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Playing on Air—the podcast that features original plays by both established and emerging playwrights performed by gobs of household-name actors—has been around for almost a decade, but never have I been so devoted to it as I have been over the past year or so. Genuine in-person theatrical performances have obviously come to a standstill and while nothing can really take the place of those, I do think Playing on Air has helped fill the void a little.

Christopher Durang, Beth Henley, Romulus Linney, Lynn Nottage, Paul Rudnick, John Patrick Shanley—that’s just a drop in the bucket playwright-wise, and the actor list is almost too extensive to even cherry-pick. Here are some anyway: Audra McDonald, Rosie Perez, Martha Plimpton, Aidan Quinn, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Timothée Chalamet, Ed Asner, Bobby Cannavale—the list goes ON. 

I haven’t been going through the list in any sort of order; I’ve just been randomly choosing from their quite-deep library of past performances. Do drop in and give one a try – most of the plays clock in under a half-hour, so they’re perfect for knitting (or snow-shoveling). And if you’re working on a sweater (or driveway) or whatever, just listen to ten of them! Then when you get invited to your first post-COVID dinner party, you can be the most-theatered person at the table. GOALS.

About The Author

DG Strong took up knitting in 2014. He lives in Nashville with his sister, her rat terrier and a hound dog named Opal. He has a blog of drawings and faintly ridiculous rambling called The Psychopedia—there are worse ways to spend your afternoon.


  • Thank you for this. I really miss local theatre, and will give it a try. How great to enjoy knitting and theatre at the same time!

  • Thank you for this recommendation. On yet another snow grey day in New England, listening to wonderful actors sounds ideal! Looking forward to some bright sparks to brighten the mood!

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