What we talk about when we talk about Season One

Loyal Polices: we have some incredibly exciting news.  After a lot of careful discussion, the HartLife creative team has decided to re-write, re-record, and re-design Season One of Our Fair City as a single stand-alone episode.  After months of work, we are absolutely thrilled to share it with you.

We’ve decided to do this for a number of reasons.  Season One represents the very beginning of our learning process.  In the writers’ room, we’ve learned a lot about crafting a compelling story using audio alone.  In the studio, we’ve learned an incredible amount about what makes good sound; our first season was recorded in a closet (literally) with a popscreen made from pantyhose and a coat hanger.  And in our lives, we’ve all grown as people. In some cases, our past work tells a very different story (and reinforces different cultural narratives and norms) than we intended.  As the artistic and administrative team has diversified, in terms of gender, race, sexuality, gender expression, and more, we’ve all had the opportunity to re-examine what we were saying with our first season. We are proud of all the work we’ve done, but we felt the time was right to revisit this early work.

What you will hear is our best foot forward, driven by everything we’ve learned personally and professionally over the last five years.  With Season One Revisited we have been able to communicate the original story of Neal Henderson, Elizabeth Rourke, Alison Dalton, and Nathan Rourke in a way that is truer to our intentions, approachable for new fans of the show, and exciting for our long-time listeners.  If you’ve always wanted an easy ambasador piece to get your friends listening to the show, this is it!

We are incredibly thankful to the actors, writers, visual artists, and others who worked on the original Season One.  It is important to us that their work be recognized, and that fans of the show can see where we started, and what we have grown into.  The original 14 episodes of Season One will remain on our website, freely available to stream or download as always.

Whether this is your first visit to the world of HartLife or you’ve been with us from the start, we hope you enjoy Season One of Our Fair City.  Thank you for your support, loyalty, and enthusiasm, and as always…

 

We’ll see you in the tunnels,

 

Jeffrey Gardner, Clayton Faits, and HartLife NFP

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!

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.

Season Six Trailer: Extended Edition

Loyal Policies: we are incredibly pleased to share this extended edition of the Season Six Trailer!  If you are new to the podcast, you can hear the show from the beginning starting here with Season One!

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.

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!

10: My Kind of Town

The finale 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)!

Episodes of Season Six of Our Fair City are released on opposite Wednesdays: listen to the show here.

Story by Jim McDoniel. Art by Tyne Lowe

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
  • Andy Griffith Theme—Whitney Kraus Jones
  • 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
  • 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.

Our Fair City Returns to CONvergence in 2015

Loyal Policies,

We are so very pleased to announce that this summer,  Our Fair City will be returning to the CONvergence convention in Minneapolis, MN over the fourth of July weekend!

We will be hosting several panels on audiodrama, post-apocalyptic storytelling, and arts management throughout the weekend, as well as hosting another open call recording session for crowd scenes!  Consult the Programming guide for more details.

 

 

We’re also thrilled to be bringing The Archibald FunnyPants Radio Hour to the CONvergence Mainstage this year.  This 45 minute show combines live foley, music, and performance in what can only be described as “A Prairie Home Companion” in the world of “1984.”

Join us at 4 pm on Sunday, July 5th (directly before closing ceremonies)!

 

We’ll see you in the (Minneapolis) Tunnels,

Vice President Gardner

 

 

9: We All Fall Down

Part 9 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)!

Episodes of Season Six of Our Fair City are released on opposite Wednesdays: listen to the show here.

Story by Jim McDoniel. Art by Tyne Lowe

Merchandise and Sales Position Opening with HartLife NFP

Want to come work with an awesome group of dedicated artists and administrators, spreading the good word about HartLife and supporting the Our Fair City Audiodrama?  We’re looking to add a Merchandise and Sales Lead to our team!

If interested, please send your resume and a few words about why you’d like to work with us to [email protected].

Position Description:

The Merch/Sales Lead will head up all Merch and Sales Related activities, making Our Fair City merchandise available to the public through both a webstore and at merch tables at our live events.

We want someone who can take the strong visual and aural aesthetic of Our Fair City and get it out into the world through t-shirts, comics, prints, or any other way you can imagine!  We’re looking for someone who can craft a line of merchandise that people will love, and want to snap up as soon as possible.

Design/Ordering: Collaborate with Visual Arts Director to design and order merch.

Inventory Tracking: Keep up to date inventory on all merch in stock.

Tracking/Reporting Sales: Keep records of sales made to report  to Finance Officer. Analyze sales to advise on future merch inventory purchases. Set financial goals for company to meet through merch.

Online Sales: Establish (in collaboration with Visual Arts Department and CTO), online store. The Merch/Sales Lead will be responsible for both Webstore Maintenance- keeping products up to date, adding new products, and managing order fulfillment (with assistance from other HartLife staff if necessary).

Working Merch Table (Live Events/Shows): Develop best practices for working Merch Table at Live Events/Shows. The Merch/Sales Lead will be responsible for working the table or recruiting, training, and scheduling volunteers from within the company to work the table at events (Currently, approximately 4-5 events/shows per year, including a runs at the Chicago Fringe Festival, Launch Parties, conventions and other events).

Additional Projects: Help to develop and run additional sales projects, in collaboration with company and Fundraiser.

 

Qualifications:

  • Strong sense of aesthetics and design skills
  • Talent to create a desirable and exciting merchandise line
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Experience working with Inventory and Sales desired.
  • Experience with online stores and inventory management strongly desired.
  • Technology Qualifications:
    • Intermediate/Advanced Google Docs (especially spreadsheets)
    • Intermediate/Advanced Google Calendar
    • Experience with Square/PayPal
    • Web metrics/Google Analytics