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“If you don’t have the confidence to ask, you will never…

“If you don’t have the confidence to ask, you will never...

“If you don’t have the confidence to ask, you will never have the confidence to convince.”
Amit Kalantri

Something wonderful happened for us today, it must be the magic of World Audio Drama Day (Oct 30th). 

Actually two wonderful things happened today. The first was a donation to Aural Stage Studios, Inc. to help us produce #Otherworldlies! But the second was even more important. For the first time since we became a 501©(3) nonprofit organization I learned the importance of asking for help.

I realize that I’ve spent quite a bit of time letting people know we are Merchants Insurance Group stepped up and lent their support.

“If you don’t have the confidence to ask, you will never...

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.

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World Audio Drama Day is Nigh!

October 30th is World Audio Drama Day and this year Buffalo, NY has something to say about it.

World Audio Drama Day is Nigh!

For five years Aural Stage Studios has been quietly producing and releasing award-winning audio dramas from their Buffalo, NY site. 

World Audio Drama Day is Nigh!

But this past February we decided to kick it up a notch and by May 2015 Aural Stage Studios, Inc. was formed.

As a 501©(3) nonprofit organization Aural Stage has set out to create a network of local talent to learn, create and distribute audio drama. 

World Audio Drama Day is Nigh!

Additionally we plan to offer community classes and workshops on:

  • voice acting
  • podcasting
  • improv
  • field recording
  • audio production

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 info@auralstage.com

World Audio Drama Day is Nigh!
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This was a great project to work on!

This was a great project to work on!

This was a great project to work on!

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A Character Graveyard

“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.” 

George R.R. Martin 

A Character Graveyard

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. 

And then I will keep striving.

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My house was built in 1889. It’s undergone some extreme changes…

My house was built in 1889. It’s undergone some extreme changes...

My house was built in 1889. It’s undergone some extreme changes in it’s life, but it’s true age reveals itself every time I go down into the basement. This house rests on a foundation made of walls that are 2 feet thick, hand cut and mortared local stone. On top of these ancient glacial stones are beams of rough timber in true 2 x 8 sizes. And yet for such a solid foundation, it plays host to colonies of spiders.

I’m not afraid of spiders. On the contrary I think that they are miraculously complex and graceful creatures that serve a vital purpose. I let them build their webs in my garden, don’t bother them if they’re hanging out in the shed and if I find them inside the house, I peacefully escort them back outside. Except for the spiders in the basement.

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The worst costume I ever wore was a ghost made out of a sheet -…

The worst costume I ever wore was a ghost made out of a sheet -...

The worst costume I ever wore was a ghost made out of a sheet – every time I took a step I tripped over the front of the sheet, pulled the eye holes down to my mouth and stumbled around blind.

What’s your costume “horror” story?

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Hello October!October has always been a special month around…

Hello October!October has always been a special month around...

Hello October!

October has always been a special month around here. I guess that should have been expected when that theatre nerd wound up with that gothy freak and they ran away to grow up together. So we thought we’d kick the month off with an old favorite, Dialed In: Ancient Evil

http://auralstage.com/2013/04/dialed-in-ancient-evil

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“The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection. Where…”

“The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection. Where there is perfection there is no story to tell.”

Ben Okri

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The Red Trailer sits everywhere and behind you.

The Red Trailer sits everywhere and behind you.

The Red Trailer sits everywhere and behind you.

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WALTHER

WALTHERWhile I’ve lived in WNY for almost a decade, I was born...

WALTHER

While I’ve lived in WNY for almost a decade, I was born in Arizona and spent a good deal of my childhood in Nevada. I’ve chased lizards, rode horses through sagebrush, been bowled-over by more than one tumbleweed and my father wore cowboy boots.

Walther is a character that hangs out in my head. He’s the sum of a motley lineup of hard-working, ornery men that have passed through my life.

He’s the kind of guy who works through a problem with rough, calloused hands and grit. He’s as weathered and worn as a herdsman’s saddle.

His job is to pop up and let me know when something smells like bullshit – he always does it in a western drawl and occasionally with a wink and a nod.