandra Wilkins— Ele Matelan
  • Loamy— Kat Evans
  • Dr Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Doctor Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Clay— Clint Worthington
  • Sandy— Abby Doud

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Art by David Tanimura.  Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Basecamp!

Direct download: S6_Episode_14-_The_Snidge_With_Two_Brains.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:17am CDT

Episode 6.13- Much Ado About Andrew Snidge

oin us as we return to the Doctor Montgomery Moro Museum and Memorial House- that lair of unapproved science and liminal thought.  Will Cassie finally be reunited with her Andrew?  Will Wynn manage his “projects” effectively?  Will Dr. Caligari ever be left alone to finish her experiments in peace?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City…continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Charles Wynn— Jared Latore
  • Cassandra Wilkins— Ele Matelan
  • Loamy— Kat Evans
  • Dr Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Doctor Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Clay— Clint Worthington
  • Sandy— Abby Doud
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Art by Robin Simmons.  Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Capsule Force!

Direct download: S6_Episode_13-_Much_Ado_About_Andrew.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:05am CDT

Episode 6.12- Last Shift

Loyal Policies, you know the tale of the Switcher well.  You have heard the highlight reels, and memorized his stories–now, hear his unedited, true words.  Glory in his loyalty to the company!  Shudder at the malignancy of the Ant menace! Most importantly, stay loyal, just as he does, as the story of Our Fair City…continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • The Switcher— Jared Latore
  • Roberta Darley— Lauren Faits
  • Ol’ Silty— Sebastian H. Orr
  • Doctor Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • George Chamberlain— Jim McDoniel
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Stephanie Spence. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Art by Damian Duffy.  Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, WingFest!

Direct download: S6_Episode_12-_Last_Shift.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:38am CDT

Episode 6.11- Raise Your Glass

Welcome back to Season Six of Our Fair City.  We rejoin the Hendersonians, celebrating their likely temporary victory over the Ant People in Waste Field Three–but what un-corporate evildoers still lurk within the merry band of misfits?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City…continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Clear Skies Tim— Clint Worthington
  • Greyson— David Rheinstrom
  • Jack— Mark Soloff
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Stephen— Ryan Bond
  • Sully— Whitney Jones
  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Alison Dalton— Nina O’Keefe
  • Theodora Thoreau Roosevelt— Kat Evans
  • Dr. Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Simon Von Hagens— Mark Soloff
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by David Rheinstrom. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Art by Eric Meister.  Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Emporium!

Direct download: S6_Episode_11-_Raise_Your_Glass.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:52pm CDT

Mid-Season Break: Season One Blooper Reel

Rounding out our Season Six mid-season break, please enjoy a blooper reel from our Season One recording sessions!

  • Misses David— Tara Schile
  • Doesn’t miss David—Jim McDoniel
  • Kind of a bully—Abby Doud
  • Oh, MolePeople—Tyler Samples
  • Not as dumb as he smells—Sebastian H. Orr
  • Smurfs are water soluble—Clayton Faits
  • Has all the best people introducing him—Jared Latore
  • Creative uses of Puff Pastry—Ansel Burch
  • High-minded jokes—Jeffrey Gardner
  • Breaking DJ Catnip’s eardrums—Ryan Schile
  • SIGH— Ginneh Jolan
  • Meanest Old Woman— Lauren Faits

Edited by David Rheinstrom.  Photo by Sebastian Orr Photography. Music by The Good Lawdz.  A huge thank you to our episode sponsor Cards Against Humanity, through the Chicago Podcasting Cooperative.  We’re very, very sorry.

Direct download: Bloopers_Season_1_Redux_w-Pre-Roll.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:11pm CDT

Mid-Season Break: Boggy's Big Day

As we continue our Mid-Season Break, HartLife brings you the tail of a precocious young MolePerson named Boggy.  This segment is a studio recording of an excerpt of one of our live shows, The Archibald FunnyPants Radio Hour.  Follow HartLife NFP on facebook and twitter to find out when you can see one of our live shows in person!

  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Boggy— Kat Evans
  • Igny— Jared Latore
  • Shale— Clayton Faits
  • Detective Gulliver Nash— Jared Latore
  • Commander Anderson— Clayton Faits

Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Jeffrey Gardner, with Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode image from the 2013 Chicago Fringe Festival.  Produced by David Rheinstrom.  Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Jackbox! Games!

Direct download: Boggys_Big_DayFinal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:39am CDT

Mid-Season Break: Season Six Blooper Reel pt 1

As we begin our Season Six mid-season break, please enjoy the first part of our seasonal blooper reel!

No MolePeople were harmed in the making of this season.

  • Something Something Something...Our Fair City Continues— Ansel Burch
  • How Do I Sound, DJ Catnip?—Abby Doud
  • Fight Noises!—Jeffrey Gardner
  • The Ants are God—Mark Soloff
  • Very Patient—DJ Catnip
  • Word of the Day—Clayton Faits
  • Wants Ryan to Giggle—Tara Schile
  • Upset by the Word of the Day—David Rheinstrom
  • Bear Traps for Five Year Olds—Kat Evans
  • Playing Simon in this Episode— Ryan Schile
  • Henry Higgins— Marsha Harman
  • Andy Griffith Theme Whitney Kraus Jones
  • The Trouble with Babysitting is...— Frank Sjodin
  • Paging Doctor Caligari— Ele Matelan

Edited by David Rheinstrom.  Photo by MGB Photography. Music by Latché Swing.  A huge thank you to our episode sponsor Inventables, through the Chicago Podcasting Cooperative.  We're very, very sorry.

Direct download: Mid-Season_Break_01_-_Season_6_Bloopers_Part_I.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:19am CDT

Episode 6.10- The Battle of Waste Field Three

As we come to the conclusion of the first half of the Sixth season of the True Historical Retellings of Our Fair City, we invite all Loyal Policies to join us.  Join us in shunning the Outsider.  Join us in shaming the Dissident.  Join us in exposing the disloyal Hendersonians working amongst us, striving through craft and word and violence against the great work of HartLife.  Even as they work to rend our Mighty Tower apart, listen: and remember.  Their words are hollow, their victories are meaningless, their actions fruitless when compared to the great history of Our Fair City.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Clear Skies Tim— Clint Worthington
  • Greyson— David Rheinstrom
  • Jack— Mark Soloff
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Stephen— Ryan Bond
  • Sully— Whitney Jones
  • Alison Dalton— Nina O’Keefe
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Mark Soloff. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Art by Dann Tincher.  Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Basecamp!

Direct download: S6_Episode_10-_The_Battle_of_Wastefield_Three.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:44am CDT

Episode 6.9- The Closing of the Gullet

Loyal Policies, enjoy this True Retelling of the Battle of Waste Field Three, and see for yourselves through the propaganda and lies spread by malicious elements within the company.  Truly, none of these Policies, disloyal as they were, could have survived without the mercy and beneficence of the company.  Do not believe their lies.  Do not believe your ears.  Believe only in the power of HartLife…all the life you’ll ever need.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Clear Skies Tim— Clint Worthington
  • Greyson— David Rheinstrom
  • Jack— Mark Soloff
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Stephen— Ryan Bond
  • Sully— Whitney Jones
  • Alison Dalton— Nina O’Keefe
  • Peat— Jared Latore
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Mark Soloff. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Art by Damian Duffy.  Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity!

Direct download: S6_Episode_09-_The_Closing_of_the_Gullet.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04am CDT

Episode 6.8- The Rediscovey of Hope

In tonight’s seasonal retelling of the True History of the HartLife Corporation, we rejoin Simon Von Hagens (Dead Disposal Driver) and Theodora Thoreau Roosevelt (Window Washer and Amateur Naturalist) as they spelunk deeper into the caves and warrens below the city in search of the Queen of the AntPeople.  Will they discover their new adversary, or will the come upon something much, much more dangerous to their corporate welfare?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City…continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Simon Von Hagens— Mark Soloff
  • Theodora Thoreau Roosevelt— Kat Evans
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Photo shoot designed, produced, and directed by Ryan Schile, photography by Sebastian Orr, makeup by Tara Schile. Featuring (R to L) Tara Schile, Ryan Schile, Mark Soloff, Kat Evans.  Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Iron Galaxy!

Direct download: S6_Episode_08-_The_Rediscovery_of_Hope.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:13am CDT

Episode 6.7- Lost and (Sometimes) Found

We return to our erstwhile heroes, Charles Wynn, Alison Dalton, and Cassandra Wilkins as they flee the ant menace through HartLife's ventilation system.  Will they find safety, succor, and Cassie's family...or only more horror?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City...continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Alison Dalton— Nina O'Keefe
  • Charles Wynn— Jared Latore
  • Cassie Wilkins— Ele Matelan
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Operator— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Stephanie Spence. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode art by Dan Streeting. Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Iron Galaxy!

Direct download: S6_Episode_07-_Lost_and_Sometimes_Found.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:45am CDT

Episode 6.6- The Tower Below

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  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Vice President Carter— Clayton Faits
  • Waste Management Technician— Ele Matelan
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Greyson— David Rheinstrom
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Jack— Mark Soloff
  • Clear Skies Tim— Clint Worthington

Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode art by Eric Meister. Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Shawnimals!

Direct download: S6_Episode_06-_The_Tower_Below.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:09am CDT

Episode 6.5- The Furlough

Loyal Policies- you know not to venture Outdoors.  As you well know, it is cold, and there are wolves.  Do not take any lessons in survival from this retelling of the True History of the HartLife corporation: it will not save you.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Simon von Hagens—  Mark Soloff
  • Theodora Thorreau-Roosevelt— Antonio Brunetti
  • Emerson— Dean Yeager
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by David Rheinstrom. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode art by Jess Cwik. Produced by David Rheinstrom.  Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.  Production Management by Betsey Palmer.  Created by Clayton Faits.  A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Cards against Humanity!

Direct download: S6_Episode_05-_The_Furlough_v2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:30pm CDT

Episode 6.4- Brains Surgery

We return to young Andrew Snidge, hapless yet helpful hero and recent recipient of firearm-based coaching strategies administered by Special Agent George Chamberlain.  Will the good Doctors Caligari and Moro be able to save his life, or is this curtains for Snidge?  Find out as the story of Our Fair City…continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Benedict—  Mark Soloff
  • Balthazar— Antonio Brunetti
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Dr. Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Clay— Clint Worthington
  • Sandy— Abby Doud
  • Dr. Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode art by Clayton Faits. Produced by David Rheinstrom.  Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.  Production Management by Betsey Palmer.  Created by Clayton Faits.

Direct download: S6_Episode_04-_Brains_Surgery.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:48am CDT

Episode 6.3 - You Can't Go Home Again

Fleeing the Ant Menace, Alison Dalton, Charlie Wynn, and Cassie Wilkins fight their way towards an unlikely bastion of safety: the data extraction cells.  Within, will they find certain refuge or only more horror?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City…continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Charles Wynn—  Jared Latore
  • Alison Dalton— Nina O’Keefe
  • Cassie Wilkins— Ele Matelan
  • Erin Davenport— Abby Doud
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode art by David Tanimura. Produced by David Rheinstrom.  Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.  Production Management by Betsey Palmer.  Created by Clayton Faits.

Direct download: S6_Episode_03-_You_Cant_Go_Home_Again.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:50am CDT

Episode 6.2- Safety in Numbers

The Ant invasion of the Tunnels continues, as we join the embattled forces of the Hendersonians in their quest for a safe refuge!  But who are these newly rescued recruits?  Will Sully, Dale, and Stephen become steadfast allies for the hapless revolutionaries, or a brewing danger in their midst?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City...continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Dale— Ben Aldred
  • Sully— Whitney Kraus Jones
  • Stephen— Ryan Bond
  • Jack— Mark Soloff
  • Clear Skies Tim— Clint Worthington
  • Greyson—David Rheinstrom
  • Old Man—Clayton Faits
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Stephanie Spence. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode art by Ali Cantarella. Produced by David Rheinstrom.  Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.  Production Management by Betsey Palmer.  Created by Clayton Faits.

Direct download: S6_Episode_02-_Safety_in_Numbers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:37pm CDT

Episode 6.1- Friends Upstairs

We return to our retelling of the Great History of the HartLife corporation as the Ant Menace spills into the depths of the Tunnels through the new entrance carved by the mighty Geoship, the Hope of HartLife.  As the Chitinous Menace rampages through the assembled Policies, will Cassie Wilkins, Charlie Wynn, and Alison Dalton make peace for long enough to escape- or will their inability to synthesize and maximize their resources effectively spell certain doom?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City...continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Cassie Wilkins— Ele Matelan
  • Charles Wynn— Jared Latore
  • Alison Dalton— Nina O'Keefe
  • Flint— Clayton Faits
  • Roman— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Streetsafe Officer—Ryan Schile
  • Assembled Policies— Eric McClelland, Tron Howard, Dave Romm, Staci Corcoran, Jamie Martin, Kale Ganann, David Gutsche, Jacob David Maurer, Richard Fish, Mitch Thompson, Jackie Casteel, Michael Gutsche, Mary Thompson, Ryan Rydberg, Rune Berg, Sophia Bull, Sonya Guggemos, Lisa Martin Ashley Jenkins

Written by Mark Soloff. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode art by Jacob Halton. Produced by David Rheinstrom.  Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.  Production Management by Betsey Palmer.  Created by Clayton Faits.  Some crowd sounds recorded live at CONvergence 2014.

Direct download: S6_Episode_01-_Friends_Upstairs.mp3
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Season Six Trailer: Extended Edition

Loyal Policies: we are incredibly pleased to share this extended edition of the Season Six Trailer!

This preview contains spoilers for Season Five.

  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Cassie Wilkins— Ele Matelan
  • Flint— Clayton Faits
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Simon Von Hagens— Mark Soloff
  • Project Manager Charlie Wynn— Jared Latore
  • Theodora Thoreau-Roosevelt — Kat Evans
  • The Voice of HartLife — Jeffrey Gardner
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Sully— Whitney Kraus Jones
  • Director Harrison— Cecil Baldwin
  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch

Trailer arranged by David Rheinstrom.  Written by Clayton Faits, Jim McDoniel, David Rheinstrom, Mark Soloff and Stephanie Spence.  Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode artwork by Dann Tincher. Produced by David Rheinstrom.  Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.  Production Management by Betsey Palmer.  Created by Clayton Faits.

Direct download: OFC_Season_Six_Trailer_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:36pm CDT

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