Playing on Air, a new public radio show that features short stage plays performed by great American actors, is now available online for listening, streaming and downloading. Below, get a preview by listening to a full episode, "Maybe Not", which includes two plays: Open Arms by Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros and Bite the Hand by Ara Watson, and a ten minute play called Skin by Naveen Bahar Choudhury!
Playing on Air features 10-20 minute plays by theater's best writers, including Christopher Durang (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike), David Ives (All In The Timing), Peter Sagal (Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!) among others and performed by celebrated actors including Academy Award and Tony Award winners: Julie White (NBC's Go On), Chris Cooper (Adaptation), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Adam Driver (HBO's Girls) and Mamie Gummer (CW's Emily Owens, M.D.).
Episodes are available any time on the website, playingonair.org and are also available on podcast via RSS or iTunes. Playing on Air recently joined PRX, a public radio exchange that allows over 200 public radio stations nationwide to access our content for broadcast on their stations. We also air on WAMC Northeast Public Radio; a consortium of eleven public radio stations in seven states. Altogether, the program has served 1.2 million unique listeners, thus far.
Playing on Air is a 53-minute public radio program that features two or three short stage plays performed and recorded for radio. Each episode presents plays that work together to form a thematically cohesive whole. Every 10 to 20minute play is immediately followed by an interview with its playwright, director or cast.
Playing on Air is the brainchild of its producer and host, Claudia Catania. After stints as an actress and then as Associate Publisher of Applause Theatre & Cinema books; Claudia was Executive Producer of The New Group, a notforprofit offBroadway theater company, from 1993 to 1999. There she produced 16 plays including Mike Leigh's Ecstasy and Kenneth Lonergan's This is Our Youth. She has since produced documentaries and the New York run and national tour of the play,TRUMBO, about the blacklisted screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo, which initially launched with Ed Harris, opened with Nathan Lane off-Broadway and toured nationally with Brian Dennehy.