by Diane Grant
A few months ago, from out of the blue, I got an email from Lynde Rosario. She and her fellow producer, Kate O’Phalen, founded Lady Plays, which records and podcasts bi monthly readings of plays by women and airs them online, as a new way to provide a platform for women to have their stories told.
Lynde is a Harvard/ART trained dramaturg and Kate is an Equity actor who has played in New York and at regional theaters across the country.
They were interested in producing my romantic comedy, Sunday Dinner.
It would be the second play they had put up on the free Podcasts, which are available on Itunes. I listened to the first play and enjoyed it thoroughly. It was an intriguing play, called Box of Lies, by Karin Diann Williams, about an encounter in an airport bar between two strangers, a man and a woman, one a psychoanalyst and one the writer Anais Nin.
The quality of the recording was very good and I felt as if I was in that bar with them.
I don’t know where they found a copy of my play and but “Yes,” immediately.
The recording is excellent and meticulously done. Lynde sent a comprehensive list of stage directions for Sunday Dinner, which were to stay and which to be replaced by sound effects.
The sound designer, Chris Gillard of Sound Haus Audio added the excellent sound effects. Here they are. (Just for fun.)
Wine pouring / Glasses clink
Munching chips / wine pouring
Bottle on table
Banging of cupboard doors, cutlery being dropped, glass smashing
Bag of chips falling / wine pouring / intercom buzz / different buzz sound
Cork popping / wine pouring
Crash of dishes
Car keys jingling
Case snapping shut
Wine pouring / glasses clinking
Intercom buzzing / different buzz / cupboard doors opening and shutting
The third play is up now, By Any Other Name by Carol Lashof, about a married couple in transition. I won’t tell you more. You’ll have to listen.
Each of the plays ends with an interview with the playwright.