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Playing On Air: A Theater Podcast

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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.

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Bringing Back Radio Theater

By 3 LITTLE BIRDS - Feb 20 2019
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I love this podcast. I’ve heard my parents and grandparents talk about crowding around the radio and listening to their programs. Playing on Air is revitalizing this era. It doesn’t hurt that the actors are great and the plays are consistenly good. The after chats with the playwrights are enlightening and enjoyable.

Fantastic!

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

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53 Ratings
Average Ratings
50
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2
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Bringing Back Radio Theater

By 3 LITTLE BIRDS - Feb 20 2019
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I love this podcast. I’ve heard my parents and grandparents talk about crowding around the radio and listening to their programs. Playing on Air is revitalizing this era. It doesn’t hurt that the actors are great and the plays are consistenly good. The after chats with the playwrights are enlightening and enjoyable.

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

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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.

Rank #1: TENNESSEE by John Patrick Shanley

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In Tennessee, a small town 20-year-old wannabe musician (Timothée Chalamet) seeks an escape plan from the town's resident psychic (Caitlin FitzGerald).  Featuring Caitlin FitzGerald who stars as Libby Masters in the television series “Masters of Sex” and in “Rectify.” Her film credits include It’s Complicated, Newlyweds  and Taking WoodstockTennessee also features Timothée Chalamet who starred on Broadway in Mr. Shanley’s play Prodigal Son. His films include Call Me By Your Name, Interstellar and Lady Bird. Lively conversation with playwright/director John Patrick Shanley, Caitlin FitzGerald and Timothée Chalamet follows TennesseeTennessee was recorded and co-presented in front of a live audience at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at New York Public Radio.

Jan 07 2018

23mins

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Rank #2: MISADVENTURE by Donald Margulies

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The police picked up teenage Ethan (Timothée Chalamet) for drunkenly wandering down the highway. Now, he's facing the real reckoning for his Misadventure: the wrath of his big sister (Zoe Kazan.) Playwright Donald Margulies is a Pulitzer Prize winner for Dinner with Friends and a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Sight Unseen and Collected Stories.   Best known for her leading role in The Big Sick, Zoe Kazan has also played on Broadway and off in A Behanding in Spokane and Angels in America, among others. Her film credits include It’s Complicated, happythankyoumoreplease, and Ruby Sparks.  Timothée Chalamet has received Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Call Me By Your Name.  Other screen credits include Lady Bird, InterstellarLove the Coopers, Hot Summer Nights, and "Homeland." He won acclaim on Broadway in John Patrick Shanley’s Prodigal Son. After the play, host Claudia Catania talks shop with the entire creative team.

Feb 25 2018

12mins

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Rank #3: CRAZY EIGHTS by David Lindsay-Abaire (Re-Release)

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Two recovering addicts (Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo) have their Saturday night card game interrupted by a love-struck parole officer (Bobby Cannavale) with major boundary issues.   Written and directed by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Good People), the madcap comedy CRAZY EIGHTS features Emmy winner Bobby Cannavale (Blue Jasmine, “Boardwalk Empire,” PoA's Gun Show), Tony winner John Leguizamo (Latin History for Morons, Ghetto Klown, Moulin Rouge), Oscar nominee Rosie Perez (Do The Right ThingFearless, "The View"), and Kevin Hogan ("Mr. Robot").  Stay tuned after the performance for an interview with David Lindsay-Abaire and the cast, moderated by Artistic Director Claudia Catania.   CRAZY EIGHTS was recorded live at BRIC House in Brooklyn, New York.

Aug 12 2018

32mins

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Rank #4: WOKE by Leland Frankel

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In Leland Frankel's modern comedy WOKE, an aspiring Pakistani-American rapper named Sunny crashes into Rebecca, a misguided activist, and the cop pursuing her across Queens. As Rebecca and Sunny are forced to reckon with race, privilege, and art, WOKE questions whose job it is to change the world - and who gets to. 

Recorded live at Playwrights Horizons and directed by Mimi O'Donnell (Labyrinth Theater, Gimlet Media), WOKE features Craig muMs Grant ("She's Gotta Have It," HBO’s “Oz”), Tracee Chimo (Bad Jews, “Orange is the New Black,” "People of Earth"), and Debargo Sanyal (Venus, Pearl Theatre's Vanity Fair). After the play, stay tuned for an exclusive behind-the-scenes conversation with the artists and host Claudia Catania.

Sep 23 2018

26mins

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Rank #5: THE PHILADELPHIA by David Ives

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In David Ives' short play THE PHILADELPHIA, ordering a sandwich is a challenge of epic proportions – let alone a beer. It features Carson ElrodJenn Harris, and Matthew Saldivar, directed by Tony Award winner John Rando. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with David Ives, John Rando and the 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.

Nov 09 2015

15mins

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Rank #6: REPORT ON MOTHERHOOD by Beth Henley

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For a grammar school assignment a grand-daughter interviews her great-grandma on motherhood. She gets more than she bargained for. Way more. The illustrious Lois Smith (Five Easy Pieces, “True Blood,” The Nice Guys) plays great-grandmother to her real life grand-daughter, Eliana Saxe-Smith. Written by the inimitable Beth Henley (Pulitzer Prize for Crimes of the Heart), 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.

Aug 06 2017

11mins

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Rank #7: NUDITY RIDER by Hamish Linklater

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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.

Jul 28 2019

36mins

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Rank #8: GETTING IN by Frank Gilroy

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In this week's podcast, a short play by Frank Gilroy in which a scrappy GI, gleefully recalls how he went from almost flunking high school to the trenches of WWII to Dartmouth. GETTING IN written by Pulitzer and Tony Award winner, Frank Gilroy, features David Beach, Kim Bendheim, Matthew Cowles, Caroline Gilroy, Michael Godere, Carter Hudson, Lillian Laserson, Thomas Lyons, David Margulies, Fiana Toibin and Jack Wetherall.

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.

Sep 28 2015

32mins

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Rank #9: THE PRESS CONFERENCE by Jessica Dickey

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In The Press Conference by Jessica Dickey, Inner longing and outer reality come to a hilarious head in the form of a chaotic Sheriff's press conference in small town America. Featuring Jay O. Sanders (The Day After Tomorrow, Oliver Stone’s JFK), Will Dagger and Paul Thureen, directed by Judith Ivey (Tony Award winner for Steaming and Hurlyburly). 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.

Oct 23 2016

29mins

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Rank #10: 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 #11: MILTON BRADLEY by Peter Sagal (Re-Release)

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How do you eulogize a woman who everybody hated?    In Peter Sagal's MILTON BRADLEY, Rabbi Schoenberg (Michael Stuhlbarg), faced with this dilemma, turns to a metaphor: the game of Life (the board game, that is).    Featuring Stuhlbarg (Call Me By Your NameThe Shape of Water) and Bob Balaban (Gosford Park, Christopher Guest & Wes Anderson ensemble regular), MILTON BRADLEY is a darkly funny exploration of where we're all headed one day. Stay tuned after the play for a conversation with playwright Peter Sagal (of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! fame).

Mar 10 2019

21mins

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Rank #12: 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 #13: WAKING UP by Cori Thomas

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WAKING UP, a short play by Cori Thomas, juxtaposes an American urbanite and an African villager’s triumph over breast cancer. Featuring Lynnette R. Freeman and Amy Staats. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation between our Artistic Director, Claudia Catania and Cori Thomas.

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.

Oct 27 2015

18mins

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Rank #14: THE HELPERS by Cusi Cram

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What do you do when your former therapist starts talking to a cat that isn't there?

When Nate meets his longtime psychiatrist in the park, he realizes that she may be losing it. With tenderness and humor, Cusi Cram's THE HELPERS asks if we can reconnect with the life-altering figures who were never exactly our friends to begin with. THE HELPERS stars Tony & Emmy winner Jane Alexander (Warm Springs, The Great White Hope) and Peter Jacobson (Dr. Chris Taub on “House,” "The Americans"). After the episode, director Mimi O’Donnell (Executive Director, Scripted at Gimlet), Cram, and the cast join host Claudia Catania to discuss pet loyalty, funding for theater, and the art of costume design.

Mar 24 2019

29mins

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Rank #15: 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 #16: DRUNK CHRISTMAS by James McLindon

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In James McLindon’s DRUNK CHRISTMAS, a teenage runaway and a swerving mom crash into each other on Christmas Eve; the night ahead is anything but silent. An unorthodox holiday parable, DRUNK CHRISTMAS stars Tony winner Elizabeth Ashley (Ocean's 8, The Carpetbaggers) and Susannah Perkins (NetworkThe Wolves). After the play, director Michael Wilson (The Trip to BountifulThe Best Man) and the creative team join host Claudia Catania for a behind-the-scenes interview. 

Dec 09 2018

20mins

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Rank #17: CARRY THE ZERO by Christopher Sullivan

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CARRY THE ZERO "gets the awkwardness of teenage hookup culture squeamishly right" (NY Times). 

Mark and Nicole just had sex for the first time, and now they're facing the long, embarrassing drive back to Nicole's house. Directed by John Giampietro, Christopher Sullivan's short play stars David Gelles (Graceland at LCT3, NBC's "Deception") and Arielle Goldman ("The Knick," "The Marvelous Ms. Maisel") in an intimate and brutally funny look back at sexual awakening in the age of instant messenger and indie rock. 

This episode contains adult themes that may not be suitable for some younger listeners. 

Jan 13 2019

26mins

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Rank #18: HEDGEHOG YEARS by Lily Akerman

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"Any words spoken by hedgehogs in this play are in translation. Please note that all translations are betrayals..."   Emmy winner Carol Kane (The Princess Bride, Hester Street, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt") and Tony nominee Jeremy Shamos ("Better Call Saul," Clybourne Park) star in Lily Akerman's Hedgehog Years, the second place winner of Playing on Air's 2018 James Stevenson Prize. When he was five, Theo (Shamos) met his best friend: an excitable hedgehog (Kane) who loves leftovers and longs to go to summer camp. Now, sifting through his memories, Theo must try to make sense of the days when he ran away from home and started living like an animal. Mischievous and heartbreaking, Hedgehog Years is an adventure for anyone who's ever ached to return to childhood. After the play, Tony winner and director Judith Ivey joins the cast, Akerman, and host Claudia Catania to discuss imagination and animal instincts.

May 26 2019

26mins

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Rank #19: RULES OF COMEDY by Patricia Cotter

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Caroline can't find anything funny -- not her awkward love life, not her jaded standup coach Guy, and definitely not the punchlines she's been reading in 101 Dirty Jokes. 

Originally produced at the Humana Festival at the Actors Theater of Louisville, Patricia Cotter's RULES OF COMEDY is a playful, wry look at the lives of comedians when they dare to go offstage and off script. Directed by Jonathan Bernstein, Cotter's short comedy stars Louisa Krause (The Flick, Billions, PoA's Winter Gamesand Michael Esper (Trust, The Last Ship, PoA's Anniversary). After the play, stay tuned for an artist interview about the playwright's background in comedy, avoiding the pull towards bitterness, and toeing the line with your material. 

"Cotter's script is lush with the knowledge of standup comedy... this play is a scream" - Todd Zeigler, Broadway World Reviews

Dec 23 2018

24mins

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Rank #20: DAMAGE CONTROL by David Auburn

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In the comic Damage Control, a political operative has a public relations nightmare on his hands as he preps a scandal-plagued politician to meet the press. Damage Control by Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn (Proof), features Jay O. Sanders ("True Detective") and Joey Slotnick ("Nip/Tuck"). It was recorded live at BRIC Arts Media House in downtown Brooklyn. Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation with with the cast and playwright, 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.

Jan 22 2017

21mins

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