Steampunk Primer: Alternate Histories

We all wonder what would have happened if a certain course of events in our lives turned out differently—a different first love, a move we contemplated but didn’t make, a job opportunity missed. If our personal lives and agendas might have been so different following such a change, what would have resulted if major historical events had gone another way? … Read More

Will the Real Professor Challenger….

No character created by an author is fully autobiographical. So it is no surprise to learn that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, was in very few ways like his Great Detective–not a thin cold Englishman whose only interest is crime and how to solve it, but a big jolly Scot with an interest in sports and … Read More

“I Can Play Tall:” an Interview with Larry Albert

Larry Albert is well known to anyone on the West Coast who does audio drama. For over 30 years he was a stalwart company member of Jim French’s Imagination Theater company, eventually becoming editor as well. He’s a proud member of SAG/AFTRA and a generous contributor to his community, casting a long list of Seattle actors over the years for … Read More

Season Three: It’s a Wrap!

In early March, a collection of 15 Seattle-based performers came together to rehearse for Season Three of BRASS: The Audio Series. It was an intense and slightly chaotic couple of days, with many missed paginations and last-minute adjustments. Thanks to both Kate Kraay and Tremaine for loaning out their houses for bands of roving actors.           … Read More

From Extras to Indies: An Interview with BRASS actor Nancy Frye

Actor, costumer, and seasoned hand at about a half-dozen other roles in front of or behind the camera, Nancy Frye has voiced that theatrical criminal mastermind M. Tressano since the first season of BRASS. The UW-trained Frye lived in Japan and California before returning to Washington, adding to her credits throwing spears from horseback in heavy armor for the History … Read More

What’s That I Hear? A Rumination on Podcast Vs. Radio Listening

  vs.     This week BRASS is a featured show on another great public radio station, KFAI 106.7 FM in Minneapolis. Jerry Stearn’s venerated audio drama show Sound Affects, A Radio Playground, will be playing all of Season One of our show beginning this Sunday at 9:30. KFAI joins a roster of radio stations, both public and commercial, who’ve … Read More

W.B. Yeats: Magician

The world of BRASS is alternate history, but one that hews in some ways very close to our own. There really was an occult movement in the London of the 1880s, one that centered around the Russian seer and founder of Theosophy, Madame Blavatsky, who was living in London in 1887. And as in our story, one of her early … Read More

William Morris: The Man Who Did Everything

Episode 3 of The Devil in Whitechapel takes Lord and Lady Brass into the famed salon of William Morris, and an encounter with not only George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde, but an introduction to W. B. Yeats. All men, and many more, were good friends of Morris, who was one of the most significant figures in the history of … Read More

A Clear, Shrewd Brain: Enter Loveday Brooke

Lady Brass is known as being particularly peeved by rival detectives, particularly “a certain hawk-nosed poseur” who is more interested in publicizing his work than doing it diligently himself. Now in BRASS: The Devil in Whitechapel, she has a new rival, the Lady Detective Loveday Brooke, a dogged sleuth with a talent for disguise. Brooke was also a character in … Read More

Interview with Whitechapel’s Co-Creator Tadd Morgan

Tadd Morgan has been a part of BRASS since its very beginning, playing a wide variety of roles in all of its incarnations–Vincent Law and the Graveyard King on the podcast, Oscar Wilde and the Phantom both in audio and onstage, and as unfortunate hireling Theo in Red Widow and the inventor Donisthorpe in The Kinesigraph. He’s featured not only … Read More