Our Fair City

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
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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
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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