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Episode 002 – Love For Sale by C. Christopher Hart
Ben Wolverton visits the home of an asteroid miner and discovers that Exoplanetary's Human Simulation Android is not for everyone. Lucy the Android cooks and cleans and adores Harry, but she can't fix what's really wrong with him.
David Loftus as Ben Wolverton
Khloella Brateng as Lucy
Colin Hearne as Harry Blake
Original Music provided by Jacob Jansen
Musical Direction by Melissa Schenter
This play, the characters, situations, and associated intellectual property © 2014-2016 C. Christopher Hart, all rights reserved.
What is Exoplanetary?
EXOPLANETARY is a science-fiction podrama that follows four siblings, the Wolverton family, as they work for a giant corporation named Exoplanetary (“EXO” for short) in the 26th Century. Their bosses want to expand beyond our solar system, but the Wolvertons just want to enjoy their lives. Where do the morals and happiness of ordinary people fit in a universe full of rich and powerful interests?
In the 26th Century, human society has abandoned the Earth and colonized the planets and moons of our solar system. There is no government, but there are a handful of supercorporations, who employ the people and exchange resources. While humanity is somewhat comfortable in their new homes, they are trapped inside of domed cities and tiny enclosures filled with heavily recycled air. It seems that the next paradigm shift is coming, and EXO plans to be the new era’s master.
About the Characters
Ben Wolverton (played by David J. Loftus) is the second of the Wolverton siblings, and eldest of the boys. Having worked for Exoplanetary for most of his life, he has, at long last, found his niche working as a relationship counselor between EXO's androids and other artificial life and the humans they interact with. His frank and occasionally standoffish demeanor belies a deep and abiding compassion, though it is mostly directed at androids.
Lucy (Khloella Brateng) is one of EXO's top-of-the-line Human Simulation Android, Companion Class. She is everything and anything a human being might want or need in a companion, excluding actual flesh and blood. She has a quick wit and a keen sense of humor, which makes her more than a match for anyone she encounters.
Harry Blake (Colin Hearne) is a gruff, antisocial asteroid miner.
From earlier episodes:
Alice Wolverton (Firiel Elliott) is the eldest of the four Wolverton siblings. Feisty and intelligent, she has a hard time fitting in to the world of the 26th Century. She’s had many jobs in her life, none of them for very long, and none of them very satisfying.
Edgar (Mick LaFlamme) is the CEO of the Exoplanetary Corporation, going back to when they were still primarily selling soda. He is able to fake warmth.
Grant (Shawn Brateng) is the Chairman of the Board for EXO. He enjoys a drink. And power. Edgar and Grant are brothers, but they don’t let that get in the way of business.
Dave (Danger Marshall) seems to be an ordinary custodian, fixing coffee machines, but he makes some rather outrageous claims. Just know this: he’s not lying.
What is a "podrama"
Podrama (n): Audio theater distributed as a podcast; portmanteau of "podcast" and "drama." There are a few narrative podcasts out there, but none of them are quite like EXOPLANETARY.
About the Author
C. Christopher Hart is a novelist, playwright, and actor from Newport, Oregon. His formative experiences include twenty-three years as a member of the venerable Red Octopus Theatre Company and three years as the regular co-writer on Charles Marier’s independent comic book THOUGHTFUL MAN. His latest project is EXOPLANETARY, a serialized science-fiction podcast drama that takes place 500 years in our future.
Creating an audio drama of this sort and providing it for free on iTunes and other platforms is not as expensive as a movie or TV series, but there are still costs involved. Whether we record it in a studio or we rent or purchase equipment of our own, it all costs money. Beyond technical costs, we want to be able to pay our collaborators for their efforts. And beyond EXOPLANETARY, we’d like to take what we are learning creating this production and use it to create other audio dramas. Comedies, thrillers, mysteries, and any other kind of story we can imagine.
Even the most successful podcasts aren’t able to thrive on advertising alone, and what EXOPLANETARY will provide you with is original scripted, full cast content, which is relatively unusual for podcasting.
Creating something new and exciting for you is what EXOPLANETARY is all about. For that reason any sort of donation is welcome and incredibly helpful. We’re truly grateful for whatever you can provide and look forward to updating you on our progress as we begin this exploration.
You can set up a regular donation at: https://www.patreon.com/exoplanetary
While we love receiving regular donations, many of you have indicated a preference to make the occasional one-time donation. You can now do this through EXOPLANETARY’s PayPal.me link. Support the creative team behind our science-fiction podrama with a small donation of any amount: http://paypal.me/exoplanetary