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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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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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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

New Podcast! SMALL THINGS by Cary Pepper, with Bobby Steggert and Jack Wetherall

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In this week’s podcast, a short play from Cary Pepper about a door-to-door evangelist who is invited into the home of an older man on his last day of service. With Bobby Steggert and Jack Wetherall. Download on iTunesPodbay, Player FM, subscribe to our RSS feed, search ‘Playing on Air’ in your favorite podcasting app – or stream below! [27 minutes, 43 seconds]

Latest Episode! Mother and Son: Two Plays by Daniel Reitz and David Cale

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Two short plays about the unique relationships between mothers and sons. The first is Napoleon in Exile by Daniel Reitz 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). The second, Elizabeth by David Cale is about a son moving back in with his mother after his own divorce, featuring James Lecesne as both mother and son. Elizabeth was originally produced as part of Motherhood Out Loud.

Click the player below to listen! [53 minutes]. Or listen to this episode’s trailer.