In This Economy?
In This Economy? is an audio fiction series made for, by, and about the gig economy. This series of eight short, self-contained radio plays relies on the agility and diversity of the gig economy to reimagine the process of creating scripted drama, and enjoys all of the advantages and "opportunities” this form of unvetted, of ready-to-hire labor creates.
The gig economy promises freelancers the freedom to choose the jobs they take on and the hours they work, and promises employers a vast pool of talent they can choose from on an as-needed basis. If this model expedites everything from web design to house cleaning, then why not use the same set of tools to make a lot of art, very quickly? From casting talent on Fiverr to crowdsourcing script elements, In This Economy? reinvents audio fiction production for the modern workforce. Written by Calvin Kasulke and produced by Josh Rollin.
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Calvin Kasulke is a writer living in Brooklyn, NY. He is the recipient of a 2017 Lambda Literary fellowship in playwriting, a Helene Wurlitzer fellowship for playwriting, and a Creative Capital fellowship for fiction. His work has appeared in MEL Magazine, BuzzFeed, and Vice, and, through the magic of the gig economy, you can hire him to write for you, too.
Josh Rollin is a musician, sound engineer, and composer based in New York City. He is a member of Brooklyn-based band Saint Mela. With playwright Calvin Kasulke, he produced, sound designed, and edited Banjo the Man-Faced Dog, a fictional podcast drama made possible through a grant from the Tompkins County Community Arts Partnership.