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