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PlayME is transforming the way we experience theatre by turning contemporary plays into bingeable audio dramas. Welcome to your Digital Theatre.

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    • 4.2 • 26 Ratings

PlayME is transforming the way we experience theatre by turning contemporary plays into bingeable audio dramas. Welcome to your Digital Theatre.

    Bed and Breakfast (Interview with Mark Crawford)

    Bed and Breakfast (Interview with Mark Crawford)

    Chris talks to actor and playwright Mark Crawford, who shares how growing up as a gay kid on a farm in southwestern Ontario has impacted his writing and the audience he likes to reach. He talks about why he feels rural theatre-goers are ready for queer narratives, why he doesn't mind being "accessible" and what he’s learned from eavesdropping on audiences.

    • 40 min
    Bed and Breakfast (Part 3)

    Bed and Breakfast (Part 3)

    By Mark Crawford. Brett and Drew’s neighbours rally around the couple to show their support. Meanwhile, Brett starts digging into Maggie’s past, asking questions about a photo he found of her when she was young. Their renovator Doug investigates the culprit behind the ransacking of their home and uncovers a family secret. Brett and Drew learn something that has them questioning whether they can ever call this place home.

    • 38 min
    Bed and Breakfast (Part 2)

    Bed and Breakfast (Part 2)

    By Mark Crawford. Brett and Drew throw themselves into transforming Aunt Maggie’s home into a chic and modern getaway. They meet the locals and befriend a lesbian couple who help make them feel at home. They quickly become involved in the community and even find themselves volunteering to help organize the local Santa Claus parade. But one day they come home to find their house vandalized with homophobic slurs. Not everyone in the town wants them there.

    • 44 min
    Bed and Breakfast (Part 1)

    Bed and Breakfast (Part 1)

    By Mark Crawford. In the dark, a phone rings. Early-morning calls are never good news. Brett and Drew wake up to learn that Brett’s Aunt Maggie has died. Then they learn they've lost yet another Toronto house they were trying to buy. Soon they find themselves on a road trip to attend Aunt Maggie's funeral. Once they arrive at her small town, they get another surprise: Aunt Maggie has left Brett her century-old home. When Drew is passed over for a much-anticipated work promotion, the couple decides to ditch Toronto, move to Aunt Maggie’s house and start a B&B. But how will the residents of this small community receive a gay couple from the big city?

    • 40 min
    This Is How We Got Here (Interview with Keith Barker)

    This Is How We Got Here (Interview with Keith Barker)

    Chris talks to playwright Keith Barker, a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario, who explains why he's drawn to writing about loss and how his family has been touched by suicide. He also reflects on what it might mean to "feel deep love and no regrets," how nature helps us grieve and why he does his best writing when he like giving up.

    • 37 min
    This Is How We Got Here (Part 1)

    This Is How We Got Here (Part 1)

    By Keith Barker. We meet Paul as he tries to visit his estranged wife, Lucille, on the first anniversary of their son Craig’s death. But Liset, Lucille’s protective sister, sends him away. “Some days are better than others and today is not one of those days.” Then, Paul is visited by Jim — his best friend and Liset’s husband. The two men have grown distant, and an argument about “fruits'' quickly turns into something deeper.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Ejawesome22 ,

Winner!

I’ve only listened to “winners and losers” so far, but that play was AMAZING. cant wait to hear more.

Thecrster ,

Loving it!

I’ll definitely be spreading the word about this podcast! The stories, acting and sound effects are amazing!

mom2ELM2 ,

Love this podcast!

It blows my mind that such a high quality, skillfully acted, entertaining podcast is so unknown. Not to mention unfairly rated and reviewed. Especially the one where someone with clearly delicate sensibilities rated it one star, due to the darker nature of some of the stories. Im actually annoyed on behalf of the creators. These are interesting and original plays that deserve to be heard by a much broader audience. An audience that doesn't hold Little House on the Prairie as the gold standard of entertainment.

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