PICKET CHARLIE Table Read Audio Performance – Listen Today!

PICKET CHARLIE is an environmental action/thriller about a US Forestry Ranger that must defend her island reserve of trees from a band of ruthless timber pirates in a near-future world ravaged by climate change.

Listen now on SoundCloud

What is a table read?  

A table read (or read-through) is a tool used in film/television/radio and theatre production by actors, the writer and director and key department heads to hear the script performed out loud. This enhanced table read adds sound effects and music to help put the listener in the time and place of the story.

This project would not have been possible without the support and generosity of the cast and production team, listed below, that have donated and contributed their time, energy, and effort for this project.  Enjoy the performance!

Sam Walden: Anne Cloud
Billy Zhan: Zachary Cantrell
Jackso Rumpt: Malcolm Ryker
Narration: Peter Batchelder
Cutthroat Joe: Mark Andrews
Grim Eye Joe: Randy Blumer
Foreman Jack: Randy Bobo
Helmet Joe: Michael Graf
Scarface Joe: Michael Graf
Produced by: Ginger Ann

Produced by: Michael Graf

Written & Directed by: Michael Graf

Sound Design & Audio Mix: Randy Bobo

Special Thanks to Coco, Bryan Grill and Independent Studios, Milwaukee, WI

Poster Design: Tony Cooke


Science Advisers:
Tristan L’Ecuyer, Professor, UW-Madison Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 
Jack Williams, Professor, UW-Madison Department of Geography, Center for Climatic Research
Nate Stevens, PhD student, UW-Madison Department of Geoscience
Laura Knoll, Professor, UW-Madison Medical Microbiology & Immunology


*Science to Script promotes STEM in pop culture through storytelling and mass media content creation. This project is a part of WID’s Science to Script Writer in Residency Program. Michael Graf is a International Screenwriters Association’s (ISA) “Top 25 Screenwriters To Watch In 2021.” He’s also an Emmy Award winning filmmaker. During 2020-2022 Michael serves as WID’s inaugural Writer in Residence, during his time he has collaborated with UW scientists and researchers during the creation of his script, PICKET CHARLIE.