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The Japanese “Yes”


Fancy Club.

Fatty Foods.

Formal Music in the Background.

This is where business is done.

Or where we believe business is done.

Or perhaps where we pretend that something like business might be done on a good day with a favorable wind.

Three investors try to out bluff each other.  

Cast, in order of appearance:

  • Michelle Thomas-Hanson – Stage Manager & Maitre D’
  • Josh LaForce – Carl
  • Kota Fudauchi – Goto
  • Sahara Ale – Tangier
  • Skippy – Governor of California


Written and Produced by David Alan Grier

Musical and Sound Design by Hilbert Space

Dramaturgy by Steve Harper of Theatre503






Bread Crumbs.

Paths we find for ourselves.

Paths we leave for others.

The lessons we learn along the way.

The gratitude we find with each step.

A monologue of an African American Family history by Geoffrey Grier of San Francisco Recovery Theatre in collaboration with AfroSolo.

A Studio Version of the live performance at Potrero Stage, San Francisco, CA September 27, 2022.

Cast, in order of appearance:

  • Geoffrey Grier
  • Michelle Thomas-Hanson – Stage Manager

Written by Geoffrey Grier

Produced by San Francisco Recovery Theatre in collaboration with AfroSolo with hosting and additional production by HWMS.



A Bustle, A Corset, & The London Necropolis Express

hwms.coverartWe know the story.

Three women.

A London Office.

A missing colleague.

And a pandemic.

Three women wake one morning to discover that a colleague has vanished in the night. Gone. Poof. Not a bit of a trace.

The clue to the story lies in a play that has just opened in a London Theatre. The missing colleague has vanished into the world of that play and has become engaged in a grand debate about the roles of women in modern society.

But the three women in the office are not part of the debate. They are earning a living. They are caring for family. They trying to decide what they need to do today in order to be ready for tomorrow, while worrying about their friend.

A play about the world of George Bernard Shaw and Karl Pearson that takes no guff from either.

Cast: (22470, in order of appearance)

  • Michelle Thomas-Hanson – Stage Manager, Marta Green
  • Debbon Ayer – Honoria Fawcett
  • Anastasia DeLoret – Daphne Duvet
  • Tehya Merrit – Inis Abbo
  • Ron Bianchi – Jock Hodgy, Messengers
  • Kit Kuksenok – Messengers
  • Josh LaForce – Asa Pinchbeck
  • Kota Fudauchi – Eldon Shannon-Marsh
  • Skippy – Vivian Warren

Cast: (22471 in order of appearance)

  • Michelle Thomas-Hanson – Stage Manager, Marta Green
  • Zoe Anastasiou – Honoria Fawcett
  • Margaux Amie – Daphne Duvet
  • Sahara Ale – Inis Abbo
  • Ron Bianchi – Messengers
  • Kit Kuksenok – Messengers
  • Ethan Madds – Jock Hodgy
  • Josh Wilson – Asa Pinchbeck
  • Geoffrey Grier –   Eldon Shannon Marsh
  • Skippy – Vivian Warren

Sound Design: Hilbert Space

Music Direction: Mel O’Dea Studios

Music: Alibi Music, Atomic Music (used with permission)

Dramaturgy: Steve Harper, Theatre503

Graphic Artist: Ava N Garda

Written and Directed: David Alan Grier




Add Subtract Unite Divide

hwms.coverartShe could have been somebody.

A real contender.

If there hadn’t been a global economic depression.

If the world hadn’t been engaged in a world war.

And if she hadn’t been a woman. 

Through Fate or Good Fortune or the simple dedication of someone who was not discouraged by rejection, she came to lead the Mathematical Tables Project, a quirky work-relief office that was intended to give employment to workers who were unable to find a job.  She turned it into the world’s most power computing organization.  At least the most powerful organization before computing people were replaced by computing machines. 

She did calculations for the government, for the military, for scientists and engineers.  They were championed by Einstein, by John von Neuman, professors from Cornell and MIT.  She dined at the White House and sat at tables of power.  Until she was forgotten.  Forgotten by a country that is more constant in its love of technology than it is in its love of people. 

A story of Gertrude Blanch, her best friend Ida Rhodes, and their improbably employer, the Mathematical Tables Project.  A story of love, dedication, courage and (brace yourselves) long division.

Gold Medal Recipient at the 2023 Hear / Now Audio Drama Festival.


Cast: (in order of named appearance)

  • Josh Wilson – Chief Whip, Milt Abramowitz
  • Debbon Ayer – Gertrude Blanch
  • Josh LaForce – Dr. Jones, Nurse, Chorus
  • Zoe Anastasiou – Judy, Orderly, Chorus
  • Geoffrey Grier –  Leonard Marx, Commissioner, Chorus
  • Sahara Ale – Sister, Chorus
  • Ron Bianchi – Arnold Lowan, Chorus
  • Kit Kuksenok – Customer, Chorus
  • Michelle Thomas-Hanson – Arlene, Chorus, Stage Manager
  • Margaux Amie – Ida Rhodes
  • Noah Masur – Dr. Smith
  • Anastasia DeLoret – Linda, Chorus
  • Kota Fudauchi – Ken, Chorus
  • Ethan Madds – IBM Guard, Chorus
  • Tehya Merrit – Evie, Chair, Chorus
  • Skippy –Himself

Sound Design: Hilbert Space

Music Direction: Mel O’Dea Studios

Music: Alibi Music, Atomic Music (used with permission)

Dramaturgy: Steve Harper and the Writers Workshop at Theatre503

Graphic Artist: Ava N Garda




Preview: Add Subtract


New Drama. 

New Story. 

And it’s about arithmetic. 

And work relief.  And Organizations.  And Power.  And National Security. 

Plus it’s a Love Story. 

A short preview of what is going to come. 

Told as only the HWMS Audio Theatre can do it. 

We’re Theatre Like You’ve Never Seen. 


  • Zoe Anastasiou  – Computer
  • Ron Bianchi – Computer
  • Ethan Madds – Computer 
  • Tehya Merrit – Computer
  • Michelle Thomas-Hanson -Stage Manager
  • Josh Wilson – Chief Whip 



Embisivle Arrival


A suitcase on the sidewalk.

A weary traveller looking for an answer.

A stage manager, looking for dessert.

Introducing Kota Fudauchi to the audio drama Embisivle Friend.



  • Kota Fudauchi – Himself
  • Michelle Thomas Hanson – Stage Manager
  • Skippy – Himself



Embisivle Friend: A Place for Innovation


A school. 

A slightly unusual school. (Business curriculum.  Silicon Valley.)  

A principal, slightly stressed. 

A teacher. (ditto)

Broken plumbing. 

A friend with a yellow car. 

A successful corporate leader offering advice to a young protégé while pulling the funds from another.  

And a little girl shall lead them all.  

Just another day for the audio drama Embisivle Friend.

An audio feature drawn from our story “Embisivle Friend”.


  • Sahara Ale – Afra Solario, Lyra
  • Margaux Amie – Evelyn Rouse
  • Zoe Anastassiou – Maddie Insullie
  • Debbon Ayer – Penelope Othmar
  • Ron Bianchi – Max Becker, Guard Tepper
  • Anastasia DeLoret – Aravinda
  • Geoffrey Grier – Vinny
  • Kit Kuksenok – Mr. Klempner, Nolan
  • Josh LaForce – Carl Persons, Germain Dorfler
  • Noah Masur – Dion, Dara Penti
  • Tehya Merrit – Caitlin
  • Michelle Thomas Hanson – Stage Manager
  • Skippy – Himself



Waiting for Lillian Moller Gilbreth


What’s to be done?

Waiting at an old train station. 

Not for a train of course. 

But will she come?

Does she ever come?

To New Jersey.

Deepest New Jersey.  

A peek into the Audio Drama Embisivle Friend. 


  • Zoe Anastassiou – Zoe
  • Josh LaForce – Josh
  • Michelle Thomas Hanson – Stage Manager
  • Skippy –  Himself