Our Fair City Returns to CONvergence in 2015

Loyal Policies,

We are so very pleased to announce that this summer,  Our Fair City will be returning to the CONvergence convention in Minneapolis, MN over the fourth of July weekend!

We will be hosting several panels on audiodrama, post-apocalyptic storytelling, and arts management throughout the weekend, as well as hosting another open call recording session for crowd scenes!  Consult the Programming guide for more details.

 

 

We’re also thrilled to be bringing The Archibald FunnyPants Radio Hour to the CONvergence Mainstage this year.  This 45 minute show combines live foley, music, and performance in what can only be described as “A Prairie Home Companion” in the world of “1984.”

Join us at 4 pm on Sunday, July 5th (directly before closing ceremonies)!

 

We’ll see you in the (Minneapolis) Tunnels,

Vice President Gardner

 

 

9: We All Fall Down

Part 9 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)!

Episodes of Season Six of Our Fair City are released on opposite Wednesdays: listen to the show here.

Story by Jim McDoniel. Art by Tyne Lowe

Merchandise and Sales Position Opening with HartLife NFP

Want to come work with an awesome group of dedicated artists and administrators, spreading the good word about HartLife and supporting the Our Fair City Audiodrama?  We’re looking to add a Merchandise and Sales Lead to our team!

If interested, please send your resume and a few words about why you’d like to work with us to [email protected].

Position Description:

The Merch/Sales Lead will head up all Merch and Sales Related activities, making Our Fair City merchandise available to the public through both a webstore and at merch tables at our live events.

We want someone who can take the strong visual and aural aesthetic of Our Fair City and get it out into the world through t-shirts, comics, prints, or any other way you can imagine!  We’re looking for someone who can craft a line of merchandise that people will love, and want to snap up as soon as possible.

Design/Ordering: Collaborate with Visual Arts Director to design and order merch.

Inventory Tracking: Keep up to date inventory on all merch in stock.

Tracking/Reporting Sales: Keep records of sales made to report  to Finance Officer. Analyze sales to advise on future merch inventory purchases. Set financial goals for company to meet through merch.

Online Sales: Establish (in collaboration with Visual Arts Department and CTO), online store. The Merch/Sales Lead will be responsible for both Webstore Maintenance- keeping products up to date, adding new products, and managing order fulfillment (with assistance from other HartLife staff if necessary).

Working Merch Table (Live Events/Shows): Develop best practices for working Merch Table at Live Events/Shows. The Merch/Sales Lead will be responsible for working the table or recruiting, training, and scheduling volunteers from within the company to work the table at events (Currently, approximately 4-5 events/shows per year, including a runs at the Chicago Fringe Festival, Launch Parties, conventions and other events).

Additional Projects: Help to develop and run additional sales projects, in collaboration with company and Fundraiser.

 

Qualifications:

  • Strong sense of aesthetics and design skills
  • Talent to create a desirable and exciting merchandise line
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Experience working with Inventory and Sales desired.
  • Experience with online stores and inventory management strongly desired.
  • Technology Qualifications:
    • Intermediate/Advanced Google Docs (especially spreadsheets)
    • Intermediate/Advanced Google Calendar
    • Experience with Square/PayPal
    • Web metrics/Google Analytics

The Battle of Waste Field Three

As we come to the conclusion of the first half of the Sixth season of the True Historical Retellings of Our Fair City, we invite all Loyal Policies to join us.  Join us in shunning the Outsider.  Join us in shaming the Dissident.  Join us in exposing the disloyal Hendersonians working amongst us, striving through craft and word and violence against the great work of HartLife.  Even as they work to rend our Mighty Tower apart, listen: and remember.  Their words are hollow, their victories are meaningless, their actions fruitless when compared to the great history of Our Fair City.

  • 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
  • Alison Dalton— Nina O’Keefe
  • 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 Dann Tincher.  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!

8: The Dogs of Gore

Part 8 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)!

Episodes of Season Six of Our Fair City are released on opposite Wednesdays: listen to the show here.

Story by Jim McDoniel. Art by Tyne Lowe

The Closing of the Gullet

Loyal Policies, enjoy this True Retelling of the Battle of Waste Field Three, and see for yourselves through the propaganda and lies spread by malicious elements within the company.  Truly, none of these Policies, disloyal as they were, could have survived without the mercy and beneficence of the company.  Do not believe their lies.  Do not believe your ears.  Believe only in the power of HartLife…all the life you’ll ever need.

  • 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
  • Alison Dalton— Nina O’Keefe
  • Peat— Jared Latore
  • 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 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, Cards Against Humanity!

7: Sabotage

Part 7 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)!

Episodes of Season Six of Our Fair City are released on opposite Wednesdays: listen to the show here.

Story by Jim McDoniel. Art by Tyne Lowe

The Rediscovery of Hope

In tonight’s seasonal retelling of the True History of the HartLife Corporation, we rejoin Simon Von Hagens (Dead Disposal Driver) and Theodora Thoreau Roosevelt (Window Washer and Amateur Naturalist) as they spelunk deeper into the caves and warrens below the city in search of the Queen of the AntPeople.  Will they discover their new adversary, or will the come upon something much, much more dangerous to their corporate welfare?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City…continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Simon Von Hagens— Mark Soloff
  • Theodora Thoreau Roosevelt— Kat Evans
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Photo shoot designed, produced, and directed by Ryan Schile, photography by Sebastian Orr, makeup by Tara Schile. Featuring (L to R) Tara Schile, Ryan Schile, Mark Soloff, Kat Evans.  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, Iron Galaxy!

210: Vastly Underqualified

We are happy to present the conclusion of “The Exercise:” the second installment of “The Department!” You can catch up on the first series starting here.

The Department will be released on opposite weeks to episodes of Season Six of Our Fair City, which you can listen to here.

Story by David Rheinstrom. Art by Robin Simmons. Coloring and Lettering by Dann Tincher.

Lost and (Sometimes) Found

We return to our erstwhile heroes, Charles Wynn, Alison Dalton, and Cassandra Wilkins as they flee the ant menace through HartLife’s ventilation system.  Will they find safety, succor, and Cassie’s family…or only more horror?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City…continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Alison Dalton— Nina O’Keefe
  • Charles Wynn— Jared Latore
  • Cassie Wilkins— Ele Matelan
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Operator— Jeffrey Gardner

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