Seven years ago, in the year 2170, an energy company found something unexpected while surveying Earth's ocean floor:
What could only be described as a giant door, inset into the bottom of the ocean. Almost two thousand feet in diameter, designed to be almost imperceptible visually, and with no clear means of being opened. The massive artifact carbon dated to seven million years old, and the only clue to its nature was a strange signal that somehow broadcasted from it every ten seconds.
It became known as the Vault. A gigantic enigma, buried and forgotten...nineteen thousand feet down.
Just the kind of thing that would interest the galaxy's most powerful corporation, Maas-Dorian. To study the artifact, the company built a massive, self-contained, secret laboratory base surrounding it. That base was named Fathom. It's objective: unlock the secrets of the artifact and discover what it holds.
A group of scientists, engineers, and workers have been working on that task for almost a year, but with little to show for it. The Vault has yet to give up its secrets, and their employers are beginning to lose patience. Add to that, some on the base say they hear...voices. Inside the signal the Vault is broadcasting. Hundreds of them. Thousands. Whispering and chittering of a desire to be let out...
But none of it holds sway over a corporation interested only in power and profit, even if it knows all too well that some mysteries should remain buried. And that some doors should never be opened....
FATHOM is a narrative podcast experience from award winning science fiction author J. Barton Mitchell, and follows a host of unlikely characters trying to unlock a frightening mystery at the bottom of the ocean. It is the prequel to the story that began in the podcast DERELICT.
T H E C A S T
Elizabeth Laidlaw has numerous credits on Television, including THE REDLINE, CHICAGO PD, BOSS, BETRAYAL, CRISIS, and THE CHICAGO CODE. In film, she has starred in HENRY GAMBLE'S BIRTHDAY PARTY, INTO THE WAKE, DIMENSION, and THREE DAYS. Her theater work includes projects with Steppenwolf, The Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Court Theatre, American Repertory Theatre and Indiana Repertory, among many others.
Directing credits include GIRL IN THE RED CORNER for Broken Nose Theatre, and HENRY VIII, for Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre, where she is the founding Artistic Director. On camera, she directed Episode 1 of THE HAVEN web series, and wrote and directed the short film TO BE CONTINUED, currently in post production.
Elizabeth is based in Chicago.
Michael Mau is a writer, teacher, father, runner, actor, tinkerer, artist, craftsman, and snappy dresser.
Michael’s current acting projects include the short films THE DEAL, A MAN DEPARTED, LAVENDER BOY. The award-winning short film FATHERLESS, in which Michael co-stars, is available on Amazon Prime, as is the award-winning comedy feature OUR SCRIPTED LIFE.
Michael can also be seen in the horror film LAST HOLLER, as well as the web series THE NOOTS. He voices characters in four narrative podcasts: BETWEEN THE DEVIL; HAINTS, a supernatural historical drama; BIG SANDY; and J. Barton Mitchell’s sci-fi thriller DERELICT.
Michael is based in Atlanta.
Dani Payne is an actor, singer, and business coach who has recently moved her life to Albuquerque, NM.
She has over 10 years of acting experience and has studied her craft all over the world; Vancouver, Los Angeles, and, most recently, Glasgow, UK. Dani can been seen in numerous television shows, such as BETTER CALL SAUL, THE NIGHT SHIFT, GRAVES, and CHAMBERS, as well as the films REMEMBERING US and THE SHORT HISTORY OF THE LONG ROAD which made its debut at the Tribeca International Film Festival. She also plays "Freed" in J. Barton Mitchell's sci-fi narrative podcast DERELICT.
Eli Goodman has been acting for over thirty years in theater, film, and television. His regional theater career includes: "Intimate Apparel" and "World Set Free" (Steppenwolf), "Incident at Vichy" (Writers Theatre), "Comedy of Errors" and "Much Ado About Nothing" (Chicago Shakespeare), "Wit" and "A Christmas Carol" (Actors Theatre of Louisville), "The Action Against Sol Schumann" (Victory Gardens), and "The Last Night at Ballyhoo" (Mercury Theatre). On camera Eli has starred in TV shows and films including: Waco, Midnight Texas, House of Cards, Longmire, The Mentalist, CSI NY, NCIS, 24, Bones, Dexter, ER, The Closer, Take Me Home, Whiskey Tango Fox Trot, and The Space Between Us.
KRISTIN E. ELLIS
Kristin E. Ellis A passionate actor and speaker, Kristin's Recent TV credits include The CHI, and The Big Leap. Past TV credits Soundtrack (Netflix). A passionate storyteller Kristin wrote and performed her one woman show I Don’t Trust It (MPAACT Theatre). Past credits include Traitor (A Red Orchid Theatre, dir. Michael Shannon), Paradise Blue (Black Theatre Alliance Award for Best Featured Actress, TimeLine Theatre), What I Learned in Paris (Congo Square Theatre). Regional Credits include: Blood by Nambi Kelley (National Black Theatre), Simpatico (McCarter Theatre, A Red Orchid Theatre) along with productions at Court, Theatre Wit, Steppenwolf Garage Rep, Griffin Theatre and Collaboraction Theatre. Kristin received her BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University. Currently, Kristin can be seen in the short film Side Effects (Amazon Prime), MPAACT Theatre's Podcast Plays, and the voice behind a few radio ads. Kristin is represented by Stewart Talent.
MACK represents version 12.0 of the Maas-Dorian line of logistical support Virtual Intelligences, the latest and most advanced model M-D has produced.
Approved quickly from prototype level product development, MACK underwent accelerated stress testing after the Fathom Artifact was discovered, and was deployed to the base after it finished its initial construction.
MACK enjoys complex calculus, signal analysis, the collected work of William Gibson, and the quest for the perfect cup of coffee.
He may or may not be what he seems.
T H E C R E A T O R S
Writer & Director
J. Barton Mitchell
J. Barton Mitchell is a creator and writer living in Santa Fe, NM. He has developed properties for Warner Bros, Twenty First Century Fox, Sony, Valve Software, and Boom! Studios, and is a published author of four novels. His third novel, VALLEY OF FIRES was awarded Best Science Fiction Novel of 2015 by the RT Book Review, and his fourth novel, THE RAZOR, was published by TOR Books in 2018.
Owner of This Mortal Coil Productions, Creatrix of Byte Sized Blessings the Podcast, the animated series of “Murder of 2,” currently in it’s second season of production, “Roller Mom,” and the web series “Pancho in the Car with Noodles.” Published by Microcosm Publishing, she is currently working on two comics, “Dave,” and a re-write of Peter Rabbit. In short, she is very busy.
Elizabeth has been producing theater and on-camera projects since 1993. She is the founding artistic director of Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre, producing every season in her 17 year tenure. Recently, she co-produced and co-directed episodes for The Haven webseries, and wrote, produced and directed the short "To Be Continued" (currently in post-production.) She was delighted to sign on as a co-producer on this podcast, and intends it to be the first of many.
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