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Around the Sun: An Episodic Audio Drama
Presentation
GenreRadio Play
Created byBrad Forenza
Production
ProductionBest Version of Yourself, LLC
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Publication
Original releaseOctober 21, 2021 (2021-10-21)

Overview

Around the Sun: An Episodic Audio Drama is a scripted podcast series. Each anthology episode pairs two characters in a short scene that addresses a specific social issue.[1]

Production

Around the Sun was produced during COVID-19 pandemic in the United States by Brad Forenza.[2] The first season was co-produced by Suzanne Ordas Curry and Brian Dashew and launched via the Broadway Podcast Network[3] in October 2021.[4] An audio-video episode was also produced as part of the season.[5] In September, 2022, Forenza and Adassa announced on NPR Illinois that a second season would premiere that autumn.[6]

Season 1

Season 1 takes place in New York City with episodes of approximately 10–15 minutes each.

Season 1: Episode Guide
Episode Title Starring Synopsis (as per the Broadway Podcast Network website)[7] Themes
101 Park Bench Marsha Mason,[8] Austin Pendleton [9] Manhattanites consider their future. marriage, retirement, caretaking
102 Subway Car Sally Struthers,[10] Ryan Wotherspoon Happenings on the 1 train. commitment, existential panic, unrequited love
103 Off-Broadway Lilli Cooper, Veanne Cox Fellow theatricals meet at a crossroads. friendship, ambition
104 Red Light Dolores Catania,[11] David LaRosa A sex worker stays wary on a professional date. destiny, purpose, dissociation
105 Upper West David Alan Basche, Alysia Reiner [12] College professors uncover the unexpected. aspiration, parenting, thwarted plans
106 Apothecary Christine Nagy,[13] BD Wong A woman explores Eastern medicine. infertility, heartache, intercultural connection
107 Wall Street Joanna Bonaro, Maureen Van Zandt Neighbors root for their home teams. empty nest syndrome, reciprocity, coercion
108 The Museum Brad Forenza, Vincent Pastore [14] A museum janitor confronts a guest during closing. childhood memory, running away, acceptance, intergenerational experience
109 Marathon François Clemmons [15] A runner tackles the NYC Marathon. development, aging, life course approach
110 Be Here Now Marsha Mason, Austin Pendleton A cosmic reunion occurs. the afterlife, infinity, perspective

Season 2

Season 2 premiered on October 26, 2022 via the Broadway Podcast Network.[16] The season features a new cast including Richard Kind, Piper Laurie, Bruce Vilanch,[17] and Mindy Cohn[18] (among others), and takes place throughout various unidentified locations in the American Southwest.

References

  1. ^ "Interview: Filmmaker/Writer Brad Forenza Talks about Creating his Around the Sun Podcast Series During the Pandemic - A Scripted Series about Social Issues with Known Actor from Stage and Screen". Retrieved 2022-09-12.
  2. ^ Journal, David Menzies | The Jersey (2021-11-11). "'Around the Sun' podcast series from Jersey City resident features quite an ensemble, including RHONJ Dolores Catania". nj. Retrieved 2022-07-14.
  3. ^ "Around The Sun | Broadway Podcast Network". Retrieved 2022-07-14.
  4. ^ Spangler, Todd; Spangler, Todd (2021-10-21). "Jon Favreau Podcast About Solving 'Our Hellish Online Existence' Gets Premiere Date (Podcast News Roundup)". Variety. Retrieved 2022-07-14.
  5. ^ Papadatos, Markos (2022-02-04). "Vincent Pastore of 'The Sopranos' talks about 'Around the Sun' podcast". Digital Journal. Retrieved 2022-09-03.
  6. ^ "Beyond the Mouse speaks to Brad Forenza and Adassa about "Around the Sun"". NPR Illinois. Retrieved 2022-09-03.
  7. ^ "Around The Sun | Broadway Podcast Network". Retrieved 2022-08-16.
  8. ^ Berk, Dr Nancy (2022-02-21). "Marsha Mason Talks Acting, Directing, Attitude, and Mentoring, Plus Brad Forenza on Plays and Podcasts - Episode 565". Dr. Nancy Berk. Retrieved 2022-09-03.
  9. ^ "Austin Pendleton Returns to Broadway in 'The Minutes' - Inside Broadway". iHeart. Retrieved 2022-09-03.
  10. ^ "See "All in the Family" Star Sally Struthers Now at 74". www.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2022-09-18.
  11. ^ Journal, David Menzies | The Jersey (2021-11-11). "'Around the Sun' podcast series from Jersey City resident features quite an ensemble, including RHONJ Dolores Catania". nj. Retrieved 2022-09-03.
  12. ^ "The Theatre Podcast with Alan Seales". The Theatre Podcast. Retrieved 2022-07-15.
  13. ^ Christine Nagy Ep #102, 2022-03-16, retrieved 2022-07-15
  14. ^ Papadatos, Markos (2022-02-04). "Vincent Pastore of 'The Sopranos' talks about 'Around the Sun' podcast". Digital Journal. Retrieved 2022-09-03.
  15. ^ Kenyan (2022-03-20). "Sunday Inspiration: Dr. François S. Clemmons AKA "Officer Clemmons" From 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood' Talks His Amazing Journey". We Are Entertainment News. Retrieved 2022-09-03.
  16. ^ Wild, Stephi. "Listen: Adassa and Richard Kind Kick Off New Season of Brad Forenza's AROUND THE SUN". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2022-10-29.
  17. ^ Journal, David Menzies | The Jersey (2022-10-27). "JC resident's audio drama series 'Around the Sun' returns with voices of familiar stars". nj. Retrieved 2022-11-15.
  18. ^ "Interview: Five Questions for Actress Mindy Cohn - She Talks about her New Role in Brad Forenza's Around the Sun Podcast, The Facts of Life and a New Venture". Retrieved 2022-11-15.