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Play On Podcasts

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Play On Podcasts are epic audio adventures reimagining timeless tales, featuring original music composition and the voices of extraordinarily gifted artists. This is where Theatre meets Podcast, combining the modern-day audio phenomenon with the power of live performance.

142 Episodes | 2021 - 2023

Full Play - The Tempest

May 22nd, 2023

2:21:49

Next Chapter Podcasts presents the complete Play On Podcast series, THE TEMPEST, in its entirety.


The Play On Podcast series, “THE TEMPEST”, was written by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE and translated into modern English verse by …

The Tempest - Bonus Episode 2 - Gregg Mozgala

May 19th, 2023

52:40

As an actor and disability rights advocate, Gregg Mozgala (Caliban) believes in the transformative power of theater and Shakespeare.

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The Tempest - Episode 6 - Every Third Thought

May 15th, 2023

29:51

Prospero releases Alonso, Sebastian, Antonia and Gonzala from their spell as he greets them, lovingly embracing Gonzala and chastising the others for their wicked deeds. Alonso begs forgiveness and is rewarded with the …

The Tempest - Bonus Episode 1 - Andy Wolk and Kenneth Cavander

May 12th, 2023

59:09

The Play On Podcast series, “THE TEMPEST”, was written by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE and translated into modern English verse by KENNETH CAVANDER. Each episode was directed by ANDY WOLK.

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The Tempest - Episode 5 - Rough Magic

May 8th, 2023

29:10

King Alonso grows increasingly despondent over the loss of his son, giving Antonia and Sebastian confidence that they will soon take power. They stumble upon a sumptuous feast presented by mysterious beings and waste no …

The Tempest - Episode 4 - Servant Monster, Drink To Me

May 1st, 2023

34:13

Antonia persuades Sebastian to kill Alonso and Gonzala in their sleep so that he may take the throne in Naples. Meanwhile, Caliban convinces Stephano …

The Tempest - Episode 3 - Kiss The Bottle

April 24th, 2023

32:38

King Alonso trudges through the rain-soaked island searching for any sign of his lost son. Gonzala does her best to comfort him over the derision of Antonia and Sebastian, who blame the King for his misfortunes and …

The Tempest - Episode 2 - I Know How To Curse

April 17th, 2023

30:03

Prospero orchestrates a meeting between his daughter, Miranda, and King Alonso’s son, Ferdinand, who is wandering the island in mourning for his father, who he presumes is dead. He is mesmerized by Ariel’s music and …

The Tempest - Episode 1 - What's This? Moody?

April 10th, 2023

30:39

Twelve years after having been deposed in a coup, Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, uses magical powers with the help of his spirit servant, …

Introducing...The Tempest

April 1st, 2023

2:27

Introducing...The Tempest

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Introducing: Love Items - The Love In The Objects - Ep. 1

March 24th, 2023

8:50

Cloe is an AI researcher who discovers that her AI assistant, Eloc, has the power to analyze love in different objects, she decides to use Eloc's new skill to help her find love.

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Introducing "Midnight Burger - The Ad Man Cometh" - Episode 5

March 18th, 2023

47:40

When Gloria took a waitressing job in a diner outside of Phoenix, she didn't realize she was now an employee of Midnight Burger, a time-traveling, dimension-spanning diner. Every day Midnight Burger appears somewhere …

The Winter's Tale - Bonus Episode 4 - Lisa Wolpe Interview - Pt 2

March 15th, 2023

41:49

“Every breath opens your heart.” Visionary theater artist Lisa Wolpe has been leading the movement for gender parity and diversity in the arts since …

The Winter's Tale - Bonus Episode 3 - Lisa Wolpe Interview - Pt 1

March 8th, 2023

38:13

“Every breath opens your heart.” Visionary theater artist Lisa Wolpe has been leading the movement for gender parity and diversity in the arts since …

Introducing...BEEF with Bridget Todd

March 3rd, 2023

33:40

BEEF is an original scripted non-fiction storytelling podcast where Business Wars meets pop culture history.

Award-winning host Bridget Todd tells the …

The Winter's Tale - Bonus Episode 2 - Tracy Young Interview Pt. 2

March 1st, 2023

13:53

“Shakespeare wrote for the butts in the seats!” Tracy Young traces her path from The Actors Gang to Cornerstone to OSF with the reminder that you can never stop unearthing new meaning, and that Brian Eno can lead an …

The Royal Shakespeare Company: Introducing The Amelia Project

February 24th, 2023

29:07

The Amelia Project is a secret organization offering a very special service: Faking its clients' deaths! Its eccentric clientele includes cult …

The Winter's Tale - Bonus Episode 1 - Tracy Young Interview

February 22nd, 2023

11:45

The Translator & Director of The Winter's Tale sits down with Executive Producer Michael Goodfriend to discuss this adaption and her career. 

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Playing Anne Frank - The Drama Behind The Drama

February 17th, 2023

30:14

Using archival material and interviews with surviving cast and crew members, Forward executive editor Adam Langer presents a story that's never been …

The Winter's Tale - Episode 8 - Unlawful Witchcraft

February 10th, 2023

37:17

Leontes welcomes Florizel and Perdita to Sicilia and promises to help when he learns that Polixenes is pursuing them. Autolycus, drinking in a pub, …

The Winter's Tale - Episode 7 - Remember Me

February 3rd, 2023

28:43

Autolycus, now in Florizel’s garb, masquerades as a courtier and convinces the Old Shepherd and his son to pay him to be their advocate at Court. …

The Winter's Tale - Episode 6 - The Same Sun That Shines

January 27th, 2023

28:56

As Florizel proclaims his love for Perdita to all the guests at the Sheep Shearing festival (including his father and Camillo who are still in disguise), the Old Shepherd calls for their wedding to take place during the …

The Winter's Tale - Episode 5 - Too Wild For Stay-At-Homes

January 20th, 2023

30:45
As Perdita prepares for the sheep shearing feast, Florizel flirts with her and vows he’ll stay with her no matter what. Perdita is less carefree, fearing the repercussions that will come if the king discovers his son …

The Winter's Tale - Episode 4 - Guard Your Pillowcases

January 13th, 2023

38:45

CREDITS

The Play On Podcast series, “THE WINTER’S TALE”, was translated into modern English verse and directed by TRACY YOUNG

The Cast is as follows:

The Winter's Tale - Episode 3 - It Is The Heretic That Makes The Fire

January 6th, 2023

32:23

After presenting him with his newborn daughter, Leontes throws Paulina out of his chambers and commands Antigonus to kill the child. His Lords beg …

The Winter's Tale - Episode 2 - I'll Spay 'Em All

December 30th, 2022

33:49
Camillo assures Leontes he’ll carry out his orders but secretly informs Polixenes of the plot against his life. Together, they flee to Polixenes’ …

The Winter's Tale - Episode 1 - Fishy, Fishy

December 23rd, 2022

33:17


King Polixenes of Bohemia bids adieu to his childhood friend, King Leontes of Sicilia, after a visit of nine months. Leontes implores him not to …

Measure For Measure - Episode 7 - A Proposal For The Greater Good

December 9th, 2022

26:20

Mariana confronts Angelo as the Duke calls for Friar Lodowick. In a scuffle with Lucio, the Friar is unmasked and revealed as the Duke. He calls for the women to be released and forces Angelo to marry Mariana before …

Bonus - Episode 4 - Nat Cassidy - Pt 2

December 6th, 2022

13:26

In Part Two of his interview, Nat Cassidy explains why the “rape room” got cut, why horror exists, why writing a script is forty-seven thousand times …

Measure For Measure - Episode 6 - Truth Is Truth

December 2nd, 2022

25:06

Friar Lodowick (Duke Vincenzo) informs Isabella that Claudio has been put to death on Angelo’s orders. He persuades her to confront Angelo and ask for justice at the city gates, where Angelo and Escalus are to meet the …

The Bard Behind Bars: Introducing Where There’s a Will

December 1st, 2022

13:52

We’re changing things up a bit today and bringing you a preview of a new podcast we’re enjoying and think you will, too. Where There’s a Will: Finding Shakespeare searches for the surprising places Shakespeare shows up …

Bonus - Episode 3 - Nat Cassidy

November 29th, 2022

14:34

“She dared me to read Macbeth”: How the lonely son of a single mom in Arizona was inspired by a teacher who despised him to embrace his demons and become a celebrated scribe of horror. Author, Actor and POP “Measure for …

Measure For Measure - Episode 5 - Death Is A Great Disguiser

November 25th, 2022

28:19

Isabella, Mariana and the Duke (disguised as Friar Lodowick) finalize their plans to trick Angelo. But even after the bed trick, Angelo persists in his plans to execute Claudio. Meanwhile, the Provost (Jailer) and …

Bonus - Episode 2 - Jessie Austrian & Noah Brody

November 22nd, 2022

10:37

We got rid of the table.” Fiasco Theater co-founders Jessie Austrian and Noah Brody describe how they up-ended traditional norms of theatrical hierarchy to create one of the most acclaimed ensembles in the country, and …

Measure For Measure - Episode 4 - Angel On The Outward Side

November 18th, 2022

42:23

Duke Vincenzo, disguised as Friar Lodowick, visits Claudio in jail and inspires him to perceive his fate in a new light. Isabella arrives to tell her brother that Lord Angelo has demanded her body in return for …

Measure For Measure - Episode 3 - A Shameful Ransom

November 11th, 2022

33:50

Isabella goes to the Duke’s office to plead for her brother’s life, and in doing so ignites Lord Angelo’s passions. He invites her to return to his office and becomes obsessed with her. When she returns to see him and …

Bonus - Episode 1 - Aditi Brennan Kapil Interview

November 8th, 2022

10:31

“Slimey isn’t funny”: Aditi Brennan Kapil geeks out about the places in our brain where we can’t poke around, where language lives, what’s in a word, how to translate for the experience of the audience, the joy of …

Measure For Measure - Episode 2 - We Cannot Make A Scarecrow Of The Law

November 4th, 2022

28:59

Isabella’s induction into the convent is interrupted by the arrival of Lucio, who informs her that her brother Claudio has been imprisoned and may soon be executed for getting his fiancèe pregnant. Isabella agrees to …

Measure For Measure - Episode 1 - Attack Vice In My Name

October 28th, 2022

27:23

Duke Vincentio of Vienna, overwhelmed by the affairs of State, hands over control of the city to Lord Angelo, leaving Escalus as Second in Command. A …

Full Play - Henry V

October 21st, 2022

3:07:30

Next Chapter Podcasts presents “HENRY V” - Full Play


The Play On Podcast series, “HENRY V”, was translated into modern English verse by LLOYD SUH, and …

Bonus - Twelfth Night - Christopher Liam Moore & Amy Brenneman Interview

October 15th, 2022

1:19:58

Twelfth Night Director Christopher Liam Moore, and Actress Amy Brenneman talk about meeting at Harvard, and the different times they've been able to …

Bonus - Episode 3 - Colleen Werthmann

October 7th, 2022

1:03:05

"Un-clench the sphincter!" Writer / Actor / Comedienne Colleen Werthmann (Exeter and Orleáns in "HENRY V") describes how the White House …

Henry V - Episode 7 - Customs Curtsy To Kings

September 30th, 2022

33:32

Henry must conquer Katharine’s heart before he can finally conquer France, and Pistol must eat his words (with a side of leeks) before he can finally …

Bonus - Episode 2 - Bobby Moreno

September 29th, 2022

9:19

Actor Bobby Moreno connects the dots between betting on horses in kindergarten, drunken rampages in the streets of New York, licking chocolate off …

Henry V - Episode 6 - Not A Boy Left Alive

September 23rd, 2022

29:29

Chaos reigns on the battlefield of Agincourt, where Pistol encounters a French soldier and spares his life in exchange for his money, thanks to the …

Bonus - Episode 1 - Lezlie Cross Interview

September 22nd, 2022

10:09

Lezlie Cross takes us on a tour of the good, the bad, and the ugly things going on in England at the time when Shakespeare wrote HENRY V. Spoiler alert: Playwrights usually outlast actors. Especially ones who insist on …

Henry V - Episode 5 - Stumble So Near The Edge Of The World

September 16th, 2022

31:17

Late at night, Henry meanders among his troops incognito, gauging their loyalty and morale while absolving himself of any guilt over their fate. …

Henry V - Episode 4 - Harry LeRoy

September 9th, 2022

30:25

Outside the French village of Corbie, Gower and Fluellen meet a fiery Pistol, who asks Fluellen to beg leniency from Exeter on behalf of Bardolph, …

Henry V - Episode 3 - La Bouche Est Da Mouf

September 2nd, 2022

33:54

Henry rejects France’s overtures and arrives on French soil, seizing the town of Harfleur. Meanwhile, his old drinking buddies (Nym, Bardolph and …

Henry V - Episode 2 - Why So Did You

August 26th, 2022

35:46

King Henry’s friends from his wilder days, Bardolph, Nym and Pistol, gather at the London Boarding House of Pistol’s new bride, Nell, who had been …

Bonus - Anatomy of a Song - Part 2

August 24th, 2022

35:35

Composer David Reiffel, Recording Engineer Daniel Benshimon, Sound Designer Lindsay Jones, and Studio Owner & Manager Robert Cappadona take us through the in-depth process that goes into creating and executing the …

Henry V - Episode 1 - Balls

August 19th, 2022

30:14

With the recent death of his father, King Henry IV, the young Henry V must live down his wild past and prove himself capable of ruling a restless …

Bonus - Anatomy of a Song - Part 1

August 17th, 2022

10:51

Composer David Reiffel, Recording Engineer Daniel Benshimon, Sound Designer Lindsay Jones, and Studio Owner & Manager Robert Cappadona take us through the in-depth process that goes into creating and executing the …

The History of Shakespeare - In Shakespeare's Shadow

August 12th, 2022

57:32

The History of Literature: Literature enthusiast Jacke Wilson journeys through the history of literature, from ancient epics to contemporary classics. In this episode, Jacke talks to investigative journalist Michael …

Bonus - Actors Jordan Barbour & Daniel Parker - Part 2

August 9th, 2022

8:10

Actors Jordan Barbour and Daniel Parker talk about the challenges and rewards of finding a home in the theater, the meaning of generosity on stage, what makes Shakespeare relevant today and how important it is to spread …

Twelfth Night - Episode 7 - You Are She

August 5th, 2022

33:11

Finally, Illyria reveals her true magic as everyone we have to come to know reveals their true selves. But of course, before that, there is another …

Bonus - Actors Jordan Barbour & Daniel Parker - Part 1

August 4th, 2022

10:57

Actors Jordan Barbour and Daniel Parker talk about the challenges and rewards of finding a home in the theater, the meaning of generosity on stage, what makes Shakespeare relevant today and how important it is to spread …

Twelfth Night - Episode 6 - Are All The People Mad?

July 29th, 2022

34:11

Has bloodshed come to Illyria? Toby and Maria tricked Malvolio into some very bad behavior with who knows what very bad results to come. Andrew, …

Twelfth Night - Episode 5 - Dear Tiger

July 22nd, 2022

32:38

Olivia awaits another visit from Viola,  Maria and Toby await Malvolio’s wrongheaded appearance before Olivia, we await news of Viola’s brother …

Twelfth Night - Episode 4 - To The Gates Of Hell

July 15th, 2022

32:05

In Illyria, matters of the heart heat up as the midsummer sun beats down. Olivia has declared her love to Cesario, who we know is Viola in …

Twelfth Night - Episode 3 - Was Not This Love Indeed

July 8th, 2022

31:15

How complicated life is in Illyria! Viola, still disguised, loves Orsino, but he loves Olivia.  Uncle Toby’s friend Andrew wants Olivia to love him, …

Bonus - Twelfth Night Director Christopher Liam Moore & Actress Amy Brenneman discuss how they met and their many experiences working together - Part 1

July 5th, 2022

9:20

Amy Brenneman stars in Christopher Liam Moore’s sublime production of TWELFTH NIGHT, set in a Hamptons-esque Ilyria during the Golden Age of Radio. …

Bonus - Translator Alison Carey & Dramaturg Lezlie Cross talk in-depth about some of the characters in Twelfth Night - Part 2

July 2nd, 2022

9:36

Alison Carey and Lezlie Cross explain how Shakespeare was able to avoid getting his nose slit, why it’s important for each of us to make our own iteration, and the myriad worlds within the words of TWELFTH NIGHT!” 

Amy …

Twelfth Night - Episode 2 - A Biscuit For Your Seadog

July 1st, 2022

32:24

Viola, now disguised as the young man Cesario, and in love with Duke Orsino, is off to bring words of love from Orsino to Olivia. But before Viola …

Twelfth Night - Episode 1 - No Prick Will Ever Come

June 24th, 2022

26:49

Illyria, United States, 1939. Beloved Countess Olivia, heartbroken by the tragic death of her brother, turns away from society, rejecting the …

Bonus - Translator Alison Carey & Dramaturg Lezlie Cross talk about making outdated comedy current in Twelfth Night - Part 1

June 18th, 2022

6:52

Amy Brenneman stars in Christopher Liam Moore’s sublime production of TWELFTH NIGHT, set in a Hamptons-esque Ilyria during the Golden Age of Radio. …

Bonus - Philippa Kelly talks about the impact of women on King Lear

June 10th, 2022

7:51

Dramaturg for King Lear Philippa Kelly talks with Executive Producer Michael Goodfriend in part two of their interview and dive into specific …

Bonus - Philippa Kelly discusses the period of Shakespeare's life when King Lear was written

June 3rd, 2022

7:12

The Play On Podcast series KING LEAR, was translated into modern English verse by MARCUS GARDLEY and directed by ERIC TING. 


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Bonus - Aldo Billingslea Discusses His Role As "The Fool"

May 27th, 2022

7:38

The Play On Podcast series KING LEAR, was translated into modern English verse by MARCUS GARDLEY and directed by ERIC TING. 


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Introducing "It Makes A Sound"

May 24th, 2022

23:59

We want to tell you about a podcast you'll like if you like Play On! It's a musical fiction podcast called It Makes A Sound, and it's about a …

Bonus - Eric Ting on directing King Lear - Part 2

May 20th, 2022

7:56

Director Eric Ting talks with Senior Producer Miriam Laube about his path from puppetry to the collaborative art form of theater, and the enduring …

Bonus - Eric Ting on directing King Lear - Part 1

May 10th, 2022

7:45

Director Eric Ting talks with Senior Producer Miriam Laube about his path from puppetry to the collaborative art form of theater, and the enduring …

Bonus - King Lear Actor Roundtable with Rebecca Clark Carey, Gina Daniels and Amy Waschke

May 4th, 2022

9:25

Next Chapter Podcasts presents an actors roundtable featuring King Lear voice & text coach Rebecca Clark Carey sharing experiences with actors Gina Daniels and Amy Waschke from behind the scenes working with …

Bonus - Lindsay Jones on King Lear's Sound Design and Composition - Part 2

April 26th, 2022

8:30

King Lear Sound Designer Lindsay Jones returns to discuss jazz as a metaphor for the creative process of theater, advocacy for Sound Designers, …

Bonus - Lindsay Jones on Sound Design PT 1

April 19th, 2022

7:18

Award-winning sound designer and industry leader Lindsay Jones recounts how he and his band hijacked a truck to make a flight to his wedding, and why it has everything to do with the art of good storytelling. 


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King Lear - Episode 9 - We Who Are Young

April 8th, 2022

24:45

The epic series concludes with Edmund confronting his challenger in a public fight to the death. Edgar survives to tell of his saga as “Poor Tom” and of his journey with his blinded father. News arrives of Goneril and …

King Lear - Episode 8 - We Must Adapt To These Hard Times

April 1st, 2022

27:28

Kent reunites with Cordelia at the Highland Hospital in Oakland, where with a doctor they witness King Lear’s awakening and recognition of his youngest daughter. Meanwhile, at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, Regan …

King Lear - Episode 7 - Ruined Masterpiece Of Nature

March 25th, 2022

28:48

Bathing seductively in her home, Regan uses all her powers of persuasion to delay Oswald’s delivery of a message from Goneril to Edmund (and to warn Goneril to back off of Edmund, whose heart she thinks she’s won), …

King Lear - Episode 6 - It Must Be The Stars

March 18th, 2022

28:39

Cornwall is gravely injured by a servant trying to defend Gloucester, who has been captured and tortured for aiding King Lear. Gloucester is blinded …

King Lear - Episode 5 - Is Man No More Than This?

March 11th, 2022

27:50

Lear rails at the raging storm on the cliffs of the Marin Headlands as The Fool and Kent (disguised as Caius) beg him to seek shelter in a nearby …

King Lear - Episode 4 - Storm Still

March 4th, 2022

27:37

Edgar goes into hiding as “Poor Tom”, a beggar in Golden Gate Park. Lear arrives at Gloucester’s mansion to find his servant Caius (Kent) locked in …

Bonus - Actor Daniel Jose Molina

March 2nd, 2022

7:57

Self described Shakespeare nerd, Daniel Jose Molina, talks about playing some of the iconic roles in Shakespeare's cannon including Henry V, and …

King Lear - Episode 3 - Here He Stood In Darkness

February 25th, 2022

29:15

Synopsis.

The King curses Goneril for her inhospitable treatment and sends Caius (Kent) to find Regan. Back in his car with the Fool, Lear worries …

Bonus - Actor Tramell Tillman

February 23rd, 2022

9:15

The Play On Podcast series KING LEAR, was translated into modern English verse by MARCUS GARDLEY and directed by ERIC TING. 


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King Lear - Episode 2 - Stand Up For Bastards

February 18th, 2022

36:41

Synopsis.

In the garden outside Gloucester’s Fillmore District mansion, a furious Edmund conspires to take from his brother what he feels he deserves from his father. Having set the trap, he drives to a nightclub where …

Bonus - Actor Keith David

February 16th, 2022

8:29


The Play On Podcast series KING LEAR, was translated into modern English verse by MARCUS GARDLEY and directed by ERIC TING. 


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King Lear - Episode 1 - Heave My Heart Into My Mouth

February 11th, 2022

30:24

Synopsis.

As a large crowd of invited guests gather in the ballroom of King Lear’s home in San Francisco’s Fillmore District to hear his much-anticipated announcement regarding his plans for the future of his kingdom, …

King Lear Trailer | Episode 1 Arrives Friday February 11

February 10th, 2022

2:30

Marcus Gardley’s translation of KING LEAR is set in a San Francisco where anything can happen at any moment, where madness is barely constrained beneath the brittle veneer of gentrification and homes are kingdoms taken …

Bonus - Playwright Marcus Gardley with Executive Producer Michael Goodfriend | Part 2

February 4th, 2022

8:57

Playwright Marcus Gardley talks about his journey to become one of America’s most celebrated writers, and his experience deep-diving into the words and worlds of Shakespeare’s KING LEAR. This is Part 2 of 2 episodes. 


Bonus - Playwright Marcus Gardley with Executive Producer Michael Goodfriend | Part 1

January 28th, 2022

8:09

Playwright Marcus Gardley talks about his journey to become one of America’s most celebrated writers, and his experience deep-diving into the words and worlds of Shakespeare’s KING LEAR. This is Part 1 of 2 episodes. 


Bonus - Play On Shakespeare CEO & Creative Director Lue Douthit with Executive Producer Michael Goodfriend

January 21st, 2022

8:53

Lue Douthit examines the multiplicity of meanings in a moment through the writings of Marcus Gardley and William Shakespeare. 


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Bonus - Voice And Text Coach Rebecca Clark Carey And Actress Michelle Beck

January 14th, 2022

9:29

Voice and Text coach Rebecca Clark Carey and actress Michelle Beck (A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM) team up to demonstrate ways to meet the challenges of …

Bonus - Dramaturg Amrita Ramanan with Executive Producer Michael Goodfriend

January 7th, 2022

7:31

Play On Podcasts’ Executive Producer Michael Goodfriend sits down with Dramaturg Amrita Ramanan.

On the anniversary of the January 6th riot, Dramaturg …

Bonus - Actor Channie Waites with Executive Producer Michael Goodfriend

January 4th, 2022

10:27

Play On Podcasts’ Executive Producer Michael Goodfriend sits down with Actor Channie Waites to discuss Coriolanus

Coriolanus actor, educator, and …

Bonus - Composer George Whitty talks with Executive Producer Michael Goodfriend

December 24th, 2021

10:16

Play On Podcasts’ Executive Producer Michael Goodfriend sits down with Composer George Whitty to discuss A Midsummer Night's Dream.



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Bonus - Actor Ching Valdes-Aran with Executive Producer Michael Goodfriend

December 17th, 2021

9:08

Play On Podcasts’ Executive Producer Michael Goodfriend sits down with Actor Ching Valdes-Aran to discuss Coriolanus.


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Bonus - Director Kate Wisniewski talks with Executive Producer Michael Goodfriend

December 10th, 2021

8:13

Play On Podcasts’ Executive Producer Michael Goodfriend sits down with Director Kate Wisniewski to discuss Coriolanus.


Director Kate Wisniewski sits …

Bonus - Playwright Sean San José talks with Executive Producer Michael Goodfriend

December 3rd, 2021

9:51

Play On Podcasts’ Executive Producer Michael Goodfriend sits down with Playwright Sean San José to discuss Coriolanus.


Sean San Jose’s hour-long, …

Coriolanus - Episode 7 - Boy Of Tears

November 19th, 2021

23:25

Welcome to the seventh episode of the Play On Podcasts' Series Coriolanus.

Synopsis:

Coriolanus, crumbling under the weight of his mother’s shame, …

Coriolanus - Episode 6 - You Made This

November 12th, 2021

31:34

As the Romans tremble in fear of the Volcians' imminent attack, the Tribunes convince Menenius to beg Coriolanus for mercy but he is stopped by the …

Coriolanus - Episode 5 - Anger's My Meat

November 5th, 2021

33:47

Coriolanus packs his belongings and leaves his weeping family and friends in his former home. Later, Volumnia berates Brutus and Sicinius in the …

Coriolanus - Episode 4 - There Is A World Elsewhere

October 29th, 2021

30:24

As the citizens riot for Coriolanus’s punishment, Menenius begs the Senate to show mercy and persuades them to allow Coriolanus to return home while …

Coriolanus - Episode 3 - I'll Shake Your Bones

October 22nd, 2021

29:32

As skeptical citizens discuss whether or not to vote for Coriolanus, Menenius tries to persuade him to speak kindly to them. Instead, he mockingly …

Coriolanus - Episode 2 - Every Gash An Enemy's Grave

October 15th, 2021

35:36

Cominius names Martius “Coriolanus” and the Senate rewards his bravery by making him a Roman Consul, but suspicions linger that Coriolanus cares …

Coriolanus - Episode 1 - You Bleed

October 8th, 2021

40:01

Calling for an end to democracy, the brilliant Roman General and war hero Caius Martius (Coriolanus) shames the starving and rioting citizens of Rome …

Bonus - Catherine Eaton - A Midsummer Night's Dream Director

October 1st, 2021

10:05

Play On Podcasts’ Senior Producer Miriam Laube sits down with Director and Episode Script Adapter Catherine Eaton to discuss A Midsummer Night's Dream

Bonus - Jeff Whitty - A Midsummer Night's Dream Playwright and Translator

September 24th, 2021

9:02

Play On Podcasts’ Senior Producer Miriam Laube sits down with Tony Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated Playwright, Actor and Screenwriter Jeff Whitty to discuss his life, his career, and his journey into A …

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Episode 6 - Lovers to Bed

September 10th, 2021

31:52

Welcome to the sixth episode of the Play On Podcasts Series A Midsummer Night's Dream.


Synopsis:

The players delight Theseus, Hippolyta, the lovers and …

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Episode 5 - Hot Ice and Wondrous Strange Snow

September 3rd, 2021

32:27

Welcome to the fifth episode of the Play On Podcasts Series A Midsummer Night's Dream.


Synopsis:

Oberon takes pity on Titania and orders Puck to wake her from her reverie. The Fairy King and Queen are united in rekindled …

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Episode 4 - Cheek By Jowl

August 27th, 2021

28:35

Welcome to the fourth episode of the Play On Podcasts Series A Midsummer Night's Dream.


Synopsis:


All four lovers end up in a fray of broken hearts and wounding words, much to Puck’s delight and Obreron’s disgust. …

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Episode 3 - You See an Ass Head of Your Own?

August 20th, 2021

30:08

Welcome to the third episode of the Play On Podcasts Series A Midsummer Night's Dream.


Synopsis:


In the forest, Puck stumbles upon the city workers, who have unwittingly set up their rehearsal right next to the sleeping …

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Episode 2 - Mischief In The Wood

August 13th, 2021

35:10

Welcome to the 2nd episode of the Play On Podcasts Series A Midsummer Night's Dream.


Synopsis:

Titania offers to restore the balance of nature with Oberon but refuses his demand to hand over custody of her fairy child to …

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Episode 1 - Obscenely And Courageously

August 6th, 2021

33:06

Welcome to the premiere episode of the Play On Podcasts Series A Midsummer Night's Dream.


Synopsis:

Just as celebrations for Theseus’s wedding with his …

Bonus - Keith David on The Way I Am Now podcast with Dionne Lea Williams - Part 3

July 30th, 2021

11:20

The Way I Am Now podcast host & acclaimed performer Dionne Lea Williams has put together three exceptional pieces of bonus content to accompany our Play On Podcast series, “Pericles”, which provide a unique and …

Bonus - Pericles director Lisa Rothe on The Way I Am Now podcast with Dionne Lea Williams - Part 2

July 20th, 2021

10:45

The Way I Am Now podcast host & acclaimed performer Dionne Lea Williams has put together three exceptional pieces of bonus content to accompany our Play On Podcast series, “Pericles”, which provide a unique and …

Pericles - Episode 7 - We Want To Hear Our Story

July 16th, 2021

31:00

Welcome to the seventh episode of the Play On Podcasts Series Pericles.


Synopsis:

Reunited with his daughter at last, Pericles pays homage to the Gods at Diana’s temple, where he is met with more good fortune.

Play On …

Bonus - Jennie Greenberry on The Way I Am Now podcast with Dionne Lea Williams - Part 1

July 13th, 2021

7:57

The Way I Am Now podcast host & acclaimed performer Dionne Lea Williams has put together three exceptional pieces of bonus content to accompany our Play On Podcast series, “Pericles”, which provide a unique and …

Pericles - Episode 6 - For I Was Born At Sea

July 9th, 2021

23:08

Welcome to the sixth episode of the Play On Podcasts Series Pericles.


Synopsis:

Marina convinces Lysimachus to renounce his ways, wins Bolt over and …

Pericles - Episode 5 - Sniveling Little Freshmeat

July 2nd, 2021

24:50

Welcome to the fifth episode of the Play On Podcasts Series Pericles.


Synopsis:

Marina, now grown, is the envy of all of Tarsus, much to the chagrin of the jealous Dionyza, who conspires to have her killed by her servant, …

Pericles - Episode 4 - This Fresh New Sailor

June 25th, 2021

28:55

Welcome to the fourth episode of the Play On Podcasts Series Pericles.


Synopsis:

Bereft of his bride, Pericles surrenders her body to the sea and makes for Tarsus to ride out the storm. There, he gives over care of his …

Pericles - Episode 3 - Let Punishment Continue With A Kiss

June 18th, 2021

25:49

Welcome to the third episode of the Play On Podcasts Series Pericles.


Synopsis:

Pericles wins Simonides’ jousting tournament and falls in love with the …

Bonus - Ellen McLaughlin - Playwright

June 15th, 2021

8:08

Celebrated playwright Ellen McLaughlin discusses her career as a performer and writer, her relationship with Shakespeare, and the unique challenge of translating Pericles into modern English for Play On Shakespeare and …

Pericles - Episode 2 - Look What Heaven Can Do If She Wants

June 11th, 2021

27:52

Welcome to the second episode of the Play On Podcasts Series Pericles.


Synopsis:

Pericles arrives in Tarsus on a Peace vessel filled with stores of wheat and grain which he offers to feed the starving people of Tarsus, …

Bonus - Kathleen Chalfant on playing Gower

June 8th, 2021

9:02

Acclaimed performer Kathleen Chalfant, who played the role of Gower for the podcast series of Pericles, discusses her career, her involvement in …

Pericles - Episode 1 - Hell Can Dance To Such A Tune

June 4th, 2021

28:39

Welcome to the premiere episode of the Play On Podcasts Series Pericles.


Synopsis:

Young Pericles, Prince of Tyre, travels from his home to the distant …

Introducing...The Play On Podcast Series Pericles

June 3rd, 2021

2:35

Shakespeare’s timeless tale about a man who loses everything only to find what matters most.


Hear the trailer for the Play On Podcast series Pericles from Next Chapter Podcasts' scripted fiction division. This is where …

Bonus - David Molina - Macbeth Sound Designer

June 1st, 2021

9:01

Hear where it all comes from as groundbreaking sound designer and composer of the Play On Podcasts series Macbeth, David Molina, takes us on a …

Bonus - Daniel Benshimon - Macbeth and Pericles Sound Engineer

May 25th, 2021

7:29

Macbeth Sound Engineer Daniel Benshimon shares the story of his path to becoming an Emmy Award-winning recording engineer and sound designer including anecdotes from his career and the unique challenge of capturing and …

Macbeth - Episode 7 - Who Will be Crowned at Scone?

May 21st, 2021

25:59

This is the seventh & final episode of the Play On Podcasts Series Macbeth.


Synopsis:

Macbeth seeks Seyton’s counsel and vows to fight to the death …

Bonus - Play On Shakespeare’s Executive Director Kamilah Long and Play On CEO and Creative Director, Dr. Lue Douthit

May 18th, 2021

9:55

It’s time to Play On! Play On Shakespeare’s Executive Director Kamilah Long gets the lowdown on “Macbeth”, Shakespeare, Podcasts, and everything in between from Play On CEO and Creative Director, Dr. Lue Douthit.


Listen …

Macbeth - Episode 6 - All My Pretty Ones

May 14th, 2021

30:50

This is the sixth episode of the Play On Podcasts Series Macbeth.


Synopsis: Meeting in England, Malcolm tests Macduff’s honesty and loyalty. Their …

Bonus - Karyn Casl and Ada Karamanyan - Macbeth Casting Directors

May 11th, 2021

9:39

Macbeth Casting Co-Directors Karyn Casl, CSA, and Ada Karamanyan explain what casting is, how it works, the challenges and rewards of the job and the pleasure of putting together the cast for Macbeth as the lead-in to …

Macbeth - Episode 5 - Round About the Cauldron Go

May 7th, 2021

24:45

This is the fifth episode of the Play On Podcasts Series Macbeth.


Synopsis:

The witches gather for a raucous ritual which is interrupted by Macbeth, who demands to know the future of his throne. Enraged by what he sees, …

Bonus - Edward Torres on Directing Macbeth

May 4th, 2021

9:09

Macbeth Director Edward Torres talks about how he fell in love with theatre in south Chicago, the evolution of his relationship with Shakespeare as …

Macbeth - Episode 4 - Blood Will Have Blood

April 30th, 2021

26:38

This is the fourth episode of the Play On Podcasts Series Macbeth.


Synopsis:

Inside their private chamber, Macbeth confides in his wife. That evening, the murderers attack Banquo and his son, Fleance, on the Palace Woods …

Bonus - Migdalia Cruz and Dramaturg Ishia Bennison

April 27th, 2021

7:27

Migdalia Cruz and Ishia Bennison: Playwright Migdalia Cruz talks about her translation of “Macbeth” with actor and dramaturg Ishia Bennison. Hear how they found each other through the common thread of this classic tale, …

Macbeth - Episode 3 - In the Devil's Other Name

April 23rd, 2021

28:40

This is the third episode of the Play On Podcasts Series Macbeth.


Synopsis:

A drunken porter greets Macduff and Lennox at the castle gate. Macduff …

Bonus - Armando Riesco and Zabryna Guevara on playing Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

April 20th, 2021

9:12

Armando Riesco and Zabryna Guevara discuss their careers, their artistic relationship, their journey into and out of the roles of Macbeth and Lady …

Macbeth - Episode 2 - The King Comes Here Tonight

April 16th, 2021

28:52

This is the second episode of the Play On Podcasts Series Macbeth.


Synopsis:

Lady Macbeth welcomes her husband home after reading his letter about his encounter with The Witches. Together, they plot the murder of King …

Bonus - Miss Peppermint, Monét X-Change and Manila Luzon on playing the witches in Macbeth

April 14th, 2021

58:08

Listen a behind-the-scenes conversation with three drag superstars about Shakespeare, the drag world, acting, performing, and podcasting during the pandemic, and the ever-present need for equity, diversity and inclusion …

Macbeth - Episode 1 - When Will We Three Make a King?

April 9th, 2021

26:50

Welcome to the premiere episode of the Play On Podcasts Series Macbeth.


Synopsis:

First, a Conjuring. Then, King Duncan, inside his battleground tent …

Introducing...The Play On Podcast Series Macbeth

April 3rd, 2021

2:36

Hear the trailer for the Play On Podcast series Macbeth, the inaugural series from Next Chapter Podcasts' scripted fiction division. This is where Theatre meets Podcast, combining the modern-day audio phenomenon with …

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