All the life you’ll ever need

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.

Thank you for a wonderful Fringe Festival!

We’re home now—unloading foley boxes, running numbers, washing costumes—and wanted to take a quick moment to thank all the wonderful new and returning Policies who came out and saw our show at the 2014 Chicago Fringe Festival!  We had a ball of a time, and can’t wait for next year!

Foley artist Ele Matelan at work. Photo by Jenna Braunstein Photography.

Until then–thank you for your support!

 

We’ll see you in the tunnels,

 

Vice President Gardner

1: Dear Child

We take you now to part 1 of “Tunnels of Mold”- a new story of the Carnivorous Mold that lurks in the tunnels below the HartLife tower- enjoy!

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

Story by Frank Sjodin. Art by Greg Bowe.

2: The Hunt

Part 2 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.

1: The Wreckage

We’re very excited to bring you a brand new series during our Summer Comic Season- “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.

HartLife NFP welcomes new board member

Loyal Policies,

The Staff and Board of HartLife NFP are incredibly excited to welcome our newest board member: Jennifer Olson!  Jennifer will be stepping up into the role of Events Chair for the HartLife Board.

Jennifer grew up on the plains of South Dakota chasing frogs and other slimy creatures. Now, she spends her time outside of the Museum of Science and Industry working as an editor and director of theatrical new work in Chicago and fussing with her hydroponic strawberries. When inspiration strikes, she has been known to adapt graphic novels to the stage, including Will Eisner’s “A Contract with God.” She still likes slimy creatures, but has since added board games, comics, tattoos, and craft beer to the list.

Photo by Sebastian Orr photography

 

We hope you’ll join us in welcoming Jennifer to the HartLife team, and as always–

We’ll see you in the tunnels,

 

Vice President Gardner

Season Five Blooper Reel- Pt 1

Lots of great cuts from this season—watch for pt 2 later in the year!

  • Welcome aboard!— Jared Latore
  • Love for Fish—Ryan Schile
  • Working Leg—Tyler Samples
  • For the record, he writes this schlock—Mark Soloff
  • Agent to the stars—Clayton Faits
  • The Best Doctor—Marsha Harman
  • Tastes Microphones—Ele Matelan
  • Knock knock, MolePeople!—David Rheinstrom
  • Singing Fool—Jeffrey Gardner
  • Tasteless Pants— Ansel Burch
  • Improv is about Specifics— Jim McDoniel
  • Very patient with our attempts at Music Stephen Poon
  • So many syllables— Frank Sjodin
  • Nintendo Old Man— Whitney Kraus Jones
  • Quaking in Our Boots— Ben Aldred

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

202: Mail For You

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.

201: Always Prepared

We begin “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.

Our Fair City Live at the Chicago Fringe Festival!

Performances on Thursday, 8/28 (8:30 PM), Friday 8/29 (8:30pm), Saturday 8/30 (5:30pm),

Monday 9/1 (7:00 pm),Friday, 9/5 (10:00 pm), Saturday, 9/6 (4:00pm) and Sunday, 9/7 (2:30 pm)

at the “Deep Dish Stage”- 5320 W Giddings, CCJP Meeting Hall in Jefferson Park. 

Tickets are $15 (or $10 with a fringe button).  Remember: everyone needs a Fringe Button to get into the Festival–be sure to get yours!

Get tickets here!

 

The new live episode is a classic noir tale told through the subversive lens of the world of Our Fair City.  Former homicide detective Jack Winters is brought back into the world of crime, murder, and…algae when a hounded Vice President calls on him to save his career–and possibly life!

Featuring the acting talents of Jared Latore, Lise “Kat” Evans, and Sebastian H. Orr, with live foley by Ele Matelan and music by DJ Catnip.  The Live Episode was written by Clayton Faits and directed by Jeffrey Gardner, with music direction by Betsey Palmer.  Assistant director, Brian Foster.