Episode 17: The Real Me

The Real Me

In our first short play, three bridge-and-tunnel construction workers reveal secret pasts over their lunch pails. In the second, 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. Playing on Air’s latest episode features two plays by David Ives and Arlene Hutton, about how the identities we cling to hold us back – or help us survive.

Mere Mortals, a comedy by David Ives, features Bobby Cannavale (“Boardwalk Empire,” Blue Jasmine, Annie, Chef), Matthew Maher (Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play at Playwrights Horizons) and Alfredo Narciso (“Madam Secretary”). Last Train To Nibroc by Arlene Hutton features Mamie Gummer (“The Good Wife,” “Emily Owens MD,” “The Big C”) and Gregg Mozgala. Includes interviews with David Ives and the cast of Mere Mortals and with Arlene Hutton.

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Episode 16: The Birds and the Bees

The Birds and the Bees

Lascivious bees swarm a young woman’s Upper West Side apartment. Two vultures have a bone to pick with Saint Francis. Playing on Air’s newest episode brings you two all-new audio productions of plays by David Ives and Jacquelyn Reingold – recorded live in Brooklyn!

2B Or Not 2B by Jacquelyn Reingold features William Jackson Harper (All The Way) and Jenn Harris (Gayby); directed by Michael BarakivaSt. 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 John Rando. Interviews with the playwrights and cast round out each performance!

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Episode 15: Crazy Love

Crazy Love

John Leguizamo, Rosie Perez and Bobby Cannavale star in Playing on Air’s first recording in front of a live audience! In Crazy Eights by David Lindsay-Abaire, 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. And in Acorn by David Graziano, a clothesline, acorns, and laundry add up to romance in Brooklyn. This evening was recorded at BRIC Media Arts in Brooklyn and hosted by Bobby Cannavale.

Acorn by David Graziano starring Bobby Moreno and Megan Tusing (Year Of The Rooster at EST) and directed by John Giampietro. Crazy Eights by David Lindsay-Abaire starring Bobby Cannavale (“Blue Jasmine,” “Boardwalk Empire,” The Motherf***er With The Hat) John Leguizamo (one-man shows Ghetto Klown, Mambo Mouth, Spic-O-Rama; “Ice Age” series, “Romeo + Juliet”), Rosie Perez (“Do The Right Thing,” Academy Award nominee for “Fearless,” “White Men Can’t Jump”) and Kevin Hogan and directed by David Lindsay-Abaire. Interviews with playwrights, directors and cast moderated by Claudia Catania.

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Episode 14: Getting To Know You

getting to know you

Two short plays about visits that come out of left field. In the comic Wanda’s Visit by Christopher Durang, a comfortable couple in Connecticut gets shaken up by a husband’s high school fling’s unexpected arrival. And in Report On Motherhood by Beth Henley, a young girl learns from her grandmother that a woman isn’t always what she seems to be on the surface.

Wanda’s Visit by Christopher Durang (Tony for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) with Kate Jennings Grant (United 93Frost/Nixon), Josh Hamilton (Frances HaJ. Edgar), Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock”) Aaron Clifton Moten (The Flick at Playwrights Horizons), with a cameo from Christopher Durang. Report On Motherhood by Beth Henley (Pulitzer Prize for Crimes of the Heart) with Lois Smith (East of EdenFive Easy Pieces) and granddaughter Eliana Saxe-Smith.

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Episode 13: Higher Powers

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Aidan Quinn, Audra McDonald, Tonya Pinkins and Geraldine Hughes star in two fantastical short plays. In John Patrick Shanley’s Banshee, an Irish sprite pays a teacher a visit and makes an out-of-this-world proposal. In Lynn Nottage’s Poof!, a woman’s words prove cosmically powerful.

Banshee by Tony, Oscar and Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley (DoubtMoonstruck, Outside Mullingar) features Geraldine Hughes (Gran Torino, Rocky Balboa) and Aidan Quinn (“Elementary,” Michael Collins, Desperately Seeking Susan). Poof! by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (RuinedIntimate ApparelBy The Way Meet Vera Stark) features multiple Tony winner Audra McDonald (Porgy and Bess110 In The Shade, A Raisin In The Sun, Ragtime) and Tony winner Tonya Pinkins (Caroline or ChangeJelly’s Last Jam).

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Episode 12: A Dog and a Cat

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One play about a dog, and one play about a cat. A deposed dictator’s beloved pet answers to the disenfranchised population of Romania in The Final Interrogation of Ceausescu’s Dog, by Warren Leight. And in Tennessee William’s forgotten classic The Strangest Kind Of Romance, a man’s love for his feline companion confounds everyone around him.

The Final Interrogation of Ceausescu’s Dog with Ed Asner and Jesse Eisenberg; interview with Ed Asner and playwright Warren LeightThe Strangest Kind Of Romance with Matthew CowlesAdam Driver, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Kathleen Turner; interview with Kathleen Turner.

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