Hello, everybody! A very quick update on what’s going on with ARTC these days:
COVID-19 – The cast and crew of ARTC is taking every precaution to preserve the health and safety of ourselves and our fans these days. Accordingly, in addition to the cancellation of our March show at the Strand Theatre in Marietta we have also cancelled our appearance at 221B Con (shortly before the convention cancelled itself outright). The status of future shows (April at the Strand, LibertyCon, Dragon Con, etc) will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis based on the situation as it stands at the time.
Ordering – We highly encourage everyone to order our downloadable products. Any orders for CDs to be sent through the mail will be handled individually, but in most cases we’re either going to ask you to accept a very delayed delivery date or we will just refund you the purchase price and ask you to buy the digital version instead.
Mercury: A Broadcast of Hope – Mercury will continue production, although as we announced previously, we’ll be recording remotely for the foreseeable future. This gives us the opportunity to have additional guests on the show from virtually anywhere in the world, so if you have a story of survival and want to be a character on the show, now’s a good time for you to write that and get in on this historic podcast!
Mercury: Year One and Year Two – For those of you who don’t want to subscribe via Patreon for any reason, you can now purchase Year One and Year Two of Mercury: A Broadcast of Hope via this very website for $15 each! Over 30 hours of content in each 365-day package!
We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. We’re working on additional projects that have been in post-production for a while and exploring ways to keep our production cycle moving while not putting anyone at risk of spreading SARS-COV-2. Thank you all for your continued support! There is Adventure in Sound!
We’ll have three exciting new releases for attendees at Dragon Con this year, and for those of you who are reading this website right now! First, our 2012 live production of “The Dunwich Horror” by H. P. Lovecraft, adapted by Thomas E. Fuller, featuring music by The Ghosts Project with Alton Leonard. Next, not just the long-awaited Volume 2, but also Volume 3 of our fan-favorite series Rory Rammer, Space Marshal, created and written by Ron N. Butler!
We’ve got a couple of other titles in the works that should be ready in time for the convention, but we hate to make promises we can’t keep, so watch this space for news of those when they’re ready!
We’re pleased and proud to announce that we have been selected to perform at the HEAR Now Festival’s Audio Tonight presentation! Atlanta Radio Theatre Company will travel to Kansas City, MO, to perform an episode of our fan-favorite series Rory Rammer, Space Marshal: The Colour of the Shadow of the Outsider Over the Mountain of Madness Out of Space.
Hey, folks, as we’re winding down 2017 we’d like to remind everyone that ARTC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, which means your donations are tax deductable! Consider helping us make more audio drama by donating with the form at the bottom of the front page! You can even do an offline donation and send a check if you’d prefer! Thanks!
It’s that time again! Time to make your plans to see this year’s rendition of An Atlanta Christmas. As you may know, we change up the scripts every year to keep the show fresh, but this year we went all out and came up with four brand new, never-before-heard scripts from our talented writers.
And, as if that weren’t enough, we will also be presenting the first ever live performance of Mercury: A Broadcast of Hope, our daily audio drama! We’ll be performing the episodes that will have gone live that very day on both days of the shows!
Tickets are here, but get them early! The venue is small and tickets are just $5 until November 27 and then we start our yearly celebration of the 12 Days of An Atlanta Christmas, with the price going up by $1 every day until the day of the show! Advance tickets on the show dates will be $17, but tickets at the door will be $20.
Today we’d like to introduce you to David Benedict.
David, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far. Atlanta Radio Theatre Company (ARTC) was founded in 1984 by radio personality William L. Brown and actor/director Patrick Stansbury. They incorporated ARTC as a non-profit educational corporation, dedicated to the production and distribution of quality audio drama.
To procure funding, Mr. Stansbury persuaded the Citizens and Southern National Bank (as it was then known, later part of NationsBank, now Bank of America) to sponsor a weekly, one hour program on WGST-AM — and Mr. Brown turned his spare bedroom into a recording studio. Atlanta playwright Thomas E. Fuller (now better known as one of the authors of Wishbone books for young readers) was enlisted as principal writer, and numerous actors from the local theatrical community joined this exciting new venture.
He was best known for his work on Battlestar Galactica(both the original in the late 1970s and the reboot in 2004), but he also appeared in a number of other movies and television shows, including the web series written and produced by Brad Linaweaver, Silicon Assassin.