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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)

“Playing on Air is like pickup basketball, but with NBA players — people operating at extremely high levels.” – David Auburn, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright of PROOF
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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.

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New Podcast! LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC by Arlene Hutton

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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.  Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation between our Artistic Director, Claudia Catania and Arlene Hutton.

Download on iTunesPodbay, Player FM, subscribe to our RSS feed, search ‘Playing on Air’ in your favorite podcasting app – or stream below! [27 Minutes 38 Seconds]

New Podcast! POOF! by Lynn Nottage

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In this week’s podcast, a short play by Lynn Nottage in which a woman’s words prove 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), Keith Randolph Smith and directed by Seret Scott. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation between our Artistic Director, Claudia Catania and Lynn Nottage.

Download on iTunesPodbay, Player FM, subscribe to our RSS feed, search ‘Playing on Air’ in your favorite podcasting app – or stream below! [25 Minutes 47 Seconds]

New Podcast! CRAZY EIGHTS by David Lindsay-Abaire

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In this week’s Podcast, a short play 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.

Crazy Eights by David Lindsay-Abaire features Bobby Cannavale (Blue Jasmine, “Boardwalk Empire”) John Leguizamo (Ghetto Klown, Ice Age movies, Romeo + Juliet), Rosie Perez (Do The Right Thing, Academy Award nominee for Fearless) and Kevin Hogan. Directed by Pulitzer Prize Winner David Lindsay-Abaire. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation moderated by our Artistic Director, Claudia Catania, with David Lindsay-Abaire and cast.

Download on iTunesPodbay, Player FM, subscribe to our RSS feed, search ‘Playing on Air’ in your favorite podcasting app – or stream below! [32 Minutes 9 Seconds]

New Podcast! BITE THE HAND by Ara Watson

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In this week’s podcast, a short play by Ara Watson in which 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.

Download on iTunesPodbay, Player FM, subscribe to our RSS feed, search ‘Playing on Air’ in your favorite podcasting app – or stream below! [31 Minutes 4 Seconds]

New Podcast! WANDA’S VISIT by Christopher Durang

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In this week’s podcast, a short play from Christopher Durang (Tony 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. 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. This short is followed by a conversation between playwright, Christopher Durang and Playing on Air’s host, Claudia Catania.

Download on iTunesPodbay, Player FM, subscribe to our RSS feed, search ‘Playing on Air’ in your favorite podcasting app – or stream below! [39 Minutes 34 Seconds]

Latest Episode! Teaming Up: Two Plays by Kim Merrill and Lanford Wilson

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Two short plays. In Tasha Walks by Kim Merrill, a young man (Steven Boyer, Tony nominee for Hand to God) and his elderly neighbor (4 time Academy Award nominee Marsha Mason) help each other move on from a missing cat and broken engagement. In A Betrothal by Pulitzer Prize winner Lanford Wilson, two middle-aged iris breeders (Lisa Emery and Frank Wood) bicker – and bond – at a flower show. Recorded live at BRIC Arts Media House in downtown Brooklyn, fall 2014.

Tasha Walks by Kim Merrill with Steven Boyer and Marsha Mason; directed by Brian Mertes. A Betrothal by Lanford Wilson with Lisa Emery and Frank Wood; directed by Bruce McCarty. Interviews follow the plays, moderated by Claudia Catania.

Stream below! [53 mins] Or listen to this episode’s trailer