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Every story is a crossroads. A diverse company of Chicago artists produces new audio dramas—recorded live—and stages freewheeling audience conversations about them. Led by Founder and Executive Producer Jeremy McCarter, Make-Believe shares suspenseful, moving, hilarious stories, and tries to discover how they shape our world.
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Following the cancellation of Shakespeare in the Park, Oskar Eustis talks about a utopian story in one of Shakespeare's plays. A practical guide to what a vision of the future can do--and what it can't. --------------- Hosted by Jeremy McCarter Music, mixing, and mastering by Mikhail Fiksel Graphics and social media by Carly Pearlman ---------------- Share Make-Believe on social media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MakeBelieveFM IG: https://www.instagram.com/makebelievefm/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/makebelieveassociation/  
Can a new society arise from a cataclysm? Does humanity deserve a second chance? Chicago author and journalist Natalie Moore joins a virtual audience to explore utopia, dystopia, and the radical imagination while discussing the great Chicago dramatist's "What Use Are Flowers?". -------------------------------------- Listen to Lorraine Hansberry’s What Use Are Flowers?: https://makebelieve.fm/flowers   Listen to Natalie Moore and Jeremy McCarter’s City on Fire: Chicago Race Riot 1919: https://makebelieve.fm/city-on-fire   Credits for this episode: Hosted by Jeremy McCarter Music, mixing, and mastering by Mikhail Fiksel Graphics and social media by Carly Pearlman   Credits for What Use Are Flowers?: Directed by Daniel Kyri Music by Mikhail Fiksel Sound by Erisa Apantaku and Mikhail Fiksel Production manager - Madeleine Borg Stage manager - JC Widman   Cast: Hermit – Billy Branch Charlie – Daniel Kyri Lily – Khloe Janel William – Tevion Lanier Narration read by Kiayla Ryann   Thank you to the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust for allowing us to produce the audio drama; and to the Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Foundation and the Poetry Foundation for making season one possible
To tide us over until baseball returns, sportswriter Will Leitch breaks down the most famous athletic contest of all time, and a lively virtual audience debates its moral today. ------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Will Leitch's newsletter: https://tinyletter.com/williamfleitch Consider an actual tortoise vs. an actual hare: https://metro.co.uk/2016/10/15/someone-staged-an-actual-race-between-a-rabbit-and-a-tortoise-6194091/ Hosted by Jeremy McCarter Music, mixing, and mastering by Mikhail Fiksel Graphics and social media by Carly Pearlman
The sky might or might not be falling, but the story that gave rise to that phrase is everywhere. In episode two of our series inspired by Boccaccio, Stephanie Ybarra and a group of fascinating people from all over the country reconsider the tale of the moment. --------------------------------------- Hosted by Jeremy McCarter Music, mixing, and mastering by Mikhail Fiksel Graphics and social media by Carly Pearlman Join the conversation - @MakeBelieveFM
Inspired by Boccaccio, a new series of conversations in which we share a story and invite a fascinating person to talk about what it means. In episode one, Martin Edlund of Malaria No More interprets the Zen fable about the tiger and the strawberry. --------------------------------------------- Hosted by Jeremy McCarter Music, mixing, and mastering by Mikhail Fiksel Graphics and social media by Carly Pearlman Special thanks to Maria Tatar Join the conversation - @MakeBelieveFM  
A docudrama about the summer that ravaged a city--and remade it. Co-produced with WBEZ.   -------------------------------------------   CITY ON FIRE: CHICAGO RACE RIOT 1919 A co-production of WBEZ Chicago and Make-Believe Association Written by Natalie Moore and Jeremy McCarter Original music and sound design by Mikhail Fiksel Executive produced by Cate Cahan for WBEZ and Jeremy McCarter for Make-Believe Recorded at WBEZ Studios and The Revival, Chicago CAST Ayanna Bria Bakari - Mrs. Ellis, Witness Brenda Barrie - Wife Terry Bell - Ensemble Eduardo Curley-Carrillo - Ensemble Charles Andrew Gardner - Oscar Dozier, Eugene's Friend Lawrence Grimm - Officer, Alderman, Minister Francis Guinan - Motorman, The Chief Sam Hubbard - George Stauber, Alderman C. Anthony Jackson - The Reverend Timothy Edward Kane - Eugene Temple, Dispatcher Ryan Kitley - Homeowner, Husband, Minister Tevion Lanier - Eugene Williams, Civic Leader Al’Jaleel McGhee - Migrant, Son Marcus D. Moore - Ensemble A.C. Smith - Migrant, Father Andre Teamer - Witness, Husband Anji White - Migrant, Mother Jacqueline Williams - Ida B. Wells PRODUCTION STAFF Casting director - Laura Alcalá Baker Production manager - Madeleine Borg Production coordinator - Erisa Apantaku Stage manager - Heather Sparling SOUND TEAM Recording engineers - Adam Yoffe, DeShun Smith, Shelly Steffens, and J. Kyle White-Sullivan Editing by Mikhail Fiksel Mastering by Adam Yoffe and Shelly Steffens Credits voiced by Melba Lara Equipment provided by TechMagic Designs Graphic design by Carly Pearlman “St. Louis Blues” composed by W. C. Handy SPECIAL THANKS Adam Green; Liesl Olson; Cindy Abbott, Betsy Berger, Steve Edwards, Janet Gould, Alden Loury, Tracy Brown, Jennifer Bell and the staff of WBEZ; the Make-Believe Writers’ Room (Sydney Charles, Nancy García Loza, Nate Marshall, and Kristina Valada-Viars); Carolyn Casselman and Rima Pancholi of Paul Weiss; Catherine Allen of The Den Theatre; John Stoops of The Revival; Giselle Castro; and Robert Hornbostel   To support Make-Believe with a tax-deductible contribution, please visit: https://makebelieve.fm/support-us/
What Use Are Flowers?

What Use Are Flowers?

2019-03-2101:09:38

Does humanity deserve another chance? A fable from the great Lorraine Hansberry about a hermit and some children at the end of the world--or the beginning.   To contact Make-Believe, email us at talk@makebelieve.fm   ---------------   What Use Are Flowers?: A Fable By Lorraine Hansberry Music by Mikhail Fiksel Sound by Erisa Apantaku and Mikhail Fiksel Directed by Daniel Kyri Executive produced by Jeremy McCarter   Performed and recorded live at the Harold Washington Library, Chicago   CAST Hermit - Billy Branch Charlie - Daniel Kyri Lily - Khloe Janel William - Tevion Lanier Narration read by Kiayla Ryann   SOUND TEAM Recording engineer - Joe Palermo Additional recording - Scott Tallarida at Trigger   PRODUCTION STAFF Production manager - Madeleine Borg Stage manager - JC Widman Community manager - LaRob Payton   POST-PRODUCTION Editing and mixing by Erisa Apantaku and Mikhail Fiksel Sound design by Mikhail Fiksel Final mixing and mastering by Joe Palermo   Permission from Joi Gresham and the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust   Graphic design by Carly Pearlman   Equipment provided by TechMagic Designs   Make-Believe theme music by Mikhail Fiksel   “Greensleeves” - traditional English folk melody   Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 - 4. Finale (Ode to Joy)   Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 - 3. Adagio molto e cantabile; Andante moderato Performed by Skidmore College Orchestra, via Musopen   SPECIAL THANKS Joi Gresham, Julie McGarvie, and the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust; Brian Bannon and the staff of Chicago Public Library; Carolyn Casselman of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison; Robert Hornbostel; Nancy García Loza; Nate Marshall; SAG-AFTRA.   PRODUCTION SPONSORS The Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Family Foundation, for an essential launch grant The Poetry Foundation, our lead season sponsor Joyce Chelberg, whose generosity supports the work of Make-Believe’s actors All our donors and supporters   To support Make-Believe with a tax-deductible contribution, please visit: https://makebelieve.fm/support-us/
Lost Books of the Odyssey

Lost Books of the Odyssey

2019-03-0101:00:35

Odysseus, the “man of twists and turns”, goes on five new adventures, portrayed by five amazing actors. Sing for our time, too. To contact Make-Believe, email us at talk@makebelieve.fm --------------- Lost Books of the OdysseyBy Jeremy McCarterAdapted from the novel by Zachary MasonMusic composed and sound team led by Mikhail FikselDirected by Jess McLeodExecutive produced by Jeremy McCarter Performed and recorded live at the Harold Washington Library, Chicago CAST (in order of playing Odysseus)Kareem BandealyKristina Valada-ViarsLily MojekwuIan Paul CusterHenry Godinez SOUND TEAMSound designer - Mikhail FikselAssociate sound designer and audio technician - Robert HornbostelRecording engineer - Joe Palermo PRODUCTION STAFFProduction manager - Madeleine BorgStage manager - Brennan T. JonesCommunity manager - Kaitlin Fine POST-PRODUCTIONEditing, mixing, and additional recording by Mikhail FikselAdditional sound design, final mixing and mastering by Joe Palermo Graphic design by Carly Pearlman Equipment provided by TechMagic Designs Make-Believe theme music by Mikhail Fiksel SPECIAL THANKSCatherine Allen and The Den Theater; Brian Bannon and the staff of Chicago Public Library; Carolyn Casselman of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison; Bill Clegg; Nancy García Loza; Nate Marshall; Kevin Reader, Max Temkin, and Cards Against Humanity; Chris Rooney; SAG-AFTRA. PRODUCTION SPONSORSThe Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Family Foundation, for an essential launch grantThe Poetry Foundation, our lead season sponsorJoyce Chelberg, whose generosity supports the work of Make-Believe’s actorsAll our donors and supporters To support Make-Believe with a tax-deductible contribution, please visit:https://makebelieve.fm/support-us/
Bruh Rabbit

Bruh Rabbit

2019-02-0754:46

Brer Rabbit, the iconic trickster of African-American folklore, returns in new tales by the poet Nate Marshall: It’s a whole new briar patch now. To contact Make-Believe, email us at talk@makebelieve.fm This program is dedicated to the life of George Terrell, a storyteller and enslaved man on the Turnwold Plantation in Eatonton, Georgia. He is one of countless storytellers with names that we will never know or get right.   --------------- Bruh Rabbit And the Fantastic Telling of Remington Ellis, Esq. By Nate Marshall Music composed and sound team led by Mikhail Fiksel Directed by Wardell Julius Clark Executive produced by Jeremy McCarter Performed and recorded live at the Harold Washington Library, Chicago CAST (in order of appearance) Interviewer/Mayor/Tar Baby - Sydney Charles Remington/Fam Bear - Osiris Khepera Fam Wolf - Charles Andrew Gardner Fam Fox - Kiayla Ryann Bruh Rabbit - Al’Jaleel McGhee SOUND TEAM Sound designer - Mikhail Fiksel Associate sound designer - Robert Hornbostel Recording engineer - Steve Labedz Audio technician - Maddie Doyle PRODUCTION STAFF Production manager - Madeleine Borg Stage manager - J.C. Widman Community manager - Arrion Jones POST-PRODUCTION Editing, mixing, and additional recording by Mikhail Fiksel and Robert Hornbostel Mastering by Joe Palermo Graphic design by Carly Pearlman Equipment provided by TechMagic Designs Make-Believe theme music by Mikhail Fiksel SPECIAL THANKS Catherine Allen and The Den Theater; Brian Bannon and the staff of Chicago Public Library; Carolyn Casselman of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison; Nancy García Loza; Chris Rooney; SAG-AFTRA; Maria Tatar PRODUCTION SPONSORS The Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Family Foundation, for an essential launch grant The Poetry Foundation, our lead season sponsor Joyce Chelberg, whose generosity supports the work of Make-Believe’s actors All our donors and supporters To support Make-Believe with a tax-deductible contribution, please visit: https://makebelieve.fm/support-us/      
Brava

Brava

2019-01-1501:01:311

A brave girl's journey through a land of many monsters, adapted from a Mexican folktale by Nancy García Loza. Performed and recorded live in Chicago, followed by audience conversation. To contact Make-Believe, email us at talk@makebelieve.fm --------------- Brava A folktale con música Script and corrido by Nancy García Loza Music direction and additional music by Eréndira Izguerra Sound team led by Mikhail Fiksel Directed by Laura Alcalá Baker Executive produced by Jeremy McCarter Performed and recorded live at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen, Chicago CAST (in order of appearance) Young Girl - Ilse Zacharias Father/Patrón - Christian Castro Viejita/Cook - Ana María Alvarez Walking Stick/Servant - Brandon Rivera Guard/Soldado - Carlos Rogelio Diaz Prince/Bolumbí - Eduardo Curley-Carrillo BAND Violin - Eréndira Izguerra Guitarron - Jeanette Nevarez Vihuela - Laura Velazquez SOUND TEAM Sound designer - Mikhail Fiksel Associate sound designer - Robert Hornbostel Recording engineer - Steve Labedz Audio technician - Maddie Doyle PRODUCTION STAFF Production manager - Madeleine Borg Stage manager - Jaclynn Joslin Community manager - Jennifer Aparicio Folk music adviser - Juan Dies, Sones de México Ensemble POST-PRODUCTION Editing, mixing, and additional recording by Mikhail Fiksel Additional recording by Robert Hornbostel Mastering by Joe Palermo Based on a folktale in Tales from Jalisco, Mexico by Howard T. Wheeler, published by The American Folklore Society. Casting by Paskal Rudnicke Casting Graphic design by Carly Pearlman Equipment provided by TechMagic Designs Make-Believe theme music by Mikhail Fiksel SPECIAL THANKS Catherine Allen and The Den Theater; The American Folklore Society; Carolyn Casselman of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison; Erica Daniels and Victory Gardens; Maria Hinojosa; Nate Marshall; Chris Rooney; SAG-AFTRA; and Carlos Tortolero and the National Museum of Mexican Art PRODUCTION SPONSORS The Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Family Foundation, for an essential launch grant The Poetry Foundation, our lead season sponsor Joyce Chelberg, whose generosity supports the work of Make-Believe’s actors All our donors and supporters To support Make-Believe with a tax-deductible contribution, please visit: https://makebelieve.fm/support-us/    
How can creative artists make each other more creative? As we count down to the release of Make-Believe's first audio drama, we talk with Monica Beletsky, acclaimed writer for TV and film, about artistic collaboration, the highs and lows of the TV writers' room, and the fable of the Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. See Monica's thread on storytelling: https://twitter.com/MonicaBeletsky/status/946479909903282177 See @edithdrod's visualization: https://drive.google.com/file/d/16AMvLZhqHvX9KpwLRYmFPhuJ_Ez4SpaP/view Talk to Make-Believe: talk@makebelieve.fm
Coming Soon: Brava

Coming Soon: Brava

2019-01-0300:53

A preview of the first audio drama in our season of Grown Folks Fables, a Mexican folktale con música by Nancy García Loza. A brave girl faces many monsters. #muchowowwow #muchoguaoguao
Michael Sandel, philosopher and showman, helps us prep for Season 1 by showing how it's done. Plus: the art of listening, upstaging Matt Damon, and the case of Grasshopper v. Ant.   Want to talk with us? We're at info@mbelieve.org.   Want to support our work? Please consider a tax-deductible contribution here.  
Welcome to Make-Believe Association, a Chicago-based company producing new audio dramas--recorded live--and conversations about how stories shape our world. It's independent. It draws from the breadth of our vibrant city. And it's coming very soon.
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