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.

11: Party!

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.

10: Cake!

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.

9: Rube Goldberg Homicide

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.

8: Pull to Stop

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.

Season Five Trailer

Loyal Policies: we are incredibly pleased to offer you this first peek at the Fifth Season of Our Fair City!

We strongly recommend listening to this piece of the Historical Record with headphones.  This preview contains spoilers for Season Four.

  • Neal Henderson— Sebastian H Orr
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Project Manager Charlie Wynn— Jared Latore
  • Cassie Wilkins — Ele Matelan
  • The Dealer — Jeffrey Gardner
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits

Trailer arranged by David Rheinstrom.  Written by Clayton Faits, Jim McDoniel, David Rheinstrom, Mark Soloff and Stephanie Spence.   Narration performed by Ansel Burch. 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.

7: Fight!

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.

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!