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Love and Ecstasy by Gail Nyoka

Love and Ecstasy by Gail Nyoka

September 23, 2021

Love and Ecstasy

Written by Gail Nyoka

Directed by Terrence Spivey

From Ireland to Barbados, to Trinidad and to England, trauma passes through five generations of women. Each one denies her truth at her own cost and suffers in her own way. Each searches for love. The narrator has reached a crisis. Like her great-great grandmother, she is a seer. It is at this point of crisis that the narrator discovers her hidden abilities. Is she descending into madness? Do her ancestors have anything to teach her? And is she able to listen?

Produced with Radio on the Lake Theatre

Cast
Jeannine Gaskin - Violet / VyVy
Christina Johnson - Jean
Jill Kenderes - Susannah
Sharron McPherson-Foxx - Narrator

Sound Effects Engineer
Victoria Watts

Music
Now The Silence” by Juan Sánchez
Fireflies” by Whitesand

Recording (c) 2021 Playwrights Local

Love and Ecstasy (c) 2021 Gail Nyoka

Additional information available at http://www.playwrightslocal.org/love-and-ecstasy/.

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Things Needing Explanation​ by Julia Fisher

Things Needing Explanation​ by Julia Fisher

August 29, 2021

Things Needing Explanation​

Written by Julia Fisher

Directed by Anne McEvoy

Jacklean is driving her whip-smart teenage granddaughter Georgia to her house for the weekend when they decide to play Things Needing Explanation - a game from Georgia’s childhood where the two try to outsmart each other with made-up crime scenes. But when an invented crime begins to have eerie parallels to the real world, Georgia and Jacklean must unite their love of murder mysteries and each other to solve the case and save their family.

Produced with Radio on the Lake Theatre

Cast
Dominique L. Gardner - Georgia
Nadia Salett - Hattie
Amy Schwabauer - Neely
Lisa L Wiley - Jacklean

Sound Effects Engineer
John Watts

Music
"Black Fingerprint" by Dylan Owen

Recording (c) 2021 Playwrights Local

Things Needing Explanation (c) 2021 Julia Fisher

Additional information available at http://www.playwrightslocal.org/things-needing-explanation/.

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The Portraits by Tom Hayes

The Portraits by Tom Hayes

July 15, 2021

The Portraits

Written by Tom Hayes

Directed by Brian Zoldessy

After attending the funeral of their father, two adult siblings are stranded in a remote area next to their family plot. With a storm threatening and strange sounds coming from the nearby forest, 40-ish Ben and his younger sister Sam are forced to leave the plot on foot. As they walk, the two re-hash events of the past. They both air their grievances until the strange sounds begin to take physical form, forcing them into an abandoned house. Strangely, the house is not entirely empty and not entirely unfamiliar. There, they discover a truth they did not know, and come to terms with their shared history.

Produced with Radio on the Lake Theatre

Cast
John Busser - Ben 
Lindsey Mitchell - Sam

Sound Effects Engineer
John Watts

Music
Aftermath” by Kevin MacLeod

Recording (c) 2021 Playwrights Local

The Portraits (c) 2021 Tom Hayes

Additional information available at http://www.playwrightslocal.org/portraits/.

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Heirloom by Mike Geither

Heirloom by Mike Geither

June 3, 2021

Heirloom

Written & performed by Mike Geither

Heirloom is a non-­fiction solo performance about four generations of my extended maternal family that’s based on interviews and historical records. Beginning with my mother and her siblings, and moving on to her father and grandfather’s lives, it examines the social and emotional inheritance of an extended family affected by incest, alcoholism, violence and genocide. It attempts to shed understanding on how any single person may affect the generation of family members that follow him or her and to glean a greater understanding of the dynamics of incest and rape.

Produced with Radio on the Lake Theatre

Sound Effects Engineer
John Watts

Music
“Royalty Free Army Music” by Dar Golan
“Royalty Free 70's Music” by Dar Golan

Special Thanks
John Watts, Karin Randoja, Dan Riordan, & Amy Schwabauer

Recording (c) 2021 Playwrights Local

Heirloom (c) 2020 Mike Geither

Additional information available at http://www.playwrightslocal.org/heirloom/.

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Family Markers by Faye Sholiton

Family Markers by Faye Sholiton

May 26, 2021

Family Markers

Written by Faye Sholiton

Directed by Fred Sternfeld

On a June day in 1960, a still-grieving brother and sister made a horrifying discovery. Just days after their brother's burial, someone had exhumed his body and moved it, with no forwarding address. Exactly 50 years later, two adult strangers with the same last name run into each other at the family plot. They will attempt to sort out what might have gone wrong while everybody was above ground. And whether this brand of mishegas is hereditary.

Produced with Radio on the Lake Theatre

Cast
Mary Alice Beck - Leah
John Busser - Lee

Sound Effects Engineer
John Watts

Music
Vivaldi: Spring” by Notepad Music

Special thanks to Cantor Kathy Sebo for the use of her voice in this recording.

Recording (c) 2021 Playwrights Local

Family Markers (c) 2020 by Faye Sholiton

Additional information available at http://www.playwrightslocal.org/family-markers/.

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Limbo by Agnes Herrmann

Limbo by Agnes Herrmann

May 19, 2021

Limbo

Written by Agnes Herrmann

Directed by Brian Zoldessy

Tess has recently lost her mother; Susan lives with her own mother, who has crippling arthritis. They meet on a commuter train heading home, after a blown transformer cuts the power out. Tess gets claustrophobic in the dark. Susan becomes a chatterbox. The atmosphere grows stifling. The two think they have nothing in common...but do they? In Limbo, the statement “your truth is my truth” becomes a reality that neither Tess nor Susan can deny.

Produced in partnership with Radio on the Lake Theatre.

Cast
Agnes Herrmann - Susan
Lindsey Mitchell - Tess
Paul Slimak - Conductor 

Sound Effects Engineer
John Watts

Recorded live in studio in December 2020.

Additional information available at http://www.playwrightslocal.org/limbo/.

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Entanglement by Les Hunter

Entanglement by Les Hunter

March 13, 2021

ENTANGLEMENT
A Historical Fantasy of Almost-Love and Almost-Loss, Art History and Entry-Level Quantum Physics

Written by Les Hunter

Directed by Christine McBurney

Entanglement reimagines the 1925 moment when physicist Erwin Schrödinger discovered quantum mechanics. In this alternate history, Schrödinger's breakthrough in physics (and love) is inspired by art historian Gertrud Bing. Bing and her mentor Aby Warburg famously asserted that all societies develop at a relatively similar and interconnected rate, despite differences of space and time. This theory is spookily similar to the phenomena of quantum entanglement, which holds that two particles, once entangled, move and change at the same moment. Schrödinger made this discovery during a two-and-a-half week sexual spree in the Swiss Alps. Cats may or may not have been killed.

Produced in partnership with Radio on the Lake Theatre.

Cast
John Busser - Erik
Cathleen O’Malley - Gabriele

Sound Effects Engineers
John Watts
Victoria Watts

Recorded live at Radio on the Lake Studio Theatre in Shaker Heights, Ohio, on November 13, 2019.

Additional information available at playwrightslocal.org/entanglement.

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Cleveland's Home for Dramatic Writers

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Every Play is a Radio Play by Meghan Louise Wagner

Every Play is a Radio Play by Meghan Louise Wagner

March 13, 2021

Every Play is a Radio Play When You’re Blind

Written by Meghan Louise Wagner

Directed by Constance Thackaberry

Layers of privilege collide when a naïve bridesmaid meets a semi-famous blind artist on a public bus. It’s Julia’s first time on the RTA and Jason offers to guide her across town. On the way, the unlikely pair discovers an unusual connection that is central to Jason’s art and career, making Julia the perfect subject for his next book.

Produced in partnership with Radio on the Lake Theatre.

Cast
Denise Astorino - Rachel, Girl 2, Phone Rep
Leonard Goff - Bus Driver, Mechanic, Chef, Donald Lewis Osgood
Stuart Hoffman - Jason
Kyle Huff - Kevin, Rico, Server
Rachel Maria Inés - Julia
Diane Mull - Dora, Girl 1
Laura Stitt - Mom, Vanessa

Sound Effects Engineers
John Watts
Victoria Watts

Recorded live at The 5th Annual Cleveland Playwrights Festival at the Creative Space at Waterloo Arts on October 12, 2019.

Additional information available at playwrightslocal.org/everyplayisaradioplay.

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Stranded by Edward J. Walsh

Stranded by Edward J. Walsh

February 5, 2021

Stranded

A radio play by Edward J. Walsh

Directed by Tim Tavcar

Featuring Agnes Herrmann 

Vickie Schultz, a reporter, is not happy. Let go by her newspaper in Cincinnati, she starts a new job in New Jersey without her family, friends, and cheating fiancé. Vickie expects to cover a breaking story about the Mayor and his female Police Chief. Instead, she’s assigned to the arrival of a whale on the shore — a huge pelagic mammal, not unlike the mythical Moby Dick. The sooner this stranded subject returns to the ocean (or doesn’t), the sooner Vickie gets her career back on track. As with her own struggles, though, the whale’s plight won’t be resolved quickly.

Recorded at Bad Racket studio in January 2018. Recording © 2018 by Playwrights Local. Stranded © 2017 by Edward J. Walsh.

Additional information available at playwrightslocal.org/stranded.

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Flame Puppy by Mike Geither

Flame Puppy by Mike Geither

January 30, 2021

Flame Puppy

A play for voices written & directed by Mike Geither

Featuring Benjamin Gregg, Beau Reinker, Amy Schwabauer, & Lauren B. Smith

A beatnik finds peace through visions of a mythic turkey. A legless lout survives a ruthless drug dealer and rises to fame by manufacturing trailer hitches. The origin of the human body is recounted by two friendly anthropologists. And to bring them all together – a house-sized puppy made entirely of flame.

Recorded live on November 6, 2015. © 2015 by Playwrights Local. 

Additional information available at playwrightslocal.org/flame-puppy.

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