Posts By Vice President Gardner

The Old Man

Loyal Policies, do not listen to the Hendersonians.  They lie, and lie, and lie–these Policies have been corrupted by Outsider notions of Freedom, Independence, and Self-determination.  Glean only the truths the Company desires from these True Records, Policies, and no others.

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
  • Cumulus Jane— Kat Evans
  • Moose— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Hopper— Stephanie Murphy
  • Doctor Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Greyson— David Rheinstrom
  • Veronika Hasher— Ginneh Thomas
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Angry PolicyAlexander Danner
  • Awe-struck PolicyLaura Bramblette
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by . Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity.

Blood for Blood

Those who would deface the tower, inside and out, must be punished.  The poisonous words of the Hendersonians are just as dangerous- if not more so – as the grapple-cannons of the StormHawks and the mandibles of their Ant allies.  Resist the urge to feel any sympathy for these traitors and Outsiders, Loyal Policy- and HartLife will reward you.

Stay tuned after the episode for a special word from Creative Director Clayton Faits about HartLife NFP and the current American political climate.

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.  A special note- this episode has several fairly intense moments, so if you have concerns we strongly recommend reading the content advisories before listening.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Cumulus Jane— Kat Evans
  • Moose— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Doctor Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Office Worker 1— Matt Fletcher
  • Office Worker 2— Ele Matelan
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Switchblades Cobalt— Ele Matelan
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Veronika Hasher— Ginneh Thomas
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Janine— Kat Evans
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by David Rheinstrom. Directed by Clayton Faits and 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.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity.

Hostile Negotiations

We apologize that you must hear more of the Outsiders, Loyal Policy.  The events contained within this True Retelling of the History of the HartLife corporation may be shocking- that any could even think to threaten the sanctity and safety of our Glorious Tower is horrific.  Hold your company-mandated loved ones close, my dear Policies, and don’t make a sound- the Outsiders will be defeated.  They must be.  They must.

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
  • Cumulus Jane— Kat Evans
  • Vice President HermanZach Valenti
  • Benny— Kamron Palmer
  • Moose— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Hopper— Stephanie Murphy
  • Doctor Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Veronika Hasher— Ginneh Thomas
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Sully— Whitney Kraus Jones
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Stephanie Spence. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by . Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits.

HartLife NFP welcomes new Managing Director Eleanor Hyde

Loyal Policies,

We are incredibly excited to announce a brand new member of the HartLife NFP team- Managing Director Eleanor Hyde!

As HartLife founder and creator Clayton Faits steps back to continue his work in Law School, we are thrilled to have Eleanor joining Executive Producer Jeffrey Gardner in leading the HartLife NFP team.  She brings an incredible energy and fantastic new ideas to the company- we’re all so excited to have her on board.

Eleanor is a nonprofit professional, game designer,  and storyteller, who has worked with Rabbit Hole, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, New Leaf Theatre, Emerald City Theatre, and Firefly Partners, a nonprofit digital strategy agency, among others.  She holds an MFA in Arts Leadership and Administration from DePaul University, and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College.

Join us in welcoming her, and as always

We’ll see you in the tunnels,

HartLife NFP

The Labor of Lies

Dearest Policies, we know you hesitate to return to the warrens of the MolePeople. Truly, I find them as disturbing as you do. Believe me, though- if you are to preserve the glory of the HartLife Corporation, you must understand all of its True History.  Listen closely, Loyal Policies, and learn from the sins of Loamy the MolePerson and her disciples of No.

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
  • Loamy— Kat Evans
  • Limey— Lauren Faits
  • Schist— Lauren Shippen
  • Peat— Jared Latore
  • Chert— Lauren Faits
  • Sandy— Abby Doud
  • Clay— Clint Worthington
  • Ash— David Rheinstrom
  • Ferrous— Jeffrey Gardner
  • The Orphan Silty— Sebastian H. Orr
  • Nathan— Clayton Faits
  • Shale— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Ali Cantarella. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits.

Die HartLife

This Exclusion Day, archivists in the HartLife Tower have unearthed this Ancient Exclusion Day Story from before the Troubles.  Let it instruct you, Loyal Policy, on the proper ways you should behave in this most festive of seasons.

In the grand tradition of Exclusion Day specials, this episode was recorded “live,” with practical foley and in one take at our recent holiday celebration down at HartLife studios.  We’ve left in the laughter and merriment (and line flubs) to give you a feel of what it’s like to be in the studio.  So, with no further ado, please enjoy the 2016 Our Fair City Exclusion Day Special: Die HartLife.

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
  • Don McPain— Jared Latore
  • Holy Gialli— Ele Matelan
  • Glans Hummer— Clayton Faits
  • Kris Schnitzel— Lauren Faits
  • Klaus Strudel— Clint Worthington
  • Kennedy Kane— Jim McDoniel
  • Noel Noelle the First— Clint Worthington
  • Miss Eltoe— Abby Doud
  • The Treasurer in Chief— Kim Fukawa
  • Harry Connickuh— Marsha Harman
  • Harold Angels— Ansel Burch
  • Mary-Ann Bright— Marsha Harman
  • Rudolph Rainier— Jim McDoniel
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Jared Latore. Casting by Jeffrey Gardner. Practical Foley by Jeffrey Gardner. Music by Betsey Palmer.  Episode art by  Dann Tincher. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.  Created by Clayton Faits.

Down the Drain

Remember, Loyal Policy- in the service of the Company, all work is noble.  HartLife has invested in you, and so you must invest your thoughts, labor, and even your life back into the corporate good. Without the Company, you are nothing.  Serve the Directors.

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
  • Chesley— Ele Matelan
  • Kameryn— Matt Fletcher
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Veronika Hasher— Ginneh Thomas
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Greyson— David Rheinstrom
  • Archie— Mark Soloff
  • Teju Valentine— Jonah Winston
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Stephanie Spence. Directed by Clayton Faits and Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Robin Billadeau and Dann Tincher. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits.

What’s Left Behind

Welcome back, Loyal Policy, to Our Fair City.  Today, we take you to the terrifying Outside, to monitor the progress of that fiendish group of Outsiders, the crew of the downed Lightning Rig StormHawk.  With their new chitinous allies and the captive Doctors West and Moro, Elizabeth and Andrew in tow, they make their way towards the Tower—but for what purpose?  Find out as the story of Our Fair City…continues.

Want to know more about what the StormHawks have been up to between seasons?  Read Tyne Lowe’s comic StormHawks: Out in the Cold here!

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
  • Hopper— Stephanie Murphy
  • Moose— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Benny— Kamron Palmer
  • Cumulus Jane— Kat Evans
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Katherine Sullivan— Whitney Kraus Jones

Written by Stephanie Spence. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Jess Cwik. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits.

HartLife NFP’s Statement on the 2016 Election

Dear Friends,

We’d like to take a moment to speak to all of you as People, not Policies. We, like many of you, have spent a lot of time in the last few weeks grieving the results of the 2016 election, fearing what this means for the future, and figuring out what to do next.

Our Fair City is set in a world ravaged by climate change.  We are beginning to see the very real effects of a changing climate on our world, and the new President-Elect seems very unlikely to take action to curtail its advance. We are in danger of a worst-case climate change scenario- one that our grandchildren, children, or even we ourselves may not survive. HartLife NFP believes that action on climate change, whether our President-Elect believes in it or not, is vital, and we will continue to advocate and educate about it.

Our Fair City is made by artists who are queer, straight, trans, cis, monogamous, non-monogamous, neurodivergent, neurotypical, male, female, non-binary, people of color, and more. We strongly believe in creating a respectful work space where all of us get to be our best selves; a place where we get to be the people we want to be, and where we remain open to learning about the experiences of others at all times. We try to have this attitude represented in our work, and to acknowledge our mistakes and do better when we fail.

We know that our fans are as varied as we are, and we want you to know that you are not alone. You are not forgotten. If the Company in Our Fair City is working properly, there isn’t a lot of divergence in its Policies. It is no mistake that we want to tell the stories of those who march to a different drum, those who disagree, and those who rise to become someone they never expected they could be. We want to tell stories that celebrate the vast differences between us all, and highlight the ways that they can be complementary, not in conflict.

In short, be safe. Don’t give up hope. We love you all, and we’re so grateful that you are here with us.

See you in the Tunnels,

HartLife NFP

Loyal Policies,
I’m very sorry to share that we will be delaying the release of Episode 11 of Our Fair City slightly.  Our Fair City Season Seven will resume in two weeks on December 7th- until then, we’ve got something very exciting to share with you.  For those who were not able to attend our Season Seven Launch party, we’ve created a video tour of the Montgomery Moro Museum, accompanied, of course, by Ol’ Silty’s audio tour.

Videographer and Editor: Sam Kohlhaas
Sound Design by DJ Catnip
Written by Makena Levine
Featuring the voices of Sebastian Orr as Ol’ Silty, Mark Soloff as Dr. Montgomery Moro, Ryan Schile as Dr. Herbert West,Environmental Designers: Makena Levine and Melissa Schlesinger
Build Assistance: Ash Ludlow, Megan Salyer-Morris, Phil Hansen and Betsey Palmer
Vitruvian Mole Art by Dann Tincher
Special Thanks to Abby Doud and Tara Schile

Thank you so much for your support and your patience, and as always-

We’ll see you in the tunnels,

Jeffrey Gardner
Executive Producer
HartLife NFP