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CrazyEights by David Lindsay-Abaire

John Leguizamo, Rosie Perez and Bobby Cannavale in David Lindsay-Abaire‘s Crazy Eights, live at BRIC Arts Media House, March 2014 (Photo credit: David Andrako)

We’re a public radio show and podcast redefining radio theater with original audio productions of contemporary short plays and insightful conversations with their writers.

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Stream our most recent radio programs (2-3 short plays on each hour long episode followed by conversations with their artists) right here on the site. Older episodes are available for purchase at our online store.

Playing on Air featured on Broadway Direct!

“The process of putting them up live is a lot of fun. You do it with very little rehearsal. It’s pickup basketball, but with NBA players — people operating at extremely high levels. Because it’s radio, it comes out polished out of proportion to the time. And then audiences fill in the missing pieces.” – David Auburn, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright of PROOF 

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This week’s PoA podcast: SECTION 310, ROW D, SEATS 5 & 6 by Warren Leight; directed by Fred Berner

Section 310

This week on the PoA podcast, a play about basketball, and a trio of New York Knicks fans winning, losing, and playing the game of life. Section 310, Row D, Seats 5 & 6 is by “Law & Order: SVU” showrunner and exec producer Warren Leight and directed by longtime “Law & Order” exec producer Fred Berner. It features Geoffrey Cantor, Peter Jacobson and Cezar Williams.

Download on iTunes, on Podbay, subscribe to our RSS feed, search ‘Playing on Air’ in your favorite podcasting app – or stream below! [29:36]

Latest Episode! Vets and Nets: two short plays

Vets and Nets

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 the NY Knicks on a losing streak. And Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins plays a VA hospital clerk, as a World War II veteran and the young daughter of an Iraqi vet break the language barrier. Two short plays recorded live at BRIC Arts Media House in downtown Brooklyn. Episode hosted by Steven Boyer.

Forward Observer by Willy Holtzman features Tonya Pinkins (Tony winner for Caroline or Change), David Margulies and Kyndra Sanchez; directed by Anne Kauffman. Section 310, Row D, Seats 5 & 6 by Warren Leight (executive producer, Law & Order: SVU” and Tony award winner for Side Man) features Geoffrey Cantor, Peter Jacobson (Dr. Chris Taub in “House”) and Cezar Williams; directed by Fred Berner (Executive Producer, “Law & Order”).

Section 310 is also available as a podcast. Click the player below to listen to the full show! [53 mins] Or listen to this episode’s trailer. 

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We’re excited to announce the launch of a Playing on Air podcast with a new format! From now on, we’ll release two podcast episodes a month for download – each featuring a single short play followed by a conversation with its artists.

We will release great plays from our archive as well as all-new content. Already, from our new episode I Do’syou’ll find My Husband by Paul Rudnick with Harriet Harris and Michael Urie, directed by Claudia Weill, ready for podcast. You’ll also find Banshee by John Patrick Shanley with Geraldine Hughes and Aiden Quinn from our episode Higher PowersBanshee is perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day listen – or any day. Click here to download and subscribe to podcasts from iTunes (for desktop and mobile). 

Our most recent full-length episodes are free to stream from our websiteand you can purchase episodes from our entire production history at our online store. 

I Do’s: three short plays

I Do's

Three short plays about love and marriage – though not always at the same time. A couple celebrates their 24th anniversary, bruises and all. A morning person and a night owl make for a mixed marriage. And one mother will stop at nothing to get her gay son to the altar.

First is 24 Years by Leslie Ayvazian, with Jessica Hecht (“Breaking Bad”) and Dominic Fumusa (“Nurse Jackie”), directed by Peter Hedges (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?). Next is Breakfast at the Track by Lanford Wilson, with Jeanine Serralles (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Lorenzo Pisoni, directed by Caitriona McLaughlin. Last is My Husband by Paul Rudnick (Jeffrey, New Yorker’s “Shouts and Murmurs”), with Harriet Harris (“Frasier,” “Desperate Housewives,” Tony winner for Thoroughly Modern Millie) and Michael Urie (“Ugly Betty”), directed by Claudia Weill (HBO’s “Girls”). Conversation with cast, director and playwright follow each play, moderated by Playing on Air’s Artistic Producer, Claudia Catania. Recorded live at BRIC Arts Media House in downtown Brooklyn, fall 2014.

My Husband + interview available for download on iTunes. Click the player below to listen to the full show! [53 mins] Or listen to this episode’s trailer