"It's kind of tradition," says FinalRune Producer Fred Greenhalgh,"Halloween always is a time of heightened interest in radio drama and we love the ritual of developing a new show to celebrate."
This year's show is Intensive Care, by New York playwright James Comtois. The show involves Alex, a young man who finds himself in a run-down New England hospital following a car accident. Strange conversations from patients and staff make Alex realize that no one ever seems to make it out of the hospital alive... and that his condition may be more critical than he first believed.
The show will be recorded on location at the North Dam Mill in Biddeford, Maine, courtesy of mill owners and the City of Biddeford. Stylistically, the show will mix FinalRune's raw, field recorded aesthetic with rich digital sound design by Aural Stage's Matthew J. Boudreau. Directed by Samantha Mason, The cast includes New York based Nat Angstrom and P.G. Lorusso, and Maine-based Hannah Kramer, Kristina Balbo, Janice Gardner, and Dave Marshall. Music by Maine-based Barb Truex and Matthew J Boudreau.
"We're always eager for a road trip, and recording a new radio play seemed the best excuse I could imagine," said Boudreau, who plans on packing a walker, stethoscope, and blood pressure kit among other props for the recording sessions.
FinalRune's Fred Greenhalgh met Aural Stage producers Matthew J Boudreau and Samantha Mason at 2011's CONvergence con, where both troupes received Mark Time Awards for excellence in science-fiction audio. The producers became fast friends, and are eager for this first collaboration.
"The world of audio production and new media is constantly evolving," said Samantha Mason,"and this is the perfect opportunity to experiment with new styles of recording, bringing the strengths of both our companies to the table with James' script."
The show will be made available through the international audio collaboration Transcontinental Terror, a 4-hour listening event that streams live from 7PM-11PM EST on October 31st. Participating groups are The Wireless Theatre Company (London, England), Electric Vicuna Productions (Halifax, Nova Scotia), FinalRune Productions (Portland, Maine), Chatterbox Audio Theater (Memphis, Tennessee), Icebox Radio Theater (International Falls, Minnesota), The Willamette Radio Workshop (Portland, Oregon)
"As a community, modern audio drama producers have continued to seek ways to celebrate each other's work and collectively build an audience," Greenhalgh said,"To us, Halloween is better than Christmas... every year we prove that monsters created by your own imagination are just as frightening as anything produced in Hollywood."
Tune into the show at 8PM October 31st or on participating stations: WKIT and WMPG in ME, WRFA-LP in NY, WFHB in IN, and WKNO in TN. The show will also appear on FinalRune and Aural Stage's own websites.