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EARBUD - "It's all in your head."


October 28, 2014

Halloween is the most festive time of year in the Earbud Lair. It's when we dust off the good quality drinking skulls, and when all our experimental animal hybrids get their annual one hour in the sunbeam (weather permitting). Something about the dissipation of the terrifyingly thin layer between the world of life and beyond, normal and weird, and reason and madness, warms our cybernetically-enhanced hearts. And this year, that exuberant spirit has inspired us to provide you with not one, but two new podplays designed to peel the quivering membrane of sanity off your minds. Those of you who unaccountably survived Casey Wolfe's demonic Over Halloween, see what you've got left for this...

Nicholas Thurkettle has turned in his first pure piece of frightmongering in his residency at the Lair, and even we're quivering over it. Seriously, we're not going to share his table in the cafeteria for awhile -- that guy's weirder than any of us knew. A stellar cast (including returning friends like Habitat star Christine Weatherup and Jill Cary Martin from ESCAPE! (The End of Humanity Song)) and the music of the brilliant Lyndon Scarfe weave an old-fashioned web of sonic terror in The Sounds Below. We recommend quality headphones and a solid life insurance policy. As always, more information is available over on our Blog Page so check that out when you get a chance.

Big thanks to Kevin Necessary for his stunning artwork. For a little extra seasonal spirit, check out his illustration blog on Tumblr, where he's been keeping his horror muscles flexed with daily illustrations of classic Edgar Allen Poe tales.

Music tracks: "Something in the Distance", "Meanwhile", "The Worst Possible Choice", "Separation", "A Rush of Blood", "An Abandoned Ballroom", and "Hidden"
Music For A Lost Film (Lyndon Scarfe) / CC BY-NC-ND 4.0



THE SOUNDS BELOW by Nicholas Thurkettle

Christopher Addis walked away from the accident that took the life of his brother Paul; but he wasn't unscathed. Plagued by panic attacks that neither a supportive girlfriend nor a probing therapist can relieve, Chris will go anywhere for answers, do anything to be free of them. This makes him a prime customer for a strange little shop he finds down a darkened street, one that promises to take all his fears away...Earbud Theater, along with MacLeod Andrews, Jill Cary Martin, Christine Weatherup, Nicholas Thurkettle, and Jackson Tobiska urge you to hold onto your souls and listen to The Sounds Below.



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OVER HALLOWEEN by Casey Wolfe

Original release date: October 16, 2014

Erika Lebeaux is not a big fan of Halloween. It has conjured up some pretty bad memories for her pretty much her whole life. So, it comes as a bit of a curiosity that she would be interviewing the man who made the film that's pretty much the definitive icon of the holiday. A man who is an infamously tough interview who, in success, seems to have created his own monster. A man who is totally, definitively and completely... Over Halloween. Daheli Hall and Jared Rivet star in Earbud Theater's latest foray into the dark and depraved - Over Halloween.


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ESCAPE! (THE END OF HUMANITY SONG) by Nicholas Thurkettle

Original release date: September 5, 2014

Garland and Perla are brother and sister, two very different people with only one overlapping skill set - they both have blackbelts in sibling rivlary. The wedge that kept them apart for years can be traced back to one individual - their father. How appropriate then that the two are mysteriously reunited in a lawyers office to hear their fathers final request - and is it a doozy. Starring Jim Van Over, Tosca Minotto and Matthew Henerson with Austin Rogers and Jill Cary Martin - please enjoy Earbud Theater's presentation of Escape! (The End of Humanity Song).


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BEA LITTLE by Casey Wolfe

Original release date: July 12, 2014

Beatrice LIttle is married to the rich and powerful John Little. You've heard of them, right? You've seen them at all the fancy events smiling for the cameras, rubbing shoulders with leaders and celebrities. John and Bea, smiling and happy. But if you look closely, you can see that Bea's smile is usually strained hinting at a not-so-happy life behind closed doors. And if you look even closer at the couple, especially over the past few weeks, you just might notice something different about John, something not quite right, something... off. This is where we'll pick up our story. Starring Melissa Graver as Bea and Sean Keller as John with Nicholas Thurkettle as Emerson and Branon Coluccio as Lewison - please enjoy Earbud Theater's presentation of Bea Little.


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HABITAT by Nicholas Thurkettle

Original release date: June 21, 2014

Directed by Matt Enlow and starring Christine Weatherup and Nicholas Thurkettle, Habitat tells the story of Danna, a young astronaut who is the only crewmember left alive after her interstellar ship crashes. Alone and scared Danna wakes up to find... Well, we're not going to tell you. It's not Eyeball Theater, you just have to listen to it. We especially don't want to ruin the part about the toilet paper.


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CARL by Liz Bartucci

Original release date: September 7, 2013

It's night, it's Valentine's day and we are on a dark highway in the middle of nowhere (or is it everywhere?). Join Jeff Cannata as Aaron and Conrad Allan as our title character CARL as they hit the road on a journey that is, shall we say, "Golden."


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ALWAYS IN SEASON by Jonathan Dees

Original release date: January 25, 2013

When Peter and Debbie embark on a weekend excursion into the deep woods, they learn that no matter what time of year it is - fear is Always in Season! ALWAYS IN SEASON was written by Jonathan Dees and performed by Jeff Cannata, Sabrina Stoll and Matthew Henerson


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BENEATH THE BASEMENT by Doug TenNapel

Original release date: November 16, 2012

There's no better debunker than Dr. Fullbright. You've probably seen his website where he offers anyone $100,000 for proof of a spiritual entity. He and his trusty cameraman Neville Dylan have never encountered a case that can't be promptly dismissed as a hoax, a delusion or utter malarky. But a visit to one Natalie Jessup just might put the real deal right in their cynical laps. Starring Mike Duffy, Lindsay Zana, Sabrina Stoll and Matthew Henerson, please enjoy Doug TenNapel's "Beneath The Basement."


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CLANG! by Casey Wolfe

Original release date: October 12, 2012

As any parent knows, balancing work and family can be difficult to say the least. For Gern and Betty Steadfast the two are about to slam together with a great... big... CLANG! Earbud is proud to present the acting talents of Stephen Tobolowsky, Meeghan Holoway, Sean Keller, Alex Wagner and Lindsay Zana in what is our most ambitious (and fun) podplay to date. Enjoy!


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NEIL GAIMAN'S SHOGGOTH'S OLD PECULIAR

Original release date: July 12, 2012

Young American Ben Lassiter is touring the British coastline when he's forced to take refuge from the rain at a pub in the town of... Innsmouth. Here he meets the peculiar Seth and Wilf who have something to teach Ben about life, Lovecraft, death and unspeakable horror. Adapted by Casey Wolfe and performed by Jake Borelli, Simon Verlaque, Rees Pugh and Joanne McCallin, please sit back and enjoy a pint of Shoggoth's Old Peculiar.


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ETHAN BURROWS FINAL BROADCAST by ???

Original release date: July 5, 2012

Ethan Burrows was (is?) a radio personality who spent the hours from midnight until four in the morning debunking the supernatural and demeaning true believers. Until the day came when proof showed up on his doorstep. Thanks to Adam Lamb, Rees Pugh and Sean Keller for pointing me in the direction of this bit of "found audio."


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AULD ACQUAINTANCE by Eric Del Carlo

Original release date: June 28, 2012

AULD ACQUAINTANCE was written by Eric Del Carlo and performed by Sean Galuszka, Kelly Daly and Meeghan Holoway, this story takes place in your not too distant future at a New Year's Eve party so profound you couldn't possibly forget it. Could you? Please enjoy this moving and heartfelt story.


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SHIFT by Casey Wolfe

Original release date: June 21, 2012

Welcome to Earbud Theater and the launch of our first podplay! Written by Casey Wolfe and performed by Matthew Henerson and Allison Karman, SHIFT is a wicked and chilling tale about Dr. Katherine Block, a budding psychiatrist and single mother who is about to learn that one of her patients exhibits a most fascinating and peculiar trait... the ability to "shift." Listen if you dare...


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Bubbles

December 2014

If you're moving in, neighbor, there's a few things you ought to know about this town. Peculiar things...Written by Nicholas Thurkettle.

This Monstrous Life

December 2014

It's probing, urbane, scored with hip music. It's strange stories about ordinary monsters just like you and I. Written by Casey Wolfe.

The 2038 State of the Union Address

January 2015

Our future nation has endured and will continue to endure, no matter what the robots say. Written by Nicholas Thurkettle