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The Golden Years of Radio

The Foundation of American Entertainment

Before television, immersive radio dramas were a favorite source of entertainment for the whole family! In 1938, Orson Welles broadcast a dramatic interpretation of War of the Worlds that was so realistic it caused a “nationwide panic”, as listeners thought aliens were truly invading Earth. From sci-fi’s to soap operas, a wide variety of radio Read More

Earning Our Wings

An Interview with Director Suzanne O'Donnell

OST: How is your approach to directing a live radio play different from other projects? SO:  The production is like a podcast or an audio book, that really the background and so much of the ‘action’ is created through the actor’s voices, and not so much through a traditional set. We move from place to place Read More

To Err is Human…Right?

Eric Pfeffinger, author of Human Error (a PlayFest presented by Harriett’s Charitable Trust 2017 new play reading) talks about what he hopes his audience will discover in his latest work. OST: What is the biggest challenge about crafting a new play? EP: The biggest challenge is sitting down and realizing that, regardless whatever you might have done or accomplished Read More

Love, Forgiveness, and The Hour of Great Mercy

  Miranda Rose Hall, author of The Hour of Great Mercy (a PlayFest presented by Harriett’s Charitable Trust 2017 new play reading) shares the inspiration behind her latest work. OST: Why are you passionate about the subject matter of The Hour of Great Mercy? What inspired you? MRH: This play comes out of a lot of personal stories for me, Read More

Writing in Floods

An Interview with PlayFest playwright Meridith Friedman, author of "Your Best One," and a writer on the hit show.

Meridith Friedman, author of Your Best One (a PlayFest presented by Harriett’s Charitable Trust 2017 new play reading) talks crafting new plays and the inspiration behind her latest work.   OST:  What is the biggest challenge about crafting a new play? MF: For me, it’s always coming up with that first spark of an idea. Finding something that I’m so Read More

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