TONIGHT: The second season of this popular Dayton podcast premieres at the Neon

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And perhaps the best part about it: you can go see it for yourself.

What began as a collaborative writing project in Chris Burnside’s class at the University of Dayton is now an international podcast sensation with listeners in more than 55 countries.

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After an overwhelmingly positive response from the podcast community after its first season, Unwritten season two will debut with a red carpet world premiere on Sunday evening at the Neon Theater. 

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Actors rehearse for season 2 of Unwritten.

Actors rehearse for season 2 of Unwritten.

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Actors rehearse for season 2 of Unwritten.

“It was just going to be a writing exercise ... none of us had any idea that a year later we’d be in over 50 countries,” said Chris Burnside, executive producer, director and lead writer of Unwritten.

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Created by ten writers who have all studied at UD, voice performed by 29 actors from Ohio and produced at Mega Fauna Sound studio in Dayton, the podcast is local through and through. But its message is universal.

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Best friends and the main characters of Unwritten, an awkward introvert and an outgoing lesbian, are examples of a few underrepresented demographics that are front and center throughout the series.

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"One of the things they (fans) say they love about the show, is they find a representation of themselves in a way they don't find in most other types of media," Burnside said. 
Sexual violence, mental health and misogyny are just a handful of real-life issues that Unwritten tackles with an entertaining and comedic take. In addition, more than half of all writers, producers and actors of the podcast are female.

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“Our main characters in the show are all female and they are dealing with issues that real complex women actually deal with ... not the new stereotype of a ‘strong’ woman, which is basically just a man written as a woman,” Burnside said. “Even if she is strong, it’s still usually a cast of men surounding her— like in the case of the new Wonder Woman.”

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Through Unwritten's season one success, Burnside and his wife, Megan Burnside, realized the raw talent hidden in Dayton. They decided to co-found the production company Dayton Writer's Movement. 
"So many brilliant stories are currently hiding in desk drawers and stagnating on hard drives, unable to reach any audience beyond their authors' loved ones," Burnside said. "DWM produces these important stories so they can reach audiences ranging from local theater-goers to international podcast junkies."

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Chris and Megan Burnside, co-founders of Dayton Writer's Movement.

Chris and Megan Burnside, co-founders of Dayton Writer's Movement.

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Chris and Megan Burnside, co-founders of Dayton Writer's Movement.

Listeners can hear all of Unwritten season one on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher. The first episode will be available on all platforms on September 12th.

Want to go?

WHAT: "Unwritten" Season 2 World Premiere

WHERE: Neon Theater, 130 E 5th St, Dayton

WHEN: Sunday, August 27th,  5:30- 7:30 p.m.

COST: $6

INFO and TICKETSFacebook | unwrittenpodcast.com | eventbrite.com

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