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Select Dates in 2020
A New Musical
By Matthew Connor & Stephen Gregory Smith
Monday November 16 at 7PM until Sunday, December 13
*** World Premiere ***
Amidst the tumbling torrent that was the 1920s, Frank and Flora Conrad were on the edge of discovering mass broadcasting. These two unsung radio pioneers broke through the static and established the first radio station in America in their unassuming garage in East Pittsburgh. On Air follows their untold love story, and how radio became a constant companion, messenger and soundtrack of our lives over the past century of American life.
Just as Frank and Flora’s creative partnership brought a bold new invention, Conner and Smith bring us this captivating final “Bold New Work,” a celebratory culmination of their five year cycle of critically acclaimed musical premieres at Creative Cauldron. (Turn of the Screw 2015, Monsters of the Villa Diodati 2016, Kaleidoscope 2017, Witch 2018).
“On Air” is a tuneful, engaging tour through little-known history. Amid the seduction, tyranny and treachery of our own era’s mass media, the Conrads’ story feels meaningful, and maybe a little ominous." - The Washington Post
"Fifteen original musical numbers by Conner and Smith provide the engaging, emotional underpinnings to On Air and its easy going dramatic action." - DC Metro Theater Arts
"This is a lovely show about hope and dreams and a time when America still seemed to be excited about progress and believed that yes, we can." - Maryland Theatre Guide
"On Air‘s heartfelt messages and buoyant music harken to earlier times of discovery, gathering together, listening to new ideas, and brand new concepts. And to each other." - DC Theatre Scene