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Sometime back in September we decided we wanted to produce a quick horror audio drama, just for fun.
We asked some of the fellow audio drama producers living in the Northeast if they wanted to be a part of some #worldaudiodramaday mayhem. The response was a resounding “Hell Yes!”, And 11th Hour Audio Productions was born.
Twenty-three different people, representing eleven different audio drama and podcast production groups converged to celebrate what we love about modern audio drama…
Standing around and looking confused; I mean… telling stories.
Buffalo writer, Justin Mullane, volunteered a script idea he had been kicking around for a while and within a week, had written 30-minutes of strange, horrific fun. With the rough draft in hand Monique Boudreau began editing the script for audio, while Matthew Boudreau and Richard Wentworth began casting.
In a very short time they had almost all of the roles cast and Mr. Wentworth began location scouting, while Aural Stage Studios, Inc. began gathering equipment and props.
On October 23rd we traveled to historic Lowell, Massachusetts to meet up with some outstanding, creative and crazy people to create a little last minute mischief and horror.
On this special day for Audio Drama we would just like to take a moment to thank every person who volunteered their time, energy and enthusiasm for this project! This show was made entirely out of determination, schmeared with love (or was it insanity?) for nothing more than the opportunity to meet and greet some fantastic people in Audio Drama.
Written by – Justin Mullane
Michael McQuilkin as Gary Seana Carmody as Shelly Featuring Rich Wentworth as Dr. Maidenthorp Steve Schneider as Bill Bryan Lincoln as Steve Sarah Golding as Operator Matthew McLean as Adam Owen McCuen as Adam Robert Cudmore as Paramedic Sibby P Wieland as Television News Reporter Matthew J Boudreau as Paul and Hank Pete Lutz as Testimonial Katey Falvey as Barbara and David Jarvis as Television News Reporter Score by – John Carl Toth Music by Matthew and Javert Boudreau VWT (Lucas Messier) Ithaca Studios Dialog Editing by Eli McIlveen Sound Design and editing by Matthew J Boudreau Script Editing and Artwork by Monique Boudreau
Henry Wentworth, Matthew J Boudreau, Fred Greenhalgh’s Rode NT4, Rich Wentworth, Scott Hickey, Bryan Lincoln, Pete – Throat Warbler Mangrove Sweet Butts -Lutz, Audrey Wentworth, Javert Boudreau, Steve Schneider’s Shovel, The Watermelon, Rebekah White, Mr. Body and Katey Falvey
I realize that I’ve spent quite a bit of time letting people know we are raising funds for the series, without ever asking anyone for help. Thankfully, there are more socially intelligent people on our board than me and one of them reached out into the community and asked.
To say that everyone here at Aural Stage Studios, Inc. appreciates their donation doesn’t really convey what it represents. It is the first donation we’ve received from the Buffalo Business Community; a sign that we are on the right track.
Additionally we plan to offer community classes and workshops on:
We are seeking funding for and developing programs such as:
an audio arts immersion and residency program for local storytellers who are looking for another way to share their visions.
a children’s literacy program that puts voice actors with books in front of Buffalo Public School children.
a program to collect, archive and distribute the personal stories of Buffalo’s people, their experiences and history.
We are currently raising funds for our newest production, Otherworldlies.
Otherworldlies is a 12 episode audio series that was written by Buffalo writers, cast Buffalo actors and is being recorded in Buffalo’s GCR Audio Studio. To find out how you can get involved visit: http://auralstage.com/support-us or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
“I’ve been killing characters my entire career, maybe I’m just a bloody minded bastard, I don’t know, [but] when my characters are in danger, I want you to be afraid to turn the page (and to do that) you need to show right from the beginning that you’re playing for keeps.”
I strive to write complex and poignant characters that a reader identifies and bonds with. Characters that could not exist outside of their universe, uncomfortable characters who are too eccentric, dangerous or wonderful to survive. Characters that move on to do terrible, stupid things. Characters that get dirty and drag that part of the reader
into the light; exposed, warts and all. And then I will get to kill them (the character, not the reader). The reader and I will mourn and heal and be secretly relieved to be rid of that disturbing little shit for good.