Top 5 Reasons to Turn Your Play into an Audio Play or Radio Play

Audio theatre is an awesome option for theatre lovers.í‚  Several well-respected playwrights have written audio plays (also known as radio plays)í¢â‚¬”Samuel Beckett, Carly Churchill, Nilo Cruz, and Julie Jensen are just a few.

So, whatí¢â‚¬â„¢s stopping you from transforming your existing stage play into an audio piece? Here are the 5 top reasons to consider audio theatre:

1. All about the storyí¢â‚¬¦a playwrightí¢â‚¬â„¢s paradise: The playwright reigns! The playwrightí¢â‚¬â„¢s words have the same impact on a listener as an authorí¢â‚¬â„¢s words have on a reader.

2. So inexpensive compared to live theatre: All thatí¢â‚¬â„¢s needed is an engaging script. No money spent on venues, props, costumes, lighting design, etc.

3. Sound effects to the zenithí¢â‚¬¦ a sound designerí¢â‚¬â„¢s paradise: With well-produced soundscapes, the setting for your play can be an ordinary restaurant or a galactic alien community. Truly, the sky is the limit.

4. Quick turnaround: You can produce an audio play in a few days. Record the actors reading their scripts, slap on some sound effects if you like, and edit. Voila, an amazing piece of work! Audacity is free editing software thatí¢â‚¬â„¢s great for audio theatre projects.

5. Easy to share: After uploading your work to audio hosting sites like iTunes, Audible, or SoundCloud, ití¢â‚¬â„¢s easy for people to enjoy your art at any time no matter where they are. You definitely caní¢â‚¬â„¢t do that with live theatre.

Are you ready to produce and submit your audio play? Check out Fringe Audio, an initiative of the Atlanta Fringe Festival that showcases audio artists. Fringe Audio submissions are accepted until March 31 on a first-come-first-served basis.í‚  (Editors note: Playwright must produce).

This is a guest blog post, written by Jessica Bodiford. Jessica Bodiford is the Fringe Audio Director for the Atlanta Fringe Festival. She is currently living in Haiti exploring the arts and culture.

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