We’d like to send out a huge thank you to everyone who joined us in person last Saturday at our Season Seven Launch Party, everyone who attended the fan-run online launch party, and all of you who have jumped in to Season Seven!
We also want to send out a HUGE thank you to all of our designers and volunteers for the Our Fair City Season Seven Launch Party. It is a monumental task to design, build and run this party, and all of these people do an ENORMOUS amount of work to make sure the party is great.
We would like to particularly call out some of our team from this year. We had amazing and refreshing food designed by Duo Yang and Hillel Wayne (no lie, that balsamic mint watermelon was to die for). Mark Harrison made our originally designed cocktail of “Fermented Brain Juice,” and he did not disappoint. Sonny Tursky, our new Merch Coordinator, took over the merch table, and the time and attention she gave to it really showed. In addition, Jenn Olsen, of the silver tongue, got us an amazing array of raffle items. Between the two of them, our Gift Shoppe was very tempting. Lauren Faits dressed up at the Pageant Queen of the Ants (no seriously, you have to see these photos!) and hosted our live content for those who couldn’t join us in person. Dann Tincher solicited, collected and installed the art for our glorious gallery of Mole People art (no small feat), and Resa Lamont was our ticketing human. Lastly, Lizzie Lovelady took on the thankless task of coordinating our volunteers on the night, and her quick thinking and on the spot help were invaluable in keeping me from loosing my mind.
We also had something completely new this year, an audio tour of the museum which really turned in to a whole extra episode that we produced. Makena Levine (writer and Rocky II) , David, Rheinstrom (writer), DJ Catnip (sound design), Sebastian Orr (Ol Silty) and Mark Soloff (Dr. Moro) all put in an inhuman amount of effort to get this done, and I am super proud of the final product!
Last, but certainly not least, we would like to thank our team of incredible core designers. These women are all at the top of their game, and it is both a pleasure and an honor to work with them each year. Bri Johnson and DJ Catnip rocked the lighting and sound (respectively) again this year, and the way that they coordinate never ceases to amaze me. You may not know it, but they are subtly adjusting the party experience all evening, and it’s lovely to watch. Additionally, DJ Catnip spent many a sleepless night editing our Museum Tour. Melissa Schlesinger built us a giant Cryo Chamber that Dr. Moro (played by the illustrious Mark Soloff) could inhabit, and watching audience play in it after the performance makes my heart smile.
One person really blew us all out of the water this year: Makena Levine. She designed, built and organized the installation of countless bits and bobs for the Legendary Doctor Montgomery Moro’s Memorial House and Museum, from photos of the good doctor with the original mole person, to a Pavlovian “Feed the Mold Exhibit”. Makena wrangled a team of talented artists to do this, but the amount of time and talent that she donated herself is staggering. Makena, we are so lucky to have you with us!
An extra special thank you is also owed to all of the companies and individuals who donated items to our raffle and party, including: James Kennedy, Jim McDoniel, Lagunitas, Sideshow Theater Company, Theater Wit, Todd Briscoe, Chicagoland Game, Blue Man Group, 20% Theatre, Bottles and Cans, Chicago Comics, Alley Cat Comics, The Hypocrites, Wildclaw Theater, and The House Theatre! Thank you all so much for your generosity, and for supporting independent audio theatre!
So, here’s me as Launch Party Coordinator signing off until next year. Working with all of these people is a real high point for me, and I can’t wait to do it again!
We’ll see you in the tunnels,
Director of Live Engagements
Loyal Policies: we return now to the Tower, now crowded with the refugees of the Flood, allowed into the sacred halls of the Upper Management by the actions of the Traitor, Cassandra Wilkins. How will HartLife prevail against this grievous misappropriation of company resources and real estate? Meanwhile, we travel for the first time to the depths of the Cube, HartLife’s treatment and rehabilittaion center for it’s very worst criminals and dissidents.
Welcome back..to Our Fair City.
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Written by Mark Soloff. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode art by Robin Billadeu. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. 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!
As we approach the launch of Season Seven of Our Fair City, we are excited to share with you the Official audio tour of the Doctor Montgomery Moro Museum and Historical House, lead by everyone’s favorite caretaker, Ol’ Silty. We hope you enjoy this peek into the world of Old Tunnel and our favorite scientists.
If you are joining us for the Season Seven launch party on Saturday, May 21 2016 in Chicago, bring this recording and a pair of headphones. You will have the chance to take the tour live through the terrifyingly interactive museum we’ve constructed for your education and enjoyment! Reserve your tickets for the launch party here.
There are no content warnings for this episode.
Written by Makena Levine with David Rheinstrom. Directed by Betsey Palmer. Sound Design by DJ Catnip. Episode Art by Dann Tincher. Pause Music by Steve Combs, under a Creative Commons attribution license. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Inventables!
Join us Saturday, May 21 at 8pm at the Preston Bradley Center (941 W Lawrence Ave) for the launch of Season Seven of Our Fair City.
Festivities will include an audio tour of the Montgomery Moro Museum and Historical House, as well as a public appearance by the ever-cool man himself, complimentary themed food and VIP refreshments, music by DJ Catnip, lighting by Bri Johnson, environmental design by Melissa Schlessinger, sculpture and interactive design by Makena Levine, and much more!
Appropriate corporate attire or post-apocalyptic costuming is welcome, but not required.
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 on the day/at the door. Online ticket sales end at 5:00 PM on May 21, 2016. All profits from the party go directly towards supporting the production of Our Fair City.
As we continue our run up to Season Seven, we’re pleased to share a recording of the Our Fair City team speaking at the 2016 Columbia Geek Culture Gala. We share some tips on starting a podcast, stories about the creation of Our Fair City, and a short live foley demonstration! Thanks so much to CG2 for hosting us, and to everyone who came out to hear us speak!
Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Photo by Lauren Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Podcast Movement!
Loyal Policies: this week, we’re excited to bring you something very different from our usual fare: a very special crossover episode produced by Improvised Star Trek. This episode was originally broadcast in May of 2014, and is completely improvised from an title provided by a listener. A huge thank you to Improvised Star Trek for allowing us to rebroadcast! You can find Improvised Star Trek on Facebook here, or on twitter at @improvstartrek.
Given that the audio contained within was not captured by StreetSafe-approved surveillance devices, the canonical nature of this broadcast cannot be verified.
Recorded live at the 2015 CONvergence Convention, we are pleased to finally share with you, in its entirety, the Archibald FunnyPants Radio Hour. We’ve toured this show in a variety of forms (and with a variety of casts) for roughly three years- we hope you enjoy it!
Written by Clayton Faits, with Mark Soloff. Lyrics by David Rheinstrom. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Music Direction by Betsey Palmer. Tour Management by Jennifer Olson. Show poster by Dan Streeting. Created by Clayton Faits.
We continue our between-season break with the second part of the Season Six Blooper Reel. We have no excuses for this.
Compiled and produced by David Rheinstrom and Jeffrey Gardner. Photo by Sebastian Orr Photography. Music by Latché Swing. A huge thank you to our episode sponsor Cards Against Humanity, through the Chicago Podcasting Cooperative. We’re very, very sorry.
We’re back with more questions from Policies Like You! We really enjoyed answering these—stay tuned next time for answers to questions posed to Herbert West, George Chamberlain, Elizabeth, Meatwall, and others.
Loyal Policies: we will be launching Season Seven of Our Fair City on May 21, 2016. Subscribe here to make sure you don’t miss it, and join us at the Season Seven Launch Party in Chicago, IL to help us kick off the new season! Stay tuned here, or on facebook, twitter, or tumblr for more details coming soon!
May 21, 2016
Preston Bradly Center
941 W Lawrence, Chicago IL.