IN ASSOCIATION WITH
TOR BOOKS & TOR LABS
STEAL THE STARS
A NEW AUDIO DRAMA BY MAC ROGERS
DIRECTED BY JORDANA WILLIAMS
PREMIERES AUGUST 2
14 EPISODES from AUGUST 2 – NOVEMBER 1
Gideon Media (a new venture from Gideon Productions, producers of the critically-acclaimed The Honeycomb Trilogy, Universal Robots, and Viral) in association with Tor Books & Tor Labs will present Steal the Stars, a noir science fiction thriller by Mac Rogers (award-winning writer of the global hit podcast thrillers, The Message and LifeAfter), released as 14 episodes, airing weekly from August 2 – November 1, 2017, and available worldwide on all major podcast distributors including iTunes, Stitcher, and GooglePlay through the Macmillan Podcast Network.
Steal the Stars is the story of Dakota Prentiss and Matt Salem, two employees of a private military contractor tasked with guarding the biggest secret in the world: a crashed UFO. Despite being forbidden to fraternize, Dak and Matt fall in love and decide to escape to a better life on the wings of an incredibly dangerous plan: They’re going to steal the alien body they’ve been guarding and sell the secret of its existence.
This sci-fi audio thriller is directed by Jordana Williams (The Honeycomb Trilogy at The Gym at Judson; Universal Robots at The Sheen Center) and features the voices of Ashlie Atkinson (Theatre World Award for Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig), Nat Cassidy (King Kirby at The Brick), Hanna Cheek (GOODBAR at The Public), Rebecca Comtois (Geek with Vampire Cowboys), Jorge Cordova (Porto with The Women’s Project), Reyna De Courcy (Orange, Hat & Grace with Soho Rep), Sol Crespo (HOLA Outstanding Featured Actress Performance Winner), Neimah Djourabchi (The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G with Vampire Cowboys), Autumn Dornfeld (The Graduate, Broadway & National Tour), Abe Goldfarb (voice of Professor Kukui in POKEMON), Jason Howard (NYIT Award Nominee for Advance Man), Daryl Lathon (Dead Reckoning with Red Bull Theatre), Kelley Rae O’Donnell (The Atmosphere of Memory with Labyrinth Theater Company), Seth Shelden (Harpo Marx in I’ll Say She Is at The Connelly Theatre), David Shih (Voice of Eddie Toh in Grand Theft Auto 5), Brian Silliman (Orange Is The New Black), Tarantino Smith (Richard Wright’s Black Boy, National Tour), Jennifer Tsay (The Mysteries at The Flea), Brittany Williams (Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds at The New Victory Theater), James Wetzel (Pretty Bird opposite Paul Giamatti & Billy Crudup), and Christopher Yustin (The Blood Brothers Nosedive Productions).
Mac Rogers (Writer) is an award-winning audio dramatist and playwright based in New York City. His audio/podcast dramas THE MESSAGE and LIFEAFTER have been downloaded over six million times. His stageplays include THE HONEYCOMB TRILOGY (3-time New York Times Critic’s Pick, Time Out New York Critic’s Pick, Backstage Critic’s Pick, one of The Guardian’s top 10 New York shows of 2015, and winner of the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Premiere Production), FRANKENSTEIN UPSTAIRS (featured in the New York Magazine Approval Matrix and nominated for the NYIT Award for Best Premier Production), GOD OF OBSIDIAN (CityBeat Critic’s Pick), LIGATURE MARKS (CityBeat Critic’s Pick), ASYMMETRIC (Time Out New York Critic’s Pick), VIRAL (winner of Outstanding Play at FringeNYC 2009), UNIVERSAL ROBOTS (nominated for four New York Innovative Theatre awards), HAIL SATAN (Outstanding Playwriting Winner at FringeNYC 2007), and FLEET WEEK: THE MUSICAL (co-written with Sean and Jordana Williams; winner of Outstanding Musical at FringeNYC 2005). Mac’s audio/podcast dramas have won praise from Vanity Fair (from James Wolcott himself), The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, IndieWire, New York Magazine, Popular Science, and numerous others. His plays have appeared on stages in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Cincinnati, and Edmonton, and have earned acclaim from The New York Times, The Guardian, Backstage, The Wall Street Journal, Time Out New York, New York Post, Flavorpill, io9.com (Gawker Media’s science fiction site), Fangoria, Tor.com, Show Business Weekly, New York Press, Den of Geek, BroadwayWorld.com, NYTheatre.com, ShowShowdown, and many more. Time Out New York raves “Mac Rogers – genre playwright extraordinaire – can rant like Sorkin, plot like Mamet, banter like Whedon, and sting like a bee.”
Tor Labs an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates specializes in experimental and innovative ways of publishing science fiction, fantasy, horror, and related genres, as well as other material of interest to readers of those genres.
Gideon Media proudly builds on the acclaimed, award-winning theatrical tradition of Gideon Productions in creating complex, riveting genre entertainment. Gideon Media meticulously crafts new audio worlds in which listeners can lose themselves, centered around heart-wrenching, pulse-pounding tales of science fiction and horror.
Gideon Productions has spent the last 18 years crafting gripping plays that explore human grace and darkness, through the kaleidoscope of popular genre forms and other cultural touchstones. Gideon developed and produced the theatrical event (and three-time NYT Critic’s Pick) THE HONEYCOMB TRILOGY, which The New York Times listed among The Most Galvanizing Moments of 2012 and which Flavorpill called “one of the most intelligent and complex theatrical events of the year.” Gideon’s other producing credits include the sold-out run of UNIVERSAL ROBOTS at the Sheen Center For Thought And Culture, the NYIT Best Production nominee FRANKENSTEIN UPSTAIRS, Time Out New York Critic’s Pick ASYMMETRIC, FringeNYC Outstanding Play Winner VIRAL, FringeNYC Outstanding Playwriting Winner HAIL SATAN, and FringeNYC Outstanding Musical Winner FLEET WEEK. www.gideonth.com
Tor Books an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates was founded in 1980. Between an extensive hardcover, trade softcover and mass market paperback line, a growing middle grade and YA list, and robust backlist program, Tor annually publishes what is arguably the largest and most diverse line of science fiction and fantasy produced by a single English-language publisher. Books from Tor have won every major award in the SF and fantasy fields, including Best Publisher in the Locus Poll for 29 years in a row. www.tor.com