Audible Inc., the leading creator and provider of premium audio storytelling, has just released a new list of original sound theater titles, to continue to bring the theatrical experience to a global audience, as part of Audible’s ever-growing content of more than 700,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, artists, magazine publishers and of newspapers and suppliers of commercial information . The six new releases include three original plays that were recorded directly to audio, and three that premiered at Minetta Lane Theatre, Audible’s Off-Broadway creative home for live entertainment.
Since June 2017, a central part of Audible’s theater initiative has been its $5 million Fund for Emerging Playwrights, dedicated to supporting and developing innovative work in English by self-identifying emerging playwrights from around the world. around the world, driven by language and voice – a mission that is in line with its core commitment to elevate listening experiences through voice storytelling. Two of the new releases were funded by this program and are now making their audio debut.
In dads by Paul Kruse, Joseph, who is going through a comically difficult year, wonders why anyone would bring a child into this calamitous world, until an intriguing new online connection with an attractive Internet “dad” makes him rethink his isolation – and rethinking when a series of revelations have him facing even bigger decisions about his future. Exploring family dynamics and relationships, the 91-minute audio piece is narrated by Piper Goodeve, Gabriel Vaughan, Hale Appleman, Ken Bolden, Barbara Chisholm, Sydney Harcourt, Jennifer Kidwell, Karina Kruse, Mark Linn-Baker, Mary Poole and Tonilyn A.Sideco.
by Christopher Chen The Podcaster, voiced by Ato Blankson, Corey Stoll, Erin Markey, Michael Braun, Peter Kim, Quincy Tyler Bernstine and Stacey Yen, takes a meta look at podcasting, delving into ideas of authorship, sensationalism and who controls our stories , through an unpredictable journey into how storytelling can reshape what we believe about ourselves and others. When Sylvia Chang – host of a popular radio series that features interviews with pioneering artists – disappears, her listeners wonder if she’s also a work of art. As the journey continues, the mysteries multiply in this mind-blowing 92-minute investigation into the very nature of reality.
The third new direct-to-audio release is Bernarda’s daughters, a co-production of Audible and Off-Broadway’s The New Group. Written by Diane Exavier and narrated by cast members Amara Brady, Jasmin Walker, Lorraine Toussaint, Malika Samuel, MaYaa Boateng and Zenzi Williams, the drama, inspired by Federico García Lorca’s 1936 classic the House of Bernarda Albaoffers a current 94-minute examination of family, secrets, and concepts of public and private grief during a hot summer in Flatbush, while grappling with issues of class, race, gentrification, and women’s place in a world rapidly evolving.
Additionally, three plays that premiered on the Minetta Lane stage are also available to stream on Audible, all featuring female stories of self-acceptance and a sense of identity: And so we walkeda personal account of Cherokee history and experience, written and performed by DeLanna Studi (duration two hours and 15 minutes); Addicted to Approvalsa 90-minute one-woman memoir created and delivered by Faith Salie, in collaboration with Amanda Watkins (click on here for my staging review); and Feveran intriguing 90-minute rumination on socio-economic disparities, written by Wallace Shawn and performed by Lili Taylor (whom I also saw again in person at Minetta Lane).
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