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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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What Use Are Flowers?
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/

What Use Are Flowers?

2019-03-2101:09:38

Lost Books of the Odyssey
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/

Lost Books of the Odyssey

2019-03-0101:00:35

Bruh Rabbit
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/      

Bruh Rabbit

2019-02-0700:54:46

Brava
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/    

Brava

2019-01-1501:01:311

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