Make-Believe show


Summary: Every story is a crossroads. A diverse company of Chicago artists produces new audio dramas—recorded live—and stages freewheeling audience conversations about them. Led by Founder and Executive Producer Jeremy McCarter, Make-Believe shares suspenseful, moving, hilarious stories, and tries to discover how they shape our world.

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 Our Decameron: Shakespeare in Utopia | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:15

Following the cancellation of Shakespeare in the Park, Oskar Eustis talks about a utopian story in one of Shakespeare's plays. A practical guide to what a vision of the future can do--and what it can't.

 Our Decameron: Lorraine Hansberry at the End of the World | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:23

Can a new society arise from a cataclysm? Does humanity deserve a second chance? Chicago author and journalist Natalie Moore joins a virtual audience to explore utopia, dystopia, and the radical imagination while discussing the great Chicago dramatist's "What Use Are Flowers?".

 Our Decameron: The Tortoise, the Hare, and Will Leitch | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:20

To tide us over until baseball returns, sportswriter Will Leitch breaks down the most famous athletic contest of all time, and a lively virtual audience debates its moral today.

 Our Decameron: Chicken Little | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:15

The sky might or might not be falling, but the story that gave rise to that phrase is everywhere. In episode two of our series inspired by Boccaccio, Stephanie Ybarra and fascinating people from all over the country reconsider the tale of the moment.

 Our Decameron: Zen in Seattle | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:45

Inspired by Boccaccio, a new series of conversations in which we share a story and invite a fascinating person to talk about what it means. In episode one, Martin Edlund of Malaria No More talks about the Zen fable about the tiger and the strawberry.

 City on Fire: Chicago Race Riot 1919 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:12

A docudrama about the summer that ravaged a city--and remade it. Co-produced with WBEZ.

 What Use Are Flowers? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:09:38

Lorraine Hansberry's fable about a hermit and some children at the end of the world--or the beginning. Performed and recorded live in Chicago, plus audience conversation.

 Lost Books of the Odyssey | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:00:35

Odysseus, the "man of twists and turns", goes on five new adventures, portrayed by five amazing actors. Performed and recorded live in Chicago, plus audience conversation.

 Bruh Rabbit | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:46

Brer Rabbit, the iconic trickster of African-American folklore, returns in new tales by the poet Nate Marshall. Performed and recorded live in Chicago, followed by audience conversation.

 Brava | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:31

A brave girl's journey through a land of many monsters, adapted from a Mexican folktale by Nancy García Loza. Performed and recorded live in Chicago, followed by audience conversation.

 Overture: Where Do Stories Come From? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:07

Monica Beletsky, acclaimed writer for TV and film, talks about writerly collaboration--a key component of Make-Believe's creative process. Plus: Lennon and McCartney, making space for more voices, and the fable of Town Mouse and Country Mouse.

 Coming Soon: Brava | File Type: audio/mp4 | Duration: 53

A preview of the first audio drama in our season of Grown Folks Fables, a Mexican folktale con música by Nancy García Loza. A brave girl faces many monsters. #muchowowwow #muchoguaoguao

 Overture: Why Talk About Stories? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:30

Michael Sandel, philosopher and showman, helps us prep for Season 1 by showing how it's done. Plus: the art of listening, upstaging Matt Damon, and the case of Grasshopper v. Ant.

 Coming Soon: Make-Believe | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:25

Welcome to Make-Believe Association, a new company producing funny, moving, suspenseful audio dramas and conversations about stories. Recorded live in Chicago.


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