Season Five will Launch January 18, 2014!

Attn: ALL POLICIES

The Directors of the HartLife corporation are thrilled to announce the launching of the Fifth Season of the Historical Records of our glorious company (also known as the audiodrama Our Fair City) on January 18, 2014.  You can listen to the trailer for Season Five here!

The HartLife corporation will be celebrating this monumental event with the Season Five Launch Party, to be held at the DFBRL8R performance art gallery in Chicago at 8pm on January 18th. To learn more, click here!

If you’re not able to join us, but still want to support Our Fair City, you can join in on our silent auction with this online-only auction here!

 

6: Who Needs Manganese?

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.

5: Agent Gibson

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.

4: The Target

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.

3: Practice Makes…

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.

2: Dropping In

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.

1: Review

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.

The End of Season Four and the Beginning of “The Department”

Here we are: the end of another season of Our Fair City.   It is difficult to properly express the gratitude we feel towards everyone who has had a hand in the creation of this work – the stellar cast, production and sound-design team, our dedicated board and staff, and of course, our ever-growing listenership.  We’ve had chances to speak with more and more of you, at conventions, through email, Facebook, and Twitter, and even at late-night diners — it has been an absolute joy to hear your thoughts on the series, what you loved, who you hated, and more.

The season finale (and really, the whole season) has seen us breaking new ground–more underscoring and music from composer Stephen Poon, dynamic manipulations of the soundscape and scene-changes from designer Ryan Schile, and an overall sharpening and focusing of the writing team under Clayton Faits.  We hope you’ve enjoyed listening as we learn more about the craft of audiodrama—we sure have had a lot of fun with it.

Our Fair City will be resuming on January 18th with the launch of Season Five.  In the meantime, we’re excited to announce something brand new from HartLife NFP. Starting Wednesday, October 30th, we’ll be releasing “The Department”- a webcomic created by Ryan Simmons, Dann Tincher, and Jim McDoniel, set in the world of HartLife some time before the events in the audio drama. “The Department” follows the exploits of a young inductee into the department of the “Municipal Union for the Restructuring of District Records” as he learns the ropes with HartLife’s finest Agents.  The webcomic will be updated every Wednesday, just like the show, and will run until we launch Season Five—so keep checking back for new things from the world of HartLife!

It has been an absolute pleasure, folks.  Thank you for listening, and as always…

See you in the tunnels.

Vice President Gardner

Neal Henderson

The city waits with bated breath as Neal Henderson, the Sharp Chuter, descends to the Putrescible Waste Fields to provide the power necessary to jump start the Doctors’ Fusion Reactor.  Can the actions of one man, no matter how mighty, make a difference in the monolithic tower of the HartLife corporation?

Loyal Policies: we strongly recommend listening to this piece of the Historical Record with headphones.

  • Neal Henderson— Sebastian H Orr
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Vice President Davenport— Ben Aldred
  • The Switcher— Jared Latore
  • Alison Dalton— Nina O’Keefe

Written by Jim McDoniel. Narration written and performed by Ansel Burch. 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.

Operation

As the power supplies of the city continue to dwindle, the Doctors Caligari, West and Moro work with Vice President Davenport to convince the newly returned Neal Henderson to jump start their fusion reactor.  Will the Sharp Chuter be willing to help the city that cast him out?  Will Loamy survive the tender ministrations of Doctor West?  Will the reactor start in time to save the policies…and the Company?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City…continues.

  • Alison Dalton— Nina O’Keefe
  • Vice President Davenport— Ben Aldred
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Doctor Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Neal Henderson— Sebastian H Orr
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Stephanie Spence. Narration written and performed by Ansel Burch. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Tyne Lowe. Produced by David Rheinstrom. Created by Clayton Faits.