Quorum: That’s a Wrap!

Yesterday, we completed the last of our main recording sessions for the first season of Quorum, the neo-noir adventure set to begin broadcasting this Fall.

Hard to believe, but the talented folks you see here aren’t even half the cast of Quorum!

We now turn towards post-production and getting these 10 episodes ready to air come Sunday, October 21st.

Evil Plots Don’t Just Make Themselves, You Know…

A meeting -er- recording of the full Quorum. Find out more this October! (Their names have been withheld to protect the scheming)

We’ve been busy recording all 10 episodes of the Quorum this summer — and this past Sunday, we got to have the eponymous group get together.

What this means for the rest of the cast of The Gambler’s Tale: Outstanding Debts is something you’ll have to hear for yourself this October. However, we can say that it’s been great fun working with the whole cast, evil schemers and hapless everymen (and everywomen) alike.

Writer-Director William R. Coughlan & Marsha Rehns in “Announcerland.”

Look for more information on the series, including cast profiles, as we get closer to the premiere in October!

Quorum: Thanks for Submitting

We’d like to thank all the actors who submitted to our neo-noir audio drama set to record this summer.

We’ll be reaching out to some of the actors who submitted to audition and will notify all the actors who submitted when casting choices have been made.

And for our listeners, expect to hear the final results this October!

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

Update: If you’re reading this after the submission deadline (May 31, 2018), we’d just like to remind people that submissions are closed.

Feel free to create or update your profile on Stonehenge Casting for the casting notice our next project, which will probably be posted this Fall.

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

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.

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 .