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.

An Urgent Message from the Directors

Urgent Message from the Directors

Hello, Policy.

We have changed our podcast provider, and if you have not been receiving our Fifth Season episodes, the company can provide you with a very easy fix.  We apologize for the inconvenience, and suggest taking the following steps to ensure you continue to receive the Our Fair City podcast:

First, if you are using iTunes, simply unsubscribe in your library, then head to the iTunes Store.  

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In the iTunes store, find Our Fair Cityand resubscribe to the Our Fair City podcast.

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Second, if you are subscribed through other services like Downcast or DoubleTwist, update your program with the following feed URL: http://ourfaircity.libsyn.com/rss

 Thank you for your loyalty to the corporation; as always, we will see you in the tunnels.

 

Geonautical Console-tations

Descend with the young Cassie Wilkins into the very bowels of the city, to the newly carved out Sector Omega.  Thrill at being deeper than any policy has ever gone before- and marvel at the magnificent and mammoth Geoship that will take Policy Wilkins even deeper.  Yes, loyal listeners- it is truly a new day of exploration for Our Fair City.

  • Cassie Wilkins— Ele Matelan
  • Charlie Wynn— Jared Latore
  • Agent Chamberlain— Jim McDoniel
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Alison Dalton— Nina O’Keefe
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner
  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch

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

Rise and Shine

Policies, do not listen to the Outsider or Dissenter, who may tell you that your commute to work in the morning is unpleasant!  With HartLife, all elements of the work-day experience have been finely crafted to encourage employee satisfaction, synergistic excellence, and above all, maximum productivity.  Truly: who could not appreciate the gentle, warming lightrise as the daytime illumination slowly comes online?  The clean, cool feel of the recirculated air, pumping gently through your tunnels?  The first whiff of Algae-based coffee beverages, distributed at a compact, efficient kiosk in your PeopleMover station?  But wait- who is that behind the kiosk desk?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City continues.

  • Vice- Barista Edward Davenport— Ben Aldred
  • Caffeine Chorus— Tara Schile, Mark Soloff, Abby Doud, David Rheinstrom, Jeffrey Gardner
  • Jack— Mark Soloff
  • Greyson— David Rheinstrom
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Erin Davenport— Abby Doud
  • Clay— Tyler Samples
  • Charlie Wynn— Jared Latore
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner
  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch

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

Site Migration

Hello Policies,

We’ve dug some new tunnels and moved the website to a new host to improve stability of historical record delivery. Everything is back up and running with minimal damage, but if you see any issues, feel free to leave a comment on this post, or contact the molepeople at [email protected].

- The Molepeople

Everything in its Place

The day begins unexpectedly for Doctor Emily Caligari, as she desperately attempts to avoid that high crime against Productivity- Tardiness. Will she arrive at her meeting on time?  Will our friends, the newly underemployed riggers, find suitable occupations?  Will Sandy and Clay settle down into co-habitating bliss? Will Elizabeth Rourke pass her Identity Variance exam?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City…continues.

  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Farmer-Type Policy— Jeffrey Gardner
  • The Conductor— Jim McDoniel
  • Security Guard— David Rheinstrom
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • The Dealer— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Charlie Wynn— Jared Latore
  • Chorus of Policies— Tara Schile, Ryan Schile, David Rheinstrom, Jared Latore
  • Jack— Mark Soloff
  • Greyson— David Rheinstrom
  • Barkeeper— Abby Doud
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Sandy— Abby Doud
  • Clay— Tyler Samples
  • Loamy— Lise “Kat” Evans
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • The Meatwall— Ryan Schile
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner
  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch

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

Welcome to Season Five!

Loyal Policies:

We’re here at last!  Season Five has begun—and it is going to be a little different!  You’ll notice a few changes as we move through the season, most importantly:

  1. Episodes will be longer:  We’re trying out a different format for this season—rather than releasing twnety 8-12 minute episodes, Season Five will be ten 15-30 minute episodes.  We decided to try out this new format in part due to some feedback from listeners and because we wanted to try telling a few longer stories within each episode.  We’ll look at how this season goes (and ask you all for feedback) and decide whether we want to do Season Six in a similar format.
  2. Episodes will be more spaced out: Given the longer episode format, we’ll be moving to an every-other Wednesday release schedule.  This will give us the time to really dig into the longer episodes and make sure each has the level of quality and care that you’ve come to expect from the show.  Don’t worry, though–we’ll try to have regular art updates and more stuff through our facebook and twitter!

We’d like to throw out a HUGE thank you to everyone who joined us at the Season Five Launch party—we packed the DFBRL8R performance art gallery, kicked off the season, and had a great time!  Your support helps ensure we can continue to bring Our Fair City to the internet!  If you weren’t able to join us for the party but would like to be part of making OFC possible, we now have a donate link up on the main header of the site–your support keeps the show running.  Thank you.

Photo by Sebastian Orr Photography

We also want to send a huge thank you to Joseph Ravens and the team at DFBRL8R–they run an amazing space, and always have something awesome going on—go check out their website, and see a performance!

Photo by Sebastian Orr Photography

We hope you enjoy Season Five—it has been an incredible amount of fun to make, and we’re so excited to share it with you.  As always I will-

See you in the tunnels,

Vice President Gardner

The Right Stuff

We rejoin the policies of HartLife as they bask in the warm glow of the power surplus created by the fusion reactor and Neal Henderson’s sacrifice.  HartLife is not idle, however- what will the company do with this new bounty?  What new joys will they bring their loyal policies?  What pleasures will our dear friends experience during this time of plenty?  Find out, as the Fifth Season of the HartLife Historical Records begins….

  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Stage Manager— David Rheinstrom
  • Cassie Wilkins— Ele Matelan
  • Flint— Clayton Faits
  • Roman— Jeffrey Gardner
  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • The Dealer— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Alison Dalton— Nina O’Keefe
  • Charlie Wynn— Jared Latore
  • Mrs. Wilkins— Lauren Rapciak
  • Lily Wilkins— Tara Schile
  • Sound Guy— Ryan Schile

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

12: The Target II

Loyal Policies: new episodes of our audiodrama will return January 18, 2014. Until then, enjoy “The Department”- a webcomic set in the world of HartLife.

Story by Ryan Simmons, Dann Tincher and Jim McDoniel. Art by Ryan Simmons. Coloring and Lettering by Dann Tincher.