The Gray Area Season 2
Season 2 Episode Guide (For Premium Subscribers)

Season 2 Episode Guide (For Premium Subscribers)

April 18, 2020

Welcome to the Season 2 Pass page! Thank you so much for being a listener and for supporting our program. Here is an episode guide to help out subscribers.

First off, to instantly access all the available episodes -- there will be a total of nineteen -- you will need a Season 2 pass.  You'll only be paying a flat rate of $20, which will be good during the entire duration of the release. That's it! No extra costs!  We like to keep things simple. You'll get 400 extra minutes of material and nearly 1,000 pages of scripts, as well as immediate access to all Season 2 episodes before release!  Upon payment, you'll get a username and a password that you can use on Podbean or any podcasting app to access all these goodies.  You'll also get access to all of the scripts, as well as our special behind-the-scenes podcast, Inside the Gray Area

We're releasing Season 2 in three phases over the next few months. Your Season 2 pass will be good for all of this.  Because we've released a lot of content, here is the episode guide -- along with links to Inside the Gray Area and the scripts -- so that you can navigate through these pages. We'll offer an updated version of this page when we release Phases II and II. Again, your season pass is good for the entire run!  And we'll make sure you are updated when the next batches get released.  Thanks again for supporting independent audio drama! And if you have any questions about the program or are interested in chatting, please don't hesitate to reach out!

PHASE I (Released to Premium: April 10, 2020):

7. Living Creatures: (Episode) (Script) (Inside the Gray Area)
8. Dearer than Earsight: (Episode) (Script) (Inside the Gray Area)
8.5. Our American Cousin: (Episode) (Script) (Inside the Gray Area)
9. The Demon Hunters: (Episode) (Script) (Inside the Gray Area)
9.5. The Head Doctor: (Episode) (Script) (Inside the Gray Area)

PHASE II (Projected Premium Release: June 2, 2020):

10.1. Paths Not Taken: Where Are the Lads of the Village Tonight?
10.2. Paths Not Taken: The First Illusion
10.3. Paths Not Taken: Same Age Inside
10.4. Paths Not Taken: Unfound Door
10.5. Paths Not Taken: Canny Valley
10.6. Paths Not Taken: Too Hard a Knot
10.7. Paths Not Taken: Shadows Have Offended
Standalone Episode: The Yellow Wallpaper

PHASE III (Projected Premium Release: August 25, 2020):

11. West with the Light
12. Marching Orders
13.1. Pattern Language: The Tainted Grimace
13.2. Pattern Language: Not a Frown Further
13.3. Pattern Language: An Iris for Emily
13.4. Pattern Language: Mirrors of the Soul

Inside the Gray Area — “The Head Doctor”
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Inside the Gray Area — “The Head Doctor”

April 10, 2020

Our showrunner Edward Champion, falsely claiming to be a champion triathlete, discusses “The Head Doctor” and how he came close to scrapping this story, how Big Bird learning about Mr. Hooper's death on Sesame Street was the primary inspiration of this episode, the importance of taking big artistic chances, why people need to be understanding of the strange ways in which people grieve, sticking to your guns as an artist, the mysterious Prince Keval connection, how he records the show, comparing microphones that have been used on the series (the Shure KSM32, the Neumann TLM102, and the AKG C214).  (Running time: 18 minutes, 24 seconds.)

Script: “The Head Doctor”
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Script: “The Head Doctor”

April 10, 2020

Read the script for "The Head Doctor."

9.5. The Head Doctor
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9.5. The Head Doctor

April 10, 2020

In this sequel to “Compassion Fatigue,” Emma has returned to practicing psychiatry again. But a highly unusual (and strangely familiar) patient arrives in her office with an odd proposition. (Running time: 17 minutes, 43 seconds.)

Written and directed by Edward Champion

CAST:

Emma: Colette Thomas
Police: Mike Lynch
and Zack Glassman as The Receptionist

Associate Producers: Morgan Corcoran and John Osborne

Sound design, editing, engineering, and mastering by a bald man in Brooklyn with an alleged 32 inch waistline that is probably two or four or **ahem** inches more than what has been reported.

Music licensed through Audio Jungle.

"Fly a Kite" by Spectacular Sound Productions licensed through an Attribution ShareAlike Creative Commons license.

Image licensed through Getty.

Thanks for listening!

Inside the Gray Area — “The Demon Hunters”
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Inside the Gray Area — “The Demon Hunters”

April 10, 2020

Our showrunner Edward Champion, fortified with a glass of wine and while impersonating William Shatner at one point, discusses “The Demon Hunters” – the most sprawling epic story he's made so far! He discusses how the Coronavirus pandemic impacted production, narratives with seemingly sinister characters who are slowly revealed to have more depth, Mike Leigh's masterpiece Naked, the need for empathy and compassion in regular life (and how the show dramatizes this), capital punishment, rehabilitation, the British TV series Back to Life, the importance of believing in something during the darkest times, how Gene Wolfe inspired this space opera, why working stiffs and outliers are the best hope in a failed government, the value of improvisational instinct, why innovators are often castigated, Nikola Tesla, when outliers become compromised in their morality, the additional Tellestian Empire story partially written and pushed into Season 3, the joys of space opera, Star Wars vs. Star Trek, why it's vital to depict realistic human behavior in genre, why people are inexplicably hostile to Baby Yoda, his near visit to a gun range to record sound effects, some of the Easter eggs in the show, the secret prototype binder containing the four season plan that is now hidden in Brooklyn, balancing planned story with unplanned plot twists that emerge while writing, why the Harris role was so tricky, how Sigourney Weaver influenced the casting of Ramirez, Fenella Fielding's influence on Carol Jacobanis's role in the series, John Carpenter, and balancing satire and a behavioral study.  (Running time: 19 minutes, 42 seconds.)

 

Script: “The Demon Hunters”
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Script: “The Demon Hunters”

April 10, 2020

Read the script for "The Demon Hunters."

9. The Demon Hunters
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9. The Demon Hunters

April 10, 2020

It's the future. The cities are flooded. Certain words are forbidden. The doomed Earth has become united under a global totalitarian regime. But two eccentric outliers who refuse to follow the rules may be the Tellestian Empire's only chance for a hopeful future. (Running time: 37 minutes, 21 seconds.)

Written and directed by Edward Champion

CAST:

Ramirez:  Charly Saccocio
Harris: Michael Saldate
The Instructor:  Rachel Matusewicz
The Voice:  Carol Jacobanis
The Guard:  Graham Rowat
Classmate #1:  David Perez-Ribada
Classmate #2:  Sam Mercer
Classmate #3:  Emmanuel Webb
Scientist #1:  Glenn Bulthius
Scientist #2:  Liz Fodor
Scientist #3:  Alistair Mackey
The Demon:  Pete Lutz
The Rebels:  Glenn Bulthius, Liz Fodor, Alistair Mackey, Melissa Medina, Dylan Reed, and David Sinkus

Associate Producers: Morgan Corcoran and John Osborne

Sound design, editing, engineering, and mastering by a bald man in Brooklyn with a bowling average that is too embarrassingly low to report to the general public.

Music licensed through Neosounds and MusicFox.

Image licensed through Getty.

Thanks for listening!

Inside the Gray Area — “Our American Cousin”
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Inside the Gray Area — “Our American Cousin”

April 10, 2020

Our showrunner Edward Champion discusses “Our American Cousin” – an episode sharing the title of a sinister play associated with Abraham Lincoln. He talks about the unusual origin of this episode (it started off as a text typed out on his telephone on a subway ride), finding one-way closure to a relationship by talking to yourself, the connections between “Brand Awareness” and “Our American Cousin,” finding empathy in a character by making him become aware of his consequences, delineating details about the parallel universes in the show, Hamilton, the experience of reading Tom Taylor's play, why Charlie Harrington is a sweetheart, why gentleness is important in emotional drama, Prince Hal in Henry IV, The Receptionist as a childish Falstaff, how the magnificent Zack Glassman (and the Receptionist) became a regular on the show, Tony Danza, the advantages of goofy characters, P.G. Wodehouse, finding an improvisation-friendly groove while recording, why The Receptionist's lines come so easy in the writing, Doc Brown in Back to the Future, the importance of taking emotional risks in drama, encouraging artistic freedom through a chill and relaxed environment, emotional vulnerability, how to give actors fun ways to use their imagination as a director, giving the right director's note, why trust and respect is important while making an audio drama, Greg as a version of the showrunner from ten years ago, and how the Trump era influenced the writing of Season 2. (Running time: 16 minutes, 44 seconds.)

Script: “Our American Cousin”
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Script: “Our American Cousin”

April 10, 2020

Read the script for "Our American Cousin."

8.5. Our American Cousin
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8.5. Our American Cousin

April 10, 2020

Months after the events of "Brand Awareness," Greg reckons with the hurt he caused Joanna. But his role in the universe and the true nature of his past is much larger than he could have possibly imagined. (Running time: 17 minutes, 26 seconds.)

Written and directed by Edward Champion

CAST:

Greg: Charlie Harrington
Ramirez: Charly Saccocio
Harris: Michael Saldate
And Zack Glassman as The Receptionist

Associate Producer: John Osborne

Sound design, editing, engineering, and mastering by a bald man in Brooklyn who sometimes answers to the name of Alfredo Garcia.

Music licensed through Neosounds

Image licensed by Nicu Buclei through an Attribution-Sharealike 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license.

Thanks for listening!