Three Halloween Shorts

This Halloween, HartLife NFP is happy to share a trio of ghoulish short audio pieces: Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Conqueror Worm,’ Ele Matelan’s “The Spirit of Chicago,’ and the murder ballad “Henry Lee.”

The Conqueror Worm

  • The Conqueror Worm— Jonah Winston
  • CelloIra Ochs

Written by Edgar Allan Poe. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner.  Episode Art by Dann Tincher.  Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.  Music recorded by Ira Ochs.  A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, MakeSpace!

The Spirit of Chicago

  • The Spirit of Chicago— Stephanie Murphy
  • Music and Effects— DJ Catnip

Written by Ele Matelan. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner.  Sound Design by DJ Catnip.  Episode Art by Dann Tincher.  Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, MakeSpace!

Henry Lee

  • Vocals— Betsey Palmer
  • Vocals— Stephen Poon
  • Backing Vocals— DJ Catnip
  • Guitar— Stephen Poon
  • Violin— Jeffrey Gardner

Traditional Murder Ballad.  Episode Art by Dann Tincher.  Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.  A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, MakeSpace!

Human Resources

We are excited to share a live recording of our 2015 Chicago Fringe Festival show, “Human Resources.”  Thanks to the Fringe Festival for being amazing hosts to our work- learn more about the festival at chicagofringe.org!

  • The Voice of Human Resources— Jared Latore
  • Kim— Abby Doud
  • Izzy— Stephanie Murphy
  • The Voice of the Test— Clint Worthington
  • Alex— Clint Worthington
  • Various— Jared Latore, Clint Worthington

Written by Kat Evans and Ele Matelan. Directed by Jennifer Olson. Live Foley Devised and Performed by Ele Matelan. Music and Electronic Environment by DJ Catnip.  Music Direction by Betsey Palmer. Episode image from the 2015 Chicago Fringe Festival by Jenna Braunstein. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Iron Galaxy!

The Buddy System

Using the extracted scent glad of the old Ant Queen, our “Buddy Group” goes in search of the new Queen.  But the tunnels are long, and more insidious threats than the Ants lurk deep in the warrens…and within the Buddy Group itself.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Theodora Thoreau-Roosevelt— Kat Evans
  • Simon von Hagens— Mark Soloff
  • Katherine Sullivan— Whitney Jones
  • Doctor Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Charles Wynn— Jared Latore
  • The Queen of the Ants— Lauren Faits

Written by David Rheinstrom. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Art by Ali Cantarella.  Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Know Your Company!

In the Hall of the Ant Queen

Our intrepid explorers, sadly marooned from the loving comfort of bounteous HartLife, continue their quest through the tunnels to find the Queen of the Ant People.  What horrors will the encounter?  What struggles must they overcome?  What paperwork should they fill out on their return to the Company?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City….continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Theodora Thoreau-Roosevelt— Kat Evans
  • Simon von Hagens— Mark Soloff
  • Katherine Sullivan— Whitney Jones
  • Limey— Lauren Faits

Written by Stephanie Spence. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Art by Jacob Halton.  Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Basecamp!

The Snidge with Two Brains

The Hunt for Snidge’s Body continues as Cassie, Dr. Caligari, and the MolePeople traverse trap-laden tunnels and perilous pathways to restore  Andrew’s brain to its rightful place.  Will rogue science, determination, and love win out?  Will all return to a comfortable stasis?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City…continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Cassandra Wilkins— Ele Matelan
  • Loamy— Kat Evans
  • Dr Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Doctor Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Clay— Clint Worthington
  • Sandy— Abby Doud

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Art by David Tanimura.  Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Basecamp!

Much Ado About Andrew Snidge

Join us as we return to the Doctor Montgomery Moro Museum and Memorial House- that lair of unapproved science and liminal thought.  Will Cassie finally be reunited with her Andrew?  Will Wynn manage his “projects” effectively?  Will Dr. Caligari ever be left alone to finish her experiments in peace?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City…continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Charles Wynn— Jared Latore
  • Cassandra Wilkins— Ele Matelan
  • Loamy— Kat Evans
  • Dr Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Doctor Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Clay— Clint Worthington
  • Sandy— Abby Doud
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Art by Robin Billadeau.  Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Capsule Force!

Last Shift

Loyal Policies, you know the tale of the Switcher well.  You have heard the highlight reels, and memorized his stories–now, hear his unedited, true words.  Glory in his loyalty to the company!  Shudder at the malignancy of the Ant menace! Most importantly, stay loyal, just as he does, as the story of Our Fair City…continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • The Switcher— Jared Latore
  • Roberta Darley— Lauren Faits
  • Ol’ Silty— Sebastian H. Orr
  • Doctor Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • George Chamberlain— Jim McDoniel
  • 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 Damian Duffy.  Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, WingFest!

Our Fair City Returns to the Chicago Fringe 2015

Loyal Policies, we are proud to announce the official times and dates for our newest live show at the 2015 Chicago Fringe Festival!

Tickets available now!

OUR FAIR CITY: HUMAN RESOURCES

Written by Kat Evans and Ele Matelan

Directed by Jennifer Olson

Featuring Abby Doud, Jared Latore, Stephanie Murphy, and Clint Worthington, with live foley by Ele Matelan, and music by DJ Catnip with music direction by Betsey Palmer.

Come see a brand new live show featuring live foley, music, and more

From the winners of the 2014 Chicago Fringe Festival Unlimited Pass-Holder’s Choice award

With shows on: Thursday 9/3 @ 8:30pm, Saturday 9/5 @ 5:30pm, Sunday 9/6 @ 1pm, Monday  9/7 @ 2:30pm, Thursday 9/10 @ 10pm, Saturday 9/12 @ 10pm, Sunday 9/13 @ 4pm

at CCJP Meeting Hall in Jefferson Park. 5320 W Giddings St, Chicago, IL 60630

Get tickets at www.chicagofringe.org

$15 ($10 if you already have a Chicago Fringe button)

Raise Your Glass

Welcome back to Season Six of Our Fair City.  We rejoin the Hendersonians, celebrating their likely temporary victory over the Ant People in Waste Field Three–but what un-corporate evildoers still lurk within the merry band of misfits?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City…continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Clear Skies Tim— Clint Worthington
  • Greyson— David Rheinstrom
  • Jack— Mark Soloff
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Stephen— Ryan Bond
  • Sully— Whitney Jones
  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Alison Dalton— Nina O’Keefe
  • Theodora Thoreau Roosevelt— Kat Evans
  • Dr. Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Simon Von Hagens— Mark Soloff
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by David Rheinstrom. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Art by Eric Meister.  Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Emporium!

Season One Blooper Reel

Rounding out our Season Six mid-season break, please enjoy a blooper reel from our Season One recording sessions!

  • Misses David— Tara Schile
  • Doesn’t miss David—Jim McDoniel
  • Kind of a bully—Abby Doud
  • Oh, MolePeople—Tyler Samples
  • Not as dumb as he smells—Sebastian H. Orr
  • Smurfs are water soluble—Clayton Faits
  • Has all the best people introducing him—Jared Latore
  • Creative uses of Puff Pastry—Ansel Burch
  • High-minded jokes—Jeffrey Gardner
  • Breaking DJ Catnip’s eardrums—Ryan Schile
  • SIGH— Ginneh Jolan
  • Meanest Old Woman— Lauren Faits

Edited by David Rheinstrom.  Photo by Sebastian Orr Photography. Music by The Good Lawdz.  A huge thank you to our episode sponsor Cards Against Humanity, through the Chicago Podcasting Cooperative.  We’re very, very sorry.