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
46 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: Bill Irwin
Starring Bill Irwin, Steven Boyer, Len Cariou, Michael Urie. A FATHER’S LOVE celebrates the unbreakable bond that exists between fathers and childr...

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, KUNM, WHRV, and Georgia Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Oct 02, 2017
  • Length: 53:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Michelle Williams
Starring Michelle Williams, Rupert Friend, Caitlin FitzGerald, Timothee Chalamet; RENDEZ-VOUS WITH JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY delivers two thought provok...

Bought by KUNM and WHRV


  • Added: Aug 28, 2017
  • Length: 53:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Callie Thorne
Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda, offers two romantic comedies with questionable romance! In At The Water’s Edge, Wet, a Production Stage Manager and his S...

Bought by KUNM, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and WHRV


  • Added: Jul 05, 2017
  • Length: 53:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Timothee Chalamet
Timothee Chalamet, Zoe Kazan, Ciaran Hinds, Geraldine Hughes star in three humorous shorts in which love trumps panic, insecurity and anxiety! In ...

Bought by Georgia Public Broadcasting, WNPR, and KUNM


  • Added: Jun 01, 2017
  • Length: 53:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Scott Adsit
Comedy writer all-star, Alan Zweibel (“SNL,” Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays), and young comedy writer MVP, Jon Kern (“The Simps...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN, WNPR, and KUNM


  • Added: Mar 23, 2017
  • Length: 53:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: John Douglas Thompson
Sam Waterston and John Douglas Thompson star in this offering from Playing on Air. It features two short plays about American Black History. In th...

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, WNPR, KUT, and KUNM


  • Added: Feb 28, 2017
  • Length: 53:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Jane Alexander
Jane Alexander, Peter Jacobson, Amy Ryan and Michael Stuhlbarg star in two short, touching and humorous plays about stepping up when you are neede...

Bought by WHRV, KUNM, and Oregon Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Nov 02, 2016
  • Length: 53:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Stephen Lang
"One of the richest, most complex pieces of acting I've seen in my theater going life." The Wall Street Journal "As starkly moving as taps at dusk...

Bought by KUNM, Red River Radio Network, WHRV, and Oregon Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Oct 27, 2016
  • Length: 53:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Ed Asner
Starring Ed Asner and Jesse Eisenberg, in The Final Interrogation of Ceausescu’s Dog, a deposed dictator’s beloved pet answers to the disenfranchis...

Bought by KZYX and KZYX


  • Added: Aug 04, 2016
  • Length: 10:25
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Jesse Eisenberg
Jesse Eisenberg is both playwright and actor in this satirical short play about an anxious young hipster absurdly co-opting the tragedy of Septembe...

  • Added: Aug 04, 2016
  • Length: 16:49