RADIO STORIES FOR "STUDIO 360" ON WNYC/ PRI
"Beatles or Bieber?" (2014, rebroadcast in 2017) On the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first US visit, I spoke with fans of the Fab Four and of teen superstar Justin Bieber, the subject of a new documentary film.
"On Stage: A New Streetcar" (2012) A look at a Broadway production of "A Streetcar Named Desire," featuring a mostly African American cast.
"The Normal Heart: The Story of AIDS for a New Generation" (2011, 10 minutes) The seminal AIDS play of the 1980s is revived on Broadway in 2011 — how do younger and older audiences see the play, and AIDS, now?
AUDIO PLAYS THAT I WROTE AND PRODUCED
"The 18-1/2 Minute Gap" (2017). Imagines what happened during the infamous "gap" — a period of silence on tapes secretly recorded by the late President Richard M. Nixon in the White House.
"Love Shack" (1998, 11 minutes). A radio station is taken over by communist revolutionaries during a live call-in advice show.
"The Long-Suffering Tree" (2010, 8 minutes). My parody of the renowned children's book "The Giving Tree," read by me.
AUDIO WALKING TOURS
"Harvey Milk: Out of the Bars and Into the Streets" (2009, 71 minutes). Walk from San Francisco's Castro district to City Hall and learn about the times of gay activist and politician Harvey Milk from his proteges Cleve Jones, Anne Kronenberg, and Daniel Nicoletta. Includes dramatizations and archival audio.
"George Moscone's City Hall" (2009, 35 minutes). Explore San Francisco City Hall and learn about the life and times of George Moscone, the forward-thinking mayor who was killed in 1978. With archival audio and stories from his colleagues and family.
"Sex and Dogs and Rock and Roll: The Presidio Pet Cemetery" (2009, 13 minutes). Michelle Tea reads a story by Kris Kovick about her dog Thunder, whose grave marker is at the Presidio Pet Cemetery in San Francisco.
THE BIG DRAMA BEHIND "THE GLASS MENAGERIE"
In this three-part series, I read selections from the transcripts of a series of oral history interviews with Eddie Dowling, the producer, director, and star of the original 1945 Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' breakout play, "The Glass Menagerie." The interviews were conducted in 1963, and the contents are protected by copyright of the Columbia University Center for Oral History.
Part 1: Eddie Dowling meets Tennessee William, falls in love with "The Glass Menagerie," and assembles a cast for the show — including Laurette Taylor, a famously difficult but talented actress in the role of a lifetime. (20 minutes)
Part 2: How a renowned New York Times theater critic upset the apple cart, the Chicago run of the show, and the edge-of-your-seat Broadway premiere in 1945. (20 minutes)
Part 3: The rocky 18-month run of the play, the fate of leading lady Laurette Taylor, and a poignant denouement about Eddie Dowling's relationship with playwright Tennessee Williams. (25 minutes)