Our Fair City
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