Off-Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons will launch the second season of its scripted fiction podcast August 2. Featuring audio plays written for audio specifically for episodes 15-40 minutes in length, the podcast will be available on all major platforms.
The weekly released episodes will kick off with Program B: Rapid Immersion by Sheila Callaghan (Shameless), directed and designed by Alex Barron (nightnight). Premiering August 9 will be Last Words of Uncle Dirt by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig (Snow in Midsummer), directed and composed by Michael Roth (The Web Opera).
David Greenspan (She Stoops to Comedy) has written two plays for the season, both directed by Ken Rus Schmoll, (There’s) No Time for Comedy and Loops which will both drop August 16. Sarah Hughes (A Woman Among Women) will direct His Chest Is Only Skeleton by Julia Izumi (Regretfully, So the Birds Are) for the August 23 episode.
Rounding out the season will be The Marriage of Earth and Sky by Agnes Borinsky (A Song of Songs) August 30, directed by Brooke O’Harra (Drum of the Waves of Horikawa), followed by Dave Harris’ Freedom Freedom Freedom Et Cetera under the direction of Taylor Reynolds. Harris and Reynolds previously collaborated at Playwrights Horizons on Harris’ play Tambo & Bones.
Also announced is a collaboration between the Off-Broadway theatre and The Parsnip Ship, a play development company, which will result in two commissioned site-specific audio journeys in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. Kathleen Capdesuñer will direct West Side Quest, written by Opalanietet, and The Mayor of Hell’s Kitchen Presents: A Time Traveling Journey Through NYC’s Wild West by Christin Eve Cato. The audio journeys, which lead audiences to specific locations, will be available August 29–September 18 via mobile devices for free.
“Playwrights Horizons’ Soundstage program asserts our driving, deeply held belief that playwrights are the great storytellers of our time,” says Artistic Director Adam Greenfield in a statement. “As we seek to expand ways to experience theatre as a live event, I’m astonished by the innovation and daring that playwrights have brought to audio, a medium that, in its inherent limitations, offers infinite possibilities. Each episode in our line-up is a singular world, realizing each writer’s voice with striking clarity. Together as a series, they underline the potency of the written word, and prove the power of the theatrical imagination.”
Listen to the introduction to season 2 of Soundstage here.