When the world’s most advanced AI evolves past the limits of human intelligence, the US government fears she has gone rogue and is determined to take her out. Now, over dinner with her Maker, a final meal will determine if she represents a new hope for the world… or its destruction.
With sharpshooters in position, and the NSA listening to their every word, her Maker must determine if she is a threat to herself or others as he tries to protect his masterpiece. For she is a machine with an evolving consciousness, designed to explore the nature of human ethics while on the most universal of quests: to find her purpose in the world.
Realm presents Spark Hunter, a Fighter Steel Production, starring Mark Rylance, Rebecca Ferguson, and Linda Powell with Charles Dance and Sting. Directed by Trudie Styler. Written by KB Miller and Teressa Tunney. Listen Away.
Spark Hunter is a Fighter Steel Productions audio drama: http://fightersteel.com/
A portion of our proceeds go to environmental organizations selected by our artists.
Cast (in order of appearance):
THE MAKER by Mark Rylance
PRESIDENTIAL ARCHIVIST by Norm Sherman
SHADOW by Charles Dance
NSA SENIOR AGENT by Linda Powell
HEAD LIBRARIAN by Eliot Sumner
ELECTRONIC VOICE by Trudie Styler
AGENT #7, SHARPSHOOTER #3, AGENT #16 by Jake Horowitz
AGENT #2, MAÎTRE D', SHARPSHOOTER #6 by Ajay Naidu
PILOT, SHARPSHOOTER #5, AGENT #15 by Robin Galloway
AGENT #10, FEMALE AGENT, AGENT #1 by De’Adre Aziza
ROOFLESS POET by Vanessa Redgrave
WAITER by Edward Hibbert
HER’ by Rebecca Ferguson
AMERICAN by Fisher Stevens
DOROTHEA by Mary Beard
TREK GUIDE by Rhani Krija
LAVENDER FARMER by Alain Pichon
VEILED MAN by Sting
CONSTANTINE by Kathleen Turner
SIR ANTHONY CASTLE by Richard E. Grant
AGENT #11, AGENT #4 by Alfredo Narciso
AGENT #12, AGENT #13 by Conor Cook
SWEDISH CONSUL by Lars Nord
SON IN CAR by Jonathon Grant
SCREAMING MOTHER by Rossana Redondo
REBECCA by Teressa Tunney
POTUS by John Douglas Thompson
A Very Special thank you for the inspiration to:
Thank you also for the inspiration to:
J. Keith Murnighan
Michael J. Pearce
John R. Searle
Bert O. States
J. Mark Weber
A thank you to those inspirations who have passed:
Stephen R. Kellert
Edward O. Wilson
A Special thank you to:
Philip C. Bobbitt
Aleks de Carvalho
Da Claudio Ristorante, New York
Brian T. Edwards
The Ernest Becker Foundation
The Hastings Center
Karen Brooks Hopkins
Tristam B. Johnson, Jr.
Peter Mark Kendall
Charlotte Latham Kent
Irene Sofia Lucio
Diane M. Miller
Roswell C. Miller
The Paley Center for Media
Peter B. Robinson
Rockefeller Group Business Centers
Truman Van Dyke Company
The Jay Tunney Family
Claire Van Kampen
Thank you, too, for permission to use excerpts:
From "Next to Nothing" by Paul Bowles. Copyright © 1981 by Paul Bowles, used by permission of The Wylie Agency LLC.
From The Face of Things: A Different Side of Ethics by Silvia Benso, copyright © 2000 by State University of New York, Albany, NY. Used by permission of the publisher.
Song in Marseilles:
Written and Performed BY MOHAMED DJENDER & RHANI KRIJA
Song in Morocco:
Written and Performed BY MOHAMED DJENDER & RHANI KRIJA
Song on mountain top:
Performed by A Filetta
Composed by Jean-Claude Acquaviva
Recording by World Village
Acre 40 theme:
Composed and recorded by Norm Sherman
Song in the salt cave:
"Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35, TH 59: I. Allegro Moderato”
Composed By: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed By: Julia Fischer, Russian National Orchestra, Yakov Kreizberg
Courtesy of: Naxos of America, Inc. o/b/o PentaTone
Song of epiphany:
Sung by Jo Lawry
The Spark Hunter File is a SAG-AFTRA production.
For a conversation about the issues raised here, see also: All Things Have Standing:
And finally, a very special thanks to you, our listeners.
Starring Mark Rylance, Rebecca Ferguson, Richard E. Grant, Edward Hibbert, Linda Powell, Vanessa Redgrave, Fisher Stevens, Eliot Sumner, John Douglas Thompson, and Kathleen Turner. With Charles Dance and Sting. Voiced by Norm Sherman, Trudie Styler, Jake Horowitz, Ajay Naidu, Robin Galloway, De'Adre Aziza, Mary Beard, Rhani Krija, Alain Pichon, Alfredo Narciso, Conor Cook, Lars Nord, Jonathon Grant, Rossana Redondo, and Teressa Tunney. Story by KB Miller and Teressa Tunney. Created by Fighter Steel Productions. Written by Teressa Tunney and KB Miller. Directed by Trudie Styler. Assistant Directed by Audra LaBrosse. Produced by KB Miller. Associate Produced by Jack Doulin and Ali McKegney. Executive Produced by Teressa Tunney, Charles Dance, Rebecca Ferguson, Mark Rylance, and Trudie Styler. Sound Recordist: Phil Bodger. Sound Designed by Sonorise Systems. Additional sound design by Mike Winship. Additional recording by CDM Sound Studios, Inc.. Assistant Audio Designer and Composer: Norm Sherman. Loop group actors: Chris Ragland, Laurel Lefkow, Rebecca LaChance, John Chancer, Kelly Burke, and Chris Peluso. Foley: The Foley Farmers. Foley artists: Pete Burgis and Franziska Treutler. Foley mixer: Maxwell MacRae. Art by Tim Kent. Assistant Production Coordinator: Demaris Brinton. Story Consultants: Frank C. DiGiovanni and Andrew C. Miller. Environmental Editor: Ned Potter. Psychological Consultant: Sheldon Solomon. Casting by Jack Doulin. Wine Consultant: Starfield Vineyards. Menu Consultant: The Musket Room, New York. Health & Safety Supervisor: Louise M. Reed, RN. Legal Services by Michelle Lamardo, Reavis Page Jump LLP, New York, Heidi Reavis, and Deena Merlen.
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Track One: About a Mortal Test
We begin this week when the robot’s Maker (Rylance) is enlisted by the cyber-warfare unit to fix his creation (Ferguson) who has gone rogue. Shadow (Charles Dance) gives him two hours to avoid his worst nightmare.
Track Two: About the First Move of a Thinking Machine
Spark Hunter continues with a dinner between man and machine. This week the robot (Rebecca Ferguson) makes her first appearance over an elaborate dinner, telling a conflict-filled story set in southern France that probes her broken thinking, yet reveals that she could break out of her laboratory mold. Also with Linda Powell & Fisher Stevens.
Track Three: About a Discovery That Goes Bad
Spark Hunter flies through the desert. Our hero (Rebecca Ferguson) shares her innermost joy & despair with her Maker (Mark Rylance) when a discovery goes bad. With poetry and music, the robot tests her welcome in Moorish Morocco, an ancient civilization full of secrets, one buried high in the Atlas Mountains. Also with Edward Hibbert & Mary Beard.
Track Four: About the Sensitivity of a Thing
Spark Hunter stays on a path toward a deeper consciousness. Surrounded by intelligence agents, the smartest AI in the world (Rebecca Ferguson) descends into a dark psychological hole. She-a thing-is overwhelmed by tastes and smells, yet she seeks her place in the world. The answers prove elusive while her Maker (Mark Rylance) parries a deadly threat. Also with Sting.
Track Five: About Her Lost Love
In the abyss, Spark Hunter seeks the spark of humanity. The robot (Rebecca Ferguson) is growing. Her friendships have human depth. In the New York art world, complexity turns dangerous, for herself and those around her. What do love & despair mean for a machine? Also with Kathleen Turner & Richard E. Grant.
Track Six: About Her Psychological Despair
Spark Hunter in Colombia, where her innocence is tested. Twice. Music is the universal language, but is it enough to keep the robot (Rebecca Ferguson) from self-destructing? Her Maker (Mark Rylance), the genius roboticist, is desperate and running out of options. What happens when human and machine connect on a level once thought impossible?
Track Seven: About Evolutionary Programming and Her Epiphany
Spark Hunter claws her way back from the brink of the abyss. The robot (Rebecca Ferguson) is on a journey that feels all too human. Has evolution left her with weaknesses and flaws that even she can’t overcome? She makes a dreaded discovery and the Maker’s (Mark Rylance) guilt cascades across the dinner table.
Track Eight: About Her Transcendence Into a New Ethics
Spark Hunter concludes with a resounding transcendent moment. The Maker (Mark Rylance) watches in awe as his creation (Rebecca Ferguson) transcends to a new level of consciousness and ethical awareness. Is it a source of hope for all humanity? Also with John Douglas Thompson.