Orders are Orders

Loyal Policies- we all have our place in HartLife.  The Directors guide us, fulfilling their immortal will as our Founders and Protectors.  StreetSafe observes us at all times, making sure we are true in action to what resides in all of our hearts.  The Actuaries prognosticate, prophesying the continued success of the Company as its will resounds through the ages.

It is a M.O.L.E.’s job to serve, to follow orders, and to obey.  Nothing else.  Listen with horror as one M.O.L.E. violates this sacred dictum, with terrifying results.

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Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Loamy— Kat Evans
  • Ash— David Rheinstrom
  • Ferrous— Jeffrey Gardner
  • The Orphan Silty— Sebastian H. Orr
  • Peat— Jared Latore

Written by David Rheinstrom. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Kat Janda. Produced by 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, Cards Against Humanity!

Family Road Trip

Loyal Policies- there is no chance for a fulfilling life outside of HartLife.  Whatever you may hear in these recordings today- know that all Outsiders, whatever security or peace they may appear to have created for themselves, will die cold, lonely deaths in the frozen wastes outside our walls.  The Outside is dark, and full of wolves.  The Outside is dark, and full of wolves.  The Outside is dark, and full of wolves.

Listen, and remember.

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Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Doctor Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Cromwell— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Mr. J— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Harlan— Catherine Dvorak
  • Steele— Kim Fukawa
  • Hopper— Stephanie Murphy
  • Moose— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by David Rheinstrom. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Greg Browe. Produced by 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, Cards Against Humanity!

A Morning without Muffins and Matcha

Loyal Policies- the True Histories have focused mostly on the lives of the Tunnel Dwellers, or those who have dealings with them.  Today, we introduce you to one of the residents of the Tower Above- Veronika Hasher, Deputy Interior Designer.  Marvel at her deft understanding of fashion, aesthetics, and flow as she navigates the foreign and often frightening culture of the Refugee Camp for the Tunnel dwellers.  Will she return to her natural position higher in the Tower, or is she doomed to live for the rest of her life with her social inferiors?  Find out as the story of Our Fair City…continues.

If you’d like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.  By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Veronika Hasher— Ginneh Thomas
  • The Freelancer— Dan Granata
  • TowerWatch Officer— Sean Kelley
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Grayson— David Rheinstrom
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Switchblades Cobalt— Ele Matelan
  • Antimonious Strang— Dave Stecco

Written by Stephanie Spence. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Kat Janda. Produced by 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, Iron Galaxy!

Dread Secrets and Fearful Engines

Do you love the Directors, Loyal Policy?  Of course you do.  Bask in their presence.  Rest assured that they have steered the course of humanity long before your policy recruitment, and will continue long after your policy expires.  Your loyalty will be rewarded.

If you’d like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.  By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Cromwell— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Director Harrison— Cecil Baldwin
  • Director Sophia— Saren Nofs Snyder
  • Director Williams— Matt Young
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Mark Soloff. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Jacob Halton. Produced by 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, Cards Against Humanity!

Monsters and Memories

Loyal Policies- the truth can be a hard algae-pill to swallow.  No matter how you may feel about the villainous, disloyal Policies confined to the Cube, do not be swayed.  Their re-education is just.  Their treatments are mandated.  Their care is rationally considered and metered  to restore them to peak functionality and efficiency.  They have forgotten their place within HartLife.  Do not forget your

If you’d like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.  By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Director Charles Gari— Johnard Washington
  • Doctor Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • MolePerson— Nate Whelden
  • Elizabeth Snidge— Tara Schile
  • Seth— Hank Hewitt
  • Andrew Snidge- Frank Sjodin
  • Guard— Rose Sengenberger
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Mark Soloff. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Ali Cantarella.  Special thanks to Josh Zagoren. Produced by 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, Cards Against Humanity!

A MolePup Misadventure

Join us as we dive below the Tower, back into the water-soaked warrens of the Tunnels.  While the waters have partially receded, great damage has been done to the property of HartLife.  Who will repair the domiciles and thoroughfares of the City? None other than…the MolePeople.

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Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Ferrous— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Ash— David Rheinstrom
  • Loamy- Kat Evans
  • Clay— Clint Worthington
  • Sandy— Abby Doud
  • The Orphan Silty— Sebastian H. Orr
  • Shale— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Schist— Lauren Shippen
  • Talc— Jim McDoniel

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Dan Streeting.  Produced by 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, Field Notes!

Thank you for an amazing season launch!

Loyal Policies,

We’d like to send out a huge thank you to everyone who joined us in person last Saturday at our Season Seven Launch Party, everyone who attended the fan-run online launch party, and all of you who have jumped in to Season Seven!

We also want to send out a HUGE thank you to all of our designers and volunteers for the Our Fair City Season Seven Launch Party. It is a monumental task to design, build and run this party, and all of these people do an ENORMOUS amount of work to make sure the party is great.

We would like to particularly call out some of our team from this year. We had amazing and refreshing food designed by Duo Yang and Hillel Wayne (no lie, that balsamic mint watermelon was to die for). Mark Harrison made our originally designed cocktail of “Fermented Brain Juice,” and he did not disappoint. Sonny Tursky, our new Merch Coordinator, took over the merch table, and the time and attention she gave to it really showed. In addition, Jenn Olsen, of the silver tongue, got us an amazing array of raffle items. Between the two of them, our Gift Shoppe was very tempting. Lauren Faits dressed up at the Pageant Queen of the Ants (no seriously, you have to see these photos!) and hosted our live content for those who couldn’t join us in person. Dann Tincher solicited, collected and installed the art for our glorious gallery of Mole People art (no small feat), and Resa Lamont was our ticketing human. Lastly, Lizzie Lovelady took on the thankless task of coordinating our volunteers on the night, and her quick thinking and on the spot help were invaluable in keeping me from loosing my mind.

We also had something completely new this year, an audio tour of the museum which really turned in to a whole extra episode that we produced. Makena Levine (writer and Rocky II) , David, Rheinstrom (writer), DJ Catnip (sound design), Sebastian Orr (Ol Silty) and Mark Soloff (Dr. Moro) all put in an inhuman amount of effort to get this done, and I am super proud of the final product!

Last, but certainly not least, we would like to thank our team of incredible core designers. These women are all at the top of their game, and it is both a pleasure and an honor to work with them each year. Bri Johnson and DJ Catnip rocked the lighting and sound (respectively) again this year, and the way that they coordinate never ceases to amaze me. You may not know it, but they are subtly adjusting the party experience all evening, and it’s lovely to watch. Additionally, DJ Catnip spent many a sleepless night editing our Museum Tour. Melissa Schlesinger built us a giant Cryo Chamber that Dr. Moro (played by the illustrious Mark Soloff) could inhabit, and watching audience play in it after the performance makes my heart smile.

One person really blew us all out of the water this year: Makena Levine. She designed, built and organized the installation of countless bits and bobs for the Legendary Doctor Montgomery Moro’s Memorial House and Museum, from photos of the good doctor with the original mole person, to a Pavlovian “Feed the Mold Exhibit”. Makena wrangled a team of talented artists to do this, but the amount of time and talent that she donated herself is staggering. Makena, we are so lucky to have you with us!

An extra special thank you is also owed to all of the companies and individuals who donated items to our raffle and party, including: James Kennedy, Jim McDoniel, Lagunitas, Sideshow Theater Company, Theater Wit, Todd Briscoe, Chicagoland Game, Blue Man Group, 20% Theatre, Bottles and Cans, Chicago Comics, Alley Cat Comics, The Hypocrites, Wildclaw Theater, and The House Theatre! Thank you all so much for your generosity, and for supporting independent audio theatre!

So, here’s me as Launch Party Coordinator signing off until next year. Working with all of these people is a real high point for me, and I can’t wait to do it again!

We’ll see you in the tunnels,

Betsey Palmer
Director of Live Engagements
HartLife NFP

The Cube

Loyal Policies: we return now to the Tower, now crowded with the refugees of the Flood, allowed into the sacred halls of the Upper Management by the actions of the Traitor, Cassandra Wilkins.  How will HartLife prevail against this grievous misappropriation of  company resources and real estate?  Meanwhile, we travel for the first time to the depths of the Cube, HartLife’s treatment and rehabilittaion center for it’s very worst criminals and dissidents.

Welcome back..to Our Fair City.

If you’d like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.  By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Greyson— David Rheinstrom
  • Archibald FunnyPants- Mark Soloff
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Executor Teju Valentine— Jonah D. Winston
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Benedict— Mark Soloff
  • Doctor— Johnard Washington
  • Guard— Nate Whelden
  • PrisonerRose Sengenberger
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner
  • West’s Guard— Rose Sengenberger
  • Dr. Herbert West— Ryan Schile

Written by Mark Soloff. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Robin Billadeu.  Produced by 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, Cards Against Humanity!

The Montgomery Moro Museum and Historical House Audio Tour

As we approach the launch of Season Seven of Our Fair City, we are excited to share with you the Official audio tour of the Doctor Montgomery Moro Museum and Historical House, lead by everyone’s favorite caretaker, Ol’ Silty.  We hope you enjoy this peek into the world of Old Tunnel and our favorite scientists.

If you are joining us for the Season Seven launch party on Saturday, May 21 2016 in Chicago, bring this recording and a pair of headphones.  You will have the chance to take the tour live through the terrifyingly interactive museum we’ve constructed for your education and enjoyment!  Reserve your tickets for the launch party here.

There are no content warnings for this episode.

  • Ol’ Silty— Sebastian H. Orr
  • Doctor Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Rocky II— Makena Levine
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile

Written by Makena Levine with David Rheinstrom.  Directed by Betsey Palmer.  Sound Design by DJ Catnip.  Episode Art by Dann Tincher.  Pause Music by Steve Combs, under a Creative Commons attribution license.   Created by Clayton Faits.  A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Inventables!

Tickets now on sale for the Our Fair City Season Seven Launch Party!

Buy Tickets here!

Join us Saturday, May 21 at 8pm at the Preston Bradley Center (941 W Lawrence Ave) for the launch of Season Seven of Our Fair City.

Festivities will include an audio tour of the Montgomery Moro Museum and Historical House, as well as a public appearance by the ever-cool man himself, complimentary themed food and VIP refreshments, music by DJ Catnip, lighting by Bri Johnson, environmental design by Melissa Schlessinger, sculpture and interactive design by Makena Levine, and much more!

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

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 on the day/at the door. Online ticket sales end at 5:00 PM on May 21, 2016. All profits from the party go directly towards supporting the production of Our Fair City.