Playing on Air

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PLAYING ON AIR FULL EPISODES (53 Minutes)
Playing on Air is a unique public radio program featuring a novel form of story-telling, the short play. The short play form is ideal for the rhythms of radio listeners on the go. Listeners enjoy a beginning, middle and knock-out punch in minutes. Listeners enjoy a variety of voices and styles in one show. Plus, after hearing the actors perform, they get to hear all the artists converse about what just went down.

Our contemporary shorts, at 10-25 minutes each, make up a 53-minute show. They are written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning dramatists in a format they love but rarely hear performed by top talent.  
 
Our actors are world-class: Sam Waterston, Bobby Cannavale, Audra McDonald, Rosie Perez, Adam Driver, John Leguizamo, Michelle Williams, Jesse Eisenberg, Kathleen Turner, Bill Irwin, Peter Gallagher, Ed Asner, Jerry Stiller, Jane Krakowski...
 
Writers include Pulitzer Prize winners David Lindsay-Abaire, David Auburn, John Patrick Shanley, Beth Henley, Lynn Nottage, Donald Margulies, Lanford Wilson; Tony winners Christopher Durang, Warren Leight, John Guare, and notable others. 

The topics of these short plays are wide-ranging, timely, and reflect the issues of our world today. Masters of the form, our playwrights write pieces that, like all great theater, entertain, illuminate, inform and humanize.
 
Each short is about 10-25 minutes and there are two or three of them on every 53-minute offering. Original music and polished, subtle sound design are composed for every bite-sized but beautifully crafted piece.  

Lively conversation with each short's playwright, director and cast about what just happened, round out each show. After hearing each short play, listeners get the inside scoop from its participants. (Single plays are available from our Playing on Air Singles Series).
 
"When I first sampled Playing on Air I thought our audience would like the program, so I scheduled it during the summer and asked for listener feedback. The most amazing feedback returned with almost 100 % positive about this program.  This is not typical of our listeners!  This is a gem worth your review and absolutely worth adding to your schedule.  Try it!  You'll love the response! What's left to say?  Playing on Air is a public radio winner."  -  Lynne Clendenin, Program Director, OPB Radio
  
 "The playwrights and the actors are award-winning first-rate professionals you will have heard of. Because the plays are short, there's time to include insightful interviews, usually with the playwrights, in each broadcast. Playing on Air definitely fills a gap in available radio theatre programming and I'm delighted to schedule them. Your audiences will love these shows." - Linda Lopez McAlister, Producer, KUNM's Radio Theatre, Albuquerque, NM

"Playing on Air is the kind of show that should be multiplied by ten - it's fun, it's intelligent, and it reminds us how glorious radio can be." - David Ives, playwright

"Playing on Air gives actors the thrilling experience of acting without having to look in a mirror first. They produce dramatically compelling radio in a fun and accessible way." - Jesse Eisenberg, actor, playwright

 

 
We offer two different series:  PLAYING ON AIR FULL-LENGTHS [53-minute offerings of 2-3 short plays followed by conversation] and PLAYING ON AIR SINGLES [a module version of the program with one play followed by one conversation, 10-42 minutes]. 
PLAYING ON AIR SINGLES (10 - 42 Minutes including optional interview)




 

Series

Caption: Playing on Air
45 Pieces

Playing on Air is a unique public radio program featuring a novel form of story-telling: the short play, an ideal form for the rhythms of radio listeners on the go. Each short is about 10-25 minutes and there are two or three of them in every 53-minute episode. (Single plays are also available). Original music and polished, subtle sound design are composed for every bite-sized but beautifully crafted piece. After hearing each short play, listeners get the inside scoop from its participants. Lively, insightful conversation with each short's playwright, director and cast about what just happened, round out each show. The topics of these short plays are wide-ranging, timely, and reflect the world we live in now. Masters of the form, our playwrights write pieces that, like all great theater, entertain, illuminate, inform and humanize. Our actors are world-class: Carol Kane, Sam Waterston, Bobby Cannavale, Audra McDonald, Rosie Perez, Adam Driver, John Leguizamo, Michelle Williams, Jesse Eisenberg, Kathleen Turner, Bill Irwin, Peter Gallagher, Ed Asner, Jerry Stiller, David Harbour, Jane Krakowski... Writers and directors include Pulitzer Prize winners David Lindsay-Abaire, David Auburn, John Patrick Shanley, Beth Henley, Lynn Nottage, Donald Margulies, Lanford Wilson; Tony winners Christopher Durang, Warren Leight, John Guare, and notable others.

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60 Pieces

The Single Series is a module version of the full-length Playing on Air Series. It features a single short play followed by lively conversation with its playwright, director, cast. The times given include the ensuing conversation although the play can, of course, stand alone. Please inquire were you to need the length of the short without the conversation which follows.


Pieces

Caption: William Jackson Harper
Lascivious bees swarm a young woman’s Upper West Side apartment. Two vultures have a bone to pick with Saint Francis. Playing on Air brings you two...

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, Oregon Public Broadcasting, KZYX, and KUNM


  • Added: Sep 04, 2014
  • Length: 53:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Rosie Perez, Credit: Rob Northway
John Leguizamo, Rosie Perez and Bobby Cannavale star in CRAZY EIGHTS by David Lindsay-Abaire (Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner). Two recovering drug ...

Bought by WRGY, KUNM, WCAI / WNAN, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Red River Radio Network and more


  • Added: Jun 26, 2014
  • Length: 53:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Jane Krakowski
Jane Krakowski and Lois Smith star in short plays by Christopher Durang (Tony winner) and Beth Henley (Pulitzer Prize winner). In Henley's REPORT O...

Bought by Oregon Public Broadcasting and KUNM


  • Added: May 27, 2014
  • Length: 53:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Audra McDonald, Credit: Autumn de Wilde
Aidan Quinn, Audra McDonald and Tonya Pinkins star in shorts by John Patrick Shanley (Oscar, Pulitzer, Tony winner) and Lynn Nottage (Pulitzer Priz...

Bought by KUNM, New Hampshire Public Radio, KFCF FM, KTSW 89.9, KREV-LP and more


  • Added: Mar 26, 2014
  • Length: 53:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Jesse Eisenberg
Two plays starring Jesse Eisenberg, Ed Asner, Adam Driver and Kathleen Turner - one about a dog, and one about a cat. A deposed dictator's beloved ...

Bought by Oregon Public Broadcasting, KUNM, WMPG, KUT, and KZYX


  • Added: Feb 11, 2014
  • Length: 53:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Liv Rooth
A trio of short plays from a master of the medium, David Ives, with an April Fools Day feel to them. First, in SURE THING, a chance meeting between...

Bought by Oregon Public Broadcasting, KZYX, and KUNM


  • Added: Sep 09, 2013
  • Length: 53:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Jesse Eisenberg
In Jesse Eisenberg’s satirical, humorous A Little Part of All of Us with Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Bartha, a young man displays his tenuous hold o...

Bought by Oregon Public Broadcasting, KUNM, and Oregon Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Sep 04, 2013
  • Length: 53:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Amy Ryan
Three short plays, with Amy Ryan, Michael Stuhlbarg and others. In SKIN, romance sparks at the college health clinic where two Bengali students awa...

Bought by KUNM, Red River Radio Network, Oregon Public Broadcasting, XRAY.fm, KUNM and more


  • Added: Aug 02, 2013
  • Length: 53:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Olympia Dukakis
Starring Oscar Winner Olympia Dukakis, There You Are, the first of three short plays portraying the gay experience, is about two widows who meet ag...

Bought by KUPR low power FM, KUNM, KUER, KZYX, Oregon Public Broadcasting and more


  • Added: Apr 27, 2013
  • Length: 53:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Jerry Stiller
There's no business like show business.... In TONY winner Christopher Durang's witty MRS. SORKEN, a wacky theater devotee gets her chance in the s...

Bought by Oregon Public Broadcasting and KUNM


  • Added: Jan 10, 2013
  • Length: 53:00
  • Purchases: 2