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Playing On Air: A Theater Podcast

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Rank #32 in Performing Arts category

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Hear short, contemporary stage plays with first-rate casts. Playing on Air brings together award winners and emerging young talent, and each play is followed by a conversation with the playwrights and cast. Tune in for great American plays with great American actors, hosted and produced by Claudia Catania.

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Hear short, contemporary stage plays with first-rate casts. Playing on Air brings together award winners and emerging young talent, and each play is followed by a conversation with the playwrights and cast. Tune in for great American plays with great American actors, hosted and produced by Claudia Catania.

iTunes Ratings

87 Ratings
Average Ratings
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Refreshing

By Niffuh - May 17 2020
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Just discovered this and already am addicted. Thank you so much for allowing me another way to exercise my mind during this bizarre time spent in isolation.

Fantastic!

By Atopthefence - Dec 08 2016
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Absolutely fantastic show. Must listen!

iTunes Ratings

87 Ratings
Average Ratings
79
3
3
1
1

Refreshing

By Niffuh - May 17 2020
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Just discovered this and already am addicted. Thank you so much for allowing me another way to exercise my mind during this bizarre time spent in isolation.

Fantastic!

By Atopthefence - Dec 08 2016
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Absolutely fantastic show. Must listen!
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Playing On Air: A Theater Podcast

Latest release on May 24, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: SOMETHING I'LL TELL YOU TUESDAY by John Guare

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It’s spring in Hell’s Kitchen in Something I’ll Tell You Tuesday by Tony winner John Guare (Six Degrees of Separation) and family members don't seem to be facing the real crisis at hand. It features theater luminaries Lois Smith (Grapes of Wrath), Peter Maloney (Requiem for a Dream), Julie White (The Little Dog Laughed), Jeremy Shamos (Clybourne Park), and as the nosy neighbor, Carol Kane ("Taxi," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"). Directed by Tony winner Doug Hughes. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the artists moderated by our Artistic Director Claudia Catania.

Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.

Aug 28 2016

34mins

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Rank #2: THE CLAM by Amanda Quaid

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Tony Shalhoub and Kristine Nielsen star in Amanda Quaid’s THE CLAM, the Second Place winner of Playing on Air’s 2019 James Stevenson Prize competition. 

After a lifetime of playing it safe , a wistful clam (Shalhoub) decides to come out of his shell with help from a therapist (Nielsen). His friends are disappearing without a trace, he’s lost touch with thousands of his children, and he’s desperate for a pearl to call his own. Alternately tongue-in-cheek and deeply identifiable, THE CLAM is a comedy for anyone who’s ever felt adrift in their search for happiness. 

Tony nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Broadway’s Bernhardt/Hamlet, Hand to God) directs Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe winner Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” The Band’s Visit, “Monk”) and Tony nominee Nielsen (Gary: A Sequel to Titus Androninus, PoA’s Wildwood Park). The opening episode of PoA’s 2020 Spring Season, THE CLAM was recorded live at New York’s Pershing Square Signature Center. 

Apr 05 2020

24mins

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Rank #3: FIFTH PLANET by David Auburn

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In David Auburn’s Fifth Planet, a professional astronomer played by Amy Ryan (BirdmanGone, Baby, Gone; “The Wire,” “In Treatment,” “The Office”) and an amateur astronomer (Bobby Moreno, Year of the Rooster) hazard a friendship and learn more about Jupiter than they bargained for. David Auburn directs. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the artists moderated by founding Artistic Director Claudia Catania. 

Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.

Jun 26 2016

39mins

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Rank #4: LAST NIGHT IN THE GARDEN I SAW YOU by John Patrick Shanley

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"If I gave you my heart, that would be the knife."

With one hop of the fence, a star-crossed lover (Emmy nominee Rupert Friend) storms back into the life of the married woman (Golden Globe winner Michelle Williams) he deserted. Hovering on the brink, will they bite into the forbidden fruit - or dare each other to walk away for good?

Starring Michelle Williams (Manchester by the SeaMy Week with MarilynThe Greatest ShowmanBlue Valentine) and Rupert Friend (Pride and Prejudice, "Homeland," The Young Victoria), LAST NIGHT IN THE GARDEN I SAW YOU is written and directed by Pulitzer Prize & Tony winner John Patrick Shanley (DoubtProdigal SonMoonstruck). After the play, host Claudia Catania joins the artists to discuss rapid-fire theater, risk, and the battlefield of love. 

Sep 09 2018

29mins

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Rank #5: ST. FRANCIS PREACHES TO THE BIRDS by David Ives

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In this week's podcast, two vultures have a bone to pick with Saint Francis. St. Francis Preaches To The Birds by David Ives, features Carson Elrod (Peter and the Starcatcher), Julie Halston (Vampire Lesbians of Sodom), Matthew Saldivar (Peter and the Starcatcher), and Lois Smith (East of Eden, Five Easy Pieces); directed by Tony Award winner, John Rando. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the artists, moderated by founding Artistic Director Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.

Aug 14 2016

32mins

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Rank #6: BANSHEE by John Patrick Shanley (Rerelease)

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Tony, Oscar and Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Moonstruck, Outside Mullingar) writes and directs this short play about a banshee, a fantastical Irish spirit. In it, she pays an ailing teacher a visit and makes him an ​otherworldly proposal. ​It features Geraldine Hughes (​Jerusalem, ​Gran Torino, Rocky Balboa) and Aidan Quinn (“Elementary,” Michael Collins, Desperately Seeking Susan). Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with playwright and actors, and catch some surprising answers from this Irish cast. Interview moderated by Producing Artistic Director, Claudia Catania.

Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.

Mar 12 2017

25mins

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Rank #7: THE OTHER WOMAN by David Ives

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In The Other Woman by David Ives, an insomniac writer experiences a different side of his wife after darkness falls. It features Laila Robins ("Homeland"; Planes, Trains & Automobiles) and Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll and HydeSpider-Man: Turn Off the Dark). Directed by Tony Award winner, John Rando. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the playwright, David Ives, and Producing Artistic Director, Claudia Catania.

Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.

Feb 12 2017

23mins

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Rank #8: BREAKFAST AT THE TRACK by Lanford Wilson

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A morning person and a night owl make for a mixed marriage in this week's podcast, Breakfast at the Track by Lanford Wilson. Featuring Jeanine Serralles (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Lorenzo Pisoni (The Explorers Club at MTC), directed by Caitriona McLaughlin. Recorded live at BRIC Arts Media in downtown Brooklyn, stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the artists moderated by founding Artistic Director Claudia Catania.

Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the artists moderated by founding Artistic Director Claudia Catania. Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.

Jul 10 2016

16mins

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Rank #9: THE FINAL INTERROGATION OF CEAUSESCU'S DOG by Warren Leight

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A deposed dictator’s beloved pet answers to the disenfranchised population of Romania in The Final Interrogation of Ceausescu’s Dog by Warren Leight. Featuring Ed Asner (UP, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show") as Dog and Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, The Spoils - playwright) as the Interrogator. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with with Ed Asner and Warren Leight, moderated by our Artistic Director, Claudia Catania.

Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.

Nov 17 2016

10mins

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Rank #10: BITE THE HAND by Ara Watson

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A young woman ‘of ill repute' is grabbing a chance at marriage when a client shows up with some jaw-dropping news. Oscar-winner Chris Cooper, Emmy-winner Margo Martindale and Broadway's Liv Rooth (Venus in Fur) star in Bite the Hand, Ara Watson's potent classic, directed by Tony-winner Doug Hughes. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation moderated by our Producing Artistic Director, Claudia Catania.

Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.

Jul 23 2017

31mins

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Rank #11: MY HUSBAND by Paul Rudnick

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A wedding isn't a competition - until the mothers get involved.    After gay marriage is legalized in New York, one meddling matriarch will stop at nothing to get her son to the altar. Starring Michael Urie (Broadway's Torch Song, "Ugly Betty," PoA's A Departure) and Tony winner Harriet Harris ("Frasier," "Desperate Housewives," Phantom Thread), MY HUSBAND by Paul Rudnick (The New Yorker, the upcoming The Devil Wears Prada musical) is directed by Claudia Weill (Girlfriends, HBO's "Girls," PoA's Hate Baby). After the short comedy, host Claudia Catania joins the artists for a behind-the-scenes discussion.    MY HUSBAND was recorded live at BRIC House in Brooklyn, New York.

Jul 14 2019

19mins

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Rank #12: A BETROTHAL by Lanford Wilson

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A BETROTHAL brings you into the cutthroat world of iris breeding, where delicacy meets domination. Lanford Wilson's classic brings us two competitors, two irises--and one ingenious chance to win. Performed by Lisa Emery (Broadway - Casa Valentina) and Frank Wood (Tony for Side-Man); directed by Bruce McCarty. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation moderated by our Producing Artistic Director, Claudia Catania. Recorded live at BRIC Arts Media House in Downtown Brooklyn. Original music by Tom Kochan. And thank you, Tanya Berezin!

Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.

Jul 09 2017

36mins

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Rank #13: A MAN OF HIS TIME by Kate T. Billingsley

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In A Man of His Time by Kate T. Billingsley, a descendant of Supreme Court Chief Justice Taney (who handed down the disastrous 1857 Dred Scott decision) invites a descendant of Dred Scott to meet him at a highway diner halfway between Virginia and Vermont. Scott shows up.

It stars Sam Waterston (The Killing Fields, “Law and Order,” “The Newsroom,” “Grace and Frankie”) as the contemporary Taney and the acclaimed stage star John Douglas Thompson (Satchmo at the Waldorf, The Emperor Jones, Othello) as the contemporary Scott. Estelle Parsons (Oscar win for Bonnie and Clyde, “Roseanne,” August, Osage County) directs. It is written by Kate T. Billingsley and recorded and co-presented at the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at New York Public Radio. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation moderated by our Producing Artistic Director, Claudia Catania.

Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.

Jun 11 2017

32mins

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Rank #14: POOF! by Lynn Nottage (Re-Release)

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Loureen is at the end of her rope. And now, she's just turned her husband into a pile of ashes. As Lynn Nottage's funny and wrenching POOF! opens, Loureen (Audra McDonald) has inadvertently made her abusive husband (Keith Randolph Smith) disappear. Enter her friend and neighbor Florence (Tonya Pinkins) to help her pick up the pieces and begin to imagine a life post-Samuel. Directed by Seret Scott, POOF! features Tony Award winners Audra McDonald (Porgy and BessLady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill) and Tonya Pinkins (Jelly's Last Jam; Caroline, or Change). Following the play, the 2-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright (SweatRuined) joins host Claudia Catania for a conversation about POOF!'s origins - and how she almost never became a playwright.

Jan 27 2019

26mins

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Rank #15: IT'S ALL GOOD by David Ives

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In IT'S ALL GOOD, a short play by a master of the form, David Ives (Venus In Fur, All in the Timing), a Chicago native visits his hometown and encounters his past. Directed by Tony Award winner John Rando, IT'S ALL GOOD features Carson ElrodRick Holmes and Kelly Hutchinson. As you'll hear, this is a four character play, but at the last minute, one stellar actress was struck down by extreme flu and Kelly valiantly assumed both roles! Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation moderated by our Producing Artistic Director, Claudia Catania.

Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.

Apr 23 2017

25mins

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Rank #16: 52ND TO BOWERY TO COBBLE HILL, IN BROOKLYN by Chiara Atik

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"I just don't like you very much... Just. Middle of the road not liking you, I think."   In Chiara Atik's 52nd to Bowery to Cobble Hill, in Brooklyn, Halle is taking a late-night cab ride through Manhattan with her bubbly acquaintance Alison. Halle didn't mean to blurt out how she really feels about their "friendship," but now they're stuck in traffic on Broadway and 4th, dealing with it. Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt (Colt Coeur), Atik's modern comedy features Molly Bernard ("Transparent," "Younger") and Sue Jean Kim (Bachelorette, Playwrights Horizons, Public Theater).

Feb 10 2019

24mins

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Rank #17: NUDITY RIDER by Hamish Linklater (Re-Release)

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We're re-releasing 5 of our most popular episodes for a 2020 fresh start!  (Psst: keep your eyes open for an exciting announcement, coming soon...)

Michael C. Hall ("Dexter," Hedwig and The Angry Inch), Martha Plimpton ("The Good Wife," PoA's Gun Show), and actor-playwright Hamish Linklater (The Big Short, "Legion") star in NUDITY RIDER, a world-premiere comedy by Linklater. The cameras are ready to roll on the set of a New Orleans basic cable show, but the high-strung leading man, Keith Saturday, has a problem: his most up-close-and-personal scene has been unexpectedly rescheduled for today. And he's been eating. A lot. Now, an incisive production assistant (Hall) and no-nonsense makeup artist (Plimpton) must battle the clock - and assuage Saturday's ego - to save the shoot. After the episode, host Claudia Catania joins the cast and director Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Broadway's Hand to God, Bernhardt/Hamlet) for an in-studio interview about writing for radio and what it takes to be a successful actor. NUDITY RIDER is presented with the support of Fred Wistow.

Feb 09 2020

36mins

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Rank #18: TWO JEWISH MEN IN THEIR SEVENTIES by Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros

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In Two Jewish Men In Their Seventies, by pulitzer nominated playwright Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros, comedians Jerry Stiller ("Seinfeld", "The King of Queens") and Bob Dishy (Sly Fox, Along Came Polly) carry on as they play two old friends visiting a new holocaust museum. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with with the playwright, moderated by our Host, Claudia Catania.

Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.

Apr 09 2017

15mins

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Rank #19: SKIN by Naveen Choudhury

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In this week's Short Play Podcast Skin by Naveen Choudhury, romance sparks at the college health clinic, and a student sings in Bengali to win over a fellow co-ed. Featuring Vandit Bhatt, and Nitya Vidyasagar ("Sesame Street"). Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the playwright moderated by founding Artistic Director Claudia Catania.

Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.

Jul 24 2016

14mins

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Rank #20: THE MIRACLE OF CHANUKAH by Sheri Wilner (Re-release)

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In The Miracle of Chanukah by Sheri Wilner, a holiday guest’s personal miracle throws a family for a loop. Featuring Zach Appelman, Peter Friedman, Judy Gold (Emmy Award), Marcia Jean Kurtz and Lisa Joyce. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with the playwright and cast.

Playing on Air is a public radio show and podcast featuring great American short plays with great American actors. We distribute audio productions of contemporary short plays, translating stage works into enduring modern radio theater. We aim to redefine radio drama for today's digital, mobile audience.

Dec 11 2016

17mins

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