Audible releases four new audio plays through Audible Theater December 8, including the world premiere musical Breathe by Jodi Picoult and Timothy Allen McDonald.
The work centers on five different households at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, each as a standalone vignette. The cast includes Matt Doyle, Kelli O'Hara, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Denée Benton, Patti Murin, Colin Donnell, T. Oliver Reid, Daniel Yearwood, Max Clayton, Rubén J. Carbajal, and Josh Davis.
Each vignette features its own individual director and songwriting team. Directors include Emily Maltby, Joe Barros, Lorin Latarro, Zhailon Levingston, and Jeff Calhoun, while the songwriting teams are Rebecca Murillo and Rob Rokicki, Daniel Mertzlufft and Kate Leonard, Doug Besterman and Sharon Vaughn, Douglas Lyons and Ethan Pakchar, and Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich.
Two plays also join the Audible Theater catalogue. James Fritz's Skyscraper Lullaby follows two parents coping with the disappearance of their toddler, with performances from Arian Moayed, Celia Keenan-Bolger, and Stephanie Hsu. Nick Jones' Complicity Island sees an up-and-coming writer escaping mid-pandemic to the private island of a canceled movie star to work on a mysterious project. The latter's cast includes Ato Blankson Wood, Mandi Masden, Richard Kind, Jeremy Shamos, Alan Ruck, Marc Kudisch, and Chris Myers.
Jason Gotay's Where You'll Find Me, which played Off-Broadway's Minetta Lane Theatre earlier this year, is also now available. The solo show sees the Gossip Girl and Evita star walking his audience through his journey to self-acceptance to the soundtrack of showtunes and pop favorites.