Loamy’s Choice

The warrens of Old Tunnel are vast, labyrinthine, and dangerous.  One must take the utmost caution when traversing their mold-ridden expanses–unless, of course, you are the MolePerson designated Loamy.  Then, barbeque sauce and a nursery song will have to do.

Our Fair City would like to dedicate this episode to the families, caretakers, and researchers who are working with patients of Alzheimer’s’ disease.  Learn more at alz.org or alzheimers.org.uk.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Loamy— Lise “Kat” Evans
  • The Widow Silty— Sebastian H. Orr
  • Clay— Tyler Samples
  • Sandy— Abby Doud
  • Doctor Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Alan Bloom, F.A.R.M. technician— Sebastian H. Orr
  • Lindsey the Time Traveler— Lise “Kat” Evans
  • Time Manipulator—Ryan Schile

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode art by Cyrus Crashtest. Produced by David Rheinstrom. Production Management by Betsey Palmer.  Created by Clayton Faits.

Dinner with the Good Doctors

Tonight, we return to that lair of unnatural, unsupervised, and decidedly un-corporate science: the Montgomery Moro Museum and Memorial House, as we join the Doctors and Andrew Snidge as they welcome Cassie in for that most dangerous of gatherings: a home-cooked meal with the family.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Alison Dalton— Nina O’Keefe
  • Josh— David Rheinstrom
  • Jenny— Marsha Harman
  • Cassy Wilkins— Ele Matelan
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Elizabeth— Tara Schile
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Doctor Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • The Meatwall— Ryan Schile
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Stephanie Spence. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Photo shoot designed, edited, and directed by Ryan Schile.  Makeup by Tara Schile.  Photography by Sebastian Orr Photography.  Featuring (L to R) Mark Soloff, Ele Matelan, Ryan Schile, Tara Schile, and Frank Sjodin. Produced by David Rheinstrom. Production Management by Betsey Palmer.  Created by Clayton Faits.

Declawed

What dreams might rest inside the sleeping brain of a MolePerson?  While you, loyal Policy, have surely never wasted valuable corporate time on such frivolous thoughts–rest assured, the company has an answer.  Journey with us into…the mind of the MOLE.

  • Loamy— Lise “Kat” Evans
  • Dr. Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Greyson— David Rheinstrom
  • Dr. Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Ferous— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Ash— David Rheinstrom
  • Derek— Mark Soloff
  • Theodora Thoreau-Roosevelt— Lise “Kat” Evans
  • Simon Von Haggens— Mark Soloff
  • Neal Henderson— Sebastian H. Orr
  • Cumulus Jane— Lise “Kat” Evans
  • Caffeine Chorus— Caitlin Morgan, Mark Morgan, John Schile, Juliet Taylor, Bronwyn Schile, Robert Topping
  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch

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. Production Management by Betsey Palmer.  Created by Clayton Faits.

Artistic Differences

Tensions begin to boil as a group of insurgents, know only as “The Hendersonians,” prepare for a stunning display of corporate disloyalty and defiance.  What horrors will they unleash on the good Policies of HartLife?  What harm will they do to the mighty infrastructure of the Corporation?  And most importantly–how will HartLife restore order and safety?  Find out…as the story of Our Fair City continues.

  • Lyndon— David Rheinstrom
  • Ann— Whitney Kraus Jones
  • Charlie Wynn— Jared Latore
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Natasha— Lauren Faits
  • Maria— Tara Schile
  • Alison Dalton— Nina O’Keefe
  • Josh the Intern— David Rheinstrom
  • Jenny the Intern— Marsha Harman
  • Flint— Clayton Faits
  • Roman— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Greyson— David Rheinstrom
  • Jack— Mark Soloff
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner
  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch

Written by Stephanie Spence. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode art by Tyne Lowe. Produced by David Rheinstrom. Production Management by Betsey Palmer.  Created by Clayton Faits.

Junkyard Documentary: Photographic Evidence

  • Producer David Rheinstrom is excited by what he hears
  • DJ Catnip takes out a window
  • David vs Window: Round 1
  • DJ Catnip is the clear winner here.
  • Sound Designer Ryan Schile strikes a pose
  • Shattering a moon-roof
  • Dynamic Action Sound Designer Poses!
  • Safety glass is amazing
  • Thank heavens for booms.
  • Tools.
  • More action poses
  • Producer David Rheinstrom is always looking for a piano to lounge on.  In a pinch, a car will do.
  • The team got a little hungry during the day.
  • Before and after shots.

Referenced in our Junkyard Documentary: a few images from our most recent sfx gathering trip.

Junkyard Documentary

We bring our mid-season break to a close with a new experiment from HartLife NFP- our first audio documentary.  Join associate producer David Rheinstrom, sound designer Ryan Schile, and audio engineer DJ Catnip as they venture into a Chicago junkyard…to destroy a few cars.  For sound.

You can also view a few more images from our trip here!

Written and Produced by David Rheinstrom.  Audio captured by Ryan Schile, David Rheinstrom, and DJ Catnip.  Creative Direction by Jeffrey Gardner.  Recorded on location at Cash for Junk Autos in Chicago, IL.

Music: The Good Lawdz and Latché Swing, licensed under Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike licenses.

Casting Call: Season Six of Our Fair City

Loyal Policies:

Our Fair City is excited to announce an open audition for Season Six of Our Fair City!

Due to scheduling conflicts, we will be recasting the role of CLEAR SKIES TIM for Season Six of Our Fair City.

For any interested actors: please submit the following sides (also posted below) in recorded .mp3 format to [email protected], no later than 4/23/2014.  Please also be prepared to provide evening conflicts for the recording period.  The bulk of recording for Season Six will be between September and October of 2014, with retake recording in November and a full-cast reathrough this May.  There is a small honorarium attached to the role.

Please be advised- we are currently only considering Chicago area actors (or actors who would consider traveling to the Chicagoland area for recording).  We recommend listening to episodes “Everything in its Place” and “Rise and Shine” to get a feel for the CLEAR SKIES TIM accent.  We are looking for a vocal performance that is recognizably similar to the previous interpretations of the character.

Thank you–and we look forward to hearing your submissions!  Please feel free to contact me at [email protected] with any questions.

Jeffrey Gardner

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CLEAR SKIES TIM AUDITION SIDE 1

ALISON: Tim, what’s the matter? You’ve been sighing into your console all day.

CLEAR-SKIES TIM: I’ve just been feelin’ sorta guilty… it’s just that Greyson and Jack are down in Field 22, up to their waists in… waste.

ALISON:  At least they’ve got work.

CLEAR-SKIES TIM: But then there are all the other riggers who’ve haven’t gotten jobs. They’ve been waitin’ in the Reassignment lounge for weeks but with all the surplus power there ain’t no jobs to be had. They’ve been saying that they’re always being supervised, because, you know… they’re out of work!

 ALISON: Oh, Tim. You just can’t see the big picture.

CLEAR-SKIES TIM: I can’t.

ALISON: No, you can’t. Pour me another cup.

CLEAR-SKIES TIM: Was that supposed to make me feel better?

ALISON: No. Now, how’s my tie?

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CLEAR SKIES TIM AUDITION SIDE 2

SFX: CLEAR-SKIES TIM PUSHES a BUTTON. A MOTOR WHIRRS and the doors CREAK SHUT.  A SLOSHING from a metal, liquid-filled tub farther down the gullet.

JACK: Hey Tim!

CLEAR-SKIES TIM: Ah! Jack – don’t scare me.

JACK: Sorry pal – hey leave em open wouldja? I’m going back in in a sec.

CLEAR-SKIES TIM: Uh uh. It’s not safe to leave the door to the Waste Field open.

JACK: It’s not safe to bathe in a tub of chemical disinfectant either, but I’m doin’ it.

CLEAR-SKIES TIM: Did Archie give you the idea to wash off in the Man-Dip?

JACK: Yeah. Where is he anyway?

CLEAR-SKIES TIM: He’s back in the Field. Throwin’ up globs of red stuff.

JACK: Eeeh. Think I’ll get out now. You on guard duty?

CLEAR-SKIES TIM: Yeah. Catch ya later.

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Season Four Blooper Reel

We hope you enjoy these things as much as we enjoy making them.

  • Insidious Forces of….— Ansel Burch
  • Needs to be healthy for the rest of his life—Mark Soloff
  • The Risen Dead—Ryan Schile
  • Photobombing the Risen Dead—Tara Schile
  • Can you make weird noises?—Jeffrey Gardner
  • Woooooo…—Sebastian H. Orr
  • Excessive Flatulence—Frank Sjodin
  • No matter how old he gets—Tyler Samples
  • Protective of his words—Clayton Faits
  • Looking great today—David Rheinstrom

Edited by David Rheinstrom.  Photo by Sebastian H. Orr. Music by Latché Swing.  We’re very, very sorry.

In Celebration of Steph Charaska

Loyal policies of HartLife,

We are sad to announce that, after two years of service as our Events Chair, Steph Charaska has decided to step down from HartLife’s Board of Directors.
 
During her tenure she led the growth of the Our Fair City launch parties into the immersive, highly-produced events that they are today, and hugely increased the Company’s presence at conventions like CONvergence in Minneapolis and the Chicago Fringe Festival. Her help has been invaluable, and though she is taking more time for personal and artistic pursuits outside HartLife, she will continue to be a part of our community and of future Company events.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Steph for her many contributions to HartLife, both past and future, and wish her well!

See you in the tunnels,

Vice Presidents Gardner and Faits

 

Preview: Junkyard Documentary

Attn: Loyal Policies:  Per the mandate of the Directors, we will be beginning our mid-season break slightly ahead of schedule.  Never fear: while you wait for further True Historical Accounts of HartLife, we will be providing you with several entertaining bits of ephemera from our archives.  First up: Our Fair City’s Associate Producer David Rheinstrom has prepared this delightful preview of an upcoming piece of documentary work on capturing foley and sound effects.

Edited by David Rheinstrom.  Audio captured by Ryan Schile, David Rheinstrom, and DJ Catnip.  Recorded on location at Cash for Junk Autos in Chicago, IL.