22 episodes

From Mau Haus Productions comes the anthology narrative podcast series A Blind Play of Social Forces. Adapted from the short fiction of Michael Mau, season one of this anthology narrative podcast series explores the relationships between adolescents and the adults who influence them in an unsympathetic world. Featuring international voice talent, our low-fi DIY series pulls no punches."They hate because they fear, and they fear because they feel that the deepest feelings of their lives are being assaulted and outraged. And they do not know why; they are powerless pawns in a blind play of social forces." Richard Wright, Native Son.

A Blind Play of Social Forces Michael Mau

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From Mau Haus Productions comes the anthology narrative podcast series A Blind Play of Social Forces. Adapted from the short fiction of Michael Mau, season one of this anthology narrative podcast series explores the relationships between adolescents and the adults who influence them in an unsympathetic world. Featuring international voice talent, our low-fi DIY series pulls no punches."They hate because they fear, and they fear because they feel that the deepest feelings of their lives are being assaulted and outraged. And they do not know why; they are powerless pawns in a blind play of social forces." Richard Wright, Native Son.

    Pal

    Pal

    Our first episode is adapted from the short story “Pal,” a 2020 finalist for the Bristol Prize in the UK. It was published in the Bristol Prize Anthology.
    Abandoned by her mother, twelve-year-old "Kid" takes on the mother role to care for her only father figure, her profoundly disabled step-father Pal. A visit from her classmate Evander, terrified by what he sees in the house. illuminates just how precarious this unconventional relationship is.
    The screenplay adaptation has garnered several awards including an Independent Shorts Award, Cult Critic Movie Award, and Indie Short Fest award, all for best short screenplay. It was an official selection in the Paris International Short Festival and Vienna Indie Short Film Festival. Pal is, at its heart, a story of family.
    The story takes place over two days, flashing backward and forwards in time.
    CAST
    Narrator--Sarah McGuire
    Kid--Hannah Rose Dorph
    Pal--Steve Kasan
    Linda Sears--Julia Garlotte
    Evander--Keillor Mau
    Byers--Michael Mau

    Additional Music--"Sad Reflection and Grief Piano" by MusicLFiles
    Sound Effects--Pixabay
    Special Thanks to Annie Weaver, Shenandoah Evans, and Kelsea Hume



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    "They hate because they fear, and they fear because they feel that the deepest feelings of their lives are being assaulted and outraged. And they do not know why; they are powerless pawns in a blind play of social forces." Richard Wright, Native Son.

    All episodes written and directed by Michael Mau
    Theme music composed by Trevor Tremaine
    Main title artwork by Geneva Hicks
    Epigraph read by Sharmaarke Purcell

    To find out more about our cast, to read the original short stories, or donate to the show so we c...

    • 25 min
    Platypus

    Platypus

    When awkward teen Joey discovers that Shannon, the girl he is obsessed with, isn't actually a girl, he is forced to come to terms with his own definitions of gender, sexuality, and friendship. 
    Our second episode is adapted from the short story “Platypus” which began as a writing challenge in 2014. In the original five-page draft, the main character, Joey, finds a giant eyeball on a beach. After many drafts, this version of the story was published in the Spring 2018 issue of Black Market Re-View. It was inspired, in part, by my own high school experience in the early 90s when a prefix  like “trans” was followed either by -vestite or -former, and repression was survival.

    Narrator--Aryeh Krause-Nadler
    Shannon--Kyra Leigh
    Joey--Logan Broadway
    Arnie--Ryan Goffman
    Deirdre--Rachel Leon

    Sound Effects--Pixabay
    Special Thanks to Annie Weaver and Shenandoah Evans
    "They hate because they fear, and they fear because they feel that the deepest feelings of their lives are being assaulted and outraged. And they do not know why; they are powerless pawns in a blind play of social forces." Richard Wright, Native Son.

    All episodes written and directed by Michael Mau
    Theme music composed by Trevor Tremaine
    Main title artwork by Geneva Hicks
    Epigraph read by Sharmaarke Purcell

    To find out more about our cast, to read the original short stories, or donate to the show so we can make an unforgettable second season, visit us at ablindplaypodcast.com or on Instagram @mauhausproductions.

    • 33 min
    Little Bird

    Little Bird

    When triggered by a challenge from her peers, the daughter of a former military interrogator puts her father's inhumane lessons to the test, endangering her friends in order to protect herself.

    “Little Bird” is adapted from the short story of the same name which won the Black Warrior Review Fiction Contest in 2014. I wrote the first draft of the story in grad school in a class titled The Literature of War. The title comes from an Army cadence call in which the speaker lures a beautiful bird to the window sill and kills it. I was inspired by the grotesque and inhumane images from Abu Ghraib prison. I couldn’t help imagining those guards who treated others in such a despicable manner going home to their own families. 

    The story has been adapted into a staged reading as well as a screenplay. This episode contains profanity and adult situations as well as suggestions of abuse. It is intended for listeners over the age of 13. 
    A little bird with a yellow bill
    Was sittin' on my window sill
    I lured her in with a piece of bread
    And then I smashed her little head
    —Army cadence call
    Narrator: Lily Sanders
    Soldier: Kai McAlvin
    Sir: Tim Knudson
    Sam: Ryan Goffman
    Eddie: Eddie Philpot
    Marco: Marco Marx

    Sound effects courtesy of Pixabay. 
    Special thanks to Annie Weaver, Shenandoah Evans, and Travis Maguire. 
    "They hate because they fear, and they fear because they feel that the deepest feelings of their lives are being assaulted and outraged. And they do not know why; they are powerless pawns in a blind play of social forces." Richard Wright, Native Son.

    All episodes written and directed by Michael Mau
    Theme music composed by Trevor Tremaine
    Main title artwork by Geneva Hicks
    Epigraph read by Sharmaarke Purcell

    To find out more about our cast, to read the original short stories, or donate to the show so we c...

    • 22 min
    To the Touch

    To the Touch

    “To The Touch” was published in the 2020 edition of Jelly Bucket Literary Journal under the pseudonym Gina Urban. That year it was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. This story grew out of a vision I had of a young woman touching a sheet of glass gently only to watch it shatter under her palm. If the story is an allegory, it is incidentally so. Or maybe subconsciously so.
    Narrator: Chad Morgan
    Grace: Rory Booth
    Philip: Ryan Goffman
    Mother: Malya Muth
    Father: Michael Mau

    Sound effects courtesy of Pixabay.
    Special thanks to Annie Weaver and Shenandoah Evans.
    Each week I want to direct our listeners to other great podcasts. During the scariest part of the pandemic, I was introduced the podcast A Moment of Your Time, produced by Jenny Curtis at CurtCo Media. While these wonderfully endearing minisodes introduced me to Jenny, I want to plug her most recent endeavor, the immersive experience that is Solar. Check out Solar wherever you found A Blind Play of Social Forces. All of Season One is available now.


    "They hate because they fear, and they fear because they feel that the deepest feelings of their lives are being assaulted and outraged. And they do not know why; they are powerless pawns in a blind play of social forces." Richard Wright, Native Son.

    All episodes written and directed by Michael Mau
    Theme music composed by Trevor Tremaine
    Main title artwork by Geneva Hicks
    Epigraph read by Sharmaarke Purcell

    To find out more about our cast, to read the original short stories, or donate to the show so we c...

    • 23 min
    Until Your Heart Releases You

    Until Your Heart Releases You

    While all of my stories are born from some experience I have had, “Until Your Heart Releases You” was inspired by a nightmare following a miscarriage. It is a meditation on loss,  fatherhood, and an overactive imagination. This one was a tough one to record.
    Starring
    Narrator--Michael Mau
    Elaine--Emaline Mau
    Mom--Chad Morgan
    "They hate because they fear, and they fear because they feel that the deepest feelings of their lives are being assaulted and outraged. And they do not know why; they are powerless pawns in a blind play of social forces." Richard Wright, Native Son.

    All episodes written and directed by Michael Mau
    Theme music composed by Trevor Tremaine
    Main title artwork by Geneva Hicks
    Epigraph read by Sharmaarke Purcell

    To find out more about our cast, to read the original short stories, or donate to the show so we c...

    • 23 min
    Silence

    Silence

    “The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.”
    -WB Yeats, The Second Coming
    In the summer of 1994, I was a college student working as a stocker at Piggly Wiggly in Montevallo, Alabama. I grew up in the South, so racism was not a new concept for me. As a white male, I did not understand how privileged I was nor how entitled. This combination bred a cowardice in me that I am still coming to terms with. This personal narrative is just as much a self-indictment as a criticism of the south. 
    Written and Directed by Michael Mau
    STARRING
    Narrator--Michael Mau
    Buck--Blaque Fowler
    Slurpee Man--Paul Fegan
    Grandmother/Teacher--Christa Burton
    Mom--Shenandoah Evans


    "They hate because they fear, and they fear because they feel that the deepest feelings of their lives are being assaulted and outraged. And they do not know why; they are powerless pawns in a blind play of social forces." Richard Wright, Native Son.

    All episodes written and directed by Michael Mau
    Theme music composed by Trevor Tremaine
    Main title artwork by Geneva Hicks
    Epigraph read by Sharmaarke Purcell

    To find out more about our cast, to read the original short stories, or donate to the show so we c...

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

Bitsyboorud ,

Yes!

Unapologetic and at times, raw. Really well done!

njd223 ,

Unique and Original

I just started and I’m already sucked in! What a great concept and brilliant execution.

Visual Literacy ,

My favorite fiction brought to life

These stories touch my heart, mind, and soul. These fragments of human lives who are "powerless pawns in a blind play of social forces."

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