It’s true, I love theater. Also true: I love podcasting. So when I heard about the new theater company, Coyote Rep, and their ventures into iTunes soundplays (as they so chose to call them), I was intrigued, yet skeptical. Sci-fi stories, mysteries and vintage radio plays have been kicking around iTunes for some time, but from my experience, they’re unconvincing either feeling too amateur, or too processed.
Coyote Rep’s inaugural piece, girl, by Megan Mostyn-Brown, was released in early February. Sometime later that month, I subscribed, and pressed play while puttering around my apartment, not expecting much, and assuming i’d quickly move onto my unlistened Car Talk’s “call of the week.” An hour and a half later, I was impressed (I was even moved). And I was ready to hear the next soundplay. Number two finally emerges on April 22nd — Patriot Act (An Occurrence at Yankee Stadium) — in time for baseball season.
The first three of the company’s soundplays have already been lovingly recorded at WNYC’s studios (the third is to be released in the summer, the fourth is headed to the radio station’s studios soon). If you’re way into the theater/online/vertical integration thing, Coyote’s also got webisodes on Youtube, and a MySpace page. Think of these soundplays as adult theatrical storytime (but without the *ahem* “adult” connotations), to be enjoyed on your own time.