The CPF Radio Hour went live on April 11 2017, presented by Cary Playwrights’ Forum; an hourly radio show dedicated to showcasing plays from up and coming playwrights via a live ‘play it by ear’ performance every week (recorded for subsequent listening on-demand). Hear trending, heart-rending stories! The emphasis will be on new material from playwrights local to North Carolina but any writer with a connection to NC is encouraged to submit their work.
NOTE: we held a Radio Play Contest for this show!!! Winners are announced, directors and actors are sought, productions will occur in Feb / Mar! All the deets here.
Here’s a promo podcast for the show!
Currently the show is scheduled for Tuesday nights (9-10pm broadcast time, WCOM 103.5 FM Carrboro – direct link to the livestream here) but that is subject to change. You can listen to founding producer Glenn Greggs discuss the venture on this WHUP radio interview (at about minute 39). As of July 2018 Christian O’Neal has replaced Glenn as the producer and host!
Want to be a part of it?
CPF Radio Hour & Cary Playwrights Forum are equal opportunity platforms. All are welcome.
If interested in submitting scripted material, please see Submissions below.
If interested in taking part as an actor/voice artist, please see the section for Performers.
If interest in listening to previous episodes, please see the Archive area.
If interested in offering technical, editorial, or any other other kind of support please email CPFRadioHour@gmail.com. Include what you’re interested in contributing so we can properly route your email.
Submitted work can be in the process of being workshopped but should be beyond the rough draft.
We are seeking pieces anywhere from 20-40 minutes in length. Submissions should in a standard play format. We would prefer works that are “as is” rather than an excerpt from a longer piece. Scripts shorter or longer than the suggested length may be considered but please clarify the nature of your script(s) in the submissions email.
Scripts must be submitted as a .doc or .pdf, and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “CPF RADIO HOUR SUBMISSION: <Name of Script>” in the subject line.
As part of the show we ask that selected playwrights make themselves available for an interview so our audience can get an idea of what went into making the script. Format and length will be arranged as schedules permit.
Additional notes for submissions:
- We broadcast over public radio. We can go PG-13 and edit specific lines if necessary but don’t send us a script where we have to bleep half the lines out. Perhaps a fine script, but not for this show.
- Consider that your script will need to be transitioned to the radio, not the stage. That allows for a great deal of freedom as well as some difficulties if you wrote your piece specifically for the stage. More verbal pieces are likely to go over better than your story told half in mime.
- While we will attempt to produce your work as faithfully as possible we will provide narration for stage directions we cannot get across through SFX (sound effects) as we see fit. Some stage directions may be lost in translation. Any drastic changes would be discussed prior to broadcast.
- We are looking for fully scripted material but if you have a performance concept in mind that goes outside of that we are open to ideas. Please include such details in your submission email.
- If your script has a cast attached to it (yourself, an existing theatre company, etc) we are happy to have guest performers. Please include the size of your cast in your submission email so we can do our best to accommodate you.
The CPF Radio Hour is seeking performers to help round out our in-house cast for shows. If interested please contact us with your resume and be sure to highlight any experience in radio or voice work. If you have special voice talents (particular accents/dialects, singing, etc) please be sure to point that out. Send over your resume and a brief bio to CPFRadioHour@gmail.com. If possible, please include an attachment or link to a sample of how your speaking voice sounds. A demo reel, previous works, a recording of a few lines of dialogue, etc.
Why should you do this?
Our partnership with the station allows us to record every episode. That means if you are featured on a show (writer, performer, director, sound design, etc) you then have a quality recording you can add to your portfolio. Each episode will be fully credited with the efforts of those who contributed. The goal of this project is to showcase great work and help serve as a signal booster for those who otherwise might not have the avenue.
Usage Rights: CPF Radio Hour requires one-time rights to your piece. We will broadcast and record the performance of your work, put it on the podcast and release it back into the wild. We reserve the right to edit the performance during the post production process. If your work has been previously published, it is up to you to confirm you have retained the rights to republish the work.
Links to podcast recordings here:
4-9-2019: ‘Results’ of the Radio Play Contest Voting!!! Winners in two categories will be announced.
3-19-2019: Radio Play Contest Entry #5 – “Rick Danger: The Kase of the Kidnapped Kerbopple” (47:25), featuring music by Thursday’s Flight
3-12-2019: Radio Play Contest Entry #4 – “Black Spectre: A Trail Grown Cold” (50:01), featuring music by Kevin MacLeod
2-19-2019: Radio Play Contest Entry #1 – “The Daughter in the Basement” (11:47)
2-12-2019: “The Great Celestial Cow” (Burning Coal) with Seema Kukreja
2-5-2019: “The Misadventures of Darklight and Nightbird” by Doug Simpson
1-8-2019: “This Doesn’t End Well” at Sonorous Road – interview with local playwright Brook North. Bonus! Announcement of the five finalists for the CPF Radio Play Contest!
12-18-2018: Two Plays by Laura Arwood: “Misanthrope Under the Mistletoe” and “How I Wonder What You Are”
9-19-2017: Glenn was off
9-12-2017: “Yes To Nothing” by Mara Thomas. Interview with the writer of this punk rock musical which was produced by Little Green Pig.
8-22-2017: “Conversations With Hitler“ by Steven R. Bonds. An interview with Julya Mirro, the director of this show at Sonorous Road.
- Karen – Carol Oleson
- Nicky – Kyle Mears
5-30-2017: “Reading Signs“ by Marilyn Barner Anselmi (re-recording). Henry has been assisting his aging mother for some time. Sallie Ann only wants to be of use to her son. Seeing eye to eye is never easy.
- Glenn Greggs – Henry
- Pam McClure – Sallie Ann
- Dustin Britt – Gene
- Cheryl Edson – Paige
- Maclyn McCord – Patrick
- Glenn Greggs – Harry
- Hillarie – Kristen Dewey
- Pam McClure – Sallie Ann
- Karen – Carol Oleson
- Nicky – Kyle Mears
4-25-2017 “Sister From the Lake” by Debra Kaufman. Isabelle has lived in by herself for a long time and explains to the county sheriff about a strange visitor who came to her during a storm.
- Isabelle – Cheryl Edson
- Samantha – Rebecca Jones
- Arnold – Sean Malone
4-18-2017 “All Inclusive” by Libby Heily
- Kurt Benrud
- Kat Froehlich
- Nicola Lefler
- Christian O’Neal
4-11-2017 “Designer Darlings” by Glenn Greggs – the inaugural broadcast. Two women meet with Not A Doctor to get advice on how to raise their child.
- Nina – Kat Froehlich
- Andrea – Seema Kukreja
- Duck – Glenn Greggs