Show Notes for “Nostromo 2: Electric Alien Boogaloo”

For every show, the writer and director (or currently, the writer-director) provides notes to the cast on real or fictional world backstory, how to pronounce things, and frequently some of the references made in dialogue. This was the same for our latest live production, Nostromo 2: Electric Alien Boogaloo.

I love to sprinkle my work with sci-fi and other references, often based on my research for that particular script. Since this was both a comedy and being performed for a sci-fi convention audience, I felt free to put in as many references as I could. In fact, while it’s not in our broadcast/podcast recording, I did warn the audience not to try and take a drink of an adult beverage every time they heard a sci-fi reference lest they die of alcohol poisoning.

-Bjorn Munson, writer/director

Show Notes

(Title) Nostromo is the name of the cargo ship in Alien which is in turn named for a Joseph Conrad novel where the main character succumbs to greed and dies because of it.

(Title) Electric Alien Boogaloo comes from “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo” a rushed sequel to the 80s breakdancing film “Breakin'”

The rest of the notes are a special extra bit of content for our backers on Patreon!

Listen Online! Nostromo 2: Electric Alien Boogaloo

The JAT crew got a chance to return to Escape Velocity this past Memorial Day and do a special live production in honor of the 40th anniversary of both Alien and the TV show Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (as you’ll hear, we reference some of the earlier adventures of Rogers as well). Basically, it’s a send up of every space opera story you know where a crew investigates a derelict spacecraft and mayhem ensues.

In addition to creating some brand new sound gear for live sound effects, we got to work with our first “special guest voice” as space opera veteran Gigi Edgley was a guest of the convention and graciously agreed to step up to the mic.

Cast (in order of speaking):

Announcer: William R. Coughlan
Colonel Tess Ripperton: Belen Pifel
Specialist Karl: Kevin Murray
Specialist Dhan: Nick DePinto
Lieutenant Scarlet: Anna Coughlan
Chief Howard Huer: William R. Coughlan
Captain William Anthony “Chuck” Codgers: Brooks Tegler
Buddy: Bjorn Munson
Super Racketeer: Bjorn Munson
Flight Officer Pip: Gigi Edgley
Nostromo Computer: Elizabeth Farrington
Fred Waltham: Kevin Murray
Zombie: Elizabeth Farrington
Faux Voice #1: William R. Coughlan
Faux Voice #2: Kevin Murray
Alternate Computer: Kevin Murray
DPS Announcer: Brooks Tegler
Mother of Dragons: Anna Coughlan
Self-Important Schmuck: Kevin Murray
Warranty Guy: Bjorn Munson
Nostromo Backup Computer: Elizabeth Farrington

Crew:

Recorded live at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor as part of Escape Velocity 2019
Music composed by John Maestri
Sound Patterns by William R. Coughlan and Bjorn Munson
Live sound recording and mixing and post-production mix by Antonio Villaronga
Written and directed by Bjorn Munson

Rated AD-PG (Audio Drama “PG”)

Length: 36:19
Rated AD-PG, parental guidance suggested. 
Contains sci-fi related action and peril (including character death), destroying a robot, destroying a ship (or two or three), repeated use of “dammit,” one use of “frelling,” which if you’ve seen Farscape you know is quite naughty, and, computer-based betrayal.

Listen Live! Nostromo 2: Electric Alien Boogaloo

The JAT crew got a chance to return to Escape Velocity this past Memorial Day and do a special live production in honor of the 40th anniversary of both Alien and the TV show Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (as you’ll hear, we reference some of the earlier adventures of Rogers as well). Basically, it’s a send up of every space opera story you know where a crew investigates a derelict spacecraft and mayhem ensues.

In addition to creating some brand new sound gear for live sound effects, we got to work with our first “special guest voice” as space opera veteran Gigi Edgley was a guest of the convention and graciously agreed to step up to the mic.

Cast (in order of speaking):

Announcer: William R. Coughlan
Colonel Tess Ripperton: Belen Pifel
Specialist Karl: Kevin Murray
Specialist Dhan: Nick DePinto
Lieutenant Scarlet: Anna Coughlan
Chief Howard Huer: William R. Coughlan
Captain William Anthony “Chuck” Codgers: Brooks Tegler
Buddy: Bjorn Munson
Super Racketeer: Bjorn Munson
Flight Officer Pip: Gigi Edgley
Nostromo Computer: Elizabeth Farrington
Fred Waltham: Kevin Murray
Zombie: Elizabeth Farrington
Faux Voice #1: William R. Coughlan
Faux Voice #2: Kevin Murray
Alternate Computer: Kevin Murray
DPS Announcer: Brooks Tegler
Mother of Dragons: Anna Coughlan
Self-Important Schmuck: Kevin Murray
Warranty Guy: Bjorn Munson
Nostromo Backup Computer: Elizabeth Farrington

Crew:

Recorded live at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor as part of Escape Velocity 2019
Music composed by John Maestri
Sound Patterns by William R. Coughlan and Bjorn Munson
Live sound recording and mixing and post-production mix by Antonio Villaronga
Written and directed by Bjorn Munson

Listen to the live broadcast today at 4pm ET!

Rated AD-PG (Audio Drama “PG”)

Length: 49:46
Rated AD-PG, parental guidance suggested.
Contains sci-fi related action and peril (including character death), destroying a robot, destroying a ship (or two or three), repeated use of “dammit,” one use of “frelling,” which if you’ve seen Farscape you know is quite naughty, and, computer-based betrayal.

Watch us Live! Nostromo 2: Electric Alien Boogaloo

Just in case you hadn’t heard on the radio or our podcast, we’re performing live today! at Escape Velocity, a sci-fi convention at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor. Our performance is at 3:30pm.

Joining us will be our first special guest voice, Gigi Edgley, of Farscape fame, so perfect for our send up of sci-fi stories exploring derelict spacecraft: Nostromo 2: Electric Alien Boogaloo.

She’ll be part of a space opera panel right before us if you want more space opera (and who doesn’t?)

Cast (in order of speaking):

Colonel Tess Ripperton: Belen Pifel
Specialist Karl: Kevin Murray
Specialist Dhan: Nick DePinto
Lieutenant Scarlet: Anna Coughlan
Chief Howard Huer: William R. Coughlan
Captain Anthony William “Chuck” Codgers: Brooks Tegler
Buddy: Bjorn Munson
Nostromo Computer: Elizabeth Farrington
Flight Officer Pip: Gigi Edgley
(There’s a few more characters — okay many more — but that’s it for now).

Crew:

(to be) Recorded at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor for Escape Velocity by Antonio Villaronga.
Music was composed by John Maestri.
Sound Patterns by Bjorn Munson and William R. Coughlan.
Written and directed by Bjorn Munson.

Nostromo 2 Profile: John Maestri

John Maestri

John Maestri
Composer
Composer for screen, video games, and podcasts, this is John’s fourth music collaboration with Team J.  His composition credits include DeLeon Crossing, Rogue Tyger, War of the Worlds (Team Jabberwocky), The Darryl Winston Show (PBS-DCTV), Close Quarters (Tohubohu Productions), and CityZen (Metamoki).  Additionally, John is a member of the Fleet Street Collective, an award winning group of orchestrators and arrangers recognized for reimagining Sweeney Todd and The Mystery of Edwin Drood into face melting metal.

As an in-demand percussionist and drummer, John has performed around the DMV with various ensembles and toured extensively throughout Europe and Asia with the New England Youth Ensemble.  His highlights include performing three times at Carnegie Hall, participating in the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, and participating in BMI Composing for the Screen workshop (New York) and the Conductors’ Academy (Radom, Poland).

He is currently the Executive Producer of the Frederick Jazz Festival and resides in Frederick, MD with his wonderful wife and son.

Nostromo 2 Profile: Antonio Villaronga

Antonio Villaronga

Antonio Villaronga
Audio Engineering
Antonio Villaronga is a Music Composer, Sound Engineer, and Film/Video Producer and Editor in the DC metro area. His work can be seen and heard in several independent films and cable TV shows.

Antonio is the producer and engineer for “Voices From The DMV,” a weekly radio show airing on WERA 96.7 FM which showcases local DC-area music. He is also a sound engineer for several other radio programs and podcasts on WERA.

Currently, Antonio is an instructor for various media courses at Arlington Independent Media, including classes on audio production, video/TV production, and editing.

Nostromo 2 Profile: Elizabeth Farrington

Elizabeth Farrington
Nostromo Computer, Zombie, Nostromo Backup Computer

Elizabeth Farrington is a vocalist who recently made the jump into voice acting and independent film production, courtesy of Jabberwocky Audio Theatre, Tohubohu Productions, and the 48 Hour Film Festival.

A Native New Yorker who relocated to the D.C. area in 2015, (by way of several other states), she has performed at the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo, the DC Marriott, the Cathedral Choral Society’s Gala Anniversary, as well as for the Stage Alive Concert Association, and other small venues.

Obsessed with singing since childhood, she studied piano, voice, and guitar. After a few years of High School musical theatre productions, choral competitions, and more voice training, she attended S.U.N.Y. at Fredonia, where she studied music, art, and dance, culminating in a degree in Creative Arts Therapy in 1982 and an amplified interest in recording and musical performance.

From there she made the move to Manhattan and worked as a pop/rock guitarist, front person, and studio performer for independent projects. 

She now focuses on her true passion, the music of the 1920s-40s; specifically, the female voices of that time.

Her film credits include “The Rest of Your Life” (2017), “Believe Me” (2017), “The Least Among Us” (2017), “Meant To Be Broken” (2018), and “Bombshell” (2018)

When not annoying people with her ukuleles and an extensive repertoire of catchy novelty songs from the 1920s, you can usually find her quietly at home with her beloved mate and two little senior rescue mutts, watching birds and growing stuff.

Nostromo 2 Profile: Bjorn Munson

Bjorn Munson
Buddy, Super-Racketeer, Warranty Guy, Sound Patterns, Writer/Director

Bjorn Munson, a lifelong fan of vintage radio, serves as the Artistic Director of Jabberwocky Audio Theater and also directed last year’s live production, an adaptation of War of the Worlds. He is very excited that the troupe gets to tackle comedy at long last, especially sci-fi inspired comedy (he’s a fan of both Galaxy Quest and Red Dwarf).

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.

Nostromo 2 Profile: Brooks Tegler

Brooks Tegler

Brooks Tegler
Captain Anthony William “Chuck” Codgers, DPS Announcer

Brooks Tegler is an actor, voice actor, writer, and WW1-WW2 historian and reenactor — with a special area of focus on the USAAF and RAF of WW2. He has also been a professional jazz musician, band leader, and recording artist for several decades.

Nostromo 2 Profile: William R. Coughlan

William R. Coughlan

William R. Coughlan
Announcer, Chief Howard Huer, Faux Voice 1, Sound Patterns

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, 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.