24 Years by Leslie Ayvazian

In 24 Years by Leslie Ayvazian (Nine Armenians), a couple celebrates their 24th anniversary. Champagne in hand, and huge cast on leg (from an overly enthusiastic soccer mishap), this immobilized husband still manages to stay one step ahead of his exasperated wife and to declare his vows again. Leslie’s play features Jessica Hecht (catch her this summer at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House directed by PoA vet Rebecca Taichman! July 19-29) and Dominic Fumusa (Edie Falco’s ex on “Nurse Jackie”). 24 Years is directed by novelist/ playwright/ filmmaker/ director Peter Hedges (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?Baby AngerAbout a Boy, Dan in Real Life). Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation moderated by our Producing Artistic Director, Claudia Catania. And happy anniversaries!

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A MAN OF HIS TIME by Kate T. Billingsley

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In A Man of His Time by Kate T. Billingsley, a descendant of Supreme Court Chief Justice Taney (who handed down the disastrous 1857 Dred Scott decision) invites a descendant of Dred Scott to meet him at a highway diner halfway between Virginia and Vermont. Scott shows up.

It stars Sam Waterston (The Killing Fields, “Law and Order,” “The Newsroom,” “Grace and Frankie”) as the contemporary Taney and the acclaimed stage star John Douglas Thompson (TONY nomination for Jitney, Satchmo at the Waldorf, Othello) as the contemporary Scott. Estelle Parsons (Oscar win for Bonnie and Clyde, “Roseanne,” August, Osage County) directs. It is written by Kate T. Billingsley and recorded and co-presented at the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at New York Public Radio. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation moderated by our Producing Artistic Director, Claudia Catania.

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HECTOR CAFFERATA by Stephen Lang

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“As starkly moving as taps at dusk” says the Washington Post about Beyond Glory, a powerful tribute to military valor written and performed by stage and screen star Stephen Lang (Colonel Quaritch in Avatar). This piece features Stephen Lang portraying Private First Class, 1st Marine Division, Korea, Hector Cafferata, and is based on his own words. Hector Cafferata is a portrait from Stephen Lang’s one-man show, Beyond Glory, adapted from the book by Larry Smith of the same title. Stay tuned for a conversation between Mr. Lang and Playing on Air’s producer and host, Claudia Catania.

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New Podcast! GOODBYE, HOWARD by Romulus Linney

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In Goodbye, Howard, a rich comedy by Romulus Linney, three North Carolinian sisters in a total tizzy about their esteemed 85-year-old kid brother’s imminent death, avoid an embarrassment worse than death. Three virtuosos: Lois Smith (2 time Obie winner and 2 time Oscar nominee), Frances Sternhagen (2 time Tony winner), and Dana Ivey (5 time Tony nominee) play Howard’s three adoring sisters. They are joined by T. Cat Ford, Jacob Callie Moore, and Scott Sowers.

Romulus Linney is one of America’s great playwrights and a master of the short form. He conjures up a particular time and place in this confection of a play.​ Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with Lois Smith​,​ Frances Sternhagen and Scott Sowers moderated by Artistic Director, Claudia Catania.

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New Podcast! IT’S ALL GOOD by David Ives

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In IT’S ALL GOOD, a short play by a master of the form, David Ives (Venus In Fur, All in the Timing), a Chicago native visits his hometown and encounters his past. Directed by Tony Award winner John Rando, IT’S ALL GOOD features Carson ElrodRick Holmes and Kelly Hutchinson. As you’ll hear, this is a four character play, but at the last minute, one stellar actress was struck down by extreme flu and Kelly valiantly assumed both roles! Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation moderated by our Producing Artistic Director, Claudia Catania.

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New Podcast! TWO JEWISH MEN IN THEIR SEVENTIES by Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros

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In Two Jewish Men In Their Seventies, by Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros, two great comedians Jerry Stiller (“Seinfeld”, “The King of Queens”) and Bob Dishy (Sly Fox, Along Came Polly) play two old friends visiting a new holocaust museum. They don’t like it so much. They’ve seen better. This funny and moving short was one of the very first short plays Playing on Air recorded. Thank you, Alex, Jerry, and Bob. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with with the playwright, moderated by our Host, Claudia Catania.

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New Podcast! CLOSING COSTS by Arlene Hutton

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In Closing Costs by Arlene Hutton, a real estate broker hits her threshold when a client reveals her listing is the 396th co-op he’s seen. It features Amy Ryan (Gone, Baby, Gone; Bridge of Spies, Birdman) and Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man,“Boardwalk Empire”). Playwright Arlene Hutton is an alumna of New Dramatists and author of The Nibroc Trilogy and Gulf View Drive. Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch (Director: Bethany with America Ferrara for The Women’s Project, Harper Regan for The Atlantic Theater Company and Stay for Rattlestick Theater). Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with with the cast and playwright, moderated by our Host, Claudia Catania.

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New Podcast! BANSHEE by John Patrick Shanley

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Tony, Oscar and Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Moonstruck, Outside Mullingar) writes and directs this short play about a banshee, a fantastical Irish spirit. In it, she pays an ailing teacher a visit and makes him an otherworldly proposal. It features Geraldine Hughes (Jerusalem, Gran Torino, Rocky Balboa) and Aidan Quinn (“Elementary,” Michael Collins, Desperately Seeking Susan). Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with playwright and actors, and catch some surprising answers from this Irish cast. Interview moderated by Producing Artistic Director, Claudia Catania.

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New Podcast! VERNON BAKER AND DANIEL INOUYE from Beyond Glory by Stephen Lang

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“As starkly moving as taps at dusk” says the Washington Post about BEYOND GLORY, a powerful tribute to military valor written and performed by stage and screen star Stephen Lang (Colonel Quaritch in Avatar).

First Lieutenant Vernon Baker and Captain Daniel Inouye (who later became the long-serving US Senator from Hawaii) both experienced racism in the armed forces during WWII and recount that as well as the incidents that earned them the Medal of Honor many years later. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with Stephen Lang and Producing Artistic Director, Claudia Catania.

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New Podcast! THE OTHER WOMAN by David Ives

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In The Other Woman by David Ives, an insomniac writer experiences a different side of his wife after darkness falls. It features Laila Robins (Homeland“; Planes, Trains & Automobiles) and Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll and HydeSpider-Man: Turn Off the Dark). Directed by Tony Award winner, John Rando. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the playwright, David Ives, and Producing Artistic Director, Claudia Catania.

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New Podcast! DAMAGE CONTROL by David Auburn

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In the comic Damage Control, a political operative has a public relations nightmare on his hands as he preps a scandal-plagued politician to meet the press. Damage Control by Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn (Proof), features Jay O. Sanders (“True Detective”) and Joey Slotnick (“Nip/Tuck”). It was recorded live at BRIC Arts Media House in downtown Brooklyn. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with with the cast and playwright, moderated by our Producing Artistic Director, Claudia Catania.

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New Podcast! YOU BELONG TO ME by Daniel Reitz

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In You Belong To Me by Daniel Reitz, two old friends from graduate school meet in a subway car 18 years later under vastly different circumstances. Featuring Amy Ryan (Oscar nomination for Gone, Baby, Gone; Birdman) and Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man, “Boardwalk Empire”). Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the playwright and Producing Artistic Director, Claudia Catania.

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New Podcast! THE MIRACLE OF CHANUKAH by Sheri Wilner

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In The Miracle of Chanukah by Sheri Wilner, a holiday guest’s personal miracle throws a family for a loop. Featuring Zach Appelman, Peter Friedman, Judy Gold (Emmy Award), Marcia Jean Kurtz and Lisa Joyce. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the playwright and cast.

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