Play for Voices is a new podcast of international audio drama. Our show presents new productions of contemporary and classic audio plays from around the world, exploring their aesthetic, social, and political contexts through inventive, multilingual sound design and supplemental interviews with authors, translators, and other interesting people. We feature English-language plays and plays in English translation.
Radio drama—“plays for voices” written to be heard rather than seen—enjoyed great popularity in the U.S. during the “Golden Age” of radio, from the 1920s to the 1950s. Since then, audio dramas have occupied a marginal place in the U.S. radio landscape, but the form has remained vibrant elsewhere in the world, often on public broadcasting networks. Audio drama is a highly flexible dramatic form that encourages experimentation and encompasses narrative, lyric, serials, and standalone plays of varying lengths.
Inspired by the resurgence of audio storytelling in the United States, Play for Voices aims to build an inclusive audience of listeners for international audio drama in English and English translation, and to promote dialogue among the literary, translation, theater, audio, and sound art communities.
From September 1 to November 30, 2017, Play for Voices is holding our first crowdfunding campaign. To contribute, please visit our Fractured Atlas campaign site.