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Our Fair City

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Rank #19 in Science Fiction category

Fiction
Comedy Fiction
Science Fiction
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Our Fair City is a campy, post-apocalyptic audio drama, produced by HartLife NFP in Chicago, IL.Learn more at www.ourfaircity.com

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Our Fair City is a campy, post-apocalyptic audio drama, produced by HartLife NFP in Chicago, IL.Learn more at www.ourfaircity.com

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For Science!

By ~ Violet ~ - Aug 19 2019
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Campy and heartbreaking humor. Impeccable narrative sound, lots of extras.

Funny and unexpected

By Repgh - May 10 2019
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Fun story with likable characters in a well-defined setting. Unexpected gem.

iTunes Ratings

443 Ratings
Average Ratings
383
31
11
11
7

For Science!

By ~ Violet ~ - Aug 19 2019
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Campy and heartbreaking humor. Impeccable narrative sound, lots of extras.

Funny and unexpected

By Repgh - May 10 2019
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Fun story with likable characters in a well-defined setting. Unexpected gem.

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Our Fair City

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Our Fair City is a campy, post-apocalyptic audio drama, produced by HartLife NFP in Chicago, IL.Learn more at www.ourfaircity.com

Season One

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Welcome, Loyal Polices...to Our Fair City. The following audio record comprises Season One of the glorious True Histories of the HartLife Corporation in its entirety. We hope you enjoy this remastered and reissued version. To read more about this new edition of Season One, click here. To hear the original recordings of Season One, start here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Nathan Rourke— Clayton Faits
  • Jack— Mark Soloff
  • Neal Henderson— Sebastian H. Orr
  • Old Lady— Lauren Faits
  • Alison Dalton— Nina O'Keefe
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Clay— Tyler Samples
  • Sandy— Abby Doud
  • Peat— Jared Latore
  • MolePerson Overseer— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Vice President Davenport— Ben Aldred
  • Special Agent George Chamberlain— Jim McDoniel
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • The Professor— Ginneh Jolan
  • The Dean— Jim McDoniel
  • The TA— Mark Soloff
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Clayton Faits, with Ansel Burch, Jim McDoniel, Frank Sjodin. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode art by Robin Simmons.Produced by David Rheinstrom.  Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits.

Mar 28 2012

58mins

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Episode 8.1- The Narrator's Name

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It has been so long.  There must be something left.

If you'd like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.   By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Foster Livy— Ansel Burch

Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Dan Streeting. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity.

Aug 12 2017

20mins

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Episode 8.14- By the Directors

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The Directors!  The Directors will save us, I'm sure of it.

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If you want to help us create more great audio drama, become a backer on Patreon for as little as $1 a month at www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp. We rely on the support of Policies like you to keep making this work- thank you so much for your support.

You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Foster Livy— Ansel Burch
  • Director Harrison— Cecil Baldwin
  • Director Williams— Matt Young
  • Director Sofia— Saren Nofs Snyder
  • Director Kwon— Josh Mattingly
  • Director Palmer— Beth Eyre
  • Director Bettendorf— Hank Hewitt
  • Teju Valentine— Jonah Winston
  • Cromwell— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Katherine Sullivan— Whitney Kraus Jones
  • Voice of the HartLife Insurance Company— Kristen DiMercurio
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Veronika Hasher— Ginneh Thomas
  • Grayson— David Rheinstrom
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Mischa Stanton. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Iri Alexander. Special thanks to Josh Zagoren. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits.

Apr 25 2018

18mins

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Tales from Albuquerque Part One

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Early on in the process of setting up our Patreon, we had the wild idea of putting together a miniseries that told the story of Doctor Herbert West’s time in the distant city of Albuquerque.  We would give this corner of the world of Our Fair City to a group of the best writers and designers the Audio Drama community has to offer, and see what bizarre tales they would create. Thanks to your support through Patreon, it is now a reality!

This miniseries, told Rashomon style around a campfire by some of your favorite (or most reviled) characters. We hope you enjoy it, and thank you to all our listeners and especially our supporters on Patreon for making it possible.

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Simon— Mark Soloff
  • Jason of Albuquerque—Ryan Schile
  • Eleanor— Tara Schile
  • Dr. Herbert West— Clayton Faits
  • Dora— Kat Evans
  • Nathan Rourke— Clayton Faits
  • Dr. Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Snudge— Frank Sjodin
  • The Bartender—Abby Doud

Written by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason, with Jim McDoniel and Jeffrey Gardner. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Jordan Fehr. Music by Stephen Poon. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits.

Aug 29 2018

15mins

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Episode 7.1- The Cube

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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.

If you'd like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.  By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Greyson— David Rheinstrom
  • Archibald FunnyPants- Mark Soloff
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Executor Teju Valentine— Jonah D. Winston
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Benedict— Mark Soloff
  • Doctor— Johnard Washington
  • Guard— Nate Whelden
  • Prisoner— Rose Sengenberger
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner
  • West's Guard— Rose Sengenberger
  • Dr. Herbert West— Ryan Schile

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!

May 20 2016

15mins

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Episode 6.20- Uninsurable Risk

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Loyal Policies: listen and remember, as we recount the true events that nearly destroyed the sanctity and security of our Tower.  Savor these words, as we bring the sixth seasonal retelling of the Historical Records of the HartLife corporation to a close.

Season Seven of Our Fair City will begin in the Spring of 2016.  Stay tuned until then for blooper reels, behined the scenes recordings, and more.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Dr. Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Dr. Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Dr. Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Cassie Wilkins— Ele Matelan
  • Cromwell— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Director Sophia— Saren Nofs Snyder
  • Director Williams— Jonathan Tazewell
  • Director Harrison— Cecil Baldwin

Written by Mark Soloff. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Jess Cwik.Produced by David Rheinstrom. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Capsule Force!

Dec 23 2015

23mins

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Episode 2.1 - In From The Cold

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We return to the icy tundra outside, as Dr. Herbert West gets his first look at the looming edifice of the Tower, and his first taste of the unique and…savory culture of Our Fair City.

May 15 2012

12mins

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Episode 8.9- Chamberlain

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A tape just marked “Chamberlain,” with several unpleasant words scratched out.  Hmmm.

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We’ll be going on our mid-season break over the month of January, but we’ll still have bi-weekly releases- coming up next, blooper reels from the first half of Season Eight.

We’d also like to give a shout out to one of our Manager level Patreon backers- James Battle.  James- in recognition of your contributions to the HartLife Corporation, please be advised that all nutriment dolled out to you over the next fiscal will be Blueberry, which the actuaries have determined will be your favorite.  Enjoy, Loyal Policy- you’ve earned it.

If you want to join James and get your favorite flavor of nutriment, along with Our Fair City Ringtones, special bonus content, and more, become a backer for as little as $1 a month at www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.

You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Foster Livy— Ansel Burch
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Elizabeth— Tara Schile
  • Doctor Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Executor Teju Valentine— Jonah Winston
  • Moose— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Special Agent George Chamberlain— Jim McDoniel

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Jacob Halton. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Overcast.

Jan 03 2018

21mins

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Episode 6.19- The Coming of the Waters

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The Waters are Coming.  As the denizens of the tunnels grapple with the impending destruction of their underground home, we are left to wonder: who will survive?  Who will escape?  How will the glorious HartLife company continue without the support of its tunnel-dwellers?

Fear not, Loyal Policies.  HartLife always survies.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Cromwell— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Jack— Mark Soloff
  • Greyson— David Rheinstrom
  • Alison— Nina O'Keefe
  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Dr. Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Dr. Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Dr. Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Cassie Wilkins— Ele Matelan
  • Dora— Kat Evans
  • Simon— Mark Soloff
  • Katherine Sullivan— Whitney Kraus Jones
  • Vice President Carter— Clayton Faits

Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Steph Charaska.Produced by David Rheinstrom and Clayton Faits. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits. A huge thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Field Notes!

Dec 09 2015

18mins

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Episode 5.2 - Everything In Its Place

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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.

Feb 05 2014

27mins

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Episode 6.17- The Smell of Anger

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The Doctor Montgomery Moro Museum and Memorial House remains a hotbed of unapproved science, illegal cohabitation, and fraternization with MolePeople as the survivors of the Ant Invasion hole up and try to survive.  Will noble, productive Project Manager Charles Wynn teach them the errors of their ways, or will they continue their slide into infamy?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City...continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Theodora Thoreau-Roosevelt— Kat Evans
  • Simon Von Hagens— Mark Soloff
  • Sandy— Abby Doud
  • Clay— Clint Worthington
  • Cassandra Wilkins— Ele Matelan
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Doctor Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Charles Wynn— Jared Latore
  • The Queen of the Ants— Lauren Faits

Written by David Rheinstrom. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Art by Dann Tincher.Produced by David Rheinstrom and 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, Know Your Company!

Nov 11 2015

16mins

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Episode 7.15- Blood for Blood

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Those who would deface the tower, inside and out, must be punished.  The poisonous words of the Hendersonians are just as dangerous- if not more so - as the grapple-cannons of the StormHawks and the mandibles of their Ant allies.  Resist the urge to feel any sympathy for these traitors and Outsiders, Loyal Policy- and HartLife will reward you.

Stay tuned after the episode for a special word from Creative Director Clayton Faits about HartLife NFP and the current American political climate.

If you'd like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.   By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.  A special note- this episode has several fairly intense moments, so if you have concerns we strongly recommend reading the content advisories before listening.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Cumulus Jane— Kat Evans
  • Moose— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Doctor Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Office Worker 1— Matt Fletcher
  • Office Worker 2— Ele Matelan
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • Switchblades Cobalt— Ele Matelan
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Veronika Hasher— Ginneh Thomas
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Janine— Kat Evans
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by David Rheinstrom. Directed by Clayton Faits and Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Greg Browe. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity.

Feb 01 2017

20mins

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Episode 8.2- Rise

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Maybe there is something we can learn from the Histories.

If you'd like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.   By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • Foster Livy— Ansel Burch
  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Veronika Hasher— Ginneh Thomas
  • Refugee 1— Julia Schifini
  • Refugee 2— Jim McDoniel
  • Refugee 3— Amanda McLoughlin
  • Refugee 4— Lisa Burton

Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Kat Janda. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Created by Clayton Faits.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity.

Aug 29 2017

15mins

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Episode 6.1- Friends Upstairs

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We return to our retelling of the Great History of the HartLife corporation as the Ant Menace spills into the depths of the Tunnels through the new entrance carved by the mighty Geoship, the Hope of HartLife.  As the Chitinous Menace rampages through the assembled Policies, will Cassie Wilkins, Charlie Wynn, and Alison Dalton make peace for long enough to escape- or will their inability to synthesize and maximize their resources effectively spell certain doom?  Find out, as the story of Our Fair City...continues.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Cassie Wilkins— Ele Matelan
  • Charles Wynn— Jared Latore
  • Alison Dalton— Nina O'Keefe
  • Flint— Clayton Faits
  • Roman— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Streetsafe Officer—Ryan Schile
  • Assembled Policies— Eric McClelland, Tron Howard, Dave Romm, Staci Corcoran, Jamie Martin, Kale Ganann, David Gutsche, Jacob David Maurer, Richard Fish, Mitch Thompson, Jackie Casteel, Michael Gutsche, Mary Thompson, Ryan Rydberg, Rune Berg, Sophia Bull, Sonya Guggemos, Lisa Martin Ashley Jenkins

Written by Mark Soloff. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode art by Jacob Halton. Produced by David Rheinstrom.  Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.  Production Management by Betsey Palmer.  Created by Clayton Faits.  Some crowd sounds recorded live at CONvergence 2014.

Jan 18 2015

13mins

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Episode 6.18- The Rise and Fall of Charles Wynn

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Charles Wynn: Project Manager, loyal policy, and hero of small children everywhere.  Many stories have been told about his life, his works, his efforts on behalf of the company.  Perhaps some of you rarefied listeners in the Tower may even have known him personally.  For the first time ever, we are pleased to bring you an accurate recounting of his time Outside during the Ant Wars.

Loyal Policies, no matter what you hear, be it from the Hendersonian Occupiers, Outsider Invaders, or even from the mouth of Charles Wynn himself, remeber: the Outside is Cold, and full of Wolves.  You cannot survive without HartLife.  You can not.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Charles Wynn— Jared Latore
  • Vice President Carter— Clayton Faits

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 and Clayton Faits. 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!

Nov 25 2015

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Episode 7.11 - What's Left Behind

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Welcome back, Loyal Policy, to Our Fair City.  Today, we take you to the terrifying Outside, to monitor the progress of that fiendish group of Outsiders, the crew of the downed Lightning Rig StormHawk.  With their new chitinous allies and the captive Doctors West and Moro, Elizabeth and Andrew in tow, they make their way towards the Tower---but for what purpose?  Find out as the story of Our Fair City...continues.

Want to know more about what the StormHawks have been up to between seasons?  Read Tyne Lowe's comic StormHawks: Out in the Cold here!

If you'd like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.   By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Hopper— Stephanie Murphy
  • Moose— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Benny— Kamron Palmer
  • Cumulus Jane— Kat Evans
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Katherine Sullivan— Whitney Kraus Jones

Written by Stephanie Spence. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Jess Cwik. Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits.

Dec 07 2016

12mins

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Episode 5.10 - The Roar of the Crowd

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The Tunnels thrum, the city roars, and the Policies of HartLife are beside themselves- the long promised Launch Day has arrived.  With the dastardly plans of Project Manager Charles Wynn revealed to a few and the Hendersonians closing in on the festivities on Level Omega, what will happen when the Hope of HartLife is finally set to its purpose?  Find out, as the Fifth seasonal retelling of the history of Our Fair City comes to a close.

Jul 09 2014

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Episode 7.3- Monsters and memories

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Loyal Policies- the truth can be a hard algae-pill to swallow.  No matter how you may feel about the villainous, disloyal Policies confined to the Cube, do not be swayed.  Their re-education is just.  Their treatments are mandated.  Their care is rationally considered and metered  to restore them to peak functionality and efficiency.  They have forgotten their place within HartLife.  Do not forget your

If you'd like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.  By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Director Charles Gari— Johnard Washington
  • Doctor Montgomery Moro— Mark Soloff
  • MolePerson— Nate Whelden
  • Elizabeth Snidge— Tara Schile
  • Seth— Hank Hewitt
  • Andrew Snidge- Frank Sjodin
  • Guard— Rose Sengenberger
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Mark Soloff. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by Ali Cantarella.  Special thanks to Josh Zagoren. 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!

Jun 22 2016

18mins

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Episode 7.14- Hostile Negotiations

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We apologize that you must hear more of the Outsiders, Loyal Policy.  The events contained within this True Retelling of the History of the HartLife corporation may be shocking- that any could even think to threaten the sanctity and safety of our Glorious Tower is horrific.  Hold your company-mandated loved ones close, my dear Policies, and don't make a sound- the Outsiders will be defeated.  They must be.  They must.

If you'd like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.   By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Cumulus Jane— Kat Evans
  • Vice President Herman— Zach Valenti
  • Benny— Kamron Palmer
  • Moose— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Hopper— Stephanie Murphy
  • Doctor Moro— Mark Soloff
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • Old Man— Clayton Faits
  • Veronika Hasher— Ginneh Thomas
  • Clear Skies Tim— Tyler Samples
  • Archibald FunnyPants— Mark Soloff
  • Sully— Whitney Kraus Jones
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Stephanie Spence. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Episode art by . Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip. Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits.

Jan 18 2017

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Episode 7.18- Director Rourke

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What happiness for the MolePeople, to have direction from a human being again!  Surely Nathan Rourke has learned humility and loyalty to the Corporate Institution during his wanders.  I fervently hope he is ready to return to the fold–and bring with him the increasingly disloyal MolePeople.

If you’d like to support HartLife NFP and Our Fair City, you can join the amazing community on our Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/hartlifenfp.   By pledging monthly, you can ensure the growth and stability of our company and  get great rewards like Our Fair City ringtones, Herbert West on your voicemail, personalized HartLife policy certificates, and more.  You can also help spread the word by rating and reviewing on iTunes or whatever podcasting service you are listening to us on!

Content Warnings for this episode can be found here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Loamy— Kat Evans
  • Sandy— Abby Doud
  • Clay— Clint Worthington
  • Shale— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Peat— Jared Latore
  • Schist— Lauren Shippen
  • Limey— Lauren Faits
  • Ash— David Rheinstrom
  • Ferrous— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Nathan Rourke— Clayton Faits
  • The Orphan Silty— Sebastian H. Orr
  • MolePeople— Zoe Von Embler, Iri Alexander,  Karim Kronfli,  Alexander Danner, Ryan Schile, Tara Schile, Jim McDoniel,

Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by  Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon.  Produced by Jeffrey Gardner. Recording Engineering by DJ Catnip.  Episode Art by Lauren Faits. Production Management by Betsey Palmer.   Created by Clayton Faits.  Special thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Cards Against Humanity.

Mar 15 2017

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Season One

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Welcome, Loyal Polices...to Our Fair City. The following audio record comprises Season One of the glorious True Histories of the HartLife Corporation in its entirety. We hope you enjoy this remastered and reissued version. To read more about this new edition of Season One, click here. To hear the original recordings of Season One, start here.

  • The Narrator— Ansel Burch
  • Nathan Rourke— Clayton Faits
  • Jack— Mark Soloff
  • Neal Henderson— Sebastian H. Orr
  • Old Lady— Lauren Faits
  • Alison Dalton— Nina O'Keefe
  • Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile
  • Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin
  • Clay— Tyler Samples
  • Sandy— Abby Doud
  • Peat— Jared Latore
  • MolePerson Overseer— Jeffrey Gardner
  • Vice President Davenport— Ben Aldred
  • Special Agent George Chamberlain— Jim McDoniel
  • Doctor Emily Caligari— Marsha Harman
  • The Professor— Ginneh Jolan
  • The Dean— Jim McDoniel
  • The TA— Mark Soloff
  • Doctor Herbert West— Ryan Schile
  • The Voice of HartLife— Jeffrey Gardner

Written by Clayton Faits, with Ansel Burch, Jim McDoniel, Frank Sjodin. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode art by Robin Simmons.Produced by David Rheinstrom.  Production Management by Betsey Palmer. Created by Clayton Faits.

Mar 28 2012

58mins

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Episode 2.1 - In From The Cold

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We return to the icy tundra outside, as Dr. Herbert West gets his first look at the looming edifice of the Tower, and his first taste of the unique and…savory culture of Our Fair City.

May 15 2012

12mins

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Episode 2.2 - Chance Meetings

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Tonight’s episode takes us to one of Dr. Caligari’s derelict laboratories where we meet some new friends, gain an appreciation for bipedal life , and everyone gets a cookie. This week's podcast is sponsored by DFBRL8R Performance Art Gallery, which is proud to present RAPID PULSE INTERNATIONAL, a performance art festival that runs from June 1st to June 10th, featuring performances from artists from around the world. Learn more at Rapidpulsechicago.com, or go see it in person at 1136 N. Milwaukee, in Chicago.

May 29 2012

8mins

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Episode 2.3 - Mole Fight!

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Our intrepid Mole-Heroes Clay and Sandy confront the ugly face of Speciesism, unearth a hole to China (whatever that is), and “hang out” with our newest Moleperson Loamy. This week's podcast is sponsored by DFBRL8R Performance Art Gallery, which is proud to present RAPID PULSE INTERNATIONAL, a performance art festival that is currently running through June 10th, featuring performances from artists from around the world. Learn more at Rapidpulsechicago.com, or go see it in person at 1136 N. Milwaukee, in Chicago.

Jun 05 2012

14mins

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Episode 2.4 - A Warm Welcome

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Dr. Herbert West ventures out to answer a mysterious invitation, Dr. Caligari brags about her resource allotment, and Andrew Snidge very nearly gets everyone killed…again.

Jun 13 2012

15mins

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Episode 2.5 - Herbert West, Prince of Denmark

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We venture back to the lab, where Dr. Herbert West reveals his brilliance in a brief soliloquy to the assembled (and disassembled) multitudes in his workspace.

Jun 23 2012

11mins

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Episode 2.6 - She's Alive!

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In which Andrew Snidge is marginally sneaky, Dr. Herbert West is accidentally terrifying, and the identity of Jane Doe #753 is revealed! Narrator — Ansel Burch Dr. Herbert West — Ryan Schile Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin Jane Doe #753— Surprise Guest Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Ryan Simmons.

Jun 27 2012

12mins

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Episode 2.7 - Matters of the Hart

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Sandy volunteers to help Loamy on a “special assignment,” Loamy sets her plan in motion, and Simon demonstrates that just because you’re a delusional loner on the fringes of society, doesn’t mean you can’t have a basic appreciation for tact and conversational graces. Narrator — Ansel Burch Clay — Tyler Samples Sandy— Abby Doud Loamy— Lisa Burton Simon— Mark Soloff Environmental Protection Doors— Jeffrey Gardner Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Ryan Simmons.

Jul 11 2012

11mins

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Episode 2.8 - A Night on the Town

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We return to Al’s Bar, our favorite watering hole on the Concourse level, wherein Andrew Snidge gets possessive and Mrs. Rourke bites off more than she can chew. Narrator — Ansel Burch Mrs. Rourke — Tara Schile Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin Creep— Rick Uskert Bartender— Abby Doud McDreamy— Mark Soloff McAngry— Antonio Brunetti McNotHelping— Nathan Sowell Everyone Else in the Bar— Ryan Schile Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Dann Tincher.

Jul 11 2012

8mins

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Episode 2.9 - The Gang's All Faire

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Dr. Caligari crashes a meeting of the Science Faire, looking for new recruits for the upcoming struggle with Dr. Herbert West. Narrator — Ansel Burch Dr. Caligari— Martine Moore Holly Gates, Dean of the Science Faire— Stephanie Murphy Teaching Assistant Podwell— Sebastian H. Orr Gallus Bray, Observant Participant— Ryan Schile Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Daniel Glassberg.

Jul 18 2012

8mins

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Episode 2.10 - Our Fair City's HOLIDAY SPECIAL - The Evening of Exclusion

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This Exclusion Day, our Narrator brings us back to the first days after the Troubles to reveal how HartLife saved the lives of the last survivors of Hartford, CT. Narrator — Ansel Burch Linda Joiner— Abby Doud Paul Faits— Sebastian H. Orr The Woman— Stephanie Murphy The Child— Abby Doud Papa Hart— Mark Soloff The Outsider Chief— Also Mark Soloff Outsider Chorus— Ansel Burch, Abby Doud, Jeffrey Gardner, Stephanie Murphy, Sebastian Orr, David Rhienstrom, Mark Soloff Written by Mark Soloff. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by David Rhienstrom, Illustration by Ryan Simmons. With an enormous thank you to Paul Faits, one of our Vice-Presidential donors in our Kickstarter campaign!

Jul 25 2012

9mins

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Episode 2.11 - The Advice at Dr. Moro's

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Loamy takes Clay down the winding, wending paths of Old Tunnel, braves murk, mire, and Mold, to visit the wisest Mole this side of the muck. Narrator — Ansel Burch Clay— Tyler Samples Loamy— Lisa Burton Ol’ Silty— Sebastian H. Orr Dr. Moro— Mark Soloff The Mold— Ryan Schile Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Dann Tincher.

Aug 01 2012

11mins

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Episode 2.12 - There's No Place That's Home

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We return to the domicile of Dr. West, where Mrs. Rourke and Andrew desperately try to sort out just what happened at Al’s Bar…and who might be to blame. Narrator — Ansel Burch Mrs. Rourke— Tara Schile Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin On The Radio— Lead Vocals: David Rheinstrom and Betsey Palmer. Guitar: Clayton Faits. Cello: Ira Ochs. Mandolin: Jeff Gardner. Bass: Lauren Rapciak. Percussion: Mark Soloff, Tara Schile, John Sumner Majer, Ryan Simmons. Backing Vocals: Tara Schile, Mark Soloff, Ryan Schile, Jeffrey Gardner, Clayton Faits, Ryan Simmons, John Sumner Majer, Lauren Rapciak, Ira Ochs Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Ryan Simmons.

Aug 09 2012

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Episode 2.13 - Death at the Science Faire pt I

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Who else might Dr. Caligari send to do her dirty work but the pugnacious, avaricious, and occasionally nefarious Blue Ribbon Winner’s Circle of the Science Faire, accompanied by a gang of their thuggish “participants?” What trouble will these purveyors of the rat flu bring down upon the heads of Dr. West, Elizabeth Rourke, and dear Andrew Snidge? Narrator — Ansel Burch Dr. Caligari — Martine Moore Holly Gates, Dean of the Science Faire— Stephanie Murphy Professor Talia Erlenmeyer— Eleanor Katz Teaching Assistant Podwell— Sebastian H. Orr Mrs. Rourke— Tara Schile Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin Written by Ansel Burch. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Steph Charaska.

Aug 09 2012

7mins

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Episode 2.14 - Death at the Science Faire pt II

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Oh no! With Mrs. Rourke temporarily down for the count, the Blue Ribbon Winner’s Circle of the Science Faire have full run of Herbert West’s lab! What help will Andrew Snidge’s good intentions in the face of their poisons, explosives, and rodent-based illnesses? Narrator — Ansel Burch Dr. Caligari — Martine Moore Holly Gates, Dean of the Science Faire— Stephanie Murphy Professor Talia Erlenmeyer— Eleanor Katz Teaching Assistant Podwell— Sebastian H. Orr Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin Written by Ansel Burch. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Robin Billadeau.

Aug 10 2012

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Episode 2.15 - Death at the Science Faire pt III

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We draw to the epic conclusion of “Death at the Science Faire,” in which things go rather poorly for several Scientists, countless Policies, and two very special M.O.L.E.s. Narrator — Ansel Burch Mrs. Rourke — Tara Schile Holly Gates, Dean of the Science Faire— Stephanie Murphy Professor Talia Erlenmeyer— Eleanor Katz Teaching Assistant Podwell— Sebastian H. Orr Registrar Petri— Ryan Schile Percival Lowell, Eager Participant— Nathan Sowell Frannie Gall, Begrudging Participant— Terri LaMont Simon, Mortuary Tractor Driver— Mark Soloff Beaumont, Lucky Survivor— Ryan Schile Written by Ansel Burch. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Jeffrey Gardner.

Aug 11 2012

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Episode 2.16 - Tunnel Collapse

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We catch up with our dear mole-friends as they struggle to free themselves, gain a deeper understanding of their emotions, and make it through the most awkward first date question of their short, anthropomorphized lives.

In 2018, Jim McDoniel wrote an updated version of this script.  While we will not be able to re-record it, we encourage you to read both the new script and Jim's thoughts on why it was important for him to re-write it here.

Narrator — Ansel Burch Clay — Tyler Samples Sandy— Abby Doud Loamy— Lisa Burton Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Artwork by Sebastian H. Orr.

Aug 12 2012

7mins

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Episode 2.17 - "...really doing science."

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We return to the shattered remnants of Herbert West’s lab, where Andrew asserts himself and Herbert takes drastic steps. Narrator — Ansel Burch Dr. Herbert West — Ryan Schile Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin Written by Clayton Faits. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Tyne Lowe.

Aug 13 2012

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Episode 2.18 - Peril!

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Everyone’s favorite Moles pay a visit to an extremely dubious Emergency Vet, are subjected to alarming medical procedures, fall under the tender attentions of the Woken, and have a touching bout of Peril-induced Honesty. Narrator — Ansel Burch Clay — Tyler Samples Sandy— Abby Doud Loamy— Lisa Burton Lindsey— Annie Calhoun Gallus Bray— Ryan Schile Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Episode Artwork by Dan Streeting.

Aug 14 2012

12mins

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Episode 2.19 - The Woken Apocalypse

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Season Two comes to its thrilling conclusion as things seem in danger of falling apart, the centre is unlikely to hold, and mere anarchy is most definitely loosed on HartLife. Narrator — Ansel Burch Dr. Herbert West — Ryan Schile Andrew Snidge— Frank Sjodin Dr. Emily Caligari— Martine Moore Elizabeth Rourke— Tara Schile Agent George Chamberlain— Jim McDoniel Written by Jim McDoniel. Directed by Jeffrey Gardner. Sound Design by Ryan Schile. Music by Stephen Poon. Illustration by Ryan Simmons, with special thanks to Ben and Amelia Aldred.

Aug 15 2012

18mins

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