Alright, alright, yes, it's my birthday. No need to make a fuss.
Now that that's out of the way...
We all hope, when the day finally arrives, to shuffle off this mortal coil surrounded by loved ones. For Ruth Wooster, this was not exactly the case. Today's episode, "Exit," was written by Rikki Schwartz and performed by Joel Scher.
Rikki Schwartz has been acting and directing for Michigan theatre companies for over 30 years. About 18 years ago, her love for the footlights led to a passion for playwriting…and a new “supporting role” was born. Since then, she has written three full-length plays, as well as dozens of short plays and monologues. Rikki’s work has been produced at over 25 theatres, megachurches, podcasts and festivals across the U.S. and Europe.
Los Angeles-based, Joel Scher been a member of the award-winning Theatre of NOTE since 2006. Some of his most memorable theatrical experiences at NOTE have been: He Asked for It (ensemble cast LA Weekly nom.), Holy Ghost, Eat The Runt, The Invisible Play, Supper (nom. Best Actor Comedy stage Raw), and recently Marion or the True Tale of Robin Hood. Earlier in 2018 he appeared in the hit show The Art Couple at Sacred Fools Theater.
The house at the end of the street is deserted now. Mostly.
Today's episode, Cul-de-Sac, was written by Michael Bonnabel, and performed by winner of the Best Halloween Surname Award, Linda Graves.
Linda Graves (not just her Halloween name!) recently retired as the Interim Director of the Haugh Performing Arts Center at Citrus College. She is thrilled to be able to return to acting: on-camera, live, and voiceover. She is a proud member of Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood. Linda is also attempting to learn Italian, Yoga, and T’ai Chi.
Michael Bonnabel is an LA based writer/actor. Performances include Asher Hartman’s mythic “Sorry, Atlantis” at Machine Project, “Bob's Holiday Office Party," at the Atwater Village Theatre, Ken Roht’s “Miss Julien” at the MorYork Gallery and “Synesthesia” at The Bootleg Theater. The Bootleg is also where Michael premiered his solo play "The Good Boy," which moved to the Los Angeles Theatre Center and eventually had an Off-Broadway run at The Abingdon Theatre in New York. Film and TV appearances include “The Linguini Incident,” with Marlee Matlin and David Bowie.
There's a lot going on in this world, on both sides of that mysterious portal called Death. So, go ahead and have your seance, call on the spirits however you like. You just may not get who you were asking for.
"Summoned" was written by Silvie Zamora and performed by Sandra Kinder.
She didn't merely start her acting career later in life, Sandra catapulted into it, starting off in Gingerbread Lady, where she was on stage for all three acts of the play. She played the title character in Kimberly Akimbo, about a teenager with a progeria-type disease which makes her appear to be elderly. She was in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, The Ellen Show, and numerous other film and TV appearances.
I saw a spellbinding magic act once - not just amazing, also beautiful. The magician ended his act by saying, "Magic is the most honest profession. It promises to deceive, and it does so." I never want to know how a magic trick is done. That's where my vast curiosity draws the line. I want it to be magic, so I let it be magic.
Today's episode was written by Phinneas Kiyomura and performed by Darrett Sanders.
Find out more about Darrett at http://darretts.com/
Phinneas Kiyomura is a playwright, television writer, actor, former skate punk, and dad living in Los Angeles, CA. He is very happy to be working with Life Lab Notes for the first time ever! [Not the last time! -Editor]
You know how it goes. You're getting things done. Lots on your mind. You walk into another room for...what was it? It's gone. Some brain scientists would call this phenomenon an "event boundary." But today's episode presents some opposing information. You can decide.
"Threshold" was written by Silvie Zamora and performed by Jenny Flack and Justin Vasquez.
Justin Vasquez hails from Los Angeles. You can find him performing in theatre, film, and improv all over the city. He is quite enthused about being a part of this project. Check him out at justinvasquez.me
Jenny Flack is an actor/improviser/writer living and working in Los Angeles. She’ll be acting in Cleo, Theo and Wu by Kirsten Vangsness at Theatre of NOTE this Nov/Dec, improvising Shakespeare with Shrew at assorted times, and writing for Geek Girl Authority all of the time. @jennyflack on Twitter and Instagram.
Day 4 of The 13 Days of Halloween takes us to...the Fourth of July. The beach. Some friends. And a girl he's going to miss.
Episode 4, Sand, was written by Silvie Zamora and performed by Abel Arias.
Abel Arias ain't afraid of no ghost...probably because he hasn't seen one. He is so glad to be working with Life Lab Notes again. When he's not helping keep his son alive, Abel enjoys acting, improvising, and teaching those two things. You can see and hear more from him here: www.abelarias.com and on Instagram: @abelg81. Abel hopes you enjoy the podcast episodes and that your Halloween is filled with full size candy bars.
You're sure you see it. Something. Just over there, for a second. Just out of the corner of your eye.
Find out what it is.
Episode three, Periphery, was written by Silvie Zamora and performed by Keith Ferguson.
Keith has appeared in Life Lab Notes projects many times. He plays Krraz, the lovable alien in H.A.B.I.T. He has played a couple of monsters in last year's 13 Days series. In the 2016 Audio Advent Calendar (the podcast series that started it all for us at Life Lab Notes) he played an exhausted elf, and James Bond. You've heard his voice a lot, even if you're new to Life Lab Notes. He's in video games, commercials, films, and cartoons. But, Life Lab Notes is his favourite. (Okay, we wrote that.)
The scientific world is still learning about sleep and dreams, and the way these complex mechanisms work. Today's episode casts some fairly unsettling light on the shadowy subject. "Maestra," was written and performed by Silvie Zamora.
Visit voice actor Silvie online at www.SilvieZamora.com for some other audio treats. Silvie is a writer, actor, improvisor, and educator. And podcaster. Can't forget that one!
Today's episode, HOST, was written by Silvie Zamora and performed by Rob Thurmond.
Rob has been an actor, writer and director for a long while. Recent contributions to artistic endeavors can be seen at Delolo.com. Rob's work as an actor and director is available every summer at The Redlands Theatre Festival (rtfseason.com). For occasional weirdness and silly family moments follow @rkthurmond on Instagram.
It's pumpkins. Pumpkins are an excellent source of vitamin A. (But not as good as cod liver oil, which tops the list, according to the USDA National Nutrient Database.)
We're busily and giddily creating this year's podcast series, The 13 Days of Halloween - INVISIBLE. Last year, it was a separate podcast show; this year, you'll find it where you find all of our podcasts, at RadioPublic, Stitcher, Spotify, Google and Apple Podcasts, under our very own name (LifeLabNotes). We hope you'll join us as we meet thirteen spirits who visit this side of the grave pretty regularly. The first episode will suddenly appear on Friday, October 19th. The last, on All Hallow's Eve.
While you're waiting, we hope you are enjoying the annual pumpkin spice craze, settled cozily into the school year, and rocking some nice, new fall sweaters.
Soon, the Life Lab Notes staff will be choosing the perfect Vitamin A source to carve our logo into, and there is no way it'll be a cod fish.