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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.

Playing On Air: Short Audio Plays Playing on Air

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 158 Ratings

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.

    EVENING AT ANAHEIM by James Stevenson (Summer 2022 Re-Release)

    EVENING AT ANAHEIM by James Stevenson (Summer 2022 Re-Release)

    From brilliant New Yorker cartoonist, illustrator, and children's book author James Stevenson comes this darkly hilarious reimagining of iconic animated characters - now "over the hill" and waiting out their golden years at a seedy retirement community in Los Angeles.  
    Directed by Tony nominee Dana Ivey (The Last Night of Ballyhoo, "Boardwalk Empire"), EVENING AT ANAHEIM features Richard Kind (The Producers, "Spin City", "American Dad!"), Karen Ziemba (Tony winner for Contact), Emily Bergl ("Gilmore Girls," Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Brandon Uranowitz (Falsettos), Carson Elrod (Peter and the Starcatcher), Peter Maloney (Requiem for a Dream), and Tom Alan Robbins (The Lion King). Stay tuned after the play for a high spirited conversation with the cast, director, and Playing on Air founder and consulting director Claudia Catania.
    EVENING AT ANAHEIM was co-presented with Playwrights Horizons and recorded live in New York City.

    • 37 min
    TENNESSEE by John Patrick Shanley (Summer 2022 Re-Release)

    TENNESSEE by John Patrick Shanley (Summer 2022 Re-Release)

    In Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley's TENNESSEE, a wannabe musician seeking an escape plan and a glimpse at his future approaches a dissatisfied woman who's blessed, and possibly cursed, with the power of foresight. 

    The audio play stars Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet (our audio production of MISADVENTURE, Dune, Beautiful Boy, Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird, and Shanley's Prodigal Son on Broadway) and Caitlin FitzGerald (“Succession,” “Masters of Sex," It's Complicated). 

    Stay tuned after the play for a spirited behind-the-scenes conversation with playwright/director John Patrick Shanley (BANSHEE, LAST NIGHT IN THE GARDEN I SAW YOU, Doubt, Outside Mullingar), Caitlin FitzGerald, Timothée Chalamet, and founder and consulting director Claudia Catania. TENNESSEE was recorded and co-presented in front of a live audience at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at New York Public Radio.

    • 23 min
    BANSHEE by John Patrick Shanley (Summer 2022 Re-Release)

    BANSHEE by John Patrick Shanley (Summer 2022 Re-Release)

    Anything can happen when you leave your window open on a warm night. Tony, Oscar and Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Moonstruck, Outside Mullingar) wrote and directed this week's summer re-release about a curious banshee, a fantastical Irish spirit, who pays an ailing teacher a visit and makes him an otherworldly proposal.
    The mystical comedy features Geraldine Hughes (THE MANDELA EFFECT, TWO CROWS APART, Jerusalem, Gran Torino) and Aidan Quinn (“Elementary,” Michael Collins, Desperately Seeking Susan).
    Stay tuned after the performance for a conversation between the playwright, actors, and founder and consulting director Claudia Catania that includes a few delightfully surprising responses. 

    • 25 min
    BITE THE HAND by Ara Watson (Summer Re-Release 2022)

    BITE THE HAND by Ara Watson (Summer Re-Release 2022)

    In this week's summer re-release, we're doing a bit of time travel. It’s a balmy night in the post-WWII Ozarks, and a young woman is leaving behind her life as a "lady of the evening" for an offer of marriage. Then a client shows up with some jaw-dropping news.

    Oscar-winner Chris Cooper (A Doll’s House, Part 2, Adaptation, American Beauty), Emmy-winner Margo Martindale (“The Good Wife”, "The Americans," "Justified") and Broadway’s Liv Rooth (SURE THING, To Kill a Mockingbird, Venus in Fur) star in BITE THE HAND, Ara Watson’s (A Different Moon) potent classic, directed by Tony Award-winner Doug Hughes (SOMETHING I'LL TELL YOU TUESDAY, Doubt). Stay tuned after the performance for an animated conversation with Watson and the cast moderated by Playing On Air founder and consulting director Claudia Catania.

    • 31 min
    YOU BELONG TO ME by Daniel Reitz (Summer 2022 Re-Release)

    YOU BELONG TO ME by Daniel Reitz (Summer 2022 Re-Release)

    This week's summer re-release features Daniel Reitz's (NAPOLEON IN EXILE) affecting one-act YOU BELONG TO ME, featuring Amy Ryan (Oscar nominated for Gone, Baby, Gone, "The Office," "Only Murders in the Building," and a five-time Playing On Air MVP) and Michael Stuhlbarg (a recent Emmy nominee for "Dopesick," "The Staircase," "Boardwalk Empire," A Serious Man, and four-time Playing On Air veteran), as former lovers--who've gone very separate ways in the intervening 18 years--having a chance meeting on a New York City subway car.
    Stay tuned after the performance for a spirited conversation between Reitz and the play’s director, Playing on Air founder and consulting director Claudia Catania. 

    • 17 min
    AT THE WATER'S EDGE, WET by Jonathan Bernstein (Summer 2022 Re-Release)

    AT THE WATER'S EDGE, WET by Jonathan Bernstein (Summer 2022 Re-Release)

    The curtain is up. The show is in progress. But for a production stage manager and a sound and light board operator calling the cues behind the scenes, the night's most dazzling romance isn't playing out onstage.

    Written and directed by Jonathan Bernstein (RULES OF COMEDY and A VERY VERY SHORT PLAY), AT THE WATER'S EDGE, WET stars Callie Thorne ("Necessary Roughness," "Rescue Me," "The Wire") and Tony nominee Jeremy Shamos (Broadway's Clybourne Park, "Better Call Saul," HEDGEHOG YEARS). Stay tuned after the performance for an in-studio conversation with the artists, moderated by founder and consulting director Claudia Catania.

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
158 Ratings

158 Ratings

photogal 3 ,

I love these stories

I really enjoy the plays and the discussions after. Great podcasts

victoriaskirmish ,

A spectrum of delightful human conundrums

Beautifully executed little plays. They accompany me everywhere.

Brenda333333 ,

Lacks Creativity

Super woke, divisive, and worst of all boring. Unfortunately, fiction these days (for the most part) lacks creativity. This show gives a platform to such works.
Playing On Air is topical and lacks depth. There is always a political agenda lurking within the constructs of every story.
This isn’t art. It’s a propaganda tool, but if you’re old, white, woke, and enjoy boring stories, then this is the perfect podcast for you.
As for me, I prefer well written stories that explore the depth of humanity. I prefer timeless literature that leaves a long-standing impression on me mentally and emotionally, so I’ll seek that elsewhere. Unsubscribed.

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