Reggie Watts & Tommy Smith
RADIO PLAY

“Radio Play is meant to be listened to more than seen, which is why much of it occurs in the dark. Inspired by a media that is now virtually extinct, it features songs, stories and even commercials in the model of an old-time radio program. But these aren’t your grandma’s stories…”- The Wall St. Journal

“This freewheeling, beat-boxing, musical-comedy madman blows minds and steals hearts whether he’s opening for Conan O’Brian, appearing on Comedy Central in his own special or doing ten minutes in a Williamsburg bar.” – Time Out NY

“Nakedly entertaining! Watts, with his cloud of black hair and surprisingly beautiful voice, is loads of fun to watch”
– Variety

“Expect a nonlinear, surreal spin of songs, stories, and soundscapes that play with the politics of pop culture. Embrace the retro-fueled fun with your eyes closed and ears open.” – The Village Voice

Modeled after radio programs of yesteryear, RADIO PLAY gathers a group of actors, musicians and sound-effects artists to create a surreal sonic entertainment. Songs, stories and soundscapes collide in a comedic mash-up of non-temporal quasi-political pop-cultural tropes.

Reggie Watts (co-creator, performer, composer, musician, writer) and Tommy Smith (co-creator, writer) create absurd experimental comedic theatricals for modern performance spaces. TRANSITION played at The Under The Radar Festival at The Public Theater, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time Based Art Festival and On The Boards (Seattle); it was also the winner of the MAP Fund Award and Creative Capital award. Their previous theater piece DISINFORMATION was seen at the UTR Festival, PICA: TBA, The Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), The Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), and ICA (Boston). DUTCH A/V, a live environmental film performance and winner of the MAP Fund Award, was workshopped at IRT Theatre (New York) and premiered at the 2011 Under The Radar festival. When not collaborating together, Reggie and Tommy work on their “A-Side” careers, which can be seen at www.reggiewatts.com and smithsmith.wordpress.com, respectively.

Written by Reggie Watts & Tommy Smith. Directed by Kip Fagan. Performed by Reggie Watts, with H.I. Bonner, Beth Hoyt, Mary Jane Gibson, Marshall York, and Jen Rondeau on the Theremin. Lights by Seth Reiser. Additional writing by Mary Jane Gibson.

Made possible with commissioning support from Performance Space 122 and the Jerome Foundation.

COMEDY, AUDIO, THEATRE
Friday May 6 – Saturday May 28, 2011
Wednesday – Saturday at 8PM, Sun at 6PM
Late shows at 10PM:
Saturday, May 14 / Saturday, May 21 / Friday, May 27 / Saturday, May 28

Help PS122 Go Green by viewing your Radio Play program online!

  • "Algorithms are more than abstract software programs: they increasingly, but often invisibly, matter in our lives." https://t.co/0QwNY7dLlT

  • Thrilled to be recipients of @DorisDukeFdn's grant w/ artist collab Yehuda Duenyas of @MindrideLLC on #virtual work: https://t.co/C6TzOMXv6w

  • "Lovers of art & performance—and, when it comes down to it, lovers in general—know the thrill of discovery." https://t.co/RuEdYaD57Y #love

  • Beautifully moving piece on Samita Sinha's #COIL16 work @theinvisibledog written by Anand Balakrishnan: https://t.co/8cM61BlUHN

  • #COIL16 prgm notes up on the blog all week. Jillian Peña's Panopticon penned by Katherine Brewer Ball of @wesleyan_u https://t.co/aK8lAg24n1

  • The dust has settled on #COIL16 so we compiled our fav press: https://t.co/WqpYOTWdz1

  • #gala16 preview. Save the Date: April 28th! @ Jing Fong Restaurant https://t.co/uG7HjeGm8Y

  • What do U think of @PS122? Help us plan 4 the future w/ a short #survey. 1 lucky responder will win a #COIL17 Pass! https://t.co/XeWUBbzBC6

  • RT @hyperjetlag: 3 of this dynamite team are about to leave. Sad but happy they graced us for a while @PS122 https://t.co/da3if6iMCE

  • Many thanks: https://t.co/McIUchoQjS #COIL16

  • Don’t miss #GloryoftheWorld @BAM_Brooklyn now through Feb 6! Tickets available: https://t.co/XIw7marx8b https://t.co/WWXWV4KhHr

  • RT @ranters_theatre: Goodbye New York, sadly leaving after presenting 'Intimacy' and 'Song' @PS122 #coil16 We had a ball! Now on to @PuShFe…

  • RT @jeffreyfunaro: Happy closing to #adishatzadieu @AbronsArtsCtr @PS122 https://t.co/Q0ACgamkcc

  • RT @hyperjetlag: Last show of the last festival. Hooray! #coil16 @ps122

  • RT @LeslyeHeadland: Love this guy. Loved this show. The Holler Sessions closes tomorrow. Don't miss it. #coil16 @PS122 https://t.co/B5lOYbZ…

  • RT @ShoniCurrier: Five shows in three boroughs. Good day. Thanks @UTRFestival @PS122 @AmericanRealnes @TheChocoFactry @BushwickStarr #expon…

  • RT @Margaux_Szuter: Last day for #COIL16 @PS122! Your last chance to see incredible shows in NYC !! https://t.co/ycrhFy3ZBJ

  • RT @Alex_Hare: Yesterday Tomorrow @PS122's #COIL16 has given me a haunting earworm, and (tellingly?) it's the former song, not the latter

  • RT @theinvisibledog: Had a deep pleasure being "tortured" by Annie Dorsen #coil16 @PS122 @LaMaMaETC

  • Instd of that Trump Dance, politics shld present @marthagraham's "American Document" of 1938. #discourseindance #excavationsite @newmuseum

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