Magic Phone

Created as part of the 2014 KCRW 24-hr Radio Race, this interview piece was conceived, recorded, edited, and produced between 12pm on August 2nd and 12pm on August 3rd, 2014 by the HartLife team.  We’d like to offer a huge thank-you to everyone who allowed us to interview them, to everyone who supported us during the race, and everyone who put up with our sleep-deprived selves the next day.

Created by Clayton Faits, Jeffrey Gardner, Stephen Poon, and David Rheinstrom.  Directed by Jeffrey Gardner.  Edited by Clayton Faits and David Rheinstrom.  Music by Stephen Poon.

3: The Arrival

Part 3 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.

HartLife is now an official 501c3 Nonprofit!

Loyal Policies of HartLife,

We are so very excited to announce that, after mountains of paperwork, miles of tape (red and otherwise), and the intense scrutiny of the Internal Revenue Service— HartLife has been officially recognized as a 501c3 not-for-profit organization!

This will mean a number of things for our organization—including expanded capacity to make even more art as new revenue streams become available.

HartLife and its flagship show, “Our Fair City,” have been supported by a large number of INCREDIBLY generous donors over the last three years who have given their hard earned money to our organization with no gain other than the abiding satisfaction of supporting innovative new art in the 21st century.

With this new tax status, HartLife NFP can give back to you! Any donations made to the company will be tax deductible: not only do your donations to HartLife NFP help make great new art, but they also make good financial sense!

We’re so excited to have this recognition and vote of support from the powers that be, and we hope that your continued support will allow us to continue to grow the company and keep producing the audio storytelling that you’ve come to know and love.

If you’re interested in making a tax-deductible donation to support Our Fair City and HartLife, it couldn’t be easier: just click here! You can also set up a recurring donation, helping ensure our long-term stability as a growing institution in the world of audiodrama.

Thank you so much for your continued support, and as always,

We’ll see you in the tunnels,

Jeffrey Gardner
Executive Producer
HartLife

203: Underqualified

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.

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