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14 EpisodesProduced by Make-Believe AssociationWebsite

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


City on Fire: Chicago Race Riot 1919

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





A co-production of WBEZ Chicago and Make-Believe Association

Written by Natalie Moore and Jeremy McCarter
Original music and sound design by Mikhail Fiksel

Executive produced by Cate Cahan for WBEZ and Jeremy McCarter for Make-Believe

Recorded at WBEZ Studios and The Revival, Chicago

Ayanna Bria Bakari - Mrs. Ellis, Witness
Brenda Barrie - Wife
Terry Bell - Ensemble
Eduardo Curley-Carrillo - Ensemble
Charles Andrew Gardner - Oscar Dozier, Eugene's Friend
Lawrence Grimm - Officer, Alderman, Minister
Francis Guinan - Motorman, The Chief
Sam Hubbard - George Stauber, Alderman
C. Anthony Jackson - The Reverend
Timothy Edward Kane - Eugene Temple, Dispatcher
Ryan Kitley - Homeowner, Husband, Minister
Tevion Lanier - Eugene Williams, Civic Leader
Al’Jaleel McGhee - Migrant, Son
Marcus D. Moore - Ensemble
A.C. Smith - Migrant, Father
Andre Teamer - Witness, Husband
Anji White - Migrant, Mother
Jacqueline Williams - Ida B. Wells

Casting director - Laura Alcalá Baker
Production manager - Madeleine Borg
Production coordinator - Erisa Apantaku
Stage manager - Heather Sparling

Recording engineers - Adam Yoffe, DeShun Smith, Shelly Steffens, and J. Kyle White-Sullivan
Editing by Mikhail Fiksel
Mastering by Adam Yoffe and Shelly Steffens

Credits voiced by Melba Lara

Equipment provided by TechMagic Designs

Graphic design by Carly Pearlman

“St. Louis Blues” composed by W. C. Handy

Adam Green; Liesl Olson; Cindy Abbott, Betsy Berger, Steve Edwards, Janet Gould, Alden Loury, Tracy Brown, Jennifer Bell and the staff of WBEZ; the Make-Believe Writers’ Room (Sydney Charles, Nancy García Loza, Nate Marshall, and Kristina Valada-Viars); Carolyn Casselman and Rima Pancholi of Paul Weiss; Catherine Allen of The Den Theatre; John Stoops of The Revival; Giselle Castro; and Robert Hornbostel


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