Listen Live! Quorum – The Gambler’s Tale: Outstanding Debts, Part 8 of 10

Tune in, right about now (at 4pm ET), as listen as our hard-boiled crime saga heats up!

Quorum: The Gambler’s Tale — Outstanding DebtsFrom poker player to amateur gumshoe, Jimmy Harmon has been following a trail of mystery in and around Las Vegas: from a car bomb that appears to have killed his friend, Will Archer, to a shootout between gangster Wiktoria Sałkiewicz and a cadre of SUV-driving assailants to a cryptic plea from a terrified dancer to a half-buried body in the desert. Harmon and fellow poker player, Peeps, manage to sneak their way into the Lyon Majestic hotel and into the room of the mysterious “money man” they believe is behind everything… only to discover a new twist. Barely escaping ahead of the federal agents whose nest they’ve stumbled into, Harmon and Peeps emerge into the hotel lobby only to face a renewed threat…

Cast (in order of speaking)

Announcer: Marsha Rehns
Peeps: Yasmin Tuazon
Jimmy Harmon: Cameron McNary
Agent “Joshua:” William R. Coughlan
Agent “Roach:” Bjorn Munson
Bob “Hutch” Hutchinson: Kevin Murray
Larry: Daniel Rylee Bush
Taxi Driver: Bjorn Munson
“Big Mike” Dalton: Joel Snyder
Nicky Morris: Ricardo Padilla
Frank Roslin: Greg Jones Ellis
Bobby: Daniel Rylee Bush
Secret Dealer: Anna Coughlan

Crew

Recorded at WERA-LP 96.7 FM Radio Arlington
Supplemental recording at Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia
Music by Brooks Tegler
Dialogue and sound effects editing, mastering and final mixing by William R. Coughlan
Production support by Anna Coughlan and Kim Davenport
Produced by Bjorn Munson
Written and directed by William R. Coughlan

Music Selections

Early in the Morning
composed by Clyde Hunt
performed by Brooks Tegler’s Hot Jazz
from the album And Not Only That!
Amazon | iTunes | CD Baby

Listen to the Episode LIVE!

Length: 28:00

Rated AD-PG (Audio Drama “PG”)Rated AD-PG, so parental guidance is suggested
Contains use of JC’s name in vain, “son of a Bitch,” and one heck of a deep rabbit hole.

 

The Criminal History of Las Vegas (at Least as It Relates to Quorum)

As anyone who’s seen The Godfather or Casino will tell you, Las Vegas has a long historic association with organized crime. Crime bosses helped build the casino industry back in the 1930s during the construction of the Hoover Dam (which brought with it an influx of outside construction workers), but what most people think of as the real heyday of the mob in Las Vegas came when Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky opened the Flamingo in 1946. After Siegel’s death in 1947, mobsters saw a golden opportunity in Las Vegas gambling, and built multiple casinos along both Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas and along what became known as the Strip (South Las Vegas Boulevard).

Mob influence continued through the heyday of the “Rat Pack” era, though it was much diminished after Howard Hughes started buying up properties and media outlets in the 1960s. Still, efforts to legitimize the city ran into one major obstacle — the Strip was technically outside the bounds of Las Vegas proper, meaning the city wasn’t able to bring in any tax revenue from the casinos there. An attempt to annex the Strip was foiled when the mob preemptively registered the Strip as its own entity — Paradise, Nevada — an action that (due to the complexities of governmental regulations) prohibited the planned annexation.

Criminal syndicates continued to hold at least some influence all the way up until the 1980s, when more legitimate businesses began taking over, building the megaresorts (starting with the Mirage) that now dominate the Las Vegas skyline. Popular wisdom holds that the demolition of the Dunes hotel in 1993 — on the site where the Bellagio now stands — signified the end of the mob-owned casino era.

These new legitimate entrepreneurs initially thought to expand their customer base by rebranding Las Vegas as a more family-friendly vacation destination — but since gambling remained such a vital source of revenue, this course was soon abandoned (as family time necessarily meant non-gambling time). Over time, most of the older casinos (particularly those on the Strip) gave way to hotels that emphasized luxury and elegance (or at least pretended to), leading to a dramatic shift in character between the traditional and the newer establishments.

Notably, though prostitution is legal in Nevada, it is illegal in Clark County (which contains Las Vegas), or any county with a population over 700,000. Though there are legal brothels in neighboring Nye County (within which Pahrump rests), there is more money spent on illegal prostitution — more than 60 times more — than at the regulated brothels.

Las Vegas suffered significantly during the recession of the mid-2000s, but has since recovered to a degree, and the dominance of the billion-dollar gambling industry remains unabated (though as a percentage of overall casino income, gaming revenue has decreased, representing only about 40 percent of the total).

Though the casino resorts of Quorum are fictional, they take influence from the vast array of real-life establishments — each with its own distinctive character — that currently line the Strip and Fremont Street. The Limelight stands in for the pre-1980s casinos along South Las Vegas Boulevard that still evince some classic-Vegas appeal; the Lyon Majestic (and the oft-mentioned Belle Époque) represent the newer megaresorts; and the Remington holds out on Fremont Street, somewhat sheltered from competition with the Strip casinos and able to retain its classic atmosphere — despite more showy additions to the downtown corridor, such as the illuminated Fremont Street Experience (which opened in the mid-1990s).

While organized crime — at least as we commonly understand it — no longer holds the influence it once did, the jury is still out as to whether today’s corporate masters have entirely abandoned the tactics of their predecessors…

~William R. Coughlan, writer/director of Quorum

Listen Online! Quorum – The Gambler’s Tale: Outstanding Debts, Part 7 of 10

Quorum: The Gambler’s Tale — Outstanding DebtsSought out by multiple unknown adversaries, from Las Vegas gangster Wiktoria Sałkiewicz to what seemed to be two factions of black SUV-driving pursuers, poker player Jimmy Harmon has followed a trail of bread crumbs given to him by a Las Vegas dancer named Amber. Deciphering Amber’s cryptic message, Harmon and fellow poker player Peeps discover the body of a prostitute, Jasmine, half-buried in the Nevada desert. Tracing the body back to a local brothel, Harmon is rebuffed in his attempts to gather more information, but the savvy Peeps is able to assemble conclusions from seemingly obscure details. Barely managing to evade their pursuers, Harmon resolves to return to the city to confirm their suspicions and investigate further… 

Cast (in order of speaking)

Announcer: Marsha Rehns
Peeps: Yasmin Tuazon
Jimmy Harmon: Cameron McNary
Crunchy: Michael Gabel
Agent “Joshua:” William R. Coughlan
Agent “Roach:” Bjorn Munson
Peter Sokolov: Brian Crane
Smoking Guest 1: William R. Coughlan
Smoking Guest 2: Kevin Murray
Secret Dealer: Anna Coughlan

Crew

Recorded at WERA-LP 96.7 FM Radio Arlington
Supplemental recording at Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia
Music by Brooks Tegler
Dialogue and sound effects editing, mastering and final mixing by William R. Coughlan
Production support by Anna Coughlan and Kim Davenport
Produced by Bjorn Munson
Written and directed by William R. Coughlan

Music Selections

Early in the Morning
composed by Clyde Hunt
performed by Brooks Tegler’s Hot Jazz
from the album And Not Only That!
Amazon | iTunes | CD Baby

Listen to the Episode!


Length: 28:00

Rated AD-PG (Audio Drama “PG”)Rated AD-PG, so parental guidance is suggested
Contains a half-buried dead body, sewers, flim-flammery, and uses of “damn,” “goddamn,” “son of a bitch” and using JC’s name in vain.

 

Quorum Profile: William R. Coughlan

With the launch of our latest series, Quorum, we’re sharing the bios of some of the people making it happen.

William R. CoughlanWilliam R. Coughlan
Writer/director, Agent “Joshua,” Colorful Atmosphere

William R. Coughlan is an award-winning screenwriter and director, and in addition to serving as Associate Artistic Director of Jabberwocky Audio Theater, he is the founder of the independent production company Tohubohu Productions, LLC.

He worked for 26 years with The Advisory Board Company in Washington, D.C., where he began as a graphic designer before segueing into video and multimedia, and then eventually into the ranks of creative department management. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for TIVA, the Television, Internet, and Video Association of DC, Inc., filling the roles of Treasurer and Vice President before stepping up as President in 2018.

He also enjoys acting, voiceover performance, design and illustration, editing, animation, and writing autobiographical comments in the third person. He is the illustrator of the therapeutic workbook Stories for Children with Problems & Wishes, has provided schematic graphics for several HBS case studies, designed the acclaimed Protégé clay poker chip line (one of the original inspirations for The Gambler’s Tale), served as the Critic at Large for the online literary magazine Inkblots, has been a judge for both the TIVA Peer Awards and the Emmy Awards, founded and co-hosted the long-running Tohubohu Producer Podcast, and is an accomplished animator and ambigram artist.

Quorum Profile: Bjorn Munson

With the launch of our latest series, Quorum, we’re sharing the bios of some of the people making it happen.

Bjorn Munson
Producer, Agent “Roach,” Colorful Atmosphere
Bjorn Munson, a lifelong fan of vintage radio, serves as the Artistic Director of Jabberwocky Audio Theater and was the writer/director for both Rogue Tyger and JAT’s adaptation of War of the Worlds earlier this season. Some of his favorite shows from the golden age of radio include Suspense and Escape, so he’s excited to have Quorum as one of JAT’s productions.

In addition to working on audio theater, Bjorn is also an award-winning filmmaker, including for the shorts “DeLeon Crossing” and “The Writer’s Dilemma” as well as the web series The Broken Continent. His company, Team Jabberwocky, also supports local and regional casting with the annual Stonehenge Auditions as well as the online casting resource Stonehenge Casting.

Making Time for a Little Quorum Blues

A lot of us here in Deepest Springfield love big band jazz, which may not be a surprise given how many of us love vintage radio shows where that was the popular music.

You may be surprised to know, however, that Brooks Tegler, part of our regular JAT company and voice of Captain Reg Macorum on Rogue Tyger, is an accomplished jazz musician and band leader.

So when the writer/director of Quorum, Bill Coughlan, talked about having a more classic jazz score, we knew if Brooks didn’t have some tracks we could license, he knew fellow musicians who did.

Now that worked for most of the music, but we found we needed something more for several chase scenes throughout the season. Brooks suggested a recording studio (and engineer) who could do a great job (he of course, also knew some excellent musicians).

Commodore Recording Studio

So on a Friday early last month –because musicians are booked on weekends– we met at the Commodore Recording Studio in Thurmont, Maryland.

The sextet does a take of “Quorum Blues.” Photo: Elizabeth Farrington

Under the eye (and hands) of veteran engineer Doug Benson, we were able to lay down several different tracks, with the musicians changing both keys and instruments throughout the half day session.

Writer/Director Bill Coughlan provides background on who’s talking and what’s being talked about over perfectly good jazz music. Photo: Elizabeth Farrington

Bill gave some background on what the scenes were they were providing the music beds for — and the group worked through several ideas that then got expressed musically, from a frenetic car chase that ends badly to a desperate chase down a hotel stairwell.

 

 

If you haven’t already listened to it on your podfeed, it’s here:

The musicians you hear on this track are:

Brooks Tegler, drums
Tommy Cecil, bass
Robert Redd, piano
Anita Thomas, baritone sax
Marty Nau, alto sax
Scott Silbert, tenor sax

Brooks giving some notes as they prepare for another take. Photo: Elizabeth Farrington

There’s something absolutely wonderful about getting a chance to see music created and recorded in the moment, so we will say, if we get enough support via our Patreon campaign, we’ll definitely be working to do this again.

In the meantime, if you’re in the Washington, DC area, you can see Brook Tegler and some of his compatriots every week.

The Brooks Tegler Trio plays at the Irish Inn at Glen Echo every Sunday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm (and they’ll also be playing New Year’s Eve from 9pm to 12:30am).

If that’s not an option, you can always catch up with Quorum.

Listen Live! Quorum – The Gambler’s Tale: Outstanding Debts, Part 7 of 10

Tune in, right about now (at 4pm ET), as listen as the plot thickens!

Quorum: The Gambler’s Tale — Outstanding DebtsSought out by multiple unknown adversaries, from Las Vegas gangster Wiktoria Sałkiewicz to what seemed to be two factions of black SUV-driving pursuers, poker player Jimmy Harmon has followed a trail of bread crumbs given to him by a Las Vegas dancer named Amber. Deciphering Amber’s cryptic message, Harmon and fellow poker player Peeps discover the body of a prostitute, Jasmine, half-buried in the Nevada desert. Tracing the body back to a local brothel, Harmon is rebuffed in his attempts to gather more information, but the savvy Peeps is able to assemble conclusions from seemingly obscure details. Barely managing to evade their pursuers, Harmon resolves to return to the city to confirm their suspicions and investigate further… 

Cast (in order of speaking)

Announcer: Marsha Rehns
Peeps: Yasmin Tuazon
Jimmy Harmon: Cameron McNary
Crunchy: Michael Gabel
Agent “Joshua:” William R. Coughlan
Agent “Roach:” Bjorn Munson
Peter Sokolov: Brian Crane
Smoking Guest 1: William R. Coughlan
Smoking Guest 2: Kevin Murray
Secret Dealer: Anna Coughlan

Crew

Recorded at WERA-LP 96.7 FM Radio Arlington
Supplemental recording at Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia
Music by Brooks Tegler
Dialogue and sound effects editing, mastering and final mixing by William R. Coughlan
Production support by Anna Coughlan and Kim Davenport
Produced by Bjorn Munson
Written and directed by William R. Coughlan

Music Selections

Early in the Morning
composed by Clyde Hunt
performed by Brooks Tegler’s Hot Jazz
from the album And Not Only That!
Amazon | iTunes | CD Baby

Listen to the Episode LIVE!

Length: 28:00

Rated AD-PG (Audio Drama “PG”)Rated AD-PG, so parental guidance is suggested
Contains a half-buried dead body, sewers, flim-flammery, and uses of “damn,” “goddamn,” “son of a bitch” and using JC’s name in vain.

 

Listen Online! Quorum – The Gambler’s Tale: Outstanding Debts, Part 6 of 10

Quorum: The Gambler’s Tale — Outstanding DebtsPoker player Jimmy Harmon has found himself embroiled in a struggle between Las Vegas gangster Wiktoria Sałkiewicz and one, or more, sets of opponents with unknown motives. But his escape is nearly derailed when a local dancer, Amber, is attacked in broad daylight. With the help of fellow gambler, Peeps, Harmon is well on his way back to California when he gets sidetracked by a mysterious message given to him by Amber before the assault… 

Cast (in order of speaking)

Announcer: Marsha Rehns
Wiktoria Sałkiewicz: Lydia Kraniotis
Wilmer Crick: Christopher Walker
Detective Ben Marshall: Nick DePinto
Amber: Aimee Thibert
Peeps: Yasmin Tuazon
Jimmy Harmon: Cameron McNary
Receptionist: Arnetia Walker
Bruce Dundy: Kevin Murray
Bouncer: Bjorn Munson
Secret Dealer: Anna Coughlan

Crew

Recorded at WERA-LP 96.7 FM Radio Arlington
Supplemental recording at Tohubohu Productions in Burke, Virginia
Music by Brooks Tegler
Dialogue and sound effects editing, mastering and final mixing by William R. Coughlan
Production support by Anna Coughlan and Kim Davenport
Produced by Bjorn Munson
Written and directed by William R. Coughlan

Music Selections

Early in the Morning
performed by Brooks Tegler’s Hot Jazz
from the album And Not Only That!
Amazon | iTunes | CD Baby

Listen to the Episode!


Length: 28:00

Rated AD-PG (Audio Drama “PG”)Rated AD-PG, so parental guidance is suggested
Contains uses of ‘damn,’ ‘Goddamn,’ ‘son of a bitch,’ a hastily buried corpse, car chase action, and a visit to a brothel.

 

Quorum Profile: Schuyler Atkins

With the launch of our latest series, Quorum, we’re sharing the bios of some of the people making it happen.

Schuyler Atkins
Cowgirl
Schuyler Atkins is delighted to be working with Jabberwocky Audio for the first time! Schuyler appeared on the DC stage earlier this year in The Veils at The Anacostia Arts Center. She has also participated in two 48 Hour Film Projects, both behind and in front of the camera. She has enjoyed every moment of being a par† of the DC area acting community. She will soon take stage again in early 2019 in Nu Sass Productions’ Dead Dog’s Bone at CAOS on F Street.