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May 26, 2019
HEDGEHOG YEARS by Lily Akerman
"Any words spoken by hedgehogs in this play are in translation. Please note that all translations are betrayals..."   Emmy winner Carol Kane (The Princess Bride, Hester Street, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt") and Tony nominee Jeremy Shamos ("Better Call Saul," Clybourne Park) star in Lily Akerman's Hedgehog Years, the second place winner of Playing on Air's 2018 James Stevenson Prize. When he was five, Theo (Shamos) met his best friend: an excitable hedgehog (Kane) who loves leftovers and longs to go to summer camp. Now, sifting through his memories, Theo must try to make sense of the days when he ran away from home and started living like an animal. Mischievous and heartbreaking, Hedgehog Years is an adventure for anyone who's ever ached to return to childhood. After the play, Tony winner and director Judith Ivey joins the cast, Akerman, and host Claudia Catania to discuss imagination and animal instincts. 
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26 min
May 12, 2019
HATE BABY by Gracie Gardner
Content advisory: this episode contains themes that may not be appropriate for younger listeners.    Sigrid has a new little bundle of joy, and she's worried that he might be... evil. Today, she's tagging out: this baby is her neighbor Darla's problem now. Just in time for Mother's Day, Gracie Gardner's HATE BABY, the winner of Playing on Air's 2018 James Stevenson Prize for Comedic Short Plays, delves into the often-gross, ever-changing world of new parenthood. HATE BABY features Emily Bergl (Broadway's The Ferryman, PoA's Evening at Anaheim), OBIE winner April Matthis (Elevator Repair Service, PoA's Wanting North), and Tony nominee Steven Boyer (Hand to God, PoA's An Upset). After the play, the artists join host Claudia Catania for an onstage interview.    HATE BABY was recorded live at the 52nd Street Project in New York City.
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19 min
April 28, 2019
AN UPSET by David Auburn
Content advisory: this episode contains explicit language and sexual references. When a cocky, jaded tennis star (David Harbour) loses a pivotal match to an inexperienced Romanian player (Steven Boyer), the two men lock into an unlikely battle for dominance on and off the court. Over the course of three encounters on the Grand Slam circuit, AN UPSET by David Auburn (Tony & Pulitzer winner for Proof) peers irreverently, and explosively, behind the locker room door. After the play, Tony nominees Harbour ("Stranger Things," Hellboy, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) and Boyer (Hand to God, "Trial & Error") join director Michael Wilson (PoA's Wildwood Park, Broadway's The Trip To Bountiful) and host Claudia Catania for an exclusive talk-back about working with your idols and what it means to be an amateur. AN UPSET was recorded live at the 52nd Street Project in New York City.   
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29 min
April 14, 2019
TWO CROWS APART by Max Baker
Unwanted house guests. A murder of crows. Is something brewing in the raw, early morning?    In TWO CROWS APART, Ciarán Hinds (Mance Rayder in "Game of Thrones,"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Geraldine Hughes (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Jerusalem, Playing on Air's The Mandela Effect) paint a virtuosic, unfiltered portrait of marriage. After the play, director and playwright Max Baker (Broadway's 1984, The Mandela Effect) and the cast join host Claudia Catania for a discussion of haters, lovers, and animal instincts. 
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21 min
March 24, 2019
THE HELPERS by Cusi Cram
What do you do when your former therapist starts talking to a cat that isn't there? When Nate meets his longtime psychiatrist in the park, he realizes that she may be losing it. With tenderness and humor, Cusi Cram's THE HELPERS asks if we can reconnect with the life-altering figures who were never exactly our friends to begin with. THE HELPERS stars Tony & Emmy winner Jane Alexander (Warm Springs, The Great White Hope) and Peter Jacobson (Dr. Chris Taub on “House,” "The Americans"). After the episode, director Mimi O’Donnell (Executive Director, Scripted at Gimlet), Cram, and the cast join host Claudia Catania to discuss pet loyalty, funding for theater, and the art of costume design.
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29 min
March 10, 2019
MILTON BRADLEY by Peter Sagal (Re-Release)
How do you eulogize a woman who everybody hated?    In Peter Sagal's MILTON BRADLEY, Rabbi Schoenberg (Michael Stuhlbarg), faced with this dilemma, turns to a metaphor: the game of Life (the board game, that is).    Featuring Stuhlbarg (Call Me By Your Name, The Shape of Water) and Bob Balaban (Gosford Park, Christopher Guest & Wes Anderson ensemble regular), MILTON BRADLEY is a darkly funny exploration of where we're all headed one day. Stay tuned after the play for a conversation with playwright Peter Sagal (of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! fame).  
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21 min
February 24, 2019
BEYOND GLORY: CLARENCE SASSER by Stephen Lang
BEYOND GLORY  "allows the voices of servicemen to be heard without the filter of the conventions of drama or the prerogatives of deadline-driven journalism" (NY Times). Since 2004, Tony-nominated actor Stephen Lang (The Speed of Darkness, Avatar) has traveled the nation - and the world - performing BEYOND GLORY, a gripping look into the lives of Medal of Honor-decorated veterans, both on and off the battlefield. A candid, vivid, and unsparing journey behind the front lines, CLARENCE SASSER tells the true story of a young Texan medic on a tour of duty in South Vietnam.  After the play, Lang discusses his adaptation of BEYOND GLORY from Larry Smith's book of the same title, as well as his experiences performing the show for service members and veterans. 
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15 min
February 10, 2019
52ND TO BOWERY TO COBBLE HILL, IN BROOKLYN by Chiara Atik
"I just don't like you very much... Just. Middle of the road not liking you, I think."   In Chiara Atik's 52nd to Bowery to Cobble Hill, in Brooklyn, Halle is taking a late-night cab ride through Manhattan with her bubbly acquaintance Alison. Halle didn't mean to blurt out how she really feels about their "friendship," but now they're stuck in traffic on Broadway and 4th, dealing with it. Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt (Colt Coeur), Atik's modern comedy features Molly Bernard ("Transparent," "Younger") and Sue Jean Kim (Bachelorette, Playwrights Horizons, Public Theater).
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24 min
January 27, 2019
POOF! by Lynn Nottage (Re-Release)
Loureen is at the end of her rope. And now, she's just turned her husband into a pile of ashes. As Lynn Nottage's funny and wrenching POOF! opens, Loureen (Audra McDonald) has inadvertently made her abusive husband (Keith Randolph Smith) disappear. Enter her friend and neighbor Florence (Tonya Pinkins) to help her pick up the pieces and begin to imagine a life post-Samuel. Directed by Seret Scott, POOF! features Tony Award winners Audra McDonald (Porgy and Bess, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill) and Tonya Pinkins (Jelly's Last Jam; Caroline, or Change). Following the play, the 2-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright (Sweat, Ruined) joins host Claudia Catania for a conversation about POOF!'s origins - and how she almost never became a playwright.
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26 min
January 13, 2019
CARRY THE ZERO by Christopher Sullivan
CARRY THE ZERO "gets the awkwardness of teenage hookup culture squeamishly right" (NY Times).  Mark and Nicole just had sex for the first time, and now they're facing the long, embarrassing drive back to Nicole's house. Directed by John Giampietro, Christopher Sullivan's short play stars David Gelles (Graceland at LCT3, NBC's "Deception") and Arielle Goldman ("The Knick," "The Marvelous Ms. Maisel") in an intimate and brutally funny look back at sexual awakening in the age of instant messenger and indie rock.  This episode contains adult themes that may not be suitable for some younger listeners. 
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26 min
January 6, 2019
THE BLIZZARD by David Ives (Bonus Release!)
With a storm raging outside, a horror screenwriter (Jesse Eisenberg) and his wife (Heidi Schreck) are cozying up for a romantic weekend in the middle of nowhere. The weather outside is frightful -- and so is the mysterious couple that just arrived on their doorstep.    Directed by John Rando and starring Eisenberg (The Social Network, Playing on Air's A Little Part of All of Us), Schreck (What the Constitution Means to Me), Alfredo Narciso (Time and the Conways, PoA's West of Stupid and Mere Mortals), and Sarah Sokolovic ("Homeland," PoA's Anniversary), David Ives's THE BLIZZARD will send a shiver down your spine.   Stay tuned after this special bonus episode for a conversation with host Claudia Catania and the artists about Agatha Christie fandom and what makes art creepy.   
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19 min
December 23, 2018
RULES OF COMEDY by Patricia Cotter
Caroline can't find anything funny -- not her awkward love life, not her jaded standup coach Guy, and definitely not the punchlines she's been reading in 101 Dirty Jokes.  Originally produced at the Humana Festival at the Actors Theater of Louisville, Patricia Cotter's RULES OF COMEDY is a playful, wry look at the lives of comedians when they dare to go offstage and off script. Directed by Jonathan Bernstein, Cotter's short comedy stars Louisa Krause (The Flick, Billions, PoA's Winter Games) and Michael Esper (Trust, The Last Ship, PoA's Anniversary). After the play, stay tuned for an artist interview about the playwright's background in comedy, avoiding the pull towards bitterness, and toeing the line with your material.  "Cotter's script is lush with the knowledge of standup comedy... this play is a scream" - Todd Zeigler, Broadway World Reviews
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24 min
December 9, 2018
DRUNK CHRISTMAS by James McLindon
In James McLindon’s DRUNK CHRISTMAS, a teenage runaway and a swerving mom crash into each other on Christmas Eve; the night ahead is anything but silent. An unorthodox holiday parable, DRUNK CHRISTMAS stars Tony winner Elizabeth Ashley (Ocean's 8, The Carpetbaggers) and Susannah Perkins (Network, The Wolves). After the play, director Michael Wilson (The Trip to Bountiful, The Best Man) and the creative team join host Claudia Catania for a behind-the-scenes interview. 
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20 min
November 25, 2018
PLAYING GOD by Alan Zweibel
In PLAYING GOD, a divine comedy from SNL's Alan Zweibel (Playing on Air's HAPPY), a self-involved OB-GYN (Scott Adsit of "30 Rock") creates chaos for his pregnant patient (Emily Bergl). Over the objections of a heavenly assistant (Susie Essman of "Curb Your Enthusiasm"), God himself (Bill Buell) challenges the doctor to an outrageous squash match for his faith. Following the play, director Fred Berner and host Claudia Catania join the cast and playwright to talk about their roots in comedy. 
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23 min
November 11, 2018
I LOVE YOU by Lynn Rosen
Fathers and sons might forgive, but they never forget. Hear two of Broadway's greatest comedians tackle family drama. A sarcastic alcoholic man in recovery (Steven Boyer) tries to prove himself to his father (Bill Irwin), searching for his own way to say I LOVE YOU. Directed by David Auburn (Proof, Playing on Air's Gun Show & An Upset) and written by Lynn Rosen (co-founder of The Pool, Resident Playwright at New Dramatists), I LOVE YOU features comedic legend Bill Irwin (Tony winner for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Waiting for Godot, co-creator and star of Old Hats) and Tony nominee Steven Boyer (Hand to God, NBC’s "Trial & Error," Time and the Conways). In the after-play discussion with host Claudia Catania, Boyer shares some surprising anecdotes about preshow rituals & his co-star’s past performances. 
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24 min
October 28, 2018
THE MYSTERY AT TWICKNAM VICARAGE by David Ives
From the beloved narrator of the Harry Potter audiobooks and the playwright of Venus in Fur comes a wickedly clever whodunit. In THE MYSTERY AT TWICKNAM VICARAGE, Scotland Yard's Inspector Dexter (Jim Dale) arrives at a country parsonage to investigate the murder of Jeremy Thumpington-Fffienes (David Furr). As Jeremy's wife (Kelly Hutchinson), two lovers (Scarlett Strallen and Arnie Burton), and a suspiciously attractive sofa aid in the investigation, the crime crescendos into an uproarious parody of Masterpiece Theater, Sherlock Holmes, and all things British. After the play, Tony-winning director John Rando (Urinetown, On the Town), Ives, and the cast join host Claudia Catania in a behind-the-scenes interview.
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29 min
October 14, 2018
THE MANDELA EFFECT by Max Baker
Are the Berenstain Bears, Nelson Mandela's death, and Darth Vader's most famous line evidence of a parallel universe? During lunch with a friend, an actress works herself into a cosmic tizzy about the unsettling MANDELA EFFECT, the collective misremembering of names, news stories, and cultural artifacts. Written and directed by Max Baker (Revolutionary Road, Broadway's 1984, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest), THE MANDELA EFFECT features Geraldine Hughes (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Jerusalem, Rocky Balboa), Kelly Hutchinson (Catch Me If You Can, Broadway’s Macbeth) and Bill Buell (Cyrano, Equus, “Boardwalk Empire”). In the post-show discussion, Baker and his cast delve into the bizarre, fascinating phenomenon that inspired the play.
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29 min
September 23, 2018
WOKE by Leland Frankel
In Leland Frankel's modern comedy WOKE, an aspiring Pakistani-American rapper named Sunny crashes into Rebecca, a misguided activist, and the cop pursuing her across Queens. As Rebecca and Sunny are forced to reckon with race, privilege, and art, WOKE questions whose job it is to change the world - and who gets to.    Recorded live at Playwrights Horizons and directed by Mimi O'Donnell (Labyrinth Theater, Gimlet Media), WOKE features Craig muMs Grant ("She's Gotta Have It," HBO’s “Oz”), Tracee Chimo (Bad Jews, “Orange is the New Black,” "People of Earth"), and Debargo Sanyal (Venus, Pearl Theatre's Vanity Fair). After the play, stay tuned for an exclusive behind-the-scenes conversation with the artists and host Claudia Catania.
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26 min
September 9, 2018
LAST NIGHT IN THE GARDEN I SAW YOU by John Patrick Shanley
"If I gave you my heart, that would be the knife." With one hop of the fence, a star-crossed lover (Emmy nominee Rupert Friend) storms back into the life of the married woman (Golden Globe winner Michelle Williams) he deserted. Hovering on the brink, will they bite into the forbidden fruit - or dare each other to walk away for good? Starring Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea, My Week with Marilyn, The Greatest Showman, Blue Valentine) and Rupert Friend (Pride and Prejudice, "Homeland," The Young Victoria), LAST NIGHT IN THE GARDEN I SAW YOU is written and directed by Pulitzer Prize & Tony winner John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Prodigal Son, Moonstruck). After the play, host Claudia Catania joins the artists to discuss rapid-fire theater, risk, and the battlefield of love. 
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29 min
August 26, 2018
CORA AND DAVE ARE GETTING OLDER by Julia Cho
Cora and Dave love Abby and Tim. Really. They're the kind of fabulous, beautiful people you love to be seen at dinner with. The friends you wake up at night panic-envying. The couple you secretly hope may have a terrible, terrible secret.  Mercilessly relatable, CORA AND DAVE ARE GETTING OLDER by Julia Cho (Office Hour at the Public, Aubergine at Playwrights Horizons) pulls back the curtain on a couple in a moment of midnight vulnerability, battling the jealousy, comparison, and artifice that plague modern love.  Directed by Obie winner Marcia Jean Kurtz, the cast features Dawn McGees ("The Tick," "High Maintenance")  and Jack Sochet (Gotham, Soho Rep, The Public).  Stay tuned after the play for a behind-the-scenes artist interview with host Claudia Catania. 
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21 min
August 12, 2018
CRAZY EIGHTS by David Lindsay-Abaire (Re-Release)
Two recovering addicts (Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo) have their Saturday night card game interrupted by a love-struck parole officer (Bobby Cannavale) with major boundary issues.   Written and directed by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Good People), the madcap comedy CRAZY EIGHTS features Emmy winner Bobby Cannavale (Blue Jasmine, “Boardwalk Empire,” PoA's Gun Show), Tony winner John Leguizamo (Latin History for Morons, Ghetto Klown, Moulin Rouge), Oscar nominee Rosie Perez (Do The Right Thing, Fearless, "The View"), and Kevin Hogan ("Mr. Robot").  Stay tuned after the performance for an interview with David Lindsay-Abaire and the cast, moderated by Artistic Director Claudia Catania.   CRAZY EIGHTS was recorded live at BRIC House in Brooklyn, New York.
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32 min
July 29, 2018
HOW MY GRANDPARENTS FELL IN LOVE by Cary Gitter
In Cary Gitter’s romantic comedy HOW MY GRANDPARENTS FELL IN LOVE, it's 1933, and a young Jewish immigrant returns to his Polish hometown in search of a wife. He sets his sights on Chava, a savvy, sarcastic shopgirl in a local hat store.  The New York Times calls the play "a gorgeous high note...a Jewish screwball romance set in Poland in 1933. Unlikely, yes, but also uproarious and beautifully cast, with tone-perfect direction by Colette Robert."  The sparkling cast features Eli Gelb (Indignation, The Squid and the Whale) and Lucy DeVito (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Girls,” Hulu’s “DeadBeat”). After the play, host Claudia Catania moderates a conversation with the artists.
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18 min
July 15, 2018
EVENING AT ANAHEIM by James Stevenson
From brilliant New Yorker cartoonist, illustrator, and children's book author James Stevenson comes this darkly hilarious reimagining of iconic animated characters - now over the hill and waiting out their golden years at a seedy retirement community in Los Angeles.   Directed by Tony nominee Dana Ivey (The Last Night of Ballyhoo), EVENING AT ANAHEIM features Richard Kind (The Producers, "Spin City"), Karen Ziemba (Tony winner for Contact), Emily Bergl ("Gilmore Girls," Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Brandon Uranowitz (Falsettos), Carson Elrod (Peter and the Starcatcher), Peter Maloney (Requiem for a Dream), and Tom Alan Robbins (The Lion King).  EVENING AT ANAHEIM was co-presented with Playwrights Horizons and recorded live in New York City.
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37 min
June 24, 2018
A DEPARTURE by Andy Reynolds
When a conservative father and his young gay son (stage legend Len Cariou and ”Ugly Betty’s” Michael Urie) reconnect in the most unlikely of places - an airport terminal - they find that love can transcend a family's baggage. This witty, heartfelt short by Andy Reynolds is directed by Broadway’s Michael Wilson. After the play, host Claudia Catania joins the playwright, director, and cast for a behind the scenes interview.
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28 min
June 10, 2018
CELL by Cassandra Medley
Starring Tony winner Tonya Pinkins (Jelly's Last Jam, Caroline or Change), Tony nominee Condola Rashad (Saint Joan, Ruined, “Billions”), and Melanie Nicholls-King ("The Wire," "Rookie Blue"), CELL tells the riveting story of three African American women working at an immigrant detention center. When a jaded guard arranges jobs for her sister and her niece Gwen, the family erupts into a battle over home and homeland security. As Gwen races to save a detained child, CELL paints a searing picture of the secrets we keep in order to survive.   This powerful piece by Cassandra Medley, directed by Victor Lirio, “deftly explores the dirty antidemocratic secret of institutionalized racism” (New York Times). After the play, Medley joins Pulitzer Prize-winning immigration journalist Julia Preston, Broadway producer Cheryl Wiesenfeld, and host Claudia Catania to move beyond headlines and explore the real lives that inspired CELL.    Cell was supported in part by Cheryl Wiesenfeld Productions.
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52 min
May 27, 2018
WILDWOOD PARK by Doug Wright
Watch your step. Look at those hardwood floors. Don’t lose your mind. While touring a prospective buyer through a mansion for sale, a wary real-estate agent is ensnared by the house’s haunting past.  Denis O’Hare (“American Horror Story”, Tony winner for Take Me Out), and Kristine Nielsen (Tony nominee for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) star in thriller Wildwood Park by Doug Wright (Pulitzer Prize & Tony winner for I Am My Own Wife), directed by PoA favorite and veteran director Michael Wilson.  
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48 min
May 13, 2018
INSIDE VOICE by Kate Robin
Playground tantrums. Modern angst. Hungarian dance festivals. In Kate Robin's Inside Voice, dive into the secret lives of parents. Directed by Rebecca Taichman (Tony Award winner for Broadway's Indecent, Lincoln Center Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theater, McCarter Theater), the cast features Patch Darragh (Broadway's Our Town, "Weeds," "The Path," Sully) and the playwright herself ("One Mississippi," "The Affair," "Six Feet Under")! After the play, the artists and host Claudia Catania discuss showrunners, women on TV, and the role of fear in theater.
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33 min
April 29, 2018
DEAR KENNETH BLAKE by Jacquelyn Reingold
When she hears his story on a daytime talk show, a Cambodian refugee (Jodi Long) start to exchange letters with a homeless man (Matthew Cowles). From Jacquelyn Reingold ("The Good Fight," "Smash," "Grace and Frankie") comes an unlikely, soulful romance. After the play, join Reingold and host Claudia Catania for a candid conversation about the play, the business of TV, and writing from the news.  
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20 min
April 15, 2018
THE PHILADELPHIA by David Ives (Rerelease)
From David Ives (Venus in Fur) comes a madcap satire of Brotherly Love and cosmic misunderstandings. Mark thought he woke up in New York City this morning, so why isn't there a cab, a copy of the Times, or a cold beer in sight?  You can't always get what you want, and in this clash of the cities, you might only be able to get the complete opposite - plus a cheesesteak. Directed by Tony Award winner John Rando (Urinetown, Jerry Springer - The Opera,) The Philadelphia features Carson Elrod (Peter & the Starcatcher, The Liar), Jenn Harris (Silence! The Musical), and Matthew Saldivar (Saint Joan, JUNK).  Stay tuned after the play for a behind-the-scenes conversation with host Claudia Catania and the artists.
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15 min
March 24, 2018
GUN SHOW by David Auburn
From David Auburn (Pulitzer and Tony winner for PROOF) comes a riveting, witty world-premiere commission for Playing on Air: GUN SHOW. In the aftershock of a national tragedy, a congenial double-date morphs into a battle of the sexes. As tempers blaze, two couples must reconsider the possibility of safety in a divided nation. Along with Emmy winners Bobby Cannavale (“Will & Grace,” “Boardwalk Empire”) and Martha Plimpton (triple Tony nominee, “The Real O’Neals,” “The Good Wife”), the star cast features Eisa Davis, David Furr, and Lucy DeVito! Gun Show was directed by Wendy Goldberg and performed in front of a live audience at Playwrights Horizons in New York City. After the play, host Claudia Catania talks shop with the entire creative team. Gun Show was commissioned by Playing on Air with the support of The Gilchrist Foundation and Phyllis and Joel Ehrlich.
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31 min
March 11, 2018
WINTER GAMES by Rachel Bonds
Winter Games: as stray cats prowl and dough rises, two sardonic twenty-somethings flirt with dreams of Olympic glory - or maybe just escape from the small town bakery where they work. Penned by rising star playwright Rachel Bonds, a recipient of the prestigious Tow Foundation Playwriting Residency grant, it features Louisa Krause (lead of STARZ’s “The Girlfriend Experience,” Annie Baker’s The Flick) and Blake DeLong (We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Public’s Illyria). Winter Games is directed by Portia Krieger. After the play, host Claudia Catania talks shop with the entire creative team.
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15 min
February 25, 2018
MISADVENTURE by Donald Margulies
The police picked up teenage Ethan (Timothée Chalamet) for drunkenly wandering down the highway. Now, he's facing the real reckoning for his Misadventure: the wrath of his big sister (Zoe Kazan.) Playwright Donald Margulies is a Pulitzer Prize winner for Dinner with Friends and a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Sight Unseen and Collected Stories.   Best known for her leading role in The Big Sick, Zoe Kazan has also played on Broadway and off in A Behanding in Spokane and Angels in America, among others. Her film credits include It’s Complicated, happythankyoumoreplease, and Ruby Sparks.  Timothée Chalamet has received Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Call Me By Your Name.  Other screen credits include Lady Bird, Interstellar, Love the Coopers, Hot Summer Nights, and "Homeland." He won acclaim on Broadway in John Patrick Shanley’s Prodigal Son. After the play, host Claudia Catania talks shop with the entire creative team.
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12 min
February 11, 2018
WANTING NORTH by Tanya Barfield
The 1840s South. In the thick plantation air, two enslaved sisters spin a poetry of escape. Today’s the day: Field Girl is making her run for freedom. Inspired by oral histories of slavery and resistance, the short play Wanting North by Tanya Barfield (“The Americans,” HBO’s “Here and Now”) features Obie winner April Matthis and Rebecca Frank.  After the episode, stay tuned for a behind-the-scenes discussion with Barfield, director Melissa Crespo, the cast, and host Claudia Catania.
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20 min
January 28, 2018
HATE THE LOSER INSIDE by Jon Kern
In Jon Kern's short comedy Hate the Loser Inside, a college football coach is tackling a local television commercial and fumbling more than his team ever did - until he finally scores. Kern has written for "The Simpsons" and “Son of Zorn, and his plays include Modern Terrorism, or They Who Want to Kill Us and How We Learn to Love Them.  Director R.J. Tolan heads EST's Youngblood program and co-directed the off-Broadway revival of Godspell.  The cast features off-Broadway and regional favorite Brad Bellamy (Dallas Theater Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Denver Theater Center), seen onscreen in “30 Rock" and “Law & Order: SVU.” Graeme Gillis, the co-Artistic Director of Youngblood, is a member of The Actor’s Studio and Ensemble Studio Theater.  After the play, host Claudia Catania talks shop with the whole creative team. 
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19 min
January 7, 2018
TENNESSEE by John Patrick Shanley
In Tennessee, a small town 20-year-old wannabe musician (Timothée Chalamet) seeks an escape plan from the town's resident psychic (Caitlin FitzGerald).  Featuring Caitlin FitzGerald who stars as Libby Masters in the television series “Masters of Sex” and in “Rectify.” Her film credits include It’s Complicated, Newlyweds  and Taking Woodstock. Tennessee also features Timothée Chalamet who starred on Broadway in Mr. Shanley’s play Prodigal Son. His films include Call Me By Your Name, Interstellar and Lady Bird. Lively conversation with playwright/director John Patrick Shanley, Caitlin FitzGerald and Timothée Chalamet follows Tennessee. Tennessee was recorded and co-presented in front of a live audience at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at New York Public Radio.
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23 min
December 24, 2017
SURE THING by David Ives (Re-release)
A meet-cute in a coffee shop contains multitudes, in this entertaining, experimental short, now a classic, from David Ives (Venus in Fur). It is from his collection of shorts called IT'S ALL IN THE TIMING and it couldn't be more about how everything in life is indeed all in the timing. But it takes you to another dimension first. Fun.  Sure Thing features comic pros Carson Elrod and Liv Rooth. Directed by Tony winner John Rando. Original music by Tom Kochan. There is an interview with David Ives moderated by PoA's Claudia Catania, following the play.  Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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15 min
December 10, 2017
IF WE'RE USING A SURROGATE, HOW COME I'M THE ONE WITH MORNING SICKNESS? by Marco Pennette
Presents are wrapped, carols are playing - and the department store Santa is asking some awkward questions. In the comedy If We're Using A Surrogate, How Come I'm The One With Morning Sickness? by Marco Pennette ("Ugly Betty", "Desperate Housewives"). In Motherhood Out Loud, conceived by Susan R. Rose and Joan Stein, a gay dad rants and reminisces about having a baby. Performed by James Lecesne (winner of the Academy Award for Trevor, founder of The Trevor Project, writer and star of The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, Word of Mouth) the episode also includes a behind-the-scenes artist interview with host Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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13 min
November 12, 2017
NICK BACON by Stephen Lang
For Veterans Day, Memorial Day or any day, NICK BACON is a powerful tribute to military valor, written and performed by stage and screen star Stephen Lang (Colonel Quaritch in Avatar). In this excerpt from his full-length play Beyond Glory, Stephen portrays Nick Bacon, a Vietnam veteran and recipient of the Medal Of Honor. Listen as the soldier recounts, in his own words, the incident that earned him America’s highest military honor for valor beyond the call of duty. Based on Larry Smith’s book of the same title, the segment is followed by conversation between Mr. Lang and Playing on Air's host, Claudia Catania.   Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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16 min
October 24, 2017
HAPPY by Alan Zweibel
In Happy by Alan Zweibel (“SNL,” Curb Your Enthusiasm,” 700 Sundays with Billy Crystal) a baseball fan (Scott Adsit of “30 Rock” and “Veep”) makes a pilgrimage to the home of a former baseball star who is now a janitor in Delray Beach, Florida (Frankie Faison of “The Wire”) and asks him to sign a very special ball. After a fair amount of humor and misunderstanding, the power of baseball to bond fathers, sons and men emerges. Directed by Fred Berner (Executive Producer/Director, "Law & Order"). Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the artists moderated by Host Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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33 min
October 8, 2017
WAKING UP by Cori Thomas (Rerelease)
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, please listen to Waking Up, an insightful short by Cori Thomas. It juxtaposes the experiences of an American urbanite's and an African villager's struggle with breast cancer. Although the details from diagnosis to ultimate triumph are vastly different, their stories underscore the universality of the human spirit. It features Lynnette Freeman and Amy Staats. Conversation between host, Claudia Catania, and playwright, Cori Thomas, follows the play. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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18 min
September 24, 2017
TASHA WALKS by Kim Merrill
In the comic TASHA WALKS by Kim Merrill, a young man (Steven Boyer, Tony nominee for Hand to God) returns dejected from his bomb of a vacation with his fiancee who has called the wedding off, to find his neighbor (4 time Academy Award nominee Marsha Mason) has lost his fiancee's cherished cat. Directed by Brian Mertes and recorded live at BRIC Arts Media House in Downtown Brooklyn. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the artists moderated by Host Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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16 min
September 10, 2017
GETTING IN by Frank Gilroy (Rerelease)
In the autobiographical GETTING IN by Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner Frank Gilroy (The Subject Was Roses), a scrappy GI, gleefully recalls how he went from truancy, almost flunking high school, the trenches of WWII, to Dartmouth College, on the GI Bill that changed his life.
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32 min
August 20, 2017
AT THE WATER'S EDGE, WET by Jonathan Bernstein
The curtain is up. The play is in progress. We hear two stage managers. Calling the show. A man and a woman. At The Water’s Edge, Wet is written and directed by Jonathan Bernstein, whose plays and musicals have been produced throughout the country. His cast today includes Callie Thorne (“Necessary Roughness,” "Rescue Me," “The Wire,”) and Jeremy Shamos (Clybourne Park, Birdman, Noises Off). Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the artists moderated by our Producing Artistic Director, Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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20 min
August 6, 2017
REPORT ON MOTHERHOOD by Beth Henley
For a grammar school assignment a grand-daughter interviews her great-grandma on motherhood. She gets more than she bargained for. Way more. The illustrious Lois Smith (Five Easy Pieces, “True Blood,” The Nice Guys) plays great-grandmother to her real life grand-daughter, Eliana Saxe-Smith. Written by the inimitable Beth Henley (Pulitzer Prize for Crimes of the Heart), stay tuned after the performance for a conversation moderated by our Producing Artistic Director, Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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11 min
July 23, 2017
BITE THE HAND by Ara Watson
A young woman ‘of ill repute' is grabbing a chance at marriage when a client shows up with some jaw-dropping news. Oscar-winner Chris Cooper, Emmy-winner Margo Martindale and Broadway's Liv Rooth (Venus in Fur) star in Bite the Hand, Ara Watson's potent classic, directed by Tony-winner Doug Hughes. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation moderated by our Producing Artistic Director, Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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31 min
July 9, 2017
A BETROTHAL by Lanford Wilson
A BETROTHAL brings you into the cutthroat world of iris breeding, where delicacy meets domination. Lanford Wilson's classic brings us two competitors, two irises--and one ingenious chance to win. Performed by Lisa Emery (Broadway - Casa Valentina) and Frank Wood (Tony for Side-Man); directed by Bruce McCarty. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation moderated by our Producing Artistic Director, Claudia Catania. Recorded live at BRIC Arts Media House in Downtown Brooklyn. Original music by Tom Kochan. And thank you, Tanya Berezin! Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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36 min
June 25, 2017
24 YEARS by Leslie Ayvazian
In 24 Years by Leslie Ayvazian (Nine Armenians), a couple celebrates their 24th anniversary. Champagne in hand, and huge cast on leg (from an overly enthusiastic soccer mishap), this immobilized husband still manages to stay one step ahead of his exasperated wife and to declare his vows again. Leslie's play features Jessica Hecht (catch her this summer at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Sarah Ruhl's The Clean House directed by PoA vet Rebecca Taichman! July 19-29) and Dominic Fumusa (Edie Falco's ex on "Nurse Jackie"). 24 Years is directed by novelist/playwright/filmmaker/director Peter Hedges (What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, Baby Anger, About a Boy, Dan in Real Life). Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation moderated by our Producing Artistic Director, Claudia Catania. And happy anniversaries! Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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17 min
June 11, 2017
A MAN OF HIS TIME by Kate T. Billingsley
In A Man of His Time by Kate T. Billingsley, a descendant of Supreme Court Chief Justice Taney (who handed down the disastrous 1857 Dred Scott decision) invites a descendant of Dred Scott to meet him at a highway diner halfway between Virginia and Vermont. Scott shows up. It stars Sam Waterston (The Killing Fields, “Law and Order,” “The Newsroom,” “Grace and Frankie”) as the contemporary Taney and the acclaimed stage star John Douglas Thompson (Satchmo at the Waldorf, The Emperor Jones, Othello) as the contemporary Scott. Estelle Parsons (Oscar win for Bonnie and Clyde, “Roseanne,” August, Osage County) directs. It is written by Kate T. Billingsley and recorded and co-presented at the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at New York Public Radio. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation moderated by our Producing Artistic Director, Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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32 min
May 28, 2017
HECTOR CAFFERATA by Stephen Lang
"As starkly moving as taps at dusk" says the Washington Post about Beyond Glory, a powerful tribute to military valor written and performed by stage and screen star Stephen Lang (Colonel Quaritch in Avatar). This piece features Stephen Lang portraying Private First Class, 1st Marine Division, Hector Cafferata, Korea, based on his own words. It is a portrait from Stephen Lang's one-man show, Beyond Glory, based on the book by Larry Smith of the same title. Stay tuned for a conversation between Mr. Lang and Playing on Air's producer and host, Claudia Catania.  Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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21 min
May 14, 2017
GOODBYE, HOWARD by Romulus Linney
In Goodbye, Howard, a rich comedy by Romulus Linney, three North Carolinian sisters in a total tizzy about their esteemed 85-year-old kid brother's imminent death, avoid an embarrassment worse than death. Three virtuosos: Lois Smith (2 time Obie Winner and 2 time Oscar nominee), Frances Sternhagen (2 time Tony winner), and Dana Ivey (5 time Tony nominee) play Howard's three adoring sisters. They are joined by T. Cat Ford, Jacob Callie Moore, and Scott Sowers.  Romulus Linney is one of America's great playwrights and a master of the short form. He conjures up a particular time and place in this confection of a play.​ Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with Lois Smith​,​ Frances Sternhagen and Scott Sowers moderated by Artistic Director, Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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31 min
April 23, 2017
IT'S ALL GOOD by David Ives
In IT'S ALL GOOD, a short play by a master of the form, David Ives (Venus In Fur, All in the Timing), a Chicago native visits his hometown and encounters his past. Directed by Tony Award winner John Rando, IT'S ALL GOOD features Carson Elrod, Rick Holmes and Kelly Hutchinson. As you'll hear, this is a four character play, but at the last minute, one stellar actress was struck down by extreme flu and Kelly valiantly assumed both roles! Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation moderated by our Producing Artistic Director, Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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25 min
April 9, 2017
TWO JEWISH MEN IN THEIR SEVENTIES by Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros
In Two Jewish Men In Their Seventies, by pulitzer nominated playwright Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros, comedians Jerry Stiller ("Seinfeld", "The King of Queens") and Bob Dishy (Sly Fox, Along Came Polly) carry on as they play two old friends visiting a new holocaust museum. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with with the playwright, moderated by our Host, Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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15 min
March 26, 2017
CLOSING COSTS by Arlene Hutton
In Closing Costs by Arlene Hutton, a real estate broker hits her threshold when a client reveals her listing is the 396th co-op he’s seen. It features Amy Ryan (Gone, Baby, Gone;Bridge of Spies,Birdman) and Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man,"Boardwalk Empire"). Playwright Arlene Hutton is an alumna of New Dramatists and author of The Nibroc Trilogy and Gulf View Drive. Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch (Director: Bethany with America Ferrara for The Women's Project, Harper Regan for The Atlantic Theater Company and Stay for Rattlestick Theater). Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with with the cast and playwright, moderated by our Host, Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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23 min
March 12, 2017
BANSHEE by John Patrick Shanley (Rerelease)
Tony, Oscar and Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Moonstruck, Outside Mullingar) writes and directs this short play about a banshee, a fantastical Irish spirit. In it, she pays an ailing teacher a visit and makes him an ​otherworldly proposal. ​It features Geraldine Hughes (​Jerusalem, ​Gran Torino, Rocky Balboa) and Aidan Quinn (“Elementary,” Michael Collins, Desperately Seeking Susan). Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with playwright and actors, and catch some surprising answers from this Irish cast. Interview moderated by Producing Artistic Director, Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.  
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25 min
February 26, 2017
VERNON BAKER AND DANIEL INOUYE by Stephen Lang
First Lieutenant Vernon Baker and Captain Daniel Inouye (who later became the long-serving US Senator from Hawaii) both experienced racism in the armed forces during WWII and recount that as well as the incidents that earned them the Medal of Honor many years later. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with Stephen Lang and Producing Artistic Director, Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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34 min
February 12, 2017
THE OTHER WOMAN by David Ives
In The Other Woman by David Ives, an insomniac writer experiences a different side of his wife after darkness falls. It features Laila Robins ("Homeland"; Planes, Trains & Automobiles) and Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll and Hyde, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark). Directed by Tony Award winner, John Rando. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the playwright, David Ives, and Producing Artistic Director, Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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23 min
January 22, 2017
DAMAGE CONTROL by David Auburn
In the comic Damage Control, a political operative has a public relations nightmare on his hands as he preps a scandal-plagued politician to meet the press. Damage Control by Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn (Proof), features Jay O. Sanders ("True Detective") and Joey Slotnick ("Nip/Tuck"). It was recorded live at BRIC Arts Media House in downtown Brooklyn. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with with the cast and playwright, moderated by our Producing Artistic Director, Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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21 min
January 8, 2017
YOU BELONG TO ME by Daniel Reitz
In You Belong To Me by Daniel Reitz, two old friends from graduate school meet in a subway car 18 years later under vastly different circumstances. Featuring Amy Ryan (Oscar nomination for Gone, Baby, Gone; Birdman) and Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man, "Boardwalk Empire"). Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the playwright. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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17 min
December 25, 2016
CHRISTMAS BREAKS by Patrick Gabridge (Rerelease)
In CHRISTMAS BREAKS by Patrick Gabridge, a young man surprises his girlfriend with some curve ball gifts. Featuring Steven Boyer (Hand to God), Zach Appelman ("Sleepy Hollow", Julie Taymor's A Midsummer Night's Dream) and Halley Feiffer. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation between our Artistic Director, Claudia Catania and the cast. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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16 min
December 11, 2016
THE MIRACLE OF CHANUKAH by Sheri Wilner (Re-release)
In The Miracle of Chanukah by Sheri Wilner, a holiday guest’s personal miracle throws a family for a loop. Featuring Zach Appelman, Peter Friedman, Judy Gold (Emmy Award), Marcia Jean Kurtz and Lisa Joyce. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the playwright and cast. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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17 min
November 17, 2016
THE FINAL INTERROGATION OF CEAUSESCU'S DOG by Warren Leight
A deposed dictator’s beloved pet answers to the disenfranchised population of Romania in The Final Interrogation of Ceausescu’s Dog by Warren Leight. Featuring Ed Asner (UP, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show") as Dog and Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, The Spoils - playwright) as the Interrogator. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with with Ed Asner and Warren Leight, moderated by our Artistic Director, Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.  
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10 min
October 23, 2016
THE PRESS CONFERENCE by Jessica Dickey
In The Press Conference by Jessica Dickey, Inner longing and outer reality come to a hilarious head in the form of a chaotic Sheriff's press conference in small town America. Featuring Jay O. Sanders (The Day After Tomorrow, Oliver Stone’s JFK), Will Dagger and Paul Thureen, directed by Judith Ivey (Tony Award winner for Steaming and Hurlyburly). Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the artists moderated by our Artistic Director, Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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29 min
October 9, 2016
I'M WITH YA, DUKE by Herb Gardner
In I'M WITH YA, DUKE, by Oscar and Tony winner Herb Gardner (A Thousand Clowns, I'm Not Rappaport), Jerry Stiller plays a fruit vendor dreaming of the good old days when Duke Snider played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and there was someone "ya could root for." Duke and the other Dodgers who won the 1947 pennant: Amoros, Gilliam, Campanella, Furillo, Hodges, Padres are his heart and Red Barber his voice as he faces impending surgery, know-it-all doctors and crazy kids. Featuring Jerry Stiller ("Seinfeld"), Fiana Toibin, and Gordon MacDonald ("Saving Grace"). Directed by John Rando (Tony winner Urinetown). Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the director moderated by our Artistic Director, Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience  
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20 min
September 25, 2016
NEW YORK STORY by Mike Reiss
In New York Story by Mike Reiss (“The Simpsons”), Ed Asner plays a master of the one-liner to his public, pain-in-the-neck to his son (Peter Jacobson), total charmer to his new lady friend (Elizabeth Ashley), and pinch-hit babysitter for a frenzied mom (Daphne Rubin-Vega). Directed by Michael Wilson. Original music by Tom Kochan. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the artists moderated by our Artistic Director, Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience New York Story was supported in part by Don and Linda Silpe.
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31 min
September 14, 2016
WEST OF STUPID by Cusi Cram
In West of Stupid by Cusi Cram, a teacher vacationing with her son, falls for Rome and won’t go home. Featuring Alfredo Narciso, and Tony Award winner, J. Smith-Cameron. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the playwright, moderated by our Artistic Director Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience
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19 min
August 28, 2016
SOMETHING I'LL TELL YOU TUESDAY by John Guare
It’s spring in Hell’s Kitchen in Something I’ll Tell You Tuesday by Tony winner John Guare (Six Degrees of Separation) and family members don't seem to be facing the real crisis at hand. It features theater luminaries Lois Smith (Grapes of Wrath), Peter Maloney (Requiem for a Dream), Julie White (The Little Dog Laughed), Jeremy Shamos (Clybourne Park), and as the nosy neighbor, Carol Kane ("Taxi," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"). Directed by Tony winner Doug Hughes. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the artists moderated by our Artistic Director Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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34 min
August 14, 2016
ST. FRANCIS PREACHES TO THE BIRDS by David Ives
In this week's podcast, two vultures have a bone to pick with Saint Francis. St. Francis Preaches To The Birds by David Ives, features Carson Elrod (Peter and the Starcatcher), Julie Halston (Vampire Lesbians of Sodom), Matthew Saldivar (Peter and the Starcatcher), and Lois Smith (East of Eden, Five Easy Pieces); directed by Tony Award winner, John Rando. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the artists, moderated by founding Artistic Director Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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32 min
July 24, 2016
SKIN by Naveen Choudhury
In this week's Short Play Podcast Skin by Naveen Choudhury, romance sparks at the college health clinic, and a student sings in Bengali to win over a fellow co-ed. Featuring Vandit Bhatt, and Nitya Vidyasagar ("Sesame Street"). Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the playwright moderated by founding Artistic Director Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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14 min
July 10, 2016
BREAKFAST AT THE TRACK by Lanford Wilson
A morning person and a night owl make for a mixed marriage in this week's podcast, Breakfast at the Track by Lanford Wilson. Featuring Jeanine Serralles (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Lorenzo Pisoni (The Explorers Club at MTC), directed by Caitriona McLaughlin. Recorded live at BRIC Arts Media in downtown Brooklyn, stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the artists moderated by founding Artistic Director Claudia Catania. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the artists moderated by founding Artistic Director Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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16 min
June 26, 2016
FIFTH PLANET by David Auburn
In David Auburn’s Fifth Planet, a professional astronomer played by Amy Ryan (Birdman; Gone, Baby, Gone; “The Wire,” “In Treatment,” “The Office”) and an amateur astronomer (Bobby Moreno, Year of the Rooster) hazard a friendship and learn more about Jupiter than they bargained for. David Auburn directs. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the artists moderated by founding Artistic Director Claudia Catania.  Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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39 min
June 12, 2016
ATTENTION by Holly Walter Kirby
In Holly Walter Kerby’s Attention, Amber (Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger) is bummed out that her boyfriend has visited his family without her. She takes solace in playing The Sims computer game. When her boyfriend David (Tony nominee Steven Boyer) calls to ask her the big question, he finds her hopelessly in the loving clutches of The Sims! Directed by Michael Barakiva. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the artists moderated by founding Artistic Director Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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17 min
May 22, 2016
NAPOLEON IN EXILE by Daniel Reitz
This week's podcast, Napoleon in Exile by Daniel Reitz, is about a single mother and her young adult son who has ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder). It features Will Dagger and Jane Kaczmarek (“Malcolm in the Middle”) and is directed by Marsha Mason (The Good-bye Girl and Chapter Two). Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation between the artists and founding Artistic Director, Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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38 min
May 8, 2016
A VERY VERY SHORT PLAY by Jacquelyn Reingold
In this week's podcast, A Very Very Short Play by Jacquelyn Reingold, two passengers of very different statures meet on a plane and take off. It features Tony Nominee Hope Davis (God of Carnage), Richard Kind (Inside Out, Spin City), and Robert Stanton directed by Jonathan Bernstein. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation between the playwright, director, and founding Artistic Director, Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.  
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13 min
April 24, 2016
ANNIVERSARY by Rachel Bonds
ANNIVERSARY by Rachel Bonds, a comic drama about a young, grieving woman who finds love again. Featuring Michael Esper (The Last Ship, A Beautiful Mind), Sarah Sokolovic (“Homeland”), Steven Boyer (Hand to God), and Sue Jean Kim (Water by the Spoonful). Directed by Linsay Firman. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation between the playwright and founding Artistic Director, Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience. Underwriting for ANNIVERSARY provided by the Geraldine Stutz Trust.
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21 min
April 10, 2016
BOUNCE WITH ME! WE'RE BEING HEATED! by Christopher Sullivan
Take radars, magnetrons, and dielectric heating; add two teenagers; mix and get lots of heat in this funny short about a teenage first date. Bounce With Me! We're Being Heated! by Christopher Sullivan features Lucy DeVito and Christopher Sullivan in a performance role. Directed by John Giampietro. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the artists moderated by founding Artistic Director Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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25 min
March 21, 2016
MERE MORTALS by David Ives
In Mere Mortals by David Ives, three bridge-and-tunnel construction workers reveal secret pasts over their lunch pails. Featuring Bobby Cannavale (“Vinyl“, Blue Jasmine), Matthew Maher (The Flick, A Most Violent Year), and Alfredo Narciso (The Motherf***er With the Hat). Directed by Tony Award winner John Rando. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation between playwright, director and cast moderated by our Artistic Producer Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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24 min
March 6, 2016
OPEN ARMS by Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros
In Open Arms by Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros, an impending 50th birthday party sets off calamity over coffee and Kindles for a couple. Open Arms is directed by Tony Award winner John Rando and features Bill Irwin (Old Hats, Interstellar) and Julie White (Sylvia at MTC). Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation between our Artistic Director, Claudia Catania, the playwright, director, and cast. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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20 min
February 21, 2016
THE STRANGEST KIND OF ROMANCE by Tennessee Williams
In The Strangest Kind of Romance by Tennessee Williams, a man’s love for his feline companion confounds everyone around him. Featuring Matthew Cowles ("All My Children"), Adam Driver (Star Wars Episode VII, "Girls"), Michael Stuhlbarg ("Boardwalk Empire," A Serious Man), Kathleen Turner (Peggy Sue Got Married, The Virgin Suicides), Jack Wetherall and Ellen Barber. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation between our Artistic Director, Claudia Catania, and Kathleen Turner. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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42 min
February 7, 2016
ACORN by David Graziano
In Acorn by David Graziano, a clothesline, acorns, and laundry add up to romance in Brooklyn. Featuring Bobby Moreno and Megan Tusing (Year Of The Rooster at EST), directed by John Giampietro. Recorded at BRIC Media Arts in Brooklyn. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation between our Artistic Director, Claudia Catania, and the cast. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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18 min
January 24, 2016
MILTON BRADLEY by Peter Sagal
In MILTON BRADLEY, a flummoxed Rabbi has to eulogize a mother whose son has only terrible things to say about her. MILTON BRADLEY by Peter Sagal (Host of NPR's Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me!) features Bob Balaban (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Gosford Park) and Michael Stuhlbarg ("Boardwalk Empire", Seven Psychopaths). Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation between our Artistic Director Claudia Catania, and playwright Peter Sagal. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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21 min
January 10, 2016
THE BLIZZARD by David Ives
The Blizzard, a mystery thriller, features Jesse Eisenberg as a snowed-in screenwriter facing unexpected guests. Written by David Ives and directed Tony Award winner John Rando, it features Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, The Spoils), Alfredo Narciso, Heidi Schreck and Sarah Sokolovic. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation between our Artistic Director, Claudia Catania, and the cast. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.  
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19 min
December 21, 2015
CHRISTMAS BREAKS by Patrick Gabridge
In CHRISTMAS BREAKS by Patrick Gabridge, a young man surprises his girlfriend with some curve ball gifts. Featuring Steven Boyer (Hand to God), Zach Appelman ("Sleepy Hollow", Julie Taymor's A Midsummer Night's Dream) and Halley Feiffer. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation between our Artistic Director, Claudia Catania and the cast. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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15 min
December 6, 2015
THE MIRACLE OF CHANUKAH by Sheri Wilner
In The Miracle of Chanukah by Sheri Wilner, a holiday guest’s personal miracle throws a family for a loop. Featuring Zach Appelman, Peter Friedman, Judy Gold (Emmy Award), Marcia Jean Kurtz and Lisa Joyce. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the playwright and cast. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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17 min
November 23, 2015
FORWARD OBSERVER by Willy Holtzman
Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins plays a VA hospital waiting room clerk coping with a World War II veteran’s short fuse and an Iraq veteran’s eight year old Latina daughter. Recorded live at BRIC Arts Media House in downtown Brooklyn, FORWARD OBSERVER features Tonya Pinkins (Tony winner for Caroline or Change), David Margulies and Kyndra Sanchez; directed by Anne Kauffman. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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22 min
November 9, 2015
THE PHILADELPHIA by David Ives
In David Ives' short play THE PHILADELPHIA, ordering a sandwich is a challenge of epic proportions – let alone a beer. It features Carson Elrod, Jenn Harris, and Matthew Saldivar, directed by Tony Award winner John Rando. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with David Ives, John Rando and the cast.   Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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15 min
October 27, 2015
WAKING UP by Cori Thomas
WAKING UP, a short play by Cori Thomas, juxtaposes an American urbanite and an African villager’s triumph over breast cancer. Featuring Lynnette R. Freeman and Amy Staats. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation between our Artistic Director, Claudia Catania and Cori Thomas. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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18 min
September 28, 2015
GETTING IN by Frank Gilroy
In this week's podcast, a short play by Frank Gilroy in which a scrappy GI, gleefully recalls how he went from almost flunking high school to the trenches of WWII to Dartmouth. GETTING IN written by Pulitzer and Tony Award winner, Frank Gilroy, features David Beach, Kim Bendheim, Matthew Cowles, Caroline Gilroy, Michael Godere, Carter Hudson, Lillian Laserson, Thomas Lyons, David Margulies, Fiana Toibin and Jack Wetherall. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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32 min
September 14, 2015
A LITTLE PART OF ALL OF US by Jesse Eisenberg
In this week's podcast, a short play by Jesse Eisenberg in which a young man displays his tenuous hold on reality when he co-opts the national tragedy of September 11th into a self-serving anxiety narrative. A LITTLE PART OF ALL OF US features Jesse Eisenberg (The Spoils, The Social Network, Zombieland) and Justin Bartha (The Hangover, National Treasure). Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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16 min
August 24, 2015
LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC by Arlene Hutton
In this week's podcast, a short play by Arlene Hutton: On the cusp of World War II, two young strangers meet on a train and find out they may know each other better than they know themselves. LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC features Mamie Gummer (“The Good Wife,” “Emily Owens MD,” “The Big C”) and Gregg Mozgala. Directed by John Rando.   Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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27 min
August 10, 2015
POOF! by Lynn Nottage
In this week's podcast, a short play by Lynn Nottage in which a woman's words proove cosmically powerful. POOF! by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Ruined, Intimate Apparel, By The Way Meet Vera Stark) features multiple Tony winner Audra McDonald (Porgy and Bess, 110 In The Shade, A Raisin In The Sun, Ragtime), Tony winner Tonya Pinkins (Caroline or Change, Jelly's Last Jam) and Keith Randolph Smith.    Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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25 min
July 27, 2015
CRAZY EIGHTS by David Lindsay-Abaire
In this week's podcast, a short play by David Lindsay-Abaire in which recovering addicts (Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo) have their Saturday night card game rudely interrupted by Bobby Cannavale, who plays good cop/bad cop all by himself.  Crazy Eights by David Lindsay-Abaire features Bobby Cannavale (Blue Jasmine, “Boardwalk Empire,” The Motherf***er With The Hat) John Leguizamo (Ghetto Klown, Mambo Mouth; “Ice Age” series, “Romeo + Juliet”), Rosie Perez (“Do The Right Thing,” Academy Award nominee for “Fearless,” “White Men Can’t Jump”) and Kevin Hogan. Directed by David Lindsay-Abaire. Interview with the playwright, director, cast and Artistic Producer Claudia Catania following the performance. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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32 min
July 13, 2015
BITE THE HAND by Ara Watson
A young woman of "ill repute” grabs a chance at marriage and a client shows up with some jaw dropping news. Featuring Academy Award winner Chris Cooper, Emmy winner Margo Martindale, and Liv Rooth. Directed by Tony winner Doug Hughes. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation moderated by our Artistic Director, Claudia Catania, with Ara Watson and the entire cast. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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31 min
June 22, 2015
WANDA'S VISIT by Christopher Durang
In this week's podcast, a short play from Christopher Durang (Tony Award for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) in which a comfortable couple in Connecticut gets shaken up by a husband’s high school fling’s unexpected arrival. This radio drama features performances by Kate Jennings Grant (United 93, Frost/Nixon), Josh Hamilton (Frances Ha, J. Edgar), Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock”) Aaron Clifton Moten (The Flick at Playwrights Horizons), with a cameo from Christopher Durang.
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39 min
June 8, 2015
SMALL THINGS by Cary Pepper
A door-to-door evangelist is invited into the home of an older man on his last day of service in Small Things, a short by Cary Pepper. With Bobby Steggert (Big Fish) and Jack Wetherall ("Queer as Folk").  Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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27 min
May 26, 2015
THE BURIAL SOCIETY by Susan Sandler
Husband-wife team Anne Meara (1929-2015) and Jerry Stiller play former Yiddish theater stars who steal the show at a memorial service in the The Burial Society, a comic play by Susan Sandler. Also featuring George Morfogen. Followed by an interview with playwright Susan Sandler.  Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.
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16 min
May 11, 2015
RELATIVE STRANGERS by Sheri Wilner
On a flight to South Carolina, a young woman selects a new mother. A short play by Sheri Wilner, with Julie Halston, Michael Keck, Debra Monk and Merritt Wever. 
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32 min
April 27, 2015
I KNOW by Jacquelyn Reingold
In this short play by Jacquelyn Reingold, a lovers' quarrel between two aging actors reveals the depth of their commitment. With Jack Davidson and Beth Dixon. Visit Playing on Air online at playingonair.org, @playingonair and facebook.com/playingonair. 
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20 min
April 13, 2015
AMATEURS by David Auburn
In this short play by David Auburn, Pulitzer Prize winning author of PROOF, the daughter of a disgraced senator confronts the retired campaign strategist who dragged her family name through the dirt. With Rebecca Brooksher and David Rasche. Directed by David Auburn. Visting Playing on Air online at playingonair.org, facebook.com/playingonair and @playingonair on Twitter. 
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31 min
March 23, 2015
SECTION 310, ROW D, SEATS 5 & 6 by Warren Leight
In a play by "Law and Order: SVU" writer/producer and Tony Award winner, Warren Leight, three friends and basketball fans share two stadium seats and two decades of Knicks' getting trounced. With Geoffrey Cantor, Peter Jacobson ("HOUSE"), and Cezar Williams. Directed by Fred Berner. Followed by an interview with Berner, Cantor, Jacobson and Williams. Recorded live at BRIC Arts Media House, 12/1/2014. 
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29 min
March 9, 2015
SURE THING by David Ives
Sure Thing, a short play by David Ives, with Carson Elrod and Liv Rooth. From Playing on Air, Great American Short Plays with Great American Actors. 
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15 min
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