Chuck McCann, R.I.P.

One of the reasons we do audio theater is that we love great voices, so it’s always sad when someone like Chuck McCann leaves us as he did last week at the age of 83.

You can read a good piece from AP, an article from the Hollywood Reporter, and the remembrance in the Mirror has some great photos. Writer Mark Evanier has a good story about Chuck McCann’s stories and why he’ll be missed by his friends.

For fans, they may think of how he was the first to be cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs, some of his many cartoon voices, or perhaps more recently, his times on the Radio Adventures of Doctor Floyd. Finally, also via a Mark Evanier post:

War of the Worlds Draft Complete!

While there’s sure to be revisions as we rehearse it, the draft script of our upcoming performance of War of the Worlds is complete!

It might not look like much, but it’s got the audio cues where it counts, kid.

Which means this might be a good time to mention we’ll be doing a live performance of a new adaptation of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds on Friday, May 25th at 3pm Eastern as part of the science fiction expo Escape Velocity.

We’ll give you more details about the production in the weeks to come.

Things That Go ‘Bump’ in the Podcast

We’re busy in post-production for Rogue Tyger and preparing for a special live performance later this year, but a recent piece we caught on BBC Radio caught our attention.

Jonathan Stroud, an author of appropriately fantastical tales, talks about his family’s tradition of telling ghost stories.

His anecdote of communal storytelling reminded us of one of reasons we have two anthology series in development (Through the Looking Glass and Through a Glass, Darkly). Both aim to have that immediacy you get from storytellers and, in the latter case, give you a good scare from time to time.

We’ll have more details about both series later this Summer.

Quorum Readthrough

This past weekend, a number of old and new JAT actors and crew gathered together in Deepest Springfield to read through writer-director Bill Coughlan’s new script for the Quorum.

The first of several tales of the Quorum.

We don’t want to give away too many details just yet, we can say it’s a neo-noir adventure full of twists and more than a few cliffhanger episode endings.

So, in other words, the format will be familiar to those of you who’ve heard Rogue Tyger, but the tone and direction will very much be its own.

Writing scripts is usually one of the longest parts of the process and this weekend’s reading was a valuable part of the process. We got to hear the script aloud, not necessarily the first time the writer has heard the words aloud, but the first time actors have encountered it.  We’ve this sort of exercise, the reactions, and the feedback to propel Bill into the next draft.

Writing is re-writing, after all.

We’re planning to produce this first tale of the Quorum next year .

We’re Back! Sort of.

That nice gentleman in the floppy hat and scarf has got us up and running. He said we had a problem with our chameleon circuit, which is weird, because we thought the Chameleon was full of circuits, not just one.

Anyway, that means our overall site appearance may have changed from what you recall previously. In fact, the fix appears to have destroyed the site in favor of its new matrix. This has very much upset our ship’s doctor.

In other news, we apparently have a ship’s doctor.

Still, we can’t help but feel somewhat out of place… and maybe out of time. We’re going to sort out where and when we are and forge ahead… unless we need to forge behind.

Do any of you understand Heptapod B?

 

Still a few bugs in the system

We know the space-time problems –preventing the proper display of the last few episodes of Rogue Tyger— have really gotten out of hand.

A nice man in a scarf has offered to help. Apparently he’s dealt with this sort of thing before. He just needs to get some tools out of this blue shed of his and we’ll be right as rain.

Rogue Tyger – Episode 5: The Pilot, Part 5 of 5

Finishing repairs in the nick of time, the crew of the Tyger are forced into a desperate plan to escape the Nokari mercenaries closing in on them.

 

 

 

 

Cast (in order of speaking):

Announcer: William R. Coughlan
Reg Macorum: Brooks Tegler
Aidan Vosky: Nick DePinto
Tormar: Phil Amico
Shen Enling: Yasmin Tuazon

Crew:

Recorded at Big Ben Studios by Matt Bostaph.
Production support by Meredith Sims.
Music was composed by John Maestri and arranged by Jason Chmiola.
Supplemental Recording at Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia.
Dialogue and sound effects editing by William R. Coughlan.
Written and directed by Bjorn Munson.

Listen to the Episode!

Length: 10:55
Rated AD-G for general audiences. Contains sci-fi related action and peril, things blowing up, and characters discussing life and death.

Rating: AD-G

Rated AD-G (Audio Drama 'G')

Rogue Tyger – Episode 4: The Pilot, Part 4 of 5

The crew of the Tyger race to repair the ship, treat their injured pilot, and come up with a way to escape as the Nokari mercenaries comb the asteroid field looking for them.

 

 

 

 

Cast (in order of speaking):

Announcer: William R. Coughlan
Shen Enling: Yasmin Tuazon
Aidan Vosky: Nick DePinto
Grainne Kochowa: Erin Goldstein
Reg Macorum: Brooks Tegler
Tormar: Phil Amico

Crew:

Recorded at Big Ben Studios by Matt Bostaph .
Production support by Meredith Sims.
Music was composed by John Maestri and arranged by Jason Chmiola.
Supplemental Recording at Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia.
Dialogue and sound effects editing by William R. Coughlan.
Written and directed by Bjorn Munson.

Listen to the Episode!

Length: 11:17
Rated AD-PG, Parental guidance suggested.  Includes the angst and tension you might expect if one were hunted by mercenaries, plus people doing shots of alcohol.

Rating: AD-PG

Rated AD-PG (Audio Drama 'PG')