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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



Embisivle Work


Cermack Road, Cicero, Illinois

Once it was the center of the high tech world.

Now it is a shopping mall.

A mall that is barely making ends meet.

Not a promising future for Silicon Valley. 

But a useful place to introduce a new cast member.  

A peek into the Audio Drama Embisivle Friend. 


  • Sahara Ale – Female Voice
  • Zoe Anastassiou – Bus Driver
  • Noah Masur – Male Voice
  • Michelle Thomas Hanson – Stage Manager
  • Josh Wilson – Himself
  • Skippy –  Himself



Embisivle Friend: Playing the Role


Every now and then you need to assess. 

Take a look backwards.

Ask “who did that character become?” 

With this episode, we return to the world of the adult Madison Insullie and see her dealing with adult problems. 

The 11th episode of the Audio Drama Embisivle Friend. 


  • Sahara Ale – Consuela
  • Zoe Anastasiou – Maddie
  • Ron Bianchi – Aziz
  • Anastasia DeLoret – Aravinda
  • Skippy –  Himself



Embisivle Friend: Additive Education


We’ve lost our faith in books. 

We’ve lost faith in texts.  

May may have even lost faith in problem sets.

Learning by doing. 

Learning by interning. 

Learning by being mentored.  It’s what you demand when you’re an 8 year old entrepreneur.  

And a plasma steel cutter, just for good measure. 

The 10th episode of the Audio Drama Embisivle Friend. 


  • Zoe Anastasiou – Maddie, the 8 year old CEO
  • Sarah Ale – Afra Solario, VIce Principal, LMGS
  • Debbon Ayer – Penelope Othmar, Principal, LMGS
  • Ron Bianchi – Guard Tepper, Truck Driver
  • Geoffrey Grier – VInny LeGoff
  • Josh LaForce – Germain Dorfler
  • Michelle Thomas-Hanson – Stage Manager
  • Skippy – Fury & Himself