Friday, March 17, 2017

Open Call Audio Drama Audition



Tony Sarrecchia (The Harry Strange Radio Drama) is holding open auditions for a new Steampunk audio drama that will be produced in conjunction with the Atlanta Radio Theater Company. The story, an adaptation of Anthony Francis’s Jeremiah Willstone series will be recorded in Atlanta and is scheduled to be available through several distribution channels later this year.
English actress and voice-over artist Emma Greene (Swamp Murders, The Harry Strange Radio Drama, An Elf’s Story) will play the title character who is a “third-generation female soldier from a world where women’s liberation happened a century earlier than ours”  in tales of  “betrayal, corsets, and ray guns.” Jeremiah has appeared in eight stories, with four more stories, a novella, and audio adventures on the way! Most exciting of all, she’s now appearing in her first novel-length adventure, Jeremiah Willstone and the Clockwork Time Machine! A sprawling tale of brass buttons, steam-powered ray-guns, and rollicking adventure.

For the audio drama, director Tony Sarrecchia is looking for the following:

Detective Tenpenny: A middle-aged female detective with a slight British accent. 
Sample lines:
#1: “Perfect! The world is falling down around me, and the Army sends me a green-skinned rookie. Can you at least make coffee?”
#2: “Oh, he’s a monster. Seven dead that we know of…all lost to some nefarious machines designed to disfigure and maul their victims.”

Doctor Waxwood: A 60-year physician. Refined Souther accent.
#1: “I am Doctor Waxwood, the patients attending physician. I trust you both know enough to maintain decorum and discretion.”
#2: “I would love to get my hands on the demons who would do such a thing to a child!”

Madame Windprice: A 50-year solider ravished by time and illness. English accent.
#1: “I saw them everywhere—if I were 20 years younger I’d have taken them all.”
#2: “Blood Boolean toys! Give me an old-fashioned analogue spectroscope any day!”

Ensign Adler: Young male or female solider. English or southern accent.
#1: “Jeremiah, hurry, we’re going to be late!”
#2:  “Yes! You struck the nail squarely!”

Prof Kilroe: Male, military professor, 40s. Southern Accent
#1: “Outfitting is the foundation of Expeditionary work. Thanks to modern shape readers and auto whittling, we can customize each Expeditionary's gear to their individual bodies. Now, I'd like each of you to measure your hand and weapon as outlined on the board. (WALKING AROUND THE ROOM) Yes, good, good. Careful around the fingers. As you trace and measure, the wax cylinder is encoding a sound that will instruct the autowhittler to sculpt a new pistol grip customized to both your left Kathodenstrahl  (cat-HOD-en-STRAHL) and your hand.”

Zane Cross: Male, villain, 30s. English or Southern Boston Accent
#1: “Do you propose we just shoot evil-glare at each other for the rest of the night.”
#2: “There is nothing COMMON about me!”

Currently, compensation is in credit and samples. This audition is for actors in the Atlanta Metro area (or those who can attend recording sessions in Atlanta). 

Audition recordings specifications: 
    • Mp3 at 44.1Khz 128 bit rate
    • Record each line separately 
    • Label as follows: your name_character_line#.mp3
    • Send in a zip file (or Dropbox) to producer@harrystrange.com
In an email please include the following:

    • Your real name
    • Credits
    • Location
    • Phone/Skype
    • Willingness to perform in front of a live audience (not a requirement, just a nice to know)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Teaser--Primrose Tales, episode 2 "Sunday Mourning"

This is the trailer for my horror short "Sunday Mourning".  It will air as episode 2 of Primrose Tales sometime in 2017. I'll will, of course let you know when that happens. In the meantime, enjoy this little teaser.





Sunday, January 8, 2017

Harry Strange episode 313: Neither Gods Nor Angels


Harry Strange episode 313: Neither Gods Nor Angels was written by Tony Sarrecchia and directed by Jason Tyler. Sound Design by Molly Silverman. All material is copyright (c) 2015 by Tony Sarrecchia and used with his permission.

Featured in tonight’s cast were (in order of appearance): 

Crystal Lo

Craig Johnston

Michael Donelan

Leanna Adams

Stephanie Wilkinson

Joe Roesch

Michael Donelan

Brian Troxell

Laura Corliss

Kellen Stennett

Jackie Costello

Parisa Johnston

Sketch MacQuinor

Tricia Groves
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To keep with up the latest news and information on everyone's favorite private investigator, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/harrystrangeradio. Send your questions, comments and suggestions to producer@harrystrange.com 

For comments that may be included on future shows, call the listener hotline @ 678-379-8669 that’s 678-379-TONY

Harry’s opening and closing theme music was written and performed by Ryan Lessard and is copyright by Ryan Lessard and used with his permission. Contact Ryan at: rlessardmusic@gmail.com.

Incidental music was written and performed by Kevin Macleod and is copyright by Kevin Macleod and used with his permission. Visit incompetech.com/ for more of Kevin’s music. 

Sound effects licensed by soundsnap.com

For the Harry Strange Radio Drama, I am JoAnn Pruden. Goodnight!

This episode is dedicated to Craig Johnston 

(Sept. 10, 1955 - Dec. 27, 2016)


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Friday, January 6, 2017

Harry Strange episode 312: An Unfortunate Victim of Circumstance Part 2



Harry Strange episode 312: An Unfortunate Victim of Circumstance Part 2 was written by Tony Sarrecchia and directed by Jason Tyler. Sound Design by Molly Silverman. All material is copyright (c) 2015 by Tony Sarrecchia and used with his permission.

Featured in tonight’s cast were (in order of appearance):  
Leanna Adams
Sketch MacQuinor
Kellen Stennett
Joe Roesch
Tricia Groves
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To keep with up the latest news and information on everyone's favorite private investigator, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/harrystrangeradio. Send your questions, comments and suggestions to producer@harrystrange.com
For comments that may be included on future shows, call the listener hotline @ 678-379-TONY that’s 678-379-8669
Harry’s opening and closing theme music was written and performed by Ryan Lessard and is copyright by Ryan Lessard and used with his permission. Contact Ryan at: rlessardmusic@gmail.com.
Incidental music was written and performed by Kevin Macleod and is copyright by Kevin Macleod and used with his permission. Visit incompetech.com/ for more of Kevin’s music.
Sound effects licensed by soundsnap.com
Remember, you can help out the show by picking up a copy of "Harry Strange in the Stones of Solomon" at your favorite bookseller or Amazon.com.
For the Harry Strange Radio Drama, I am JoAnn Pruden. Goodnight!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Massive End of Year Catch-Up Post


Do I need to mention that it's been a minute since I made an entry here? Probably not.

So what I have been writing this year?

The Byron Chronicles, Audio Theater

1.   Byron Chronicles Two-Part Audio Drama (Air date 2017)
If you haven’t listened to The Byron Chronicles by Eric Busby you are doing yourself a disservice. The tales of the Pale-man of Portland are award-winning supernatural adventures that transverse universes and time. It was also one of the first audio-dramas I heard in the pre-Harry Strange days and one of the models I used when designing the adventures of Mr. Strange. So when Eric reached out to me in late 2015 and asked if I would be interested in writing an episode I was, in a word, ecstatic—giddy even. Cartwheels may have been involved--who can say? It was the AD equivalent of being asked to write an episode of a favorite television show. Look for my episode to air in early 2017. In the meantime...go catch up on those other episodes. 




2.   Sunday Mourning (Horror Short: Air Date: TBD)
Around the beginning of 2016 I saw a notice for short horror screenplays. Big deal, right, you see those all the time. Difference was, this was an actual production company with the budget to make a web-series. I sent the producers a script I'd written a few years earlier (after a clean-up and rewrite).

They said no.

Then we talked a little more about what they were trying to do with the series. Another rewrite and, viola!, my first screen credit.




3.   The Harry Strange Radio Drama
·      Harry Strange 314: What Lovecraft Said (Season 3 Finale)
A busy year and cursed year for Mr. Strange. After recording episodes 314-316 in late 2015 we discovered in mid-2016 that ALL of the files were corrupted with a tapping sound. Four beats followed by four beats over almost every line of dialogue. Since, as far as I know, I am not a Time Lord, we assumed audio gremlins. My task became rewriting 3 episodes into one. Four rewrites later, the actors had the new, streamlined script in their hands. It took about a month, but we were able to record the season 3 finale. Mission accomplished.

Except it wasn't.

My sound designer, Marvelous Molly Silverman, came to me and said that we were missing lines. Rather than rewrite the script again, we are going to use what we have and get the finale out there by the end of January 2017.

·      Harry Strange Live at DragonCon: The Metamorphs
For five-years we had been trying to get a live show at DragonCon: the largest science-fiction and fantasy convention in the Southeast. Close to one hundred thousand (100,000) fans of every fandom descend on downtown Atlanta each Labor Day weekend to hang with their tribes and bathe in the glory of their nerd-dom. In early February 2016, the good folks at the ATLANTA RADIO THEATRE COMPANY let me know we were going to be their opening act on Friday night! I called Kellen Stennett (Harry) as soon as I knew. I knew he'd be excited; he'd also wanted to perform at DragonCon since season one. This would have been early February.

Kellen had already booked a trip to Scotland for Labor Day weekend. How could we do a Harry Strange Live show without Harry Strange?

Jason Tyler (Finny and director of 90 percent of our episodes), David Benedict (ARTC), and I debated how to handle the situation. The question was do we recast Harry or have Kellen record Harry’s lines and have him 'phone-in,' à la Charlie from Charlie's Angels, his lines. The debate got quite spicy for bit. Then we decided that we would have a shape-shifter impersonate Harry and the real Harry prerecord his 2 lines of dialogue. We cast Barry Piacente as Harry's shape-shifter and the rest of the cast fell into place. We workshopped the script, rehearsed and were ready to go.

A couple of hours before we were scheduled to start, one of the actor's called. He had come down with a stomach virus and couldn't be more than 4 feet from a bathroom at any time. To his credit, he contacted another actor (one of ARTC's regulars) to see if he could fill in. He could. And the show went on. Many accolades were given.

·      The Harry Strange Christmas Episode 2017: Christmas in Atlanta
Several years ago at DragonCon I picked up a book by an author named James R. Tuck. The series was called “Deacon Chalk: Bounty Hunter” and one of the first things that I noticed about the Chalk universe is that it was this close (I’m holding my index finger and thumb next to each other) to the Strangeverse. As you know, Harry was graced by an archangel and given near immortality. Deacon received a blood transfusion after saving an angel from the eternal death. See, that close.
As the fate would have it, James Tuck was a tattoo artist at a parlor within walking distance from my house. It took us a couple of years, and two tattoos, but we were able to write a cross over with Chalk-Strange. Look for that episode to drop on Christmas Day, 2017.

·      Harry Strange TV Pitch Documents
A month or so to prepare a bible, eight episodes of story synopsis, casting suggestions, target audience demos, and assorted material. 

The production company passed. 

Fear not, hope springs eternal.



4.   The Stand-In (Television Pilot)
Several years ago a producer reached out to me about putting together a synopsis for a story she was interested in taking to the small screen. She was a fan of Harry Strange, but this was a project geared more toward Hallmark or Freeform than Chiller or HBO. Without going into a lot of specifics, after I promised the producers there wouldn’t be any eviserations or exploding orphans they brought me on to write the pilot and the series bible. Details will follow.




5.   Radio Adaptations of written work
·     The folks over at ARTC have a grant to promote Libertarian leaning science-fiction. Over the summer I did an adaptation of an L. Neil Smith novel named ‘The Probability Broach’. We are still in pre-production and I will document the process in later posts.
·     I met Dr. Anthony Francis at DragonCon a few years back. He is the author of several urban-fantasy series including ‘Dakota Frost, Skindancer’. He was interested in converting one of his new series to audio-drama. We are finishing the details and the main character is already cast. ARTC will handle the technical side and I will write and direct the adaptations. Look for a Jeremiah Willstone audio-drama later in 2017.


6.   Features, television, graphic novels, and prose
There are another five projects that are under super secret guard that I cannot divulge under punishment of no dessert. But they are there, and have been since the last quarter of 2016. I promise, more info to come.

If you’ve read through all that, thanks! I appreciate your motivation. Next year I promise to keep this blog more current. Have a great New Year and a productive 2017!


Monday, March 14, 2016

"Night of the Bloodthirsty Ghouls" Released



I'm excited to announce that Pro Se Press has published my novella,  'Night of the Bloodthirsty Ghouls', as volume 2 in their 'Ninth Circle' series. 

From the blurb: "Nurse Nancy Harrigan's Mercy Center is under attack by unknown forces while a virus is turning the denizens of the Ninth Circle into bloodthirsty rage monsters. With Detective Stoddard and the other mobsters closing in has Nancy finally met her match? "




Monday, December 28, 2015

The Legends of New Pulp Fiction is released!

NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT

Legends of New Pulp Fiction featuring a short story by Tony Sarrecchia


I am pleased to announce that my short story, "The Aquarium," is available in the newest collection from Airship 27 Productions: The Legends of New Pulp Fiction (http://www.amazon.com/Legends-New-Pulp-Fiction-Fortier/dp/0692601139/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8)   This is not my usual horror yarn, though parts of the story are horrific, but a crime tale featuring "Doc" Salvatore Scaldero, former enforcer for an outlaw motorcycle club.

This book is a fundraiser for Tommy Hancock, a writer/publisher/editor in the New Pulp movement who is suffering from congestive heart failure. Ron Fotier and Jaime Ramos came up with the idea to publish a book to help offset Tommy's medical costs. The result is a tome weighing in at almost 4 pounds with 60+ authors and 40 artists contributing to the piece. When you buy your copy of the book, you'll get 62 pulse pounding pulpish tales and Tommy gets much-needed funds. 


Just to whet your appetite, enjoy the opening scene from the story: 

            She stood, naked, in the hallway. In this light, the blood that dripped from her fingers and pooled by her bare foot had a dark brown color. When did she lose her shoes? She wondered. Her chest rose and fell rapidly, as if she had been in a fight for her life. She teetered, and put a hand on the wall to support herself. Later, one of the local tabloids would use a photograph of that almost perfect, albeit blood-stained, handprint in a series of articles outlining the horrific events leading up to this day. For now, though, it was nothing more than an impression of a girl trying not to lose her balance.
            Her heart was jumping like the violin refrain from the movie Psycho. At her feet lay a naked dead man. She wasn't a doctor, she hadn't graduated high school, but she knew no one could survive with half their skull chopped open and parts of their brain oozing out from the wound. His hands lay severed from his body. She looked between his legs and doubled over---dry heaving next to his shoulder. (excerpt of 'The Aquarium' by Tony Sarrecchia)