Falling Uphill: The Short Version – Short-Staffed

With so many people out of town, the Sunday before Memorial Day should’ve been an easy shift at the New York cocktail lounge where this husband and wife team works. It got off to a good start. Then all hell broke loose.

Story told by Laura

Produced by Matt Elzweig


“Birds of Prey” by DarkSunn

“Maccary Bay” by Kevin MacLeod, featuring Brett VanDonsel

“Step into Me” by Miami Slice 


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Falling Uphill – Episode 9 – Scratching the Surface

Doesn’t dual citizenship mean more freedom of movement?

Augustus returns. 



You may remember Augustus* from Episode 6. He’s a guy to whom things tend to happen and then some. In this case, a pickpocket in Barcelona, a stolen suitcase, and a minor blemish on his passport set off a series of events that put his citizenship and his identity in question. Moments after arriving in San Francisco to catch his connecting flight to school, Augustus finds himself thinking not about how difficult the new semester will be, but whether he’ll be wasting away in a cell on the first day of classes.

*not his real name

Produced by Matt Elzweig

Story told by Augustus

Illustration by Richard Chance


“Being Reviled, We Bless, Being Persecuted, We Endure”  by Hertz – Metek

“Darkness” by Three Chain Links

“Maccary Bay” by Kevin MacLeod

“Lights” by To Eris

“Running from an Evil Force” by Mystified

“Te Quiero” by Mila

“USS Sulaco” by N3rgul


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Falling Uphill: The Short Version – Theater of the Absurd


NEW! Falling Uphill: The Short Version

Theater of the Absurd

To actors trying to get work in New York City or anywhere else, acting and staging plays is a labor of love and insanity where every opportunity that presents itself could be that once in a lifetime break, a complete waste of time, or something in between. When Cherry Lou Sy graduated from theater school, she was willing to take almost any gig, even if she found it on Craig’s List. She was still too green to notice several red flags when she agreed to play the role of Juliet in …some sort of Alice in Wonderland-influenced Shakespeare review. When the writer/producer/director/star still hadn’t shown up as the audience began to file in, she realized she would have to take the reins and try to avert a complete disaster. 

Story told by Cherry Lou Sy 

Produced by Matt Elzweig


“Photo Morgana” Nightingale

“White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane (cover) Donna Cedar 

“White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane (cover) Liz Petty


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“Romeo and Juliet” Full-cast performance featuring Claire Bloom, Albert Finney and others; directed by Howard Sackler

“Hamlet” featuring Richard Burton – directed by John Gielgud; produced by Goddard Lieberson


Falling Uphill – Episode 8 – Blindsided

A straight-A student dreams of career on Broadway. And then her stomach explodes. Yes, you read that right. 


Amy Oestreicher was a gifted high school student who seemed destined for a career on the stage. After what seemed to be a auspicious meeting with a respected mentor to several Broadway stars took a very dark turn, her life began to spiral out of control, culminating in an unheard of medical emergency. She lingered in a coma for months, and when she awoke she was unable to eat or drink. Putting her life back together seemed all but impossible.

Produced by Matt Elzweig

Story told by Amy Oestreicher

Illustration by Richard Chance


“Innamorata” by Glenn Kramer

Uddling” (Piano Makeover) by Garmisch

“Colorless Aura” by Kevin MacLeod 

“Despair and Triumph” by Kevin MacLeod 

“Maccary Bay” by Kevin MacLeod

“Exodus (cover)” by Marcus Eaton

“Interlude – In Anxious Shadows” by Kai Engel

“Glorious Food from Oliver Twist

“Ephemeral (As Time Goes By)” by Karmic Interloper



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Falling Uphill: The Short Version – Rash Judgment

The first short episode of Falling Uphill is here!
Dan woke up one morning and didn’t look or feel right. Fortunately, a doctor had sent a postcard to Dan’s house advertising his services not long before.

Story told by Dan 

Produced by Matt Elzweig


“Ambient Pad” Mizayo 
“Photo Morgana” Nightingale
“Panning Wind Is Ending by Dom Dom” CSoul 


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Falling Uphill – Episode 5 – The Extended Engagement

A comedian’s friend books her a gig without telling her — in a country she’s never heard of. 

















Sometimes you get a phone call that changes your life. Mina Liccione got that call while living in San Francisco and wondering what the next step in her career would be. She was already a Broadway veteran and was ready for something brand new. Not long after she hung up the phone, she was on a plane to a country she had never heard of–Dubai–for a gig that a well-intentioned friend had signed her up for, without bothering to get her permission first. It would not be her last trip to the Middle East, and not only would she end up opening a pioneering  comedy school there–she would meet the man who would become her husband, comedian Ali Al Sayed. But how would it all sit with her traditional Italian, Catholic, New York family? A dowry, a boxing promoter, a stuffed turkey, tap shoes, and macaroni and cheese will all play a part.

Produced by Matt Elzweig

Story told by Mina Liccione (http://www.minaliccione.com, http://www.dubomedy.com, @minaliccione on Twitter) 

Illustration by Richard Chance


“Maccary Bay” (ft. Brett VanDonsel) Kevin MacLeod

“Union” David Szesztay

“Ylanlar_Zaman (Yilanlar Zamani)” Hayvanlar Alemi

“Naraina” Kevin MacLeod

“Genghis Dreams on Horseback”  Desert Gears

“Spy Glass” Kevin MacLeod

“Oud Taksim/Batan Gun Kana/Through Years” Sherita

“Christe Adoramus Te” (Claudio Monteverdi) performed by Capella Ducisprovided by Klankbeeld

“L’elisir d’amore, Una furtiva lagrima” (Donizetti) performed by MIT Symphony Orchestra 

“Partytime” Infecticide

“After Party” Asthmatic Astronaut

“Desert Masks” Máscaras

“O Sole Mio” (Eduardo di Capua & Giovanni Capurro) performed by Sisell & Kalle Moraeus

“Habibi Ya Aini” Scott Wilson & Efendi



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Falling Uphill – Episode 2 – Smoking Is Good for You

A theater geek gets the callback he never wanted. 

It’s the mid-1960s and actor-director Jeff Bennett has realized he doesn’t have the stomach to pursue a career on Broadway. To make things worse, he’s just received a letter requesting his presence at an Army recruiting station to see if he’s physically fit enough to serve his country in Vietnam. Without enough teaching credits to spare him from what he sees as a pointless conflict and an all-around waste of his time, the only hope for Jeff is pneumothorax, a smoking-related lung condition. With papers documenting his ailment in hand, he reports to the center as instructed, but as he progresses naked through each exam station, no one in authority seems to want to hear about his extenuating circumstance. 



Produced by Matt Elzweig

Story told by Jeff Bennett

Illustration by Richard Chance


“Maccary Bay”  Kevin MacLeod

“Spacial Harvest” Kevin MacLeod

“StompDance” Kevin MacLeod 

“Bronco Romp” Waylon Thornton

“Adders Tongue” Waylon Thornton 

“Goofer Dust” Waylon Thornton

Der Heyser Bulgar” Eastern Watershed Klezmer Quartet

“Cylinder Four” Chris Zabriskie

“Reveille” U.S. Army Bands Online (ABO)/ U.S. Army Bands Audio 

“Dig-Dig-Dig Dig For Your Dinner” Gene Kelly 



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Episode 1 – The Chairman

All Vito wanted to do was make a little extra cash so he could move out of his mom and dad’s place and take his film career to the next level. This isn’t what he had in mind. 

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When Vito* arrived at the interview, his teaching experience consisted of teaching English in Japan for six months and a job as a classroom assistant in a special needs school. Later, after a string of failures at various day jobs, he began working as a cameraman at a small TV station, all the while continuing to pursue his dream of making independent films on his own terms. When the opportunity to teach a video editing class at a for-profit college of mixed reputation came up he applied, for the extra money and because he was growing more and more ambivalent about his job in television. His expectations were low at the outset, but no one could have predicted what would happen when he met with school’s octogenarian president.
*not his real name


Produced by Matt Elzweig

Story told by Anonymous

Technical Assistance by Alex Valle

Illustration by Richard Chance


“Collie Weed”   Kene Busma

“Revoilà le Beaujolais Nouveau”   Dugardin 

“Sieste Ocho”   Suerte

“Mátalas”   Oscar Silva

“Hero”   John Novak

“Fabricated Loony Commune”   Heifervescent

“Forest of Impaled”   Phantom

“Defloration”   Mary Poppins and the Dubitative Sex Toys Boys

“No Wings”   Keffy Kay

“Tense (Parte 01)” & “Tense (Parte 02)”   AlienAqtor, Disorder of Rage (DxOxRx), Flanicx, and Rod Brandao 

“Roc électrqiue à tailler”   Calame 



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