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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 discove… read more

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Listening to Lake Song

October 12th, 2022


LAKE SONG makes its debut today on the Tribeca Audio Premieres podcast! Listen here.

Starting on October 13, listen to LAKE SONG on its own podcast feed.

Available everywhere, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google …

Trailer 2: Chicago Poets--Past, Present, Future

October 6th, 2022


Lake Song co-creator Nate Marshall talks about what Chicago poets have always done. . . and what they're *going* to do.

Lake Song, the epic new audio-drama series from Make-Believe Association, will debut October 12 as …

Trailer: Lake Song

September 30th, 2022


OFFICIAL SELECTION - Tribeca Festival Audio Premieres. It's 2098 and the Republic of Chicago has what the world needs: fresh water. But with new opportunities come new threats, especially for a pair of siblings on the …

Our Decameron: Shakespeare in Utopia

April 24th, 2020


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 …

Our Decameron: Lorraine Hansberry at the End of the World

April 16th, 2020


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 …

Our Decameron: The Tortoise, the Hare, and Will Leitch

April 1st, 2020


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

March 24th, 2020


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 a group of fascinating people from all over the …

Our Decameron: Zen in Seattle

March 17th, 2020


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 interprets the Zen fable about …

City on Fire: Chicago Race Riot 1919

October 4th, 2019


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





A co-production of WBEZ Chicago and …

Lost Books of the Odyssey

March 1st, 2019


Odysseus, the “man of twists and turns”, goes on five new adventures, portrayed by five amazing actors. Sing for our time, too.

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Bruh Rabbit

February 7th, 2019


Brer Rabbit, the iconic trickster of African-American folklore, returns in new tales by the poet Nate Marshall: It’s a whole new briar patch now.

To …


January 15th, 2019


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, …

Overture: Where Do Stories Come From?

January 10th, 2019


How can creative artists make each other more creative? As we count down to the release of Make-Believe's first audio drama, we talk with Monica …

Coming Soon: Brava

January 3rd, 2019


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 …

Overture: Why Talk About Stories?

December 13th, 2018


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.


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Coming Soon: Make-Believe

December 6th, 2018


Welcome to Make-Believe Association, a Chicago-based company producing new audio dramas--recorded live--and conversations about how stories shape our world. It's independent. It draws from the breadth of our vibrant …

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