Soundstage
Soundstage
Playwrights Horizons
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.
THE EDGE OF NIGHT by Kirsten Childs
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.
Jul 7
16 min
BOY FACTORY by Milo Cramer
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.
Jun 23
24 min
Soundstage Recommends...
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.
Jun 11
4 min
NIGHTNIGHT by Lucas Hnath
An astronaut goes to space. He can’t sleep. He can’t tell anyone. He can’t go home. He’s lonely. He doesn’t want to leave. He’s in trouble. NIGHTNIGHT takes the audience into mission control and into outer space to overhear ordinary workplace conflict in an extraordinary environment.
May 28
33 min
Interview: Heather Christian
Heather Christian (writer, composer, and performer of Soundstage Episode 1: PRIME, A Practical Breviary) talks about what's inspiring to her about breviary masses, why she loves being in the studio - as well as the theater - and what creative life has been like for her since theaters have been shuttered by COVID-19.
May 23
17 min
OUTTAKES by Qui Nguyen
A son keeps trying to get his charming (if frustrating) immigrant parents to tell him a true war story from their lives in Vietnam to help him write a new play. Imagined as edited found interview tapes, Outtakes is both funny and heartfelt, drawn from the playwright's real-life experiences.
May 14
20 min
Next Week on Soundstage...
It's our off week, but we wanted to say hello anyway! Our next full episode, Qui Nguyen's OUTTAKES drops next week, May 14th. Stay well and see you soon!
May 7
1 min
PLAY FOR ANY TWO PEOPLE by Jordan Harrison: Orientation
Listen to this track first! A masterful feat of timing and sound design, our third episode of Soundstage lets you and a fellow listener become actors in a head-trippy psychological drama. Your apartment becomes the stage, and your listening companion a mysterious stranger. Are they there to help or hurt you? Press play.
Apr 30
3 min
PLAY FOR ANY TWO PEOPLE: Person 1
The first thing you have to know about this podcast, is that you can’t listen to it alone. You need a partner. If you haven't yet, go back and listen to the introduction track that should be just above this in your Soundstage feed - there's important instructions there.You and your partner will be listening to two different, but simultaneous tracks. One of you should pick Person 1 and the other should pick Person 2. When you’re ready to begin, both you and your partner will press Play at exactly the same time. (You could even do a countdown: Three, two, one and go.) See you on the other side...
Apr 30
14 min
PLAY FOR ANY TWO PEOPLE: Person 2
The first thing you have to know about this podcast, is that you can’t listen to it alone. You need a partner. If you haven't yet, go back and listen to the introduction track that should be just above this in your Soundstage feed - there's important instructions there.You and your partner will be listening to two different, but simultaneous tracks. One of you should pick Person 1 and the other should pick Person 2. When you’re ready to begin, both you and your partner will press Play at exactly the same time. (You could even do a countdown: Three, two, one and go.) See you on the other side...
Apr 30
14 min
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