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HEAR Now is the audio equivalent of a film festival for fans, performers and producers of contemporary audio story-telling in all its forms: live and scripted solo performances, multi-voiced performance, classic radio drama, experimental narrative, and much more.

This four-day Festival offers a multi-faceted program showcasing the many forms of audio fiction and sound art story-telling in theaters and other “listening” venues. HEAR Now presents audio fiction programs that exemplify traditions of craftsmanship, as well as aesthetic and technological innovation.

The 2017 HEAR Now Festival will again be a gathering place where the work of master storytellers is celebrated and shared.

Audio drama, audiobooks, recorded, and live story-telling -- sketches, poetry, spoken word -- alongside academic papers, juried competitions, and presentations on the physics of sound, as well as performance workshops, will round out this intensive listening event for the 2017 Hear Now Festival.

The following schedule is still ’under construction’ and subject to updates prior to June 6, 2017.
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Friday, June 9 • 9:00am - 9:50am
NATF Playhouse: The Winner Is....Space Monster Rama

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Sci-Fi comedy “Space Monster-Rama” by California playwright Bill Chessman was produced, acted, directed and edited by the students from the Introduction to Radio Production class at Southwestern Illinois College. Among the students involved in the production are Aeschylus (Ace), Kevin Fleming, Kira Garza, Blake Johnson, Vincent Martinez, Matthew Scally and Ethan Seaman.

“This is the first time our students have submitted an entry for national competition and the first award recognizing the quality of their work,” said Mac Chamblin, instructor of Radio Production at SWIC.

Along with discussing this production Bill will also presnt some of his new work "People Just Disappear." Bernice ("Bernie") Bannerman works for Consolidated Permadyne Labs exploring the possibilities (and commercial potentials) of connecting to alternative universes. Lately, random people have been going missing. Then Bernie's husband disappears. Could the disappearances have something to do with the experiments she is performing?

Meet Author Bill Chessman and the award-winning “Space Monster-Rama” team at this session.


Friday June 9, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am
Cinemark Theater 'A' 526 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO 64112

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