The Radio Stage was created by Marjorie Van Halteren in 1986, with the aim of attracting contemporary playwrights to the medium. Sarah Montague took over as producer in 1992. The series was distributed by National Public Radio, and showcased some thirty new works through 1996. WNYC partnered with a number of local companies, including David Mamet's Atlantic Theatre, The Public Theatre, Playwright’s Theater of New Jersey, and the McCarter, and works were commissioned from such distinguished dramatists as Nilo Cruz, Wendy Wasserstein, Eric Overmeyer, Adrienne Kennedy, and Jessica Hagedorn.
by Elana Greenfield, directed by Marjorie Van Halteren, and produced in cooperation with New Dramatists. Former New Dramatists director Greenfield is known for her numinous experimental work. “Desire” harks back to the mysteries of her own childhood: brought to America from Jerusalem, she views the confusing dissolution of her parents’ marriage in global and mystical terms
"Two Sisters and a Piano"
by Nilo Cruz, directed by Loretta Greco, and produced in cooperation with New Dramatists. In the Pulitzer Prize-winner’s first work for radio, the sisters, both artists in Castro’s Cuba, are under house arrest, and imagine the world beyond their “prison.” Cruz later adapted the work as a stage play.