Team Profile: William R. Coughlan

Leading up to our live performance of H.G. Well’s War of the Worlds at Escape Velocity, we’re sharing the bios of some of the people making it happen.

William R. CoughlanWilliam R. Coughlan
Associate Artistic Director, Announcer, Artilleryman
William R. Coughlan is an award-winning screenwriter, director, and editor, and heads the independent film and video production company Tohubohu Productions. With more than two decades’ experience in independent film and corporate media production, he recently stepped into the presidency of the board of directors for TIVA, the Television, Internet and Video Association of DC. A lifelong (some may say obsessive) fan of science — both fact and fiction — Coughlan also enjoys acting, voiceover performance, design and illustration, animation, and writing autobiographical comments in the third person.

Casting Notice – Multiple Voice Actors Wanted for Neo-Noir Audio Drama

Jabberwocky Audio Theater is looking for multiple voice actors to join our existing company members to record an action-packed, neo-noir mystery this summer for broadcast later this Fall.

The Gambler’s Tale: Outstanding Debts will be a 10-part audio mini-series written and directed by award-winning filmmaker William R. Coughlan and produced by Jabberwocky Audio Theater. Set in Las Vegas in the early 2000s, this tale follows Jimmy Harmon, a young, would-be poker pro as he stumbles into the machinations of a secretive group known as the Quorum.

Some of the characters who appear in this mini-series will reappear in other tales of the Quorum in future seasons, so we’ll be looking for actors we can work with long-term. You can also listen to our other main show, the sci-fi adventure Rogue Tyger, to get an idea of the work Jabberwocky Audio Theater produces.

This mini-series will be recorded at Arlington Independent Media on three separate Sundays in July and August for broadcast on their low-power FM station, WERA, in October. While this show will originate on non-commercial, non-profit radio, actors will receive $75 per recording session.

We are looking to collect all submissions (via Stonehenge Casting) by May 31st in order to schedule auditions at A.I.M. in June.

For further details, submission instructions, and the list of characters, please read below.

For questions not otherwise covered, email us at casting@teamjabberwocky.com.

Additional Details

We are collecting actor submissions via Stonehenge Casting
The company behind Jabberwocky Audio Theater, Team Jabberwocky, is also behind the annual Stonehenge Auditions held in Washington, DC as well as an online casting database, Stonehenge Casting. We will be using that tool.

Actors can register and create a free profile on Stonehenge Casting, which Team J and other local producers use to cast their projects. Check out the Submission Instructions for how to fill out your profile.

 

Recording Dates will be Sundays between July 15 and August 12
We will be recording all 10 episodes in three, day-long recording sessions.

The recording sessions will be on Sundays at AIM, from 10am to 6pm, including breaks and lunch.

We won’t be able to confirm our exact recording dates until June, but the three dates should fall within those five Sundays.

There’s a section within your Stonehenge Casting profile where you can list any conflicts in your availability. Please be sure to do so.

Recordings will be done in-person
We like to record old-school style for Jabberwocky Audio Theater. That means we start with a table read in the morning, make adjustments, and then get on our feet and record as a group. We know some audio theater groups produce shows with most –or all– of the actors recording remotely. We do not.

If you’re not local to the DC metro area and won’t be able to come to the recording studio in Arlington, Virginia, we’re sorry, but we won’t get a chance to work with you this time around.

This is not a commercial project
We love actors (hey, many of us are actors) and we’re not asking people to perform for nothing. However, this project is originating on non-commercial, non-profit radio (WERA-LP 96.7 FM).

While actors will receive what can be considered an honorarium or stipend for each recording session ($75 per recording session) it won’t be anything one might consider a commercial rate. If you need to focus on better-paying projects, we understand.

We are not looking to fill any other positions
This notice for actors only. We are not looking for writers, directors, composers, recording engineers, or any other positions at this time.

Submission Instructions

  1. If you have not already done so, create a free account on Stonehenge Casting.
  2. Create (or update) your actor profile. You do not need to have a 100% complete profile (e.g., if you don’t know your glove size, we’re good for now).
  3. Please link to any voiceover demos as well as any partial or complete schedule conflicts from 10am to 6pm on the following Sundays: July 15, July 22, July 29, August 5, August 12.
  4. Once your profile is ready, click on the “Projects” tab:
  5. Select the “Quorum | The Gambler’s Tale: Outstanding Debts | Voice Actors Needed” project and click the “submit” button at the bottom.
  6. The “Role(s) Interested In” and “Video Audition URL” fields will appear:
  7. Enter one or more roles in the “Role(s) Interested In” field. (See below for full list or characters). We will ignore any submissions that list “interested in all roles” or “any role you think is suitable for me” or the anything similar. There are over 30 roles. Make a choice.
  8. You may leave “Video Audition URL” blank, but you are welcome to link to a video clip that relates to the characters you are interested in OR to a relevant voiceover demo or clip.
  9. Click the “Submit” button again to complete the submission.

Per Team J’s regular casting policy, we will notify all actors submitting when casting decisions have been made.

Character Descriptions

Cast of Characters
The Key Figures
Jimmy HarmonMale, mid-20s - our protagonist, an erstwhile online poker pro, struggling to stay afloat (10 episodes)
Rachael "Peeps" LeblancFemale, mid-30s - a shifty poker player, grafter, and all-around shady character (6 episodes)
Wiktorja SelkowiczFemale, 60s - a semi-legitimate old-school Vegas mobster, part owner of the Limelight Hotel. She retains a Polish accent (5 episodes)
Wilmer CrickMale, 30s - Wiktorja's primary henchman, an ex-lineman prone to physical expression (5 episodes)
"Big Mike" DaltonMale, late 60s - a longtime fixture of the live poker scene, now heading the All-In Poker online site (4 episodes)
Detective Ben MarshallMale, 30s - a quirky Las Vegas homicide detective, who may or may not have ulterior motives (4 episodes)
Amber WonderlyFemale, 20s - a Vegas showgirl and part-time exotic dancer (4 episodes)
Will ArcherMale, 30s - a former college football player and friend of Jimmy's, now working at the Limelight (3 episodes)
AnnouncerOur vocal guide to the activities of the Quorum and the tales their actions inspire (10 episodes)
The Featured Players
Nicky MorrisMale, 30s - a trigger-happy gunsel, of indeterminate employ (3 episodes)
Detective BettyFemale, 30s - Detective Marshall's often-unseen partner (3 episodes)
Emil WatsonMale, 30s - one of Wiktorja's goons, quick-tempered, with an affinity for gunplay (2 episodes)
Bob "Hutch" HutchinsonMale, late 50s - a longtime poker pro and friend of Big Mike's (2 episodes)
Agent "Joshua"Male, late 30s - leader of a team of mysterious (possibly Federal) agents (2 episodes)
CrunchyMale, mid-30s - homeless man living in the tunnels underneath Las Vegas (1 episode)
The Ensemble
Frank RoslinMale, 30s - a garden-variety hood best suited for fisticuffs (2 episodes)
Drunk CowboyMale, 30s - an excitable and inebriated amateur poker player (2 episodes)
CowgirlFemale, late 20s - his overly enthusiastic girlfriend (2 episodes)
Agent "Roach"Male, 30s - one of Agent "Joshua's" subordinates (1 episode)
Peter SokolovMale, 40s - an enigmatic character holed up in the Lyon Majestic hotel (1 ensemble)
Bruce DundyMale, 60s - the owner of Tammy's Ranch Brothel outside Las Vegas (1 episode)
SkitchMale, 30s - grafter and associate of Peep's (1 episode)
VeraFemale, 40s - bartender at the Remington Hotel and Casino (1 episode)
BobbyMale, 20s - bartender at the Remington's Sunset Lounge (1 episode)
NewscasterAn authoritative, disembodied voice on the radio (2 episodes)
The Chess Pieces
Mr. KingMale, 60s - the head of the mysterious group known as the Quorum (2 episodes)
Mr. QueenMale, 40s - the director of the Quorum's current operation, of Middle-Eastern descent (2 episodes)
Mr. BishopMale, 50s - the chief statistician for the Quorum (2 episodes)
Ms. KnightFemale, 50s - the Quorum's current finance officer (2 episodes)
Ms. RookFemale, 60s - the Quorum's senior-most and most skeptical member (2 episodes)
The Colorful Atmosphere
Poker DealerDealer in the Limelight poker room (1 episode)
Poker PlayerPoker player at the Limelight Hotel and casino. (1 episode)
Smoking Guest 1A Lyon Majestic hotel guest trying to enjoy a cigarette (1 episode)
Smoking Guest 2Another Lyon Majestic guest of similar intent (1 episode)
Casino Attendee 1A gamer at the Remington Casino and admirer of Big Mike's (1 episode)
Casino Attendee 2Another gamer at the Remington Casino (1 episode)
Upperclassman 1A poker-playing student from Jimmy Harmon's college days (1 episode)
Upperclassman 2A student mentor to neophyte poker player Jimmy Harmon (1 episode)
RoommateJimmy's roommate at William & Mary (1 episode)
ReceptionistFemale, 30s - friendly receptionist at Tammy's Ranch Brothel (1 episode)
Brothel BouncerMale, 30s - security officer at Tammy's Ranch Brothel (1 episode)
LarryMale, 30s - security guard at the Lyon Majestic hotel (1 episode)
Ominous VoiceA notably sadistic torturer , though he would likely describe himself as "a man of wealth and taste."(1 episode)
People of Las VegasAssorted denizens of the greater Las Vegas metropolitan area

People Seem to like this Audio Theater stuff

As we mentioned last week, the 2018 season of Jabberwocky Audio Theater will debut on WERA-LP Radio Arlington on Sunday, June 10th at 4pm ET.

We’re excited to originate on broadcast radio, but of course when we started JAT (before the time distortion), we were thinking of doing distribution solely as a podcast… so it’s nice to see that people like this radio drama stuff, even if they’re thinking of a lot of examples of the non-fiction variety.

Upcoming Casting for Quorum

Even as we’re working on post-production for season one of Rogue Tyger, we’re preparing to cast the first season of Quorum, a neo-noir thriller we’ll be recording this Summer for broadcast this Fall.

This first installment will feature well over 20 speaking parts for its 10 half-hour episodes — and we’d love to add some new voices to the Jabberwocky Audio team. If you’ve listened to the pilot of Rogue Tyger, you know some of what we’re aiming for (though Quorum will feature roulette wheels versus rocket ships).

The formal casting notice, listing all the different parts, will be posted here on or about Monday, May 14th. However, because we’re going to be collecting actor submissions via Team J’s casting database, we thought we’d give people a chance to create or update their profiles. We also wanted to provide a few other details which may help you decide whether you’re interested in the project.

We are collecting actor submissions via Stonehenge Casting
The company behind Jabberwocky Audio Theater, Team Jabberwocky, is also behind the annual Stonehenge Auditions held in Washington, DC as well as an online casting database, Stonehenge Casting.

As comes as no surprise, we’re going to be using our own casting tool.

Actors can register and create a free profile on Stonehenge Casting, which Team J and other local producers use to cast their projects.

For this upcoming Quorum casting notice, you don’t need to worry about making your profile “100% complete” — or even including a headshot. But do pay attention to the section where you list your voice over demos.

You should also go ahead and mark your availability for July and August in the calendar section, which leads to:

Recording Dates will be Sundays between July 15 and August 12
We will be recording all 10 episodes in three, day-long recording sessions.

The recording sessions will be on Sundays at AIM, from 10am to 6pm, including breaks and lunch.

We won’t be able to confirm our exact recording dates until June, but the three dates should fall within those five Sundays.

There’s a section within your Stonehenge Casting profile where you can list any conflicts in your availability.

Recordings will be done in person
We like to record old-school style for Jabberwocky Audio Theater. That means we start with a table read in the morning, make adjustments, and then get on our feet and record as a group. We know some audio theater groups produce shows with most –or all– of the actors recording remotely. We do not.

If you’re not local to the DC metro area and won’t be able to come to the recording studio in Arlington, Virginia, we’re sorry, but we won’t get a chance to work with you this time around.

This is not a commercial project
We love actors (hey, many of us are actors) and we’re not asking people to perform for nothing. However, this project is originating on non-commercial, non-profit radio (WERA-LP 96.7 FM).

While actors will receive what can be considered an honorarium or stipend for each recording session. it won’t be anything one might consider a commercial rate. If you need to focus on better-paying projects, we understand.

We are not looking to fill any other positions
The casting notice will be for actors only. We are not looking for writers, directors, composers, recording engineers, or any other positions at this time.


Thanks for reading. Again, this is a note just so actors can know better if they want to respond to the casting notice expected on or about May 14th and update or create their Stonehenge Casting profile if that’s the case.

More War of the Worlds Posters to Share!

It’s now less than 30 days before the end of the world, H.G. Wells-style, by which we mean our performance of War of the Worlds at Escape Velocity (now with Facebook event link).

Previously, we shared a poster you are welcome to share on social media:

Poster design by William R. Coughlan

However, speaking of social media, you’re also welcome to share this Facebook cover photo:

Or this square version ready for Instagram:

We hope to see many of you there!

Tune in to Jabberwocky Audio Theater starting Sunday, June 10th!

Okay, so we’ve mentioned some of this before, but because we absolutely want anyone and everyone to know, Jabberwocky Audio Theater will be on the actual broadcast airwaves starting Sunday, June 10th at 4pm Eastern Time.

If you’re in the DC metropolitan area, you just might be able to tune into WERA-LP 96.7 FM and hear us each Sunday. It’ll work best in Arlington, Virginia, but we’ve tested the signal around the area and it goes pretty far.

For those of you not in the region, the episodes will be available later in the week on our podcast feed.

The game plan is to start with season one of Rogue Tyger, take a nice, relaxing break destroying the planet with War of the Worlds, and finish up the year with the first installment of Quorum.

In between the runs of those shows, we’ll have a chance to give you some behind-the-scenes listens about the inspiration and making of the episodes as well as answer some of your questions (assuming you all have questions).

We look forward to you joining us on the journey. Adventure awaits!

Rogue Tyger: Would You Like to Know More?

So, you’ve listened to all five episodes of “The Pilot,” Rogue Tyger‘s first serial, and you want to know more about their corner of the galaxy?

Well, wonder no more with the fabulous and informative Imperium Encyclopedia!

As each new episode rolls out, we’ll be adding new entries to the encyclopedia giving you more background on the peoples, worlds, and more that inhabit the Imperium… handy in case you’re ever sucked through a wormhole and find yourself there.