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: Arielle Goldman
CARRY THE ZERO "gets the awkwardness of teenage hookup culture squeamishly right" (NY Times). In this moving short play, sex, peer pressure, and so...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2016
  • Length: 26:24
Caption: Lucy DeVito
Take radars, magnetrons, and dielectric heating; add two teenagers; mix and get lots of heat in this funny short about a teenage first date. Winner...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2016
  • Length: 25:55
Caption: Sarah Sokolovic
ANNIVERSARY by Rachel Bonds, a comic drama about a young, grieving woman who finds love again. Featuring Michael Esper (The Last Ship, A Beautiful ...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2016
  • Length: 21:24
Caption: Jane Kaczmarek
Napoleon in Exile by Daniel Reitz, is a humorous and touching piece about a single mother and her young adult son who has ASD (Autistic Spectrum Di...

Bought by KUER


  • Added: Jun 15, 2016
  • Length: 38:26
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Lois Smith
Starring Carol Kane, Julie White, Lois Smith; written by Tony winner John Guare; directed by Tony winner Doug Hughes is Something I’ll Tell You Tue...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2016
  • Length: 34:03
Caption: Steven Boyer
In Holly Walter Kerby’s Attention, Amber (Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger) is bummed out that her boyfriend has visited his family without her. Sh...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2016
  • Length: 17:56
Caption: Michael Urie
Starring Harriet Harris and Michael Urie. After gay marriage is legalized in New York, one mother will stop at nothing to get her son to the altar....

  • Added: May 18, 2016
  • Length: 19:52
Caption: Tonya Pinkins
In Forward Observer, Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins plays a harried VA hospital clerk. An elderly World War II veteran is giving her a hard time a...

  • Added: May 18, 2016
  • Length: 22:29
Caption: Rosie Perez
In Crazy Eights, a short play by David Lindsay-Abaire, recovering drug addicts (Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo) have their Saturday night card game ru...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: May 18, 2016
  • Length: 32:14
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jodi Long
Dear Kenneth Blake by Jacquelyn Reingold features Matthew Cowles and Jodi Long in a moving romance between a Cambodian refugee and a homeless man.

  • Added: May 18, 2016
  • Length: 20:23