PleasureTown is an audio drama on the WBEZ podcast network. The show explores the history of a turn-of-the-century Oklahoma town that set out to be an oasis for artists, outlaws and outcasts. Founders Claudius ‘Claude’ LeDue and Cyrus G. Hobbes envisioned a hedonistic utopia that allowed people to chase after their own happiness without judgement or shame. But, as is often the case, the pursuit of pleasure comes at a price.
We are brought the story from beyond the grave by the ghosts of the town members, led by the the ornery Claudius ‘Claude’ LeDue and the intellectual Cyrus G. Hobbes, the founding members of PleasureTown. We join them as they reflect back upon the fantastic events which ultimately led to the town’s demise.
The town’s history is crowdsourced, piece by piece, by the producers, collaborators and audience members. Each season takes place from the birth to the waning years of the town’s existence.