A message from Jade City Pharaoh creator Howard L. Craft...
Nine months ago, Frank Stasio, the host of a very popular radio show called The State of Things on North Carolina Public Radio (www.stateofthings.org)approached me with an irresistible proposal. He had come to see my play Jade City Chronicles Vol. 1 The Super Spectacular Bad Ass Herald M.F. Jones, which I had written for Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern in Durham. Frank was impressed enough to ask me if I’d be interested in making it into a radio serial. I quickly got to work writing the first season and reaching out to some of the most talented actors in our area. The result is the JADE CITY PHARAOH, which I adapted from both the stage play and a comic book I co-wrote with visual artist Luis Franco by that same title. Both the play and comic have been wonderfully successful and we are hoping for the same level of success with the radio drama.
Little did I know when I began the project that it would have the capability of being truly ground breaking. JADE CITY PHARAOH will be the FIRST African-American superhero serial produced in the history of radio! The JADE CITY PHARAOAH is a different kind of superhero story. Now there's plenty of villains with cool names like, the Beef Cooka, the Diabolical Dr. Dastardly, Anvil Steel, and Epic Johnson, as well as kick ass fist fights, explosions and car chases. More importantly, there is the quest for social justice that we put at the forefront of each episode. We take real world issues like domestic violence, workers rights, and the mortgage crisis head on in the adventures of the JADE CITY PHARAOH, Herald MF Jones.
Since the project’s inception, I have written 11 of the 13 episodes that will make up season 1, and we have aired the pilot to much fanfare. In order to keep moving forward with this exciting project, we need additional funding. Your contribution to the JADE CITY RADIO DRAMA PROJECT will give us the help we need to complete production on the remaining episodes. The JADE CITY PHARAOH promises to entertain listeners as well as give them something to talk about and debate each week, long after the episode has ended.
*****************Please join us in making history! Bambaataa!*****************
To hear episodes of JADE CITY PHAROAH, visit http://wunc.org/programs/tsot/archive/jade-city-pharaoh.
Check out a video of our Jade City Rent Party fundraiser!
He's the super spectacular bad ass protector of Jade City. Some call him a right-on-time hero. Some call him a reckless vigilante. All call him the Jade City Pharaoh.
As a child in utero, Herald was injected with experimental drugs, which gave him special powers, such as flight and the ability to shoot paralyzing beams from his hands. Herald is also trained in the ancient practice of Bambaataa Martial Science, a discipline that's both given him the skills to control his powers and become a superior warrior for social justice. But Herald, above all else, is mortal. He doesn't have bulletproof skin or X-ray vision. And after that incident with the Popeye's Chicken 'n' Biscuits sign, he no longer flies in the rain.
Malik is Herald's alter ego. Malik runs an independent bookstore in Jade City, but he's perhaps better known for driving a noisy, fuel inefficient Honda Civic around town.
Yep. Herald's Aunt Margaret and Uncle Roscoe raised him and helped him develop his superhero identity. And you can't keep anything from your best friend, so Malik's pal, Stanley "Supreme Intellect" Johnson, also knows his buddy's big secret.
An evil villain known as the Beef Cooka has moved into town, disturbing the peace and getting under Herald's skin. But the Beef Cooka is simply using the injustices of our society - including poverty and discrimination - to his advantage to corrupt the innocent people of Jade City.
You won't find it on a map, but it should feel very familiar to many of you. From a distance it looks a little bit like Durham, North Carolina, with a bridge, a port and a beach of course. Call Urban America anywhere, so it is truly Urban America everywhere.
Thanks, smart alec. We do, but long ago, HERALD decided to spell it that way because he wanted to be a messenger of peace and hope for his city of Jade. He took his moniker from the name of the soldier who saved his beloved Uncle Roscoe's life during the Vietnam War. He still wears the dog tags of the original Harold Jones as a reminder of his sacrifice.
We'll put it like this: he's ready to mingle...
To paraphrase the great Fredrick Douglass. We may not get every thing we pay for in this life, but we will surely pay for everything we get. This radio program is paid for by the people. We have no corporate sponsorships. Without your donations we can't pay actors, writers. We can't purchase sound effects. We can't make history.
Your generous gifts will go to paying the actors, the writer, and for the production of the final two episodes on this season.
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