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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.

Subscribe to our podcast of individual plays on iTunes, Podbay and Player FM (links are for mobile and desktop), search for ‘Playing on Air’ in your favorite podcasting app, or subscribe to our RSS feed.

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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New podcast! RELATIVE STRANGERS by Sheri Wilner

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On this week’s podcast, a short from Sheri Wilner about a young woman who chooses a new mother on a flight to South Carolina. With Julie Halston, Michael Keck, Debra Monk and Merritt Wever. Download on iTunesPodbay, Player FM, subscribe to our RSS feed, search ‘Playing on Air’ in your favorite podcasting app – or stream below!

New Podcast! I KNOW by Jacquelyn Reingold

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In this week’s podcast, a short from Jacquelyn Reingold (writer for “Smash,” “In Treatment,” Netflix’s forthcoming “Grace and Frankie) about a lovers’ quarrel between two actors. With Jack Davidson and Beth Dixon.

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

This week’s PoA Podcast: AMATEURS by David Auburn

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This week on the Playing on Air podcast: David Auburn‘s Amateurs is a short play about a young woman confronting the man who ran a smear campaign against her senator father. With Rebecca Brooksher and David Rasche (“Veep”). Directed by David Auburn; an interview with Auburn follows the play.

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

Latest Episode! Spin Central: Two Short Plays by David Auburn

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Two short plays about the shady side of politics, by Pulitzer Prize Winner David Auburn. In the comic Damage Control, a political aide has a public relations nightmare on his hands as he preps a scandal-plagued politician to meet the press. And in Amateurs, the daughter of a disgraced senator confronts the retired campaign strategist who dragged her family name through the dirt.

Damage Control features Jay O. Sanders (“True Detective”) and Joey Slotnick (“Nip/Tuck”); recorded live at BRIC Arts Media House in downtown Brooklyn, December 1, 2014. Amateurs features David Rasche (“Veep”) and Rebecca Brooksher. Both plays directed by David Auburn. Interviews moderated by Claudia Catania follow both plays.

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

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

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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]

Vets and Nets: two short plays

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.