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


58 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Michael Stuhlbarg, Credit: Daniel Bergeron
Starring Michael Stuhlbarg (Call Me By Your Name) and Amy Ryan (Gone, Baby, Gone). In Closing Costs by Arlene Hutton, a real estate broker hits thr...

  • Added: Mar 01, 2018
  • Length: 23:17
Caption: Jane Alexander
Staring Jane Alexander and Peter Jacobson. In THE HELPERS by Cusi Cram, a former client steps up to help his therapist after seeing her talking to...

  • Added: Mar 01, 2018
  • Length: 29:23
Caption: Vernon Baker
First Lieutenant Vernon Baker received the Medal of Honor for his actions during World War II, April 1945, near Viareggio, in Tuscany, Italy and Ca...

  • Added: Mar 01, 2018
  • Length: 34:20
Caption: John William Finn
Chief Petty Officer John William Finn was stationed at Naval Base Kaneohe Bay on the morning of Sunday, December 7, 1941, when Pearl Harbor was att...

  • Added: Mar 01, 2018
  • Length: 18:46
Caption: Lucy DeVito
In 1933, a young Jewish immigrant returns to his Polish hometown in search of a wife and sets his sights on Chava, a savvy shopgirl. Written by Car...

Bought by KUER


  • Added: Feb 28, 2018
  • Length: 18:21
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Rachel Bonds
As stray cats prowl and dough rises, two sardonic twenty-somethings flirt with dreams of Olympic glory - or maybe just escape from the small town b...

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  • Added: Feb 28, 2018
  • Length: 15:27
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Elizabeth Ashley
Starring Tony winner Elizabeth Ashley, DRUNK CHRISTMAS tells the tale of a teenage runaway and a swerving mother crashing into each other on Christ...

  • Added: Feb 28, 2018
  • Length: 20:48
Caption: Peter Gallagher
Bobby Cannavale and Peter Gallagher star in this short about fatherhood. In the comic and heartbreaking 2 Dads by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award win...

Bought by KUER


  • Added: Feb 26, 2018
  • Length: 21:39
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Clarence Sasser
The story of Clarence Sasser is a portrait from Stephen Lang's one-man show, Beyond Glory, based on the book by Larry Smith of the same title. He p...

  • Added: Feb 23, 2018
  • Length: 15:14
Caption: Hector Cafferata
The story of Hector Cafferata is a portrait from Stephen Lang's one-man show, Beyond Glory, based on the book by Larry Smith of the same title. He ...

  • Added: Feb 23, 2018
  • Length: 22:01
Caption: Nick Bacon
The story of Nick Bacon is a portrait from Stephen Lang's one-man show, Beyond Glory, based on the book by Larry Smith of the same title. He portra...

  • Added: Feb 23, 2018
  • Length: 16:50
Caption: Jay O. Sanders
In The Press Conference by Jessica Dickey, everyone reveals a bit more of their true selves when a Sheriff's public press conference about a myster...

Bought by KUER


  • Added: Feb 23, 2018
  • Length: 29:04
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Brandon Dirden
In The Wonderful Thanksgiving Violet by Max Baker, two brothers struggle with life’s great fears: death, guilt, and spouses. With Brandon Dirden (A...

  • Added: Feb 23, 2018
  • Length: 24:18
Caption: Jay O. Sanders
In James McLindon’s I Don’t Know, an old school drill sergeant is faulted by his new recruits and desperately, hysterically longs for the time when...

  • Added: Jan 30, 2018
  • Length: 23:39
Caption: Steven Boyer
Starring comic legend Bill Irwin, Tony Nominee Steven Boyer, Broadway stars Len Cariou and Michael Urie. In I LOVE YOU by Lynn Rosen, a struggling ...

  • Added: Jan 30, 2018
  • Length: 24:14
Caption: Kate Robin
In Kate Robin's Inside Voice, two parents watching their toddlers having fun in an indoor playground take on the big wide world beyond. Hear an exc...

  • Added: Jan 30, 2018
  • Length: 33:45
Caption: Timothée Chalamet
Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) and Zoe Kazan (The Big Sick) star in Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies' Misadventure. In ...

  • Added: Jan 30, 2018
  • Length: 12:12
Caption: Geraldine Hughes
In The Mandela Effect, written and directed by Max Baker, an actress is convinced that the present is no longer in sync with the past and she has a...

  • Added: Jan 30, 2018
  • Length: 29:15
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...

  • Added: Jan 30, 2018
  • Length: 21:05