|Keen Co continues its season with Kate Cortesi's Radio Nowhere with George Salazar, Amelia Workman & Alfredo Narciso. Premiering on April 23rd, FREE|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 03:20 pm EDT 04/14/21|
|Drama Desk and Obie Award-Winning
Continues Its 21st Season:
A Season of Audio Theater
by Kate Cortesi
Directed by Taylor Reynolds
Featuring Alfredo Narciso, George Salazar, and Amelia Workman
Premiering April 23rd at 7pm EST
Available FREE on Your Favorite Podcast Apps
Keen Company Artistic Director Jonathan Silverstein today announced the World Premiere of a newly commissioned audio play Radio Nowhere by acclaimed playwright Kate Cortesi, beginning Friday April 23rd at 7pm EST for FREE on your favorite podcasting apps like Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and more: search "Keen Company Hear/Now" wherever you listen!
Directed by Taylor Reynolds, Radio Nowhere will feature Alfredo Narciso, George Salazar, and Amelia Workman. Radio Nowhere will have sound design and original music by Fred Kennedy. The audio play will be stage managed by Avery Trunko and audio engineered by Garret Schultz.
"It's my honor to announce the next release in our Hear/Now Season of Audio Theater: Radio Nowhere by Kate Coresi. Kate has been a valued member of the Keen community since she wrote Citizens United for our Keen Teens program in 2019, a timely, educational and hilarious take on the landmark Supreme Court case. When we commissioned Kate we knew she would bring her signature wit to this year's season and she has delivered with a thought provoking and entertaining feast for your ears. It's been an utter joy working again with Taylor Reynolds to bring Kate's play to life, as well as her stellar team of actors (including Keen alum George Salazar) and Sound Designer Fred Kennedy. Strap on your headphones and get ready for another engrossing and surprising tale!" said Silverstein.
Radio Nowhere is an irreverent comedy about a young artist's attempt to save his strange little radio show by selling off an even stranger set of valuables. Tune in and join DJ Anonymous as his scrappy telethon turns into an exploration of grief, art, popularity, and the myth of the white male genius.
Kate Cortesi is a Brooklyn and Boston-based playwright from Washington D.C. Her full-length plays include One More Less (2017 Relentless Award Finalist, O'Neill 2017 Playwrights Conference Finalist, Playwrights Horizons 2017 New Works Lab directed by Robert O'Hara), Great Kills (2014-2015 Princess Grace Award Winner, Premiere Stages 2015 New Play Competition, 2016 Kilroy's List honorable mention), and A Patron of the Arts (Cherry Lane Mentor Project 2018), Is Edward Snowden Single? (The Pool 2020, Dorset Theatre Festival, Colt Coeur Play Hotel), and Love (world premiere Marin Theatre Company 2020, WP Theater/Colt Coeur 2019 Parity Fest). Her work has been developed at Playwrights Horizons, WP Theater, South Coast Rep, Colt Coeur, Primary Stages, Ensemble Studio Theatre, terraNOVA Collective, The Lark, and Premiere Stages and produced at Cherry Lane Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Columbia University. Awards/honors include NYFA Fellowship (2016), the Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship (2014-2015), the Karen Brownstein Award, and Kilroy's List (2016). Kate is a New Dramatists resident playwright. She has taught writing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Riker's Island and lots of places in between.
Taylor Reynolds is a New York-based director from Chicago and one of the Producing Artistic Leaders of OBIE-winning The Movement Theatre Company. She has worked as a director, assistant, and collaborator with companies including Clubbed Thumb, Page 73, Baltimore Center Stage, Signature Theatre Company, Ars Nova, MCC, and The 24 Hour Plays. Selected directing credits: Digging in the Dark (Keen Company), Tambo & Bones (upcoming at Playwrights Horizons/CTG), Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally (Baltimore Center Stage/Playwrights Realm), Tough (AADA), Plano (Clubbed Thumb, Drama Desk nom for Best Director), Songs About Trains (Radical Evolution), Allond(r)a (New Georges Audrey Residency), Think Before You Holla (creator/deviser). She is a New Georges Affiliated Artist, 2017-2018 Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellow, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab alum, and member of SDC. BFA, Carnegie Mellon University. www.iamtaylorreynolds.com
Alfredo Narciso is a stage, film and television actor based out of NYC. If you would like a more detailed version of what that means, check out his website at www.alfredonarciso.com. If not, be at peace knowing that literally billions of people have joined you in that decision.
George Salazar is best known for playing Michael Mell in Be More Chill (garnering a Lucille Lortel Award, two Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards, and Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Award nominations). He was last seen onstage as Seymour in the critically-acclaimed Pasadena Playhouse production of Little Shop of Horrors. Other NY theater credits include Godspell (2011 Bway revival), The Lightning Thief (Drama Desk nom.); tick, tick…BOOM! (Keen Company); Here Lies Love (Public Theater). TV: "Superstore," "Nancy Drew," "Bull," "Divorce." Albums: Two-Player Game, Be More Chill, The Lightning Thief, The Jonathan Larson Project, Godspell. @georgesalazar
Amelia Workman has appeared on "Succession," "Elementary," "Bull" and "Blindspot" and played a small role opposite Michelle Williams in After The Wedding. Her work onstage has afforded her the opportunity to work with Pulitzer winning playwrights Susan Lori Parks and Lynn Nottage, and allowed her to develop and/or premiere award winning work like Young Jean Lee's The Shipment and Dave Malloy's Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (selected). She's performed for audiences in over a dozen countries and understudied Kerry Washington on Broadway. Additionally, she played the titular role in the lauded 2019 revival Fornes's Fefu and Her Friends. For more information visit ameliaworkman.com
Radio Nowhere is part of Keen Company's innovative 21st Season. Hear/Now: A Season of Audio Theater is reimagining the classic radio drama with a season of five world premiere audio plays from a multifaceted group of Off-Broadway playwrights. Hear/Now debuted 1993 by finkle in the fall and continues through June 2021, featuring the world premiere of new audio plays by Pearl Cleage, James Anthony Tyler, and musical team Melissa Li and Kit Yan. Patrons can expect a season of unique pieces of audio theater - each will be intimate, engrossing, fully-produced shows that will feel just as satisfying as a great night at the theater!
All audio plays are released completely FREE for patrons on Keen Company's website as well as through popular podcast platforms. Those who chose to support Keen Company can purchase a season membership and receive early access to all episodes as well as exclusive perks. Membership options start at just $1 a month and bonus content, including talkbacks with playwrights and artists, panels with experts, behind the scenes interviews, digital programs, opening night premiere parties, and more.
Look for Hear/Now on popular podcast apps like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and TuneIn. Full transcripts will also be available for deaf and hard of hearing patrons. More information on membership packages as well as an audio season teaser are available at www.keencompany.org.
Up next will be the world premiere of Adventurephile, a newly commissioned piece of audio theater by the musical team Melissa Li and Kit Yan. More details to be announced soon! Episodes stream live on the Keen Company website, as well as our Facebook and Youtube pages.
Keen Company is an award-winning Off-Broadway theater creating story-driven work that provokes identification, reflection, and emotional connection. In intimate productions of plays and musicals, the company tells stories about the decisive moments that change us. Keen also runs a developmental new work initiative for mid-career playwrights and a unique educational outreach program for teens in all five boroughs of NYC.
For more information on Radio Nowhere or any of Keen's programs, visit KeenCompany.org.
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