Conjuration 2018

Our return to this magical convention! Coming this November: ParaNoirmal Encounters. The story of a town where the supernatural is commonplace and evil forces are warded off by a team known as The Hats. Created and written by Paige Steadman.

Also, a live performance of Mercury: A Broadcast of Hope.

Hallowcon 2018

Our debut appearance at this convention! Stay tuned for programming details!

Dragon Con 2018

Back at Dragon Con for another year! We’ve been at every one so far, why stop now?

Show schedule:

Friday, August 31: Mercury: A Broadcast of Hope, The Dead Watcher by Kelley S. Ceccato, and A.L.I.C.E. by Elisabeth Allen

Sunday, September 2: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, adapted for audio by David Benedict and Brad StricklandTwenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea - square promo icon

LibertyCon 2018

Our 14th year at one of our favorite conventions! Programming details coming soon!

221B Con 2018

Our sixth year at this grand Sherlockian event! Programming details coming soon!

Spy Con 2018

Our debut event at this brand new convention! Programming details are being finalized, but we can definitively tell you we will be bringing an episode of our adventure noir The Crimson Hawk!

Atlanta Sci Fi/Fantasy Expo 2018

ARTC returns to the largest free fan experience in Atlanta!

On the docket for this performance: Terrific Park by George Alec Effinger, adapted by Brad Strickland, Rory Rammer, Space Marshal: The Colour of the Shadow Of the Outsider Over the Mountains of Madness Out of Space by Ron N. Butler, three episodes from our series Mildly Exciting Tales of Astonishment by Jonathan Strickland, and a special live performance of Mercury: A Broadcast of Hope!

ConNooga 2018

ARTC makes its debut performance at ConNooga! We’ll be bringing you some Lovecraft with The Colour Out of Space and some Lovecraftian science fiction with Rory Rammer, Space Marshal: The Colour of the Shadow Over the Mountains of Madness Out of Space!

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31 Years of ARTC: Chattacon 2010

Continuing our look back at ARTC’s 31 years (thusfar!) with photos from our live performances. You can get a look at our whole history of combining adventures in sound with the thrill of live performance in our Chronology!

In this installment we bring you our appearance at Chattacon where we presented A Ship Named Francis, Rory Rammer, Space Marshal: The Angel of Destruction, NOSINET, and SWATting the Books. Check out all the pictures on our Flickr album.

Ariel Kasten, David Benedict, Bill Kronick
The cast bows their heads as the Chaplain from “A Ship Named Francis” calls upon the great Tester to keep the ship’s engines from exploding.
Bill Ritch, Bob Zimmerman, Brad Weage
The tech crew keeps the ship afloat.
The cast from Chattacon 2010.
The cast from Chattacon 2010!

Short update this week, but there’s plenty to see on the Flickr page!

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The Passion of Frankenstein part 1 of 5

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The Passion of Frankenstein is legendary amongst longtime ARTC members. First performed at Dragon Con in 1998 it has been repeated only four times in our long 31 year history. It is powerful. A freight train of an audio drama, crafted by Thomas E. Fuller to assault the audience with raw power and emotion. And it is a technical nightmare.

Bill Ritch, Christina Fuller, and Matt Gwaltney - the tech crew
Pictured: a technical nightmare

The creation scenes involve layer after layer of switches, electrical sounds, dynamos, chains, rain, thunder, lightning, and the frantic shouting of Victor and his assistant Henry, along with the mournful recitation of the Monster’s borrowed poetry. Fuller made extensive use of Percy Shelley’s poetry in the script.

Daniel Taylor and David Benedict
“Poetry”

Over 80 individual sound cues go into this hour-long production, not to mention the live Foley sound effects. In 1998 this involved multiple CD players and tape decks, some of which were arranged to play certain sounds on a loop and could be faded in and out to prevent having to cue up those sounds again later. In 2015 we brought it to World Horror Convention, safe in the assumption that modern technology would make the production easier. While it is true that the laptop we ran the SFX from took up less space, it did not help as much as we’d hoped in terms of making the SFX easier to cue.

Tony Fuller and Bob Brown on Foley
Just some of the live Foley, performed by Tony Fuller and Bob Brown, mixed by Ashley Harp

When you have a piece this complex, you can’t just perform it once, so we will be repeating it in 2015 at LibertyCon and Dragon Con. For the next cycle of podcasts we will be bringing you each of the 5 parts from a different one of those productions, as well as the studio production.

We hope you enjoy it.