Season Six is Here!

Loyal Policies,

We’re so excited to finally get to share Season Six of Our Fair City with you all!  Season Six will be another 20 episode season, released every other week on Wednesdays here on the website, on our podcast feed and through iTunes.  Episode 2 will be coming February 4th, 2015.

The Season Six launch party was a smashing success: Policies gathered, danced, posed with a giant ant, and toasted to the continued future of the company (and the podcast).

The Lightning Riggers are not afraid of the AntPeople

We’ve got so many people to thank for their work on the Launch Party- Melissa Schlesinger for her set and environmental design, Bri Johnson for her lighting design, Makena Levine for her creation of the massive ant sculpture/puppet and additional shadow-puppet designs, DJ Catnip for providing both environmental sound design and the best music a policy could desire, our performers Ele Matelan and Samuel Kohlhass, our violence choreographer Justin Fill, our volunteer coordinator Julie Schaeffer, our cooks David Rheinstrom and Duo Yang, our cocktail designer Mark Harrison, our photographers Jenna Braunstein and Mike Borden, our Board Events Chair Jennifer Olson, our community manager Lauren Faits and marketing director Ryan Bond, our visual art team Dann Tincher and Ryan Simmons, the HUGE number of volunteers from our community that worked the bar, sold merch, or worked the door, and especially the party management team:   Cat Cefalu, Madelaine Schmitt, and Betsey Palmer.

We’d also like to thank all of the buisnesses and individuals that donated to our raffle, spread the word about the event, or supported the party in other ways, including: Dusty Groove, Chimera’s Comics, Blue Box Cafe, Trader Joe’s, the Blue Man Group, Blackhearts Hair House, Lagunitas Brewing, the 3d Printer Experience, Chicago Comics, Chicago Loot Drop, Geek Spotting Podcast, Universal Geek Podcast, The Nerdologues, VStheUniverse, Alcohollywood Podcast, Blastropodcast, The NerdOutcast Podcast, The Den Theater, Megan salyer Morris, Phil Hansen, Aidan McCormick, Steph Charaska, Samuel Kohlhaas, Justin Fill, Cold Basement Dramatics, Haven Theatre Co., The Plagiarists, Toxic Bag Productions, Space Happens, the Cast and Crew of Dear Stone Theater Company’s “Art,” Collaboraction, and Geek Bar Chicago!

Thank you all again so much—and enjoy the sixth season of Our Fair City!

See you in the tunnels,

Vice President Gardner

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.

Season Six Trailer

Loyal Policies: we are incredibly pleased to offer you this first peek at the Sixth Season of Our Fair City!

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
  • 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. Season Six Launch Party Poster by Kat Janda. Produced by David Rheinstrom.  Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.  Production Management by Betsey Palmer.  Created by Clayton Faits.

An Exclusion Day Carol

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
  • Ebenezer Scrooge— Ryan Lucas

Written by Jim McDoniel.  Produced by David Rheinstrom.  Live foley designed and performed by David Rheinstrom and Jeffrey Gardner.  Musical Direction by Betsey Palmer.  Sound Engineering by Clayton Faits.  Production Management by Betsey Palmer.  Created by Clayton Faits.

206: First Come, First Served

We continue with “The Exercise:” the second installment of “The Department!”  You can catch up on the first series starting here.  Season Six of Our Fair City will return January 17. 2015.

Story by David Rheinstrom. Art by Ryan Simmons.  Coloring and Lettering by Dann Tincher.

205: Mechanical Aptitude

We continue with “The Exercise:” the second installment of “The Department!”  You can catch up on the first series starting here.  Season Six of Our Fair City will return January 17. 2015.

Story by David Rheinstrom. Art by Ryan Simmons.  Coloring and Lettering by Dann Tincher.

Season Six Launch Party: January 17, 2015

Loyal Policies,

We are incredibly excited to announce that the launch of Season Six of Our Fair City will take place on January 17, 2015!

Season Six will be returning to a 20-episode season format, with episodes ranging from 10-20 minutes in length released every other Wednesday throughout the year.

We will also  be kicking off the season in style at the Flat Iron Arts Building in Chicago, in Collaboraction‘s Room 300, in all the corporately approved grandeur you’ve come to expect from our events.  The address for the space is 1579 N Milwaukee ave, Chicago IL 60642.

Festivities will include: complimentary themed food and VIP refreshments, music by DJ Catnip, a HartLife-themed photobooth, an appearance by Geoship Pilot Captain Cassandra Wilkins, lighting by Bri Johnson, sets and environments design by Melissa Schlesinger, shadow puppetry and sculptural art by Makena Levine, a raffle and silent auction, and much more!

Appropriate corporate attire or post-apocalyptic costuming is welcome, but not required.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 on the day/at the door.  Ticket can be purchased in advance here.  All profits from the party go directly towards supporting the production of Our Fair City.

See you in the tunnels,

Vice President Gardner

Season Five Blooper Reel pt 2

We’re excited to share part 2 of the Season Five blooper reel- listen to part 1 here!

  • Do you make Blooper Reels?— Whitney Kraus Jones
  • A Need for Brandy—Nina O’Keefe
  • Playing the Home Game—Mark Soloff
  • Okay, Improvise!—Tyler Samples
  • Clear Skies Tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiim—David Rheinstrom
  • You’re Going to Die—Jared Latore
  • Standing on Mark—Tara Schile
  • Tough Words—Frank Sjodin
  • Creepiest Poem—Ele Matelan
  • Did I yell for Science again?— Ryan Schile
  • Rude Mole Songs— Sebastian H. Orr
  • The Cutest Mole Abby Doud
  • Hugging Revolutionary— Clayton Faits
  • Speak to the Gods— Kat Evans
  • Trying Valiantly— Jeffrey Gardner

Edited by David Rheinstrom.  Photo by Sebastian H. Orr. Music by Latché Swing.  We’re very, very sorry.

6: A Call Home

Part 6 of “StormHawk: Out in the Cold”- we return to the survivors of the downed lightning rig StormHawk who decided to remain out on the tundra, away from the loving embrace of HartLife (see Season Three/Episode 2)!

Season Six of Our Fair City will return January 17, 2015.

Story by Jim McDoniel. Art by Tyne Lowe

5: Trade Relations II

Part 5 of “StormHawk: Out in the Cold”- we return to the survivors of the downed lightning rig StormHawk who decided to remain out on the tundra, away from the loving embrace of HartLife (see Season Three/Episode 2)!

Season Six of Our Fair City will return January 17, 2015.

Story by Jim McDoniel. Art by Tyne Lowe