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John Leguizamo, Rosie Perez and Bobby Cannavale record Crazy Eights by David Lindsay-Abaire (photo credit: David Andrako)

Short plays + radio = theater for the ears, available to audiences anywhere, anytime. It’s the best seat in the house, no matter where you’re tuning in. 

That’s the simple idea behind Playing on Air. We’re a public radio show and podcast distributing the work of great contemporary playwrights for today’s digital audience. Our episodes feature short plays followed by conversations with their writers, performers, and directors, moderated by Playing on Air’s artistic producer, Claudia Catania.

Why short plays? What is a short play? 

Think of a short play like a short story. Playwrights write short plays all the time – from when they’re first starting out to long after they’ve won the Pulitzer. These pieces establish character, scene and story, conflict and resolution, in the span of ten minutes, half an hour. They’re smart, they’re quick, they’re moving – perfect for radio.

Is that like a one-act? 

Yes, in that short plays are short, and they generally don’t have 2 or 3 acts. But some of our short plays have many, many scenes – up to 38, in one case!

Who’s behind the scenes? 

30+ contemporary American playwrights, from Pulitzer laureates and nominees to emerging writers; over 100 stage and screen actors, including Tony, Oscar and Emmy winners; established, innovative theater directors. Learn more about our New York-based production team.

Where can I start listening? 

Download our podcast, stream and buy full-length episodes, and, if you’re a station program director, find out how you can license our full-length shows and podcast episodes at PRX.

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