Playing on Air Singles [8-35 minute short plays, plus interviews]

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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.

PLAYING ON AIR FULL EPISODES (53 Minutes)

PLAYING ON AIR SINGLES (10 - 42 Minutes including optional interview)

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. They enjoy a variety of voices and styles in one show. Plus, after hearing the artists perform, they get to hear all the artists converse about what just went down.

Our contemporary shorts 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 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.

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.

A short can be anywhere from 6 to 40 minutes! Original music, and polished, subtle sound design are composed for every bite-sized but beautifully crafted piece.

After hearing a 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.

PLAYING ON AIR FULL EPISODES (53 Minutes)

PLAYING ON AIR SINGLES (10 - 42 Minutes including optional interview)

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PLAYING ON AIR FULL EPISODES (53 Minutes)PLAYING ON AIR SINGLES (10 - 42 Minutes including optional interview) 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. They enjoy a variety of voices and styles in one show. Plus, after hearing the artists perform, they get to hear all the artists converse about what just went down. Our contemporary shorts 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,... Show full description


60 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Ciaran Hinds
In TWO CROWS APART a couple braces themselves for unwanted houseguests, political correctness, and a murder of crows. Starring Ciaran Hinds (Harry ...

  • Added: Jan 30, 2018
  • Length: 22:11
Caption: Julia Cho, Credit: Zack DeZon
Cora and Dave Are Getting Older a young woman has returned from a dinner out with friends and confides in her husband she fears she doesn’t measure...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: Jan 30, 2018
  • Length: 21:05
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: April Matthis
The 1840s South. In the thick plantation air, two enslaved sisters spin a poetry of escape. Today’s the day: Field Girl is making her run for freed...

  • Added: Jan 29, 2018
  • Length: 20:56
Caption: Bobby Cannavale
Featuring Emmy winners Bobby Cannavale and Martha Plimpton, and recorded live on stage at Playwrights Horizons, the entertaining and timely GUN SHO...

Bought by KUER


  • Added: Jan 29, 2018
  • Length: 32:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Scott Adsit
In Alan Zweibel’s short play Happy, a baseball fan (Scott Adsit of “30 Rock” and “Veep”) makes a pilgrimage to the home of a former baseball star w...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: Jan 29, 2018
  • Length: 34:01
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Brad Bellamy
"[A]s funny a 20 minutes as you’re likely to see in a theater, thanks to a spectacular performance by Brad Bellamy as a football coach who recently...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: Jan 29, 2018
  • Length: 19:02
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Tracee Chimo
In Leland Frankel’s modern comedy WOKE, an aspiring Pakistani-American rapper crashes into a young activist and the cop pursuing her. Featuring Cra...

  • Added: Jan 29, 2018
  • Length: 26:25
Caption: Callie Thorne
Starring Jeremy Shamos and Callie Thorne, in the short-play At The Water’s Edge, Wet, a Production Stage Manager and his Sound and Light Board oper...

  • Added: Jan 29, 2018
  • Length: 20:18
Caption: John Douglas Thompson
Sam Waterston and John Douglas Thompson star in this offering from Playing on Air. In the short play, A Man of His Time, a descendant of Supreme Co...

Bought by KZYX and KVSC


  • Added: Jan 29, 2018
  • Length: 32:06
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Len Cariou
In Andy Reynolds' A Departure, a father and son (stage legend Len Cariou and ”Ugly Betty’s” Michael Urie) bond in the most unlikely of places - an ...

  • Added: Jan 29, 2018
  • Length: 28:15
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
Caption: Michael Stuhlbarg
Amy Ryan and Michael Stuhlbarg star in You Belong to Me by Daniel Reitz. Two old friends from grad school, played by Amy Ryan ( Gone, Baby, Gone) a...

  • Added: Aug 04, 2016
  • Length: 17:49
Caption: James Lescene
Starring James Lecesne, Elizabeth is a short play about a son moving back in with his mother after his divorce. Written by David Cale, it features ...

  • Added: Aug 04, 2016
  • Length: 14:23
Caption: Jesse Eisenberg
THE BLIZZARD, a mystery thriller, features Jesse Eisenberg as a snowed-in screenwriter surprised by menacing, creepy unexpected guests and it's not...

  • Added: Jul 27, 2016
  • Length: 19:27
Caption: Arnie Burton
In THE GOODNESS OF YOUR HEART, a friendship is put to the test over 900 dollars, and change. It features Arnie Burton (39 Steps) and Rick Holmes (S...

  • Added: Jun 24, 2016
  • Length: 27:33
Caption: Kelly Hitchinson
In IT'S ALL GOOD by David Ives, a Chicago native visits his hometown and meets his past. Featuring Carson Elrod, Rick Holmes and Kelly Hutchinson, ...

  • Added: Jun 24, 2016
  • Length: 25:00
Caption: Marsha Mason
Starring Marsha Mason and Steven Boyer. In the short comedy, TASHA WALKS, a young man (Steven Boyer, Tony nominee for HAND TO GOD, NBC's "Trial & E...

  • Added: Jun 23, 2016
  • Length: 16:14
Caption: Lisa Emery
In A BETROTHAL by Pulitzer Prize winner Lanford Wilson, two middle-aged iris breeders bicker - and bond - at a flower breeders' competition. Perfor...

  • Added: Jun 23, 2016
  • Length: 36:09
Caption: Liv Rooth
In David Ives’ fantastical The End of Travel, a young woman seeks a travel agent and journeys to the end of the line. The play features Liv Rooth a...

  • Added: Jun 23, 2016
  • Length: 12:48