We love all of our audiences and look forward to entertaining everyone, but some audiences have a special place in our hearts. 221B Con is one of them. Not least because we pack the house when we go there!
It’s such a ton of fun playing to these dedicated Sherlock Holmes fans. An iconic character, portayed by a variety of actors in a variety of ways, but without having to deal with all the time travel and blue police boxes. For this performance, we commissioned new scripts from Sketch MacQuinor. One was Commonplaces, by Naomi Novik (stay tuned to see if we can run that one on the podcast), and the other was The Game is Afoot: Game the Fourth – The Ultimate Ultimatum.
David was such a good sport about this. We only asked him if he’d appear on stage with us a few hours before show time, but he agreed to do it readily. Right up until the show itself, we were figuring out the logistics of when to have him approach the stage, how to introduce him, and going over his role.
And then we gave him a non-speaking part and pushed his character off a cliff.
And the fans LOVED it! Next year we hope to have him back in a more substantial (and audible) role, but for this year he honored us by appearing on stage, however briefly, and gamely played along with the joke. Thank you, David!
Pictured: Our biggest fan
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Well, here we are. We made it. All the way through 4 parts of Lovecraftian horror and now we’re…not quite ready for the Centauri Express to launch.
Hal Wiedeman is displeased
We were so looking forward to this being the last episode of the venerable, but generically named, ARTC’s Podcast. But we just can’t. We can’t put forth something that’s less than our best effort. We just can’t do that to our listeners. So we’re pushing back to August. We hope.
Paige Steadman has her doubts.
So we’ll be carrying on in our usual fashion for just a couple more months. In the meantime, won’t you consider supporting us on Patreon? We just posted a bunch of really cool milestone goals to help you know what your support will mean to us, and we’re working on a short video to show how we’re operating, too. All kinds of good stuff going on, so remember that you can set your own budget and hopefully you can see your way clear to helping us out a bit. We’d really appreciate it!
Bob Zimmerman, Kat Nowack, and Bill Ritch are waiting for YOU.
So in this month’s show notes, we’re going to talk instead about what’s coming up for the podcast. As we mention in the podcast itself, we’re about to wind down on the show as you’ve known it for the last 10 years. We’re shooting for a June launch, but we’re perfectionists, so it might be July or August before we get this really ready, but when it gets moving it’s going to be as hard to stop as a freight train. Which is fitting since it will be theCentauri Express Audio Magazine!
What is the Centauri Express? It’s whatever you want it to be! For one thing we’ll be taking a step back from our anthology format and focusing on a serialized audio drama, beginning with the full 13-episode version of Dash Cardigan!
But that’s not all! We’ll also be featuring interviews with ARTC personnel, behind-the-scenes looks at our productions, outtakes, and user-submitted content that might take the form of reviews or previews of other audio dramas, convention reports, flash fiction, and whatever else looks interesting to us and to you, our loyal listeners.
Enjoying the live performances? Fret not! The majority of the back catalog will remain online and free for the foreseeable future and future live performances will be made available as free perks for our Patreon subscribers at ALL levels.
Hal Wiedeman has “feelings” about that news. David Benedict looks on, while scouting an escape route.
There’s still one more part of The Rats in the Walls to go and then…well, you’ll just have to stay tuned to find out what happens next. But whatever shows up next you can be sure that….There is Adventure in Sound!
Tony Fuller practices breaking some kneecaps in case this ever happens again.
This month we continue with The Rats in the Walls from our 2012 performance. With music by The Ghosts Project, it was a really creepy experience.
Robert Drake is really creeped out.
The creepiness was enhanced by the lighting wizardry of Robert Drake. We don’t always have the luxury of special lighting at our live shows. At most of our convention appearances we usually just have the ballroom lights of the room we’re performing in, so being able to do a show at the Academy Theatre is a real treat.
Probably should have saved the fisheye lens for The Shadow Over Innsmouth
So last month we brought you The Music of Erich Zann. This month we decided to keep the cosmic horror going. And why not? It’s our 10th year of podcasting and our H. P. Lovecraft fans have been very good to us, so we’d like to be very good to them!
For the uninitiated, Lovecraft’s Nightmares was our monthlong celebration of the master of cosmic horror. For four weekends in October, ARTC performed a different Lovecraft adaptation from our catalog. The first weekend, we led off with The Rats in the Walls, featuring Dave Schroeder in the role of Delapore.
Can you believe the first ARTC podcast was back in 2006? We can’t, and we published it!
At the end of 2015, we featured three interviews with ARTC writers and performers. We’ll be having more of that in 2016, but for now let’s get back to the audio drama with The Music of Erich Zann by H. P. Lovecraft, adapated for audio by Jonathan Horton and David Benedict, featuring music by The Ghosts Project, Paul Mercer and Davis Petterson with Alton Leonard.
This was part of our Lovecraft’s Nightmares show back in 2012 at the Academy Theatre.
Davis is a dark and shadowy presence.
Lovecraft’s Nightmares was a monthlong celebration of the master of cosmic horror. His writing focuses on the strange, the macabre, and the insane. Speaking of insane, we performed a different Lovecraft adaptation each week in October of 2012, and many of the cast and crew went insane and everyone called the producer insane. But it was a ton of fun and we got a lot of great performances out of that month!
Pictured: The Producer. Insane.
You can hear more of the performances from Lovecraft’s Nightmares, and even more of our ongoing collaboration with The Ghosts Project, by purchasing them from our catalog. But for now, here’s a glimpse into madness. We hope you enjoy it.
This month we’re completing our interview series…for now. Be sure to let us know what you think of this new format and we may mix it in again from time to time! This time we are featuring ARTC actor and Head Writer Brad Strickland. Also, how is everybody liking the new Libsyn plugin format? Be sure to let us know what you think and we’ll make adjustments based on your feedback!
This month we’re continuing on with our interview series, this time featuring ARTC author and actress Kelley S. Ceccato. We’re also pleased to be making our very first post using the new Libsyn WordPress plugin! This will, of course, be changing up how the podcast is presented just slightly, so be sure to let us know what you think of the new format and we’ll make adjustments based on your feedback!
Kelley is the author of several audio dramas including Nothing-at-All (which we’ll be performing LIVE at CONjuration this weekend), In Need of a Bard, Sarabande for a Condemned Man, The Horseman of the Hollow, The Worst Good Woman in the World, and The House Across the Way.
She is also the author of the novel Atterwald and the forthcoming Nightmare Lullabye under the name Nan Monroe.
As we enter the last quarter of 2015, we’ve got big plans for the podcast. We’ve been publishing since 2006 and have been highlighting our live performances. The response from our fans has been incredible, and we’re deeply grateful for all the kind words that have been sent our way. We’ll still be bringing you live performances on occasion, but the time is approaching for us to change things up a little.
For the remainder of this year we will be featuring interviews with various ARTC actors, authors, technicians, and producers to help our fans get better acquainted with the people who have been bringing you audio drama since 1984!
This month we begin with an interview conducted by ARTC founder William Brown with actor and author Dave Schroeder.
As always, we welcome your feedback. Let us know what you think, and we look forward to helping you get to know us better with even more exciting events to come!
We apologize for the lateness of the podcast this month. Dragon Con ate our brain.
Well, this is it. The final chapter in this 5-part saga of The Passion of Frankenstein. It’s been quite a summer with an unprecedented three performances of this gothic masterpiece.
The Dragon Con stage.
We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to hear this piece from the different casts. We looked for some of the older performances, but they appear to have been misplaced. If we find them, maybe we’ll run them later.
“No, please! No more Frankenstein!”
In the previous installments of this piece, the music was done by Brad Weage. In this final installment we were pleased to have live music from The Ghosts Project.
Davis Petterson, Gabriel Monticello, and Paul Mercer
We also presented the Thomas E. Fuller Lifetime Achievement Award to William Alan Ritch and David Benedict!
William Alan Ritch accepts the Thomas E. Fuller Lifetime Achievement Award
David Benedict accepts the Thomas E. Fuller Lifetime Achievement Award