Our Fair City (general)
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
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm CDT

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

This winter, HartLife is excited to share a new Exclusion Day Special- an Our Fair City retelling of the classic “Christmas Carol.”   This episode is a new experiment in recording for us, and will sound very different from previous episodes.  Recorded “live,” without significant editing or retakes, we hope to capture the fun of sitting around a living room, telling stories into a microphone.

  • Dr. Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Larry Joiner, Guest Narrator—Ryan Lucas
  • Clay—Clint Worthington
  • Sandy—Abby Doud
  • Andrew Snidge—Frank Sjodin
  • Flint—Clayton Faits
  • Roman—Jeffrey Gardner
  • Dr. Moro—Mark Soloff
  • Lindsey the Time Traveler—Kat Evans
  • Neal Henderson— Sebastian H. Orr
  • Ol’ Silty— Sebastian H. Orr
  • Dr. Herbert West Ryan Schile
  • Cassie Wilkins— Ele Matelan
  • Lily Wilkins— Kat Evans
  • Mrs. Wilkins— Lauren Faits
  • Loamy— Kat Evans
  • Ash— Ryan Lucas
  • Ferrous— Lauren Faits
  • George Chamberlain— Jim McDoniel
  • Ebeneezer Scrooge— Ryan Lucas
Direct download: An_Exclusion_Day_Carol.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:49pm CDT

This Halloween, HartLife is proud to present "Record/Record" by Mark Harrison- a finalist from the 2013 Deathscribe International Festival of Horror Audiodrama.  This piece was originally produced live at the 2013 festival, which was produced by WildClaw Theatre.   

  • Alan Jenson— Jared Latore

Written by Mark Harrison. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by DJ Catnip.  Music by Stephen Poon. Photograph by Michael Sander. Produced by David Rheinstrom, with Ryan Schile. Production Management by Betsey Palmer.  With special thanks to Ryan Schile, David Rheinstrom, Ele Matelan, Allie Kunkler, Sarah D Espinoza, Brian Amidei, Aly Renee Amidei, Scott T. Barsotti, and everyone at WildClaw Theatre and the Deathscribe Festival.    

Direct download: Record-record_with_credits.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm CDT

This July, four of us - head writer Clayton Faits, director Jeffrey Gardner, composer Stephen Poon, and producer David Rheinstrom - took to the streets of Chicago to compete in KCRW's 24-Hour Radio Race; we had 24 hours to produce a 4-minute documentary, and the prompt we were given was "You Should Know..."

We didn't win.  But!  We liked what we made, and so we're sharing it with you.

The piece was primarily edited by Clayton and David, directed by Jeffrey, and the music composed and performed by Stephen.  It was awesome.  We'd do it again.

Direct download: KCRWs_24_Hour_Radio_Race_Entry_-_Magic_Phone.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:44am CDT

Recorded on-site at the 2014 Chicago Fringe Festival, Our Fair City is pleased to present our very first full recording of a live episode.  Uncover the dark secrets of Hartlife as Detective Jack Winters gets to the bottom of a double murder in the algae fields.

  • Detective Jack Winters— Jared Latore
  • Edwin Burke— Sebastian H. Orr
  • Detective Haley Burnham— Kat Evans
  • Chris— Sebastian H. Orr
  • Harlan— Kat Evans
  • Bernice Prendergast— Kat Evans
  • Curtis— Sebastian H. Orr
  • Brian Orlan— Sebastian H. Orr
  • An InternKat Evans

 

Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Live Foley design and performance by Ele Matelan.  Music Direction by Betsey Palmer Music and electronic environment by DJ Catnip, with Betsey Palmer.  Assistant Direction by Brian Foster. Lyrics by David Rheinstrom, with Clayton Faits.  Stage management by Cat Cefalu.  Production Management by Betsey Palmer.  Created by Clayton Faits.  Recorded live at the 2014 Chicago Fringe Festival.