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Yes, it’s still Halloween night and yes, the seance is still going on. But before we hear how that turns out, why don’t we take a 250 year detour back to an earlier, chillier October evening in Williamsburg? Just for a bit though. Once the stars have aligned and all the owls have hooted their last hoots, it’s back to those crazy kids at the Equator. Will they finally make a supernatural connection with Aaron?


Over at the Williamsburg Police Station, Tracy Daggett’s exhausting all-nighter is coming to an eager end. But to her chagrin, just as she’s about to head out the door, she bumps elbows with an old Lafayette High classmate. Someone our long-time listeners might recognize. Oh, and this episode contains a special bonus—not one, but two mysterious bags!


This podcast contains swearing


Frederick Corney as Professor Jobriath

Mark Hutchens as Thomas Jefferson

Cal Shuey as Richard Holcombe

Pete Lutz as Gideon Blackhard

Reid Perkins as Caleb Souter

Calvin Glaspie as Ted

Breanne Long as Bree

Claire Penix as Meghan Marshall

Colleen Kennedy as Hexabeth Blackhard

Jacob Wilson as Josh Ryder

Claudia Swain As Jordan Bales

Christa Mouser as Tracy Daggett

Debbi Burcham as Tanner

Dennis Leonituck Jr. as Perry

Michael Turner as Ed Jackson

And Timothy Costelloe as Francis Fauquier


Produced, directed, written and scored by Phillip Merritt

Thank you to Freesound.org for the use of their creative commons sound effects.

©Phillip Merritt, 2017

 

Direct download: LIW-episode19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:27pm EDT

It’s just about midnight on Halloween night! It’s also intermission time at the party and the member’s of our favorite rock band, Cat’s With Benefits (Josh, Lauren, Zeph and newest member Olivia), need a bit of alone time to decompress from the usual rock band stresses. Options include kicking back with a cold beverage or a secret rendezvous out back behind the bushes.

Meanwhile, the show’s MC Caleb heads upstairs to Meghan’s seance because... you know...he’s open-minded. Concurrently, John and Roger have to deal with an interruption to their late night excursion to the abandoned homestead at Dunhill Farm. Things could get dicey. Simultaneously, over at the Williamsburg cemetery, some familiar faces make a reappearance.

This podcast contains swearing

Sivan Tobias as Casey

Elizabeth Flatt as Lisa

Nora Knight as Olivia Bryson

Kat Turk as Lauren Tasky

Philip Burcher as John Dunhill

Robert Mosby as Roger P. Shiffle

Christa Mouser as Tracy Dagget

Rebecca Suerdieck as Tanner

Reid Perkins as Caleb Souter

Calvin Glaspie as Ted

Breanne Long as Bree

Claire Penix as Meghan Marshall

Colleen Kennedy as Hexabeth Blackhard

Jacob Wilson as Josh Ryder

Claudia Swain as Jordan Bales

Daniel Turner as Zeph Metcalf

Alex Laney as Trevor

Frederick Corney as Professor Jobriath

And Djuna Knight as Julie Dunhill

Additional voices provided by Jalen Mouser, Melissa May, Paul Hellyer and Mia Council

Produced, directed, written and scored by Phillip Merritt

Thank you to Freesound.org for the use of their creative commons sound effects.

©Phillip Merritt, 2016

Direct download: LIW-episode-18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:57am EDT

It’s finally (!!!) time for the big Halloween show at the Equator, Williamsburg’s favorite college hangout, and the rowdy crowd of William & Mary students is about to find out if Cats with Benefits will perform or not. Will they get to hear the last song Aaron Seager wrote before his disappearance? Do they care? Show organizer and MC Caleb Souter is stressed out, but doing his best. Down the street, still anguishing over his daughter Valerie, John Dunhill hides out from the trick or treaters in the upstairs bedroom of his comatose daughter Julie. And after a strange, unexpected guest makes an appearance on the Dunhill’s porch, John tries to release some tension at the end of this windy and eerie night.

Written, directed, scored and produced by Phillip Merritt

The Girl Who Messed Me Up produced by Mike Puccio, vocals by John Demarzo

It’s Not a Party (Until Someone Breaks Your Heart) vocals provided by Nathaniel Clemmons, Nora Knight and Julia Mosby

Thank you to freesound.org and freemusicarchive.org for the use of their creative commons sound effects and music samples including:

Lamprey - Through You

Kellee Maize - The Fact Is

Isidore Soucy - Quadrille Laurier

Alliance - All

Jason Shaw - Parting Glass

PC-One - Division

Also included are short snippets of songs under the Fair Use Doctrine.

©Phillip Merritt, 2016

Direct download: LIW-epiosode-16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:16am EDT

Lost in Williamsburg 15: Voices

Dale, spending the afternoon at the Historic Williamsburg Library looks to Valerie for some answers about that diary he’s been reading. He won’t like what he finds, but certain other townsfolk definitely will. And though Margaret knows more than anyone about the weird things going on in town, even she has a thing or two to learn about Hexabeth. Meanwhile, the three remaining members of Cats with Benefits, try to fill the open spot in the group’s roster (though never in their hearts). If you didn’t already send in your demo, it’s too late now.

Martha Kandler Smith as Linda
Elizabeth Barnes as Deborah
Will Hausman as Dale Souter
Dana Wood as Hannah
Louise Menges as Margaret Souter
Kat Turk as Lauren Tasky
Reid Perkins as Caleb Souter
Jacob Wilson as Josh Ryder
Daniel Turner as Zeph Metcalf
Nora Knight as Olivia Bryson
Taylor Fisher as Brett Tucker
Sara Corney as Kira Maso
Jenny Putzi as Ghost #1
Susan Branch Smith as Ghost #2
Josh Piker as Ghost #3
Francesca Sawaya as Ghost #4
Michael George as Mr. Eubanks
Philip Burcher as John Dunhill
Joan Turner as Jessie Dunhill
Paul Hellyer as musician #3
Anna Katherine and Jack Martin as the library Patrons
and Charlie Putzi as the ghost boy

Written, directed, scored and produced by Phillip Merritt
Thank you to Freesound.org for the use of their creative commons sound effects.

©Phillip Merritt, 2016

Direct download: LIW-epiosode-15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:06pm EDT

Margaret Souter, still convalescing, is scouring the Virginia Gazette for local weirdness, when she receives a visit from and old...friend. Dale (Margaret's son) is still reading Hexabeth's Diary, and Hexabeth is still plotting her revenge, and young Thomas Jefferson is in for one last (possibly) surprise. Hopefully Valerie will help Dale make sense of everything.

This podcast contains swearing

Colleen Kennedy as Hexabeth Blackhard
Mark Hutchens as Thomas Jefferson
John Shuey as Richard Holcombe
Frederick Corney as Professor Jobriath
Will Hausman as Dale Souter
Joan Turner as Jessie Dunhill
Louise Menges as Margaret Souter
and Caroline Corney as your host

Written, directed, scored and produced by Phillip Merritt

Thank you to Freesound.org for the use of their creative commons sound effects.

©Phillip Merritt, 2015

Direct download: LIW-episode-14-v2.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:52pm EDT

Dale digs deeper into Hexabeth’s diary. Hurt and angry over the conversation she has just overheard, Hexabeth prepares a strange brew to exact her revenge on Thomas Jefferson. But what is her plan? At the Governor’s palace, the townspeople gather for a grand ball to celebrate the colony’s latest military victory. And leaping ahead to the present day, Lauren asks Caleb (already stressed from planning the Halloween party) for a favor.

This podcast contains swearing.

Will Hausman as Dale Souter

Colleen Kennedy as Hexabeth Blackhard

John Shuey as Richard Holcombe

Jakob Stalnaker as John Page

Mark Hutchens as Thomas Jefferson

Frederick Corney as Professor Jobriath

Jack Martin as the Carriage Driver

Cassandra Glaspie as Cecelia Blackhard

Timothy Costello as Gov. Fauquier

Simon Joyce as Mr. Benedict

Reid Perkins as Caleb Souter

and Kat Turk as Lauren Tasky

 

©Phillip Merritt, 2015

Thank you to Freesound.org for the use of their creative commons sound effects.

Direct download: LIW-episode-12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:33am EDT

Season 2 premier: Main Course

After a traumatic night of lies, blackmail and murder, life goes on for the residents of Williamsburg. Well, at least for some of them. Josh, Lauren and Zeph try to forget their worries, even if it’s just for one lunch. At the HWC Library, Valerie makes a decision that will change everyone’s lives by opening  a window on the past, where Thomas Jefferson and his college chums let loose after weeks of studying. Meanwhile, poor overworked, underappreciated Hexabeth toils away in the kitchen of the King’s Crown Tavern, cooking up a strange brew.

This podcast contains swearing.

Patrick Teague as the Waiter

Jacob Wilson as Josh Ryder

Kat Turk as Lauren Tasky

Daniel Turner as Zeph Metcalf

Linda Hertzler as Valerie Dunhill

Will Hausman as Dale Souter

Cassandra Glaspie as Cecelia

John Shuey as Richard Holcombe

Jakob Stalnaker as John Page

Mark Hutchens as Thomas Jefferson

Joseph R. Joyner the III as Dobbin

Thomas Heacox as Artemis

Paul Spivey as Finney

Binola Mehtaji as Sophia

Pete Lutz as Gideon

and Colleen Kennedy as Hexabeth Blackhard

©Phillip Merritt, 2015

Thank you to Freesound.org for the use of their creative commons sound effects.

 

If you want to skip the first season and jump right in, just peruse the spoiler-filled synopsis below and you’ll be good to go.

The Souters

Dale and Margaret Souter, the last descendants of a once prominent Williamsburg family, are a mother and son who run a colonial B&B close to the Williamsburg historic district. Margaret is obsessed with all the strange goings on in Williamsburg’s past. When she’s not posting news clippings in her scrapbook and waiting for her broken hip to heal, she worries about Dale. She thinks Dale would be a good match for Valerie Dunhill. She also worries about her great nephew Caleb Souter, a student at the College of William & Mary who hosts a show on the college radio station. Poor Caleb’s parents are dead.

The Dunhills

John and Jessie Dunhill are both professors at the College of William & Mary. They have deep tidewater roots and a troubled marriage. They also have two daughters: Valerie and Julie. Both women live with their parents. Valerie works at the Historic Williamsburg Corporation Library, and Julie, who has been in a coma for decades, resides in the upstairs bedroom. One day at the library, Valerie gets a call. Ed, an agent of something only referred to as ‘headquarters’, requests Valerie’s help. They need to dispose of two recently deceased bodies. For an undisclosed reason, they want to make it appear as if the victims were killed by the old country road killer (who happens to be Valerie). Valerie doesn’t want her horrible past revealed, so she must go through with the assignment.

Cats With Benefits

CWB is a college rock band consisting of Aaron Seager, Lauren Tasky, Zeph Metcalf and Josh Ryder. One October afternoon, the band performs live in the studio of the college radio station. They discuss creepy local legends with the show’s host, Caleb Souter. After the performance, Aaron, the lead singer, goes missing! He (and one of his professors) has been attacked in a creepy old house in the Williamsburg historic district by the reawakened spirit of Hexabeth Blackhard. Almost dead, but not quite, the disembodied essence of Aaron Seager leaves his body behind and wanders the city helplessly until he meets the disembodied essence of Julie Dunhill,  who tries to explain the situation.

In shock, Aaron stumbles over to his old dorm where he discovers a vigil being held in his honor. His fellow Cats With Benefits perform an amazing, touching song in his honor. Aaron tries to communicate with his old friends, but can’t get through. The college psychic Meghan does pick up on a few weird vibes though. After the vigil, he follows his roommate Josh back to their dorm room. Caleb stops by, and unaware that they are accompanied by the disembodied essence of Aaron, seek comfort in each others arms.

Later in the day,after a failed attempt by the ghost of Matthew Whaley to take over Aaron’s comatose body, Julie invites Aaron back to her house to sort things out. However, once Aaron’s barely breathing physical body is stabbed by Valerie Souter on the old country road, Aaron disembodied essence fades away. But to where?

The 18th Century Crew

Way back in Williamsburg in 1761, Thomas Jefferson and Professor Jobriath, an instructor at the College of William & Mary, plan a surprise exorcism of Hexabeth Blackhard, an alleged witch and owner of the King’s Crown Kitchen. Thomas is surprised however, when Professor Jobriath reveals that his real mission is to kill Hexabeth for that is the only way to truly end her reign of terror. In the ensuing fire, the professor, Hexabeth, and her indentured servant Sophia are killed. But not before Hexabeth vows revenge. Hexabeth’s daughter Cecelia survives, but she is devastated by her mother’s death and Thomas’ betrayal. What will she do?

 

 

Direct download: LIW-episode-11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:53pm EDT

Ed and Jake, under the direction of headquarters, have brought Valerie and her knife Chloe out to the Old Country Road in an sick attempt to relive the past. But it’s not all about Valerie you know. Her mother has her own stuff to deal with. Not that you care. Back in the burg, the DE’s (disembodied essences) of Aaron and Julie are keeping watch over Julie’s comatose body, which is kept alive by the steady pulse of its trusty ventilator. What are two good-looking, bored young specters supposed to do while awaiting an uncertain future? Oh, and on the radio, Caleb has a special new track to play.

 

This podcast contains swearing.

 

Philip Burcher as John

Linda Hertzler as Valerie 

Casey Johnson as Aaron 

Djuna Knight as Julie

Caroline Peabody as young Valerie

Reid Perkins as Caleb

Tony Spunzo as Jake

Joan Turner as Jessie Dunhill

Mike Turner as Ed

and as always, your host Caroline Corney

 

‘The Girl Who Messed Me Up’ was sung by John Demarzo and Mike Puccio and produced by Mike Puccio at Serenity Sound. All music written by Phillip Merritt.

 

©Phillip Merritt, 2014

 

Thank you to Freesound.org for the use of their creative commons sound effects.

Direct download: LIW-episode-10-2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:20pm EDT

Disoriented by his attack, his body taken who knows where, Aaron's disembodied essence makes its way down Duke of Gloucester Street and back to the campus. Will he make it in one piece?

 

This podcast contains swearing.

 

Casey Johnson as Aaron Seager
Judy Carol as Annie
Scott Cochran as Benjamin
Fred Corney as Professor Jobriath
Jack Martin as Martin
Chris Hudley as Eb
Caroline Corney as Hester
Max Cooper as Matthew 
Djuna Knight as Julie
Antonia Hertzler as Kaylee
Stephen Council as Liam
Breanne Long as Bree
Calvin Glaspie as Ted
Emily Pease as Dean Martin
Additional voices were provided by Loren Council, Kim Wheatley and Hope Cooper and Linda Hertzler

 

©Phillip Merritt, 2014
Thank you to Freesound.org for the use of their creative commons sound effects.

Direct download: LIW-chapter-5.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:05pm EDT

Things get real for Aaron and Professor Welsh as they explore the basement of the Smoot House, as a person of the past makes an unwelcome reappearance.

 

This podcast contains swearing.

 

Sarah Stafford as Professor Welsh
Luke Hart-Moynihan as Aaron Seager
Colleen Kennedy as Hexabeth Blackhard
Michael Turner as Ed
Tony Spunzo as Jake
Judith Kator as Mrs. Smoot

 

©Phillip Merritt, 2014
Thank you to Freesound.org for the use of their creative commons sound effects.

Direct download: LIW-chapter-4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:02pm EDT