Space exploration is lawless, dirty, and inconvenient, but that doesn't stop Rho from seeking to recover lost memories and find her place in a universe that seems hell-bent on destroying her. SPECTRE is a swashbuckling space opera about the dangers of technology and the loss of humanity as a result of its use.
Amnesia. Telekinesis. Piracy. What's next?
Cast (in order of appearance):
David Ault -- First Mate Edward Whitlaw
David S. Dear -- Garyn Beikirch
Stef Howerton -- Rho
Allen Chan-- Warren Lee
Tal Minear -- Macie Vincent
Stephanie Tobin -- Captain Lillian Dunne
Aubryn Stevens -- Guard 2
Jason Bell -- Guard 1 / Announcer
Karim Kronfli-- Dr. Karl Amos
Lindsay Zana -- Dr. Cicely Bennett
Music: Tim Rosko
Sound Design: Brad Colbroock
Written, Directed, and Produced by Stef Howerton
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[SFX: The theme music begins, a haunting, dark humming that drones in the background.]
FIRST MATE EDWARD WHITLAW: Welcome aboard the Spectre.
GARYN BEIKIRCH: How long have you been experiencing memory loss?
RHO: I… don’t know.
WARREN LEE: Now, take a deep breath through your nose. And as you do so, focus on the way it makes your chest rise.
MACIE VINCENT: Oh, good! You’ll love it here. We’re a family.
RHO: May I please leave your ship?
CAPTAIN LILLIAN DUNNE: Straight to the point. I like that. But no.
GUARD 1: That’s the thing, though, if the APB is one hundred percent truth, she didn’t even touch the thing. It just flipped into the air, slammed into a concrete column, and boom. Like she did it with her mind or something.
[SFX: The music picks up to an electronic melody with a surging arpeggio that pushes the tempo forward.]
GUARD 2: No way that’s how it happened. She’s human, right?
GUARD 1: Supposedly.
KARL AMOS: (over comms) Lift the live recall… recovery agents have approval for shoot to kill.
CICELY BENNETT: Karl, that’s–
KARL: Do it!
[SFX: Karl’s fist punches his desk and Cicely gasps.]
RHO: Am I stuck here?
GARYN: Not up to me.
RHO: (sighing) Excellent.
ANNOUNCER: Spectre, an indie sci-fi audio drama. Coming to anywhere you listen to podcasts in May of 2022. Amnesia. Telekinesis. Piracy. What’s next?
[SFX: The music fades out, punctuated by a high-tone chord that reverberates into silence.]
Dr. Cicely Bennett
Lindsay (She/Her) is a voice actor and singer currently located in LA, with a passion for Shakespeare, musicals, and tales of grand adventure. When she's not emoting behind a microphone, she can be found playing D&D, singing with Top Shelf Vocal, or binging shows with her partner and pup. You can find out more about her and her work at lindsayzana.com.
Dr. Karl Amos
Karim (He/Him) has been a professional performer for over 25 years originally working as a juggler and firebreather. With plays, and film added to his professional repertoire Karim now loves directing as much as performing. Trained at City Lit in London he eventually got introduced to working behind the microphone at BFBS. Specialising in audio drama he has appeared in several shows such as Unseen, What’s the Frequency, The Magnus Archives, SCP Archives, Liberty: Tales From the Tower, and many more.
Aubryn (She/Her) is a singer/songwriter based in Nashville, TN. With a BFA in Theater Arts and a minor in music from Stephens College, Aubryn moved to Nashville from San Diego, CA and since then has established a strong local presence via her online show web show, Aubryn’s Musiconversation, which is now in its fifth year and features a different musical guest every week. Aubryn recently won 1st and 2nd place in the San Diego Songwriter's Guild Song Competition with two songs off her debut album, 1st place at the San Diego County Fair Singer/Songwriter Competition, and was a 2015 Kerrville Folk Festival finalist in the New Folk Competition. Learn more about her on her website.
Captain Lillian Dunne
Stephanie (She/Her) is an Aussie voice actor based in London, celebrated for her versatile voice and love of storytelling. Also known under the pseudonym ‘Stephanie Swan Quills’, if she’s not streaming on Twitch or writing stories, she’s off adventuring in a D&D game. A passionate performer with a drive to share her voice with the world, Stephanie is honoured to be part of this incredibly talented crew!
Tal (They/Them) is a SoCal-based podcaster who cannot be stopped from making things. Tal is the producer of Sidequesting, What Will Be Here?, and Someone Dies In This Elevator, and is working on several upcoming projects for Parazonium Podcasts and The Shadow Network. Their voice can also be heard in audio fiction shows such as The Path Down, Deconstructive Criticism, Arden, and Inn Between. Follow them on Twitter @starplanes and find more of their work at talminear.com.
Allen Chan (He/Him) is a voice actor based out of California. You can hear his voice in multiple visual novels and podcasts: When We Were Monsters, A Forsaken Place, Play Dead!, Sierra Ops, Space Yandere, PENTHOS, and more! For more information, please visit his website.
David S. Dear (He/Him) has appeared in over 20 audio dramas and is the creator/producer of A Ninth World Journal as well as the co-creator/co-producer of the comedy Deconstructive Criticism. He has also narrated over 30 audiobooks which are available on Audible. When not writing or voice acting he hangs with his wife and two canine kids and hobnobs with family.
First Mate Edward Whitlaw
David (He/Him) is a voice actor from North Yorkshire, UK. He started voice acting with Darker Projects in 2005, moving through The Byron Chronicles, Pendant Audio, Colonial Radio Theatre to modern-day antics with Fool & Scholar, the NoSleep Podcast team, and Shadows at the Door: The Podcast. He's a big fan of tea, ghosts and astronomy, and can be found online at DavidAult on Twitter, or www.davidault.co.uk.
Jason Bell enjoys performing through many modes, including voice acting, musical theatre, and singing his original songs. He holds degrees in Vocal Music Education, Psychology, and Education Leadership and enjoys exploring the mountains of Colorado in his free time. He has played roles such as Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde, Baker in Into the Woods, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, and many others.
Creator & Showrunner, Rho
A native Nashvillian, Stef Howerton (She/Her) has devoted much of her life to the pursuit of artistic creation. With studies in New York for Musical Theatre and a Bachelors in Opera from Belmont University, the arts are home to her, a respite from the sometimes harsh realities of the world. She has played The Baker's Wife in Into the Woods, Madame de la Grande Bouche in Beauty and the Beast, and she also has voiced roles in Apollyon and Boom by Observer Pictures and plays DV1 Vicki Allen and Dr. Monroe in Boston Harbor Horror by Asylum 94. When not creating or performing, Stef is likely working as an Enterprise Project Manager, cuddling with her pups (Cupcake and Nelson), playing Mass Effect on her Xbox, or consuming films at a rate that some might deem unhealthy.
In addition to creating and running SPECTRE, Stef also voices Rho.