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Gateways: “Anything You Want” by John Harden read by Rob Southgate

Otherworld Theatre Podcasts

TRANSCRIPT: John Harden is a screenwriter and director whose work has screened & garnered awards at top-tier festivals around the world. John’s work is informed by his love of speculative fiction and his background in visual arts, design, journalism and marketing. He is a San Francisco Bay Area native living in Santa Rosa, CA.- johnfilms.com, Twitter handle @giantspecks  Charlie wondered why it was taking so long to fab the ingredients for his tequila sunrise. The kids would be coming around 10:00 am, and he liked to have a little buzz on. It relaxed him, and made him more fun. And if he was having fun, he rationalized, the kids were having fun, and they were probably learning more, too. His students never seemed to catch on, and there was no one else to answer to since Jane had left.  Finally the fabricator went “ping” and Charlie opened the door to find a 750-ml bottle of tequila, a jug of orange juice, a glass filled with ice, and a hand grenade. That explained it. “Grenade” was right next to “grenadine” in the list. One errant mouse-click had put him in mortal danger. While Charlie had been waiting for his cocktail, the fabricator had been dutifully cranking away, assembling enough high explosive to blow his head off. Manufacturing those tightly-coiled molecular bonds is what had taken so much time. And energy, which explained why the lights had been flickering.  For a moment he considered tossing the grenade over the fence into Pinkerman’s backyard. Leaving the pin in, of course: he wasn’t a psychopath. But for all Charlie knew, the thing might have a hair trigger. It might even be rigged to explode when touched. Oh-so gingerly, he closed the fabber door again and pressed the recycle button.  He could hear power tools. Pinkerman was back at it. Charlie put on shoes.  Jim Jr. was on the sidewalk, bracing a sheet of corrugated metal while his dad screwed it to their picket fence with his drill. Like the panels next to it, this sheet was eight feet tall, and they’d notched the top edge into a row of triangular points.  “Hey Jim. Looking pretty Mad Max over here.”  Pinkerman grunted. “Can’t be too careful.” He crouched, and placed another screw. Charlie could see the gun sticking out from the back of his workbelt.  “You know, if you’re really worried about security, fabricate some solar panels for your roof. Then you’ll still be able to eat the next time there’s a blackout.”  No answer. “Hey, I was wondering––“  The noise of the drill interrupted him. Charlie waited for him to finish.  “Is Jim Jr. coming to class today?”  Jim Jr. had only just turned 12, but he had fuzz sprouting on his upper lip and to Charlie’s eyes was growing visibly beefier by the day. Now, not-so-mini-Jimmy squinted at his dad, looking for guidance.  The elder Pinkerman fished for another screw. “I don’t know. I don’t go to work anymore. I can’t hardly expect him to go to school.”  “It’s not the same thing. You don’t want him to be stupid, do you? Send him over.”  Charlie wondered if he’d offended Pinkerman, or if silence indicated agreement. Anyway, Karen Fisher was over at Charlie’s front gate with her daughter Sophie. Other kids were arriving, too, some on foot, some dropped off from cars. Those parents had found gasoline somewhere, or expended the copious time and electricity needed to fabricate it.  Mrs. Fisher was her usual jittery self. She’d always been socially awkward, but the past year’s events had really tightened her strings. She thanked Charlie, yet again, for continuing to teach Sophie and all the other kids when he wasn’t even getting paid. He replied with something self- deprecating in a vain attempt to put her at ease. She kept fussing with her purse, saying that she wished she could give Charlie something.  “Nobody needs anything, Karen. We all have fabricators.”  “Sure, sure.”  Charlie could see her purse was stuffed with loose cash. It looked like she’d robbed a convenience store. As soon as fabricators had become commercially available, just about the first thing everyone did with them was to make mountains of twenty-dollar bills. Charlie, no better than anyone else, had done it too. Karen was still at it, bless her heart. Cash transactions had been outlawed for almost a year now.  Fourteen kids in total showed up. It made the living room pretty crowded. Jim Jr. came, which pleased Charlie more than he’d expected. The rest of the kids mostly were from Charlie’s 6th grade class, the one he’d been teaching in the fall up until the school building was condemned. Deferred maintenance and heavy rains had led to a partial roof collapse. Replacing it was well beyond the abilities of the volunteers, mostly parents, who made up the ad hoc school administration. Supposedly they were still looking around for someone who would do the work.  Charlie spent an hour on history and another on pre-algebra. While the kids ate lunch in the backyard, he managed to successfully fabricate not one but two tequila sunrises and down them both. After lunch break English class got pretty loosey-goosey, with Charlie riffing on the kids’ creative writing assignments, and a long discursive discussion that Charlie had to cut short when little Sophie asked Charlie why his wife had moved out. Charlie changed the subject and then ran out the clock having the kids read their stories aloud.  Jim Jr.’s thing was about a grumpy, insulting wizard who would never let his son use the magic wand. If it was a cry for help, it was a pretty well-written one, and surprisingly funny. Somewhere under that subcutaneous fat lay a soul. Charlie praised the story, probably a bit too much, to encourage Jim Jr. and to assuage his own guilt for having underestimated him.  The kids left around 2:00. Tired and hungry, Charlie plopped down at the PC and found a tasty- looking burrito. It wasn’t TruFab-certified but then again, it was free. It did carry something called the PatternSafe Guarantee, which he Googled and found some conflicting information about. He went ahead and fabbed it anyway. It came out looking just like the picture, it didn’t set off the poison or bio buzzers, and it smelled delicious. He unrolled the tortilla and carefully inspected the contents for foreign objects. By that point he was starving, so he ate it, throwing caution to the wind.  Caution was getting thrown into that wind pretty much on a daily basis, he mused. But that almost sounded brave. Charlie didn’t feel brave. Just anxious. And lonely.  Having survived another meal, Charlie spent the rest of the afternoon doing housework and drinking beer. He recycled each empty can in the fabricator as he went. He might be a drunk, but his house was gonna be spotless. No tell-tale pile of empties here. He played music.  Loudly. “I am an impeccable drunk,” he announced to no one, adopting a high-born British accent. “Impeccable!” Like a train, way up the tunnel, Charlie knew a day was coming for him when he’d admit that Jane was never coming home. Who would he polish the countertops for then?  The house was dark when Charlie awoke on the couch. He fabbed two aspirin and a glass of water and dragged his ass to his bed. He’d barely settled in when he heard the noise on his front porch.  Thump. Again. Someone was definitely out there. Still a little buzzed, Charlie got up and moved to the window with all the stealth he could muster. It was dark out there, but he could make out the hunched form of a man on his front steps. Just sitting there.  Charlie found his phone and dialed 9-1-1. Three rising tones and a lady’s voice told him the number was out of service.  He skulked to the living room, and in a hissed whisper said “Make me a gun.” The PC’s monitor flicked on. Charlie was dismayed at the smorgasbord of deadly force it was serving up. He scrolled a bit, looking for a smaller, less scary-looking pistol.  Then he stopped. This was not the kind of guy he was. Pinkerman might call him a pussy all day long, but Charlie wanted to think the best of people. On some level, he felt he’d rather live true to that belief even if it got him killed. You know, rather than live in fear of his fellow man. Charlie got up, went to his door, and asked, “Who’s there?”  “Sorry, Mr. Pearson.”  Charlie put on the porch light and opened the door.  “Jimmy? Jesus. What time is it?”  Jim Jr. shrugged. “I don’t know, 8:30? Were you sleeping?”  “Of course not.”  Jim Jr. had had an argument with his dad. Dad was mad a lot, lately. No one was hiring contractors.  “These days, if we’re working at all, we’re only doing it because we want to,” Charlie said. “I’m still teaching because I think it’s important. Hey, here’s an idea: ask your dad if he can help us rebuild the school. We can’t pay him. But, he can be the foreman and boss people around. He’ll like that, right?”  Jim Jr. smiled, and nodded agreement.  Charlie coughed, and cleared his throat: “I’m dying of thirst. You want something?”  “What do you got?”  “‘What do I got?’ I got a fabricator. You can have anything you want.” Rob Southgate is a professional actor in commercials and films, a professional podcaster, and a professional public speaker. He is currently preparing the debut of his first book and busily booking a national tour of the SMG Podcast Marathon. Rob loves sharing ideas with others and creating opportunities for his creative associates. Along with his wife, Martha, Rob started Southgate Media Group as a creative outlet and a way to incorporate all of their interests and their past experiences. SMG is home to over 100 podcasts, blogs, and video channels. If you think Rob has a lot going on, ask him about his amazing daughter, Molly.


31 Aug 2020

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Gateways: “The Greenwood Knight” by Jeff Harris read by Rob Southgate

Otherworld Theatre Podcasts

Jeff Harris is the properties artisan at the Goodman Theatre, and a longtime collaborator with Otherworld Theatre building props, costumes, and masks. But once, in the long-long-ago, he was a writer and director, and is all too happy for the opportunity to put on is old suit of armor. As well as writing a short … Continue reading Gateways: “The Greenwood Knight” by Jeff Harris read by Rob Southgate →


22 Jun 2020

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Gateways: Powerless by Bryce Read read by Rob Southgate and Ensemble

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TRANSCRIPT: This story is written by Bryce Read. Bryce Read is thrilled to be featured in Gateways! Bryce has been acting, improvising, teaching, and coaching for years, and is now getting back around to one of his first loves– writing! He also likes digging up, and collecting old bottles. How weird is that? You can … Continue reading Gateways: Powerless by Bryce Read read by Rob Southgate and Ensemble →


20 Apr 2020

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Gateways: “LeBron James III’s Unfair Advantage” by Alex B. Reynolds read by Josh Ballard and Rob Southgate

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Content Note, please be aware that this story is of a frank, sexual nature and may not be suitable for all audiences. Alex B Reynolds has been writing and producing comedic theatre in Chicago for the past 10 years. They have been a contributing writer for The Flaming Dames burlesque troupe, the Meet/Cute sitcom podcast, … Continue reading Gateways: “LeBron James III’s Unfair Advantage” by Alex B. Reynolds read by Josh Ballard and Rob Southgate →


16 Mar 2020

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Gateways: Unsinkable by Ben McCauley read by John Weagly, Alex B. Reynolds, Kate Akerboom, Rob Southgate and Josh Ballard

Otherworld Theatre Podcasts

TRANSCRIPT: This story is written by Ben McCauley. As a child, Ben was told he could be whatever he wanted to be, and so, he decided to be an airplane. When that didn’t pan out, he went into theater. Ben has been writing stories and plays since his middle school days. Most, if not all … Continue reading Gateways: Unsinkable by Ben McCauley read by John Weagly, Alex B. Reynolds, Kate Akerboom, Rob Southgate and Josh Ballard →


10 Feb 2020

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Gateways: “The Offering” by Rob McLemore read by Jasmin Tomlins, Molly Southgate and Rob Southgate

Otherworld Theatre Podcasts

TRANSCRIPT: Rob McLemore has been writing in some form or another since college.  While his work is predominantly comedic, he always enjoys getting a chance to delve into the realm of sci-fi and fantasy.  He’s currently a member of Locked Into Vacancy Entertainment and his work can be frequently heard in their monthly shows. This … Continue reading Gateways: “The Offering” by Rob McLemore read by Jasmin Tomlins, Molly Southgate and Rob Southgate →


3 Feb 2020

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Gateways: “Thanks to Time Travel” by Nick Izzo read by Rob Southgate

Otherworld Theatre Podcasts

There is not currently a transcript available for this classic episode. Please join us on January 14 for our next live reading at Otherworld Theatre.


6 Jan 2020

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050: Producing Live Podcasting Events with Martha & Rob Southgate

Podcast Envy

Episode 050. “I said I would never do a live event... doing it live -- I would never do another podcast at home in my jammies if I didn't have to. THIS is everything! I love the give and take. I love seeing people's reactions. There's nothing to me that compares to having that interaction.” ~Martha Southgate, Southgate Media Group   Question: What happens at a live podcasting event?  1) You experience performing your show in front of an audience. 2) You make connections with other podcasters. 3) You meet existing fans and make new ones. 4) You learn something new about your show or your audience. 5) You have FUN! 6) You make money... maybe.Martha and Rob Southgate are the co-founders of Southgate Media Group, which started with a vision to make podcasts that are interesting, entertaining and informative for the whole family. In this highly entertaining interview, recorded LIVE of course at the first ever Women in Podcasting Festival in Chicago 2018, Martha and Rob shared with us about their passion for live events and podcast marathons, where the insights come from (Rob likes to take looong walks to encourage his inner voice to chime in), and how to tackle the business side of podcasting (and no, it's not about getting sponsors for your show...)Full Show Notes: http://www.thecreativeimpostor.com/podenvy050   Podcast Angel: The Creative Impostor Studios Let us edit or produce your show with and for you. Schedule a free consultation with me here: http://www.thecreativeimpostor.com/teafor20 Podcast Angel: Craft & Culture BTS with Podcast Envy + VIP Circle Let's make podcasts that matter together!  http://www.thecreativeimpostor.com/craftandculture Podcast Angel: She Podcasts Live! No matter where you are in your podcasting journey, community -- like real flesh and blood community -- is vital to your survival and success! And it's not easy to come by. This conference will be a catalyst for you for that. I'm co-facilitating a Voice Training workshop Friday: Fall in Love With Your Own Voice. http://www.thecreativeimpostor.com/shepodcastslive *This is an affiliate link so if you end up purchasing a ticket, I will get a lovely commission from the lovely ladies of She Podcasts. Thank you!!! "I have to think about the business part of it. One of the big questions people ask is: How do you make money in podcasting? The answer is: You don't." ~Rob Southgate, Southgate Media Group   Resources, Podcasts & Episodes Mentioned Join us for SMG Podcast Marathon 5! Saturday 9/28 @ Blue Box Cafe, Elgin, IL - Details & tickets here.NOT IN ILLINOIS? CAN'T MAKE IT? NO PROBLEM! Stream live on Facebook! @southgatemediagroup - Podcast Envy is slotted for 12:30-1:00pm CST Southgate Media Group Stay updated on Facebook... Women in Podcasting Festival Chicago Podcasters Unite   Connect with Rob & Martha Email: southgatemediagroup@gmail.com Twitter @SMGPods and @RSouthgate   Connect with me Join my Craft & Culture BTS community on Patreon.com and send me your burning podcast questions to answer on the exclusive behind-the-scenes podcast. Send me an email with a voice memo or .mp3 and let me know what you're most looking forward to at She Podcasts Live October 2019.  Join my Facebook Community where we create social support for content creators with inspiring prompts, opportunities for you to share your work, and more. My favorite hashtags #thecreativeimpostor #podcastenvy #podcastboss Email or Voice (send me a question to answer on the show!) Facebook Group The Creative Impostor Facebook Page @andreaklunder.creative Instagram: @andreaklunder Oh HEY! I'm on LinkedIn... dropping pro podcasting tips, insights, and stories. Connect with me there and let me know you're a Podcast Envy listener.


25 Sep 2019

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Lock and Key Vol 1 w/Rob Southgate

Read Between the Lines

Molly and her guest, Rob, discuss the graphic novel, "Lock & Key: Vol 1" by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez.


26 Sep 2018

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PodLife: Interview with Rob Southgate

How Many Podcast

Jesse is joined by Rob Southgate to discuss their new book, PodLife: Podcaster's Stories (How they got started, how they stay inspired, and the stories they have to tell.)   To support the Kickstarter for PodLife, go to http://kck.st/2vr8N5d Find PodLife on Facebook at @PodLifeTheBook Rob's Twitter - @RSouthgate Jesse’s Twitter – @jessejacksonDFW Email the show (and Rob) at southgatemediagroup@gmail.com


16 Aug 2017