Hosted by Iyvon Edebiri and Eric Borlaug, the series aims to build community by exploring diverse perspectives and by bringing awareness to inspiring voices. We strive to program plays that are new and unexpected, that challenge our listeners with innovative form and powerful content. Climb aboard and listen along, or join us for a live broadcast from Cloud City in Brooklyn!
live from Cloud City
85 N 1st Street, Brooklyn NY (@ Berry Street) off the Bedford L
every first Thursday at 7pm from Sep-Jun. Free! Tickets: playmachine.eventbrite.com
IYVON EDEBIRI (co-host, curator) is a writer, producer and arts administrator. Born in Nigeria, Iyvon grew up in Brooklyn and went on to attend LaGuardia High School for the Arts, where she studied classical vocal music. She graduated from Brandeis University in 2013, where she earned a degree in International & Global Studies and Italian Studies. Shortly after receiving her degree, Iyvon was awarded a Fulbright Graduate Scholarship to conduct research in Italy, where she was able to combine her academic background and interests. During her time in Italy she conducted ethnographic research with Italian natives and African immigrants to Italy and later assistant directed and dramaturged two American musicals in the city of Bologna, including the Italian National Premiere of Ragtime and Sweeney Todd: Il Barbiere di Fleet Street. During her free time, Iyvon is writing for the upcoming Youtube webseries African, American, a comedic mockumentary that explores the relationship between two African cousins and their misadventures as they explore their identity in New York City. Currently, Iyvon is a master's degree candidate in the Arts Administration program at Baruch College of the City of New York (CUNY) and is the Producing Coordinator of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program.
ERIC BORLAUG (co-host, producer) is a queer writer and producer in theater, film, and new media whose work focuses on imagining futures, exploring technology, and finding the most angles to flip off Trump International buildings from a bike in NYC. Past season: Jeff Seal: The Goddam Truth, (Producer) Edinburgh Free Fringe, UK; Phantasmagoria; or, Let Us Seek Death! (conceived and directed by Randolph Curtis Rand, written by Chana Porter; Producer) the Ellen Stewart Theater at LaMama Experimental Theater Club; and Helps to Hate You a Little: A Lovestory (by Ella Boureau, dir. Jaki Bradley; Producer) at Cloud City. Favorite projects: Old Fashioned Prostitutes: A True Romance (Richard Foreman, The Public Theater; Development Consultant), The Tribute Artist by Charles Busch (59E59 Theaters, Primary Stages; Development); You Will Make a Difference (West Park Presbyterian Church, AliveWire Theatrics; Producer); The Call by Tanya Barfield (Playwrights Horizons/Primary Stages; Development). Plays: Twelve at the Fields (Lyric-Hyperion LA, Cloud City BKLN, PlayMachine), The Future Perfect (Primary Stages, NY Center for Rememberance and Sharing, AliveWire Theatrics), among others in collaboration with The Gene Frankel Theater, 13th Street Repertory Theater, Theater Breaking Through Barriers, and Dixon Place. BA Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts with an emphasis in playwriting and poetry, from the San Francisco Bay Area, and based in Brooklyn, New York.
but for our third season, especially as we experience the current administration’s policies, we are incredibly interested in plays that address the modern world or are written by playwrights whose voices are underrepresented in it. As a play series who believes there are as many distinctive styles and voices as there are playwrights, we remain open to a wide range of plays that will engage audiences in an intimate setting and on a podcast format. We see our recordings as a fun collaborative effort between us, the playwright, the directors, musicians and the actors.
Some questions we like to ask ourselves as we consider a play:
1. Does the play work in an audio only format?
2. Is the play diverse and/or innovative in perspective, voice or content?
3. Is the play exciting and unexpected?
Before you send in your play for consideration, take a listen to one of our episodes from Season Two as it best encompasses what we strive for both for the actual play reading and for our published readings. A couple of logistical items to know before applying: a) we can easily accommodate up to 5 actors and one stage directions reader, for more actors we need to make special arrangements so preference is given to plays of that size; b) we can accommodate 3 inputs for our musical guest, i.e. 1 mic and 2 instruments/2 mics and 1 instrument/3 mics; c) our playwright must be present for the recording.
We will be accepting full length submissions by individual playwrights, playwrights/director teams, playwright/director/music teams from February 15 - March 31, 2017 for our third season (September 2017 - June 2018). We fully encourage individual playwrights to apply; Iyvon will work with you to pair a director, cast, and musical guest from our pool of amazing collaborators. Please follow the instructions below to apply:
***Once you hit "Submit" you will be given an email address to send your play to,
do not close your window before you receive the email address.***
We will update playwrights on the status of their submission on May 15, 2017.
Are you a director, actor, musician, or want to be otherwise involved on the show? Send a brief introduction with your resume/online headshot (if actor) or online music profile (if musician). Or, want to bring us to your hometown? Drop us a line!