Soundstage

Soundstage

Theater is for everyone and we want to make it available everywhere. Soundstage is an anthological, scripted fiction series of portable stories from Playwrights Horizons theater in New York City. Featuring short-form commissions from America’s best playwrights, these audio experiences are written specifically for the ear, not translated or recorded live from the stage. Now, the theater is wherever you are. Follow us at @SoundstagePH on Instagram and Twitter. If you like what you hear and want to support this program, we hope you will consider making a donation that will allow us to commission more artists, complete production on more podcasts, and continue to provide our writers with a much-needed creative outlet and an audience in these unprecedented times. To support us, text SOUNDSTAGE20 to 44-321.

Episodes

April 18, 2024 16 mins

A darkly comedic fable of violently lonely doppelgängers who mind-meld and are brought together through cookies, rats, and their cosmic connection to an exterminator.

Written by Erin Courtney

Produced and directed by Kate Bergstrom

Written for Crystal Finn and Lucy Taylor and Todd Almond as the Exterminator.

Sound Designer and Additional Music Works by Michael Costagliola

Associate Produced and Stage Managed by Calvin Anderson  

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A panel of Black thinkers (a Broadway playwright, a spoken word poet, a Columbia professor, and an activist) try to define Freedom in the year ???? in this dark comedy about ancestors and artists.

Written by Dave Harris

Directed by Taylor Reynolds

Sound Design by Ben Scheff

Sound Editing by Dylan Carrow

Production Stage Manager -- Hanako Rodriguez

CAST:

Walter Mixon Riley -- JEROME PRESTON BATES

LaToya Beasley -- BRITTANY BRADFORD

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September 20, 2022 57 mins

This week we're so happy to bring you a full length audio play written, directed, and produced by our friends and frequent collaborators Ken Urban, Dan Kluger, and Knud Adams. It premiered at the 2022 Tribeca Festival as part of their Audio Storytelling program, and we're so pleased to be able to re-release and amplify it here for you, our Soundstage audience! Enjoy!

At a chance meeting at the farmers market, two strangers find a c...

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The farmer wants the shepherd. The shepherd wants God. The playwright isn't quite sure what she wants. A play about grief and desire and the mess that is the theater.

Written by Agnes Borinsky
Directed by Brooke O'Harra
Sound Design by Nick Auer


CAST:

Loretta -- JANICE AMAYA  
Leah / Bruce -- JESS BARBAGALLO
Bonita -- AGNES BORINSKY  
Vinie -- VINIE BURROWS
Martha -- ANNIE FANG
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A little meditation on what it is to carry what we can and can't control, and the crossroads of being and belonging.

Written by Julia Izumi
Directed by Sarah Cameron Hughes
Sound Design by Fan Zhang

Rocks -- JESS BARBAGALLO
Someone -- JORGE CORDOVA  
Grandchild -- MIDORI FRANCIS   
She -- HARUNA LEE
He -- RONALD PEET
Mother -- SAORI TSUKADA

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Two audio plays -- an old radio comedy of anxiety in the modern world, and a soliloquy of lost love -- sprung from the mind of this singular and iconic playwright.

Written by David Greenspan
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll
Sound Design by Leah Gelpe

(There's) No Time for Comedy Cast:
Sidney - EVANDER DUCK JR.
Henry Flower - DAVID GREENSPAN
Darlene - BETH GRIFFIN
Mona - LISA KRON
Donald - PACO TOLSON

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An abandoned limestone statue chronicles centuries of adventures through and beyond the Chinese diaspora. Written by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig Directed by Michael Roth CAST: Uncle Dirt - KOK-HWA LIE Music Composition/Arrangements/Sound Design/Editing by Michael Roth Final Sound Mix and Mastering by Jessica Paz
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Congratulations for choosing Program B! Our goal is to challenge and elevate you. It won't be easy, but transformation is possible! If you trust the process.

Written by Sheila Callaghan
Directed, Designed, and Edited by Alex Barron
Original music by Surrija

CAST: Rashan – FRANCIS BENHAMOU
Chatty Stranger – SHEILA CALLAGHAN
Whispering Man – MATTHEW J. HARRIS

Additional voices – BRANDT ADAMS, KAILEE ...

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July 26, 2022 3 mins

It's official: We'll be back for more! Playwrights Horizons has commissioned an additional roster of playwrights to be part of Soundstage Season 2 including Agnes Borinsky, Sheila Callaghan, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, David Greenspan, Dave Harris, Julia Izumi, and Kit Yan & Melissa Li. We'll see you next week!

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Playwrights Horizons Associate Artistic Director Natasha Sinha interviews Pulitzer Prize finalist playwright Will Arbery about his new play, Corsicana, how these characters are and are not like those in Heroes of the Fourth Turning, the minefield that is language, his complicated relationship to theatrical musicals and Hilary Duff, and how his sister inspired him to become a playwright.
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Showtime! Mere hours into their journey, Terrence is broadcasting live from the MS Phoenix Rising. A new show is center stage as Terrence interviews the front office cast members, even grabbing a short interview with Co-Captains Rigor Johnson and Moranis Jackson, all leading up to THE cultural event of the decade. But what should be a standout win in the history of Dane Cruising has potential to become a greater horror than an...

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All aboard! Valerie invites radio host Terrence Standish to cruise. Sasha and Ted have actually read the play The Chairs and are tasked with telling the team how it really ends. PR consultant Cyd McCormick offers crucial counsel. Coral speaks up – but only one thing’s for certain, no one can snorkel their way out of this mess.

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Has everybody dialed in? Eying the end of the cruise industry’s shutdown, Marketing Director Marsha DeBois brings the Dane Cruising team avant garde theater director Angela Hove’s production of The Chairs to headline the relaunch. Approval in place, the front office bangs out next steps, oblivious of the complicated journey ahead.

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Could the relaunch be the most successful event since the Fyre Festival? The voyage has sold out and, as egos ride high, plans are made to convert restaurants into guest rooms. The Dane Cruising team bonds over dreams of onboard karaoke, and visionary director Angela's artistic choices rattle her assistant Coral.

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The entire team has an epic call with Angela and assistant Coral DeMornay where budget cuts and clarity around the production's vision are top priorities. CEO of Dane Cruising Valerie Dane reveals the VIP list, but there’s trouble on the horizon as Financial Assistant Ted Rickles sinks into an existential crisis and the Ionesco Estate attempts contact.

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It's time for the "Field of Dreams Strategy." Audience Development Director Gregory Limon and Finance Director Rupert Lake teach Marketing Assistant Sasha Heron this hot campaign idea... and the influencers take the bait. This episode offers a peek into the personal lives of Marsha and Angela (hint: more pleasure than business) while PR head Jackie Bowers receives a shocking phone call that could change everything.

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March 16, 2021 9 mins

Surprise! We're back! It's our pleasure to be dropping a 6-part podcast miniseries THE MS PHOENIX RISING, created by writer Trish Harnetiaux and director Katie Brook. Check out this introduction from Playwrights Horizons Artistic Director Adam Greenfield as well as an interview with Trish and Katie, then go ahead and binge the whole thing!


Music Credit: Cradle Rock by Blue Dot Sessions (www.sessions.blue).

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July 7, 2020 16 mins
Telling stories is how we keep memories alive, and THE EDGE OF NIGHT reimagines a favorite family story as musical theater: Mrs. Annie Brown is determined not to miss her favorite soap opera but has to grapple head-on with segregation in the 1950’s south in order to succeed in her quest.
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June 23, 2020 24 mins
Somewhere between Google Image searches for pornography, family dynamics, college roommates, and low-wage jobs, BOY FACTORY is Milo Cramer’s funny and heartfelt monologue tracking a young man’s search for self-acceptance.
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June 11, 2020 4 mins
This week, we are pausing our normal release schedule to recommend some some fiction and non-fiction podcasts by BIPOC producers, writers, directors, reporters, and hosts. Check out soundstagepodcast.org for links to everything mentioned here and we invite you (please!) to email and tweet us about other shows and episodes and makers you love.
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