Space Opera Done Silly

As mentioned earlier today, we’ll be appearing at this year’s Escape Velocity on Memorial Day weekend.

Last year, we did an adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic War of the Worlds since it was the 80th anniversary of Orson Welles’ 1938 radio broadcast. It was great fun to update a radio adaptation to the present day and set it in and around Washington, DC.

This year, we were asked to once again pick a known work (as opposed to something original like Rogue Tyger or Quorum). However, the organizers also said that parody was an option and it’s the 40th anniversary of both the original Alien and the TV show Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

Ladies and gentlemen –and assorted aliens– get ready for
Nostromo 2: Electric Alien Boogaloo (featuring Chuck Codgers).

So, we’re still working on the script and this week someone posted a link to the full runthrough to Space Ace, the sci-fi themed sequel to the interactive animated video game Dragon’s Lair.

Beats having to cough up a whole lotta quarters to try and get through it all, right?

Anyway, it’s been a fun, silly inspiration as we continue to work on the script. More details to come as we get closer!

Join Us at Escape Velocity 2019

We got confirmation this week that we’ll be doing a live performance at the Museum of Science Fiction‘s annual science-expo-meets-pop-culture-convention, Escape Velocity!

Escape Velocity 2019 Promo from Museum of Science Fiction on Vimeo.

We don’t know the exact date and time of our performance –it’ll be sometime that Memorial Day Weekend– but the whole convention is a lot of fun.

If you’re going to be in the Washington, DC area that weekend, please come by National Harbor. We know that tickets are now on sale — and there’s a 30% off code (EV30) you can use through today, February 15th.

More details as we get closer to the event!

Listen Live! War of the Worlds, 2018

Join us on WERA-LP 96.7 FM just about now at a special time (2:00pm ET) for a rebroadcast of the live performance celebrating the 80th anniversary of the famous Mercury Theater of the Air production of War of the Worlds.

Happy Halloween!

H.G. Wells’ classic “War of the Worlds” gets a Jabberwocky update as we tune in to a special radio broadcast in October 2018 learning of mysterious power outages and “seismic activity” in the Washington, DC area. Could this be related to strange gas eruptions on the planet Mars?

Cast (in order of speaking):

Announcer: William R. Coughlan
Narrator: Brooks Tegler
Bob Fredericks, WERA-LP Anchor: Steve Ray
Dana Lavelle, Traffic Reporter: Anna Coughlan
Lisa Howes, Weather Reporter: Yasmin Tuazon
Eddie Shaw, WQVA Reporter: Keith Waters
Dave Phillips, WQVA Recording Engineer: Bjorn Munson
Dr. Isabella Perrotin: Carol McCaffrey
National Guard Sergeant: Bjorn Munson
Brigadier General Lawrence Marvin, VA National Guard: Brooks Tegler
Captain McBride, U.S. Army Signal Corps: Keith Waters
Artilleryman: William R. Coughlan
De Soto, Artillery Officer: Nick DePinto
Warthog Lead: Brooks Tegler
Warthog Four: Yasmin Tuazon
Warthog Three: Nick DePinto
Man: Steve Ray

Crew:

Recorded live at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor as part of Escape Velocity 2018
Music was composed by John Maestri
Sound Patterns by Heff Munson
Live sound recording and mixing and post-production mix by Antonio Villaronga
Written and directed by Bjorn Munson, based on the novel by H.G. Wells

Listen to the Episode Live!

Length: 49:25
Rated AD-PG, parental guidance suggested. Contains scenes of mass destruction and sci-fi violence, including people being incinerated by heat rays, suffocated by poison gas, and, in one case, impaled. I mean, the Martians really aren’t trying to be good neighbors.

Rated AD-PG (Audio Drama 'PG')
Rating: AD-PG

Listen Live! War of the Worlds, 2018

Join us on WERA-LP 96.7 FM just about now at a special time (6:00pm ET) for a rebroadcast of the live performance celebrating the 80th anniversary of the famous Mercury Theater of the Air production of War of the Worlds.

H.G. Wells’ classic “War of the Worlds” gets a Jabberwocky update as we tune in to a special radio broadcast in October 2018 learning of mysterious power outages and “seismic activity” in the Washington, DC area. Could this be related to strange gas eruptions on the planet Mars?

Cast (in order of speaking):

Announcer: William R. Coughlan
Narrator: Brooks Tegler
Bob Fredericks, WERA-LP Anchor: Steve Ray
Dana Lavelle, Traffic Reporter: Anna Coughlan
Lisa Howes, Weather Reporter: Yasmin Tuazon
Eddie Shaw, WQVA Reporter: Keith Waters
Dave Phillips, WQVA Recording Engineer: Bjorn Munson
Dr. Isabella Perrotin: Carol McCaffrey
National Guard Sergeant: Bjorn Munson
Brigadier General Lawrence Marvin, VA National Guard: Brooks Tegler
Captain McBride, U.S. Army Signal Corps: Keith Waters
Artilleryman: William R. Coughlan
De Soto, Artillery Officer: Nick DePinto
Warthog Lead: Brooks Tegler
Warthog Four: Yasmin Tuazon
Warthog Three: Nick DePinto
Man: Steve Ray

Crew:

Recorded live at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor as part of Escape Velocity 2018
Music was composed by John Maestri
Sound Patterns by Heff Munson
Live sound recording and mixing and post-production mix by Antonio Villaronga
Written and directed by Bjorn Munson, based on the novel by H.G. Wells

Listen to the Episode Live!

Length: 49:25
Rated AD-PG, parental guidance suggested. Contains scenes of mass destruction and sci-fi violence, including people being incinerated by heat rays, suffocated by poison gas, and, in one case, impaled. I mean, the Martians really aren’t trying to be good neighbors.

Rated AD-PG (Audio Drama 'PG')
Rating: AD-PG

Listen Live! War of the Worlds, 2018

Join us on WERA-LP 96.7 FM just about now at a special time (2:00pm ET) for the recording of a live performance celebrating the 80th anniversary of the famous Mercury Theater of the Air production of War of the Worlds.

H.G. Wells’ classic “War of the Worlds” gets a Jabberwocky update as we tune in to a special radio broadcast in October 2018 learning of mysterious power outages and “seismic activity” in the Washington, DC area. Could this be related to strange gas eruptions on the planet Mars?

Cast (in order of speaking):

Announcer: William R. Coughlan
Narrator: Brooks Tegler
Bob Fredericks, WERA-LP Anchor: Steve Ray
Dana Lavelle, Traffic Reporter: Anna Coughlan
Lisa Howes, Weather Reporter: Yasmin Tuazon
Eddie Shaw, WQVA Reporter: Keith Waters
Dave Phillips, WQVA Recording Engineer: Bjorn Munson
Dr. Isabella Perrotin: Carol McCaffrey
National Guard Sergeant: Bjorn Munson
Brigadier General Lawrence Marvin, VA National Guard: Brooks Tegler
Captain McBride, U.S. Army Signal Corps: Keith Waters
Artilleryman: William R. Coughlan
De Soto, Artillery Officer: Nick DePinto
Warthog Lead: Brooks Tegler
Warthog Four: Yasmin Tuazon
Warthog Three: Nick DePinto
Man: Steve Ray

Crew:

Recorded live at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor as part of Escape Velocity 2018
Music was composed by John Maestri
Sound Patterns by Heff Munson
Live sound recording and mixing and post-production mix by Antonio Villaronga
Written and directed by Bjorn Munson, based on the novel by H.G. Wells

Listen to the Episode Live!

Length: 49:25
Rated AD-PG, parental guidance suggested. Contains scenes of mass destruction and sci-fi violence, including people being incinerated by heat rays, suffocated by poison gas, and, in one case, impaled. I mean, the Martians really aren’t trying to be good neighbors.

Rated AD-PG (Audio Drama 'PG')
Rating: AD-PG

Say, Maybe the Artilleryman Was Onto Something…

If you listened to our adaptation of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, you’ll remember the artilleryman has a cunning plan to live in the network of tunnels under Washington, DC.

Now, this dialogue is actually taken almost verbatim from the novel and the artilleryman is referring to London, but we knew DC also has a good share of abandoned tunnels, so we kept it in.

Imagine our delight when we learned an amateur archivist is working on a map of DC’s tunnel network!

That artilleryman might not have been completely wrong.

 

Listen Online! War of the Worlds, 2018

This week on the podcast feed, we have a recording of a special live performance we did earlier this year to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the famous Mercury Theater of the Air broadcast of War of the Worlds.

H.G. Wells’ classic “War of the Worlds” gets a Jabberwocky update as we tune in to a special radio broadcast in October 2018 learning of mysterious power outages and “seismic activity” in the Washington, DC area. Could this be related to strange gas eruptions on the planet Mars?

Cast (in order of speaking):

Announcer: William R. Coughlan
Narrator: Brooks Tegler
Bob Fredericks, WERA-LP Anchor: Steve Ray
Dana Lavelle, Traffic Reporter: Anna Coughlan
Lisa Howes, Weather Reporter: Yasmin Tuazon
Eddie Shaw, WQVA Reporter: Keith Waters
Dave Phillips, WQVA Recording Engineer: Bjorn Munson
Dr. Isabella Perrotin: Carol McCaffrey
National Guard Sergeant: Bjorn Munson
Brigadier General Lawrence Marvin, VA National Guard: Brooks Tegler
Captain McBride, U.S. Army Signal Corps: Keith Waters
Artilleryman: William R. Coughlan
De Soto, Artillery Officer: Nick DePinto
Warthog Lead: Brooks Tegler
Warthog Four: Yasmin Tuazon
Warthog Three: Nick DePinto
Man: Steve Ray

Crew:

Recorded live at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor as part of Escape Velocity 2018
Music was composed by John Maestri
Sound Patterns by Heff Munson
Live sound recording and mixing and post-production mix by Antonio Villaronga
Written and directed by Bjorn Munson, based on the novel by H.G. Wells

Listen to the Episode

Length: 49:25
Rated AD-PG, parental guidance suggested. Contains scenes of mass destruction and sci-fi violence, including people being incinerated by heat rays, suffocated by poison gas, and, in one case, impaled. I mean, the Martians really aren’t trying to be good neighbors.

Rated AD-PG (Audio Drama 'PG')
Rating: AD-PG

Listen Live! War of the Worlds, 2018

Join us on WERA-LP 96.7 FM just about now at a special time (2:00pm ET) for the recording of a live performance from this past Memorial Day weekend.

H.G. Wells’ classic “War of the Worlds” gets a Jabberwocky update as we tune in to a special radio broadcast in October 2018 learning of mysterious power outages and “seismic activity” in the Washington, DC area. Could this be related to strange gas eruptions on the planet Mars?

Cast (in order of speaking):

Announcer: William R. Coughlan
Narrator: Brooks Tegler
Bob Fredericks, WERA-LP Anchor: Steve Ray
Dana Lavelle, Traffic Reporter: Anna Coughlan
Lisa Howes, Weather Reporter: Yasmin Tuazon
Eddie Shaw, WQVA Reporter: Keith Waters
Dave Phillips, WQVA Recording Engineer: Bjorn Munson
Dr. Isabella Perrotin: Carol McCaffrey
National Guard Sergeant: Bjorn Munson
Brigadier General Lawrence Marvin, VA National Guard: Brooks Tegler
Captain McBride, U.S. Army Signal Corps: Keith Waters
Artilleryman: William R. Coughlan
De Soto, Artillery Officer: Nick DePinto
Warthog Lead: Brooks Tegler
Warthog Four: Yasmin Tuazon
Warthog Three: Nick DePinto
Man: Steve Ray

Crew:

Recorded live at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor as part of Escape Velocity 2018
Music was composed by John Maestri
Sound Patterns by Heff Munson
Live sound recording and mixing and post-production mix by Antonio Villaronga
Written and directed by Bjorn Munson, based on the novel by H.G. Wells

Listen to the Episode Live!

Length: 49:25
Rated AD-PG, parental guidance suggested. Contains scenes of mass destruction and sci-fi violence, including people being incinerated by heat rays, suffocated by poison gas, and, in one case, impaled. I mean, the Martians really aren’t trying to be good neighbors.

Rated AD-PG (Audio Drama 'PG')
Rating: AD-PG

Listen Online! JAT Chat # 2: September 2018

With season one of Rogue Tyger finished, Bjorn and Bill talk at length about the making of the series including the characters, how some of the sound effects were created. We also touch on next week’s special broadcast of War of the Worlds.

 

Listen to the Episode! 

Shownotes

As Invasions Go, Not Bad

As anyone who’s been visiting this website in the past month or so knows, last Friday, we performed a live version of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds.

It was great fun, and we did snag a picture before all the mayhem ensued:

War of the Worlds, 2018 - cast and crew
From left to right: Steve Ray, Brooks Tegler, Keith Waters, Carol McCaffrey, Nick DePinto, William R. Coughlan, Yasmin Tuazon, Anna Coughlan, Antonio Villaronga, and Heff Munson

For those of us who weren’t able to join us at National Harbor, we are planning to broadcast it this Fall.

Oh, and while we were there at Escape Velocity, Bjorn did check in with someone who helped us get back on track with the whole timey-wimey broadcasting thing.