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Kelli O'Hara, Denée Benton, Brian Stokes Mitchell & More Featured in Audible Theater Originals

Kelli O'Hara, Denée Benton, Brian Stokes Mitchell & More Featured in Audible Theater Originals

Audible's December slate includes Breathe, a new musical conceived by Jodi Picoult, Jason Gotay’s uplifting musical narrative about self-acceptance and more.

Audible Inc. has announced a new slate of four Audible Theater titles. In addition to presenting thrilling live performances at the Minetta Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village, audio plays are a staple of Audible Theater's programming, which continues to deliver the theater experience to millions of listeners around the world.


Audible Theater's December 8 slate includes:


· Breathe, a new musical conceived by New York Times best-selling novelist Jodi Picoult and playwright Timothy Allen McDonald, explores five different households in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. These vignettes-directed by Emily Maltby, Joe Barros, Lorin Latarro, Zhailon Levingston, and Jeff Calhoun-that examine relationships, racial reckoning, and grief are brought to life by a cast featuring some of Broadway's brightest talent, including Tony Award winners Matt Doyle, Kelli O'Hara, and Brian Stokes Mitchell and Tony Award nominee Denée Benton.

· Skyscraper Lullaby, written and directed by Olivier Award nominee James Fritz, is a thrilling psychological journey about two parents who process the disappearance of their toddler in vastly different ways, starring Stephanie Hsu, Celia Keenan-Bolger, and Arian Moayed.

· An emerging writer is invited to a canceled actor's private island to escape mid-pandemic New York and faces a toxic working environment in Complicity Island by Nick Jones and directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel. The satirical look at cancel culture features a cast including Ato Blankson-Wood, Mandi Masden, Richard Kind, and Alan Ruck.

· Jason Gotay's uplifting musical narrative about self-acceptance, Where You'll Find Me, which was recorded live at the Minetta Lane Theatre, Audible's creative home for live performances in New York, and directed by Jack Cummings I

To listen to these new titles, visit Audible.

MORE ABOUT THE NEW RELEASES

Breathe by Jodi Picoult and Timothy Allen McDonald

A soul-stirring new musical conceived by New York Times bestselling novelist Jodi Picoult and playwright Timothy Allen McDonald, Breathe places listeners inside the walls of five homes during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Filled with songs and vignettes that examine new relationships, rekindling flames, parenting, racial reckoning, and grief during a pandemic, this incredibly timely world premiere-written and produced online in 2020 in real time as events unfolded-reflects the very topics that weighed on the hearts and minds of Americans. Featuring heartwarming music from five different songwriting teams, including Rebecca Murillo & Rob Rokicki, Daniel Mertzlufft & Kate Leonard, Doug Besterman & Sharon Vaughn, Douglas Lyons & Ethan Pakchar, and Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, as well as mind-blowing performances from Broadway's top talent-Tony winners Kelli O'Hara and Brian Stokes Mitchell and Matt Doyle, Tony nominee Denée Benton, powerhouses Patti Murin, Colin Donnell, T. Oliver Reid, Daniel Yearwood, Max Clayton, Rubén J. Carbajal, and Josh Davis-Breathe is a powerfully touching production that shines a glimmering light on the reality of adjusting to a virtual world.

Skyscraper Lullaby by James Fritz

As they recount the events surrounding the disappearance of their toddler-one with a tendency to bite-two parents cope with grief in vastly different ways. While the father wrestles with feelings of guilt, the mother is convinced she's spotted the boy in frightening TV news reports...though let's just say he looks nothing like the precocious little boy they remember from a decade ago. A heart-pounding, psychological journey of unimaginable proportions thrillingly brought to life by Arian Moayed, Celia Keenan-Bolger, and Stephanie Hsu (as a young doctor in the midst of disaster), James Fritz's Skyscraper Lullaby is a haunting examination of the ways we cope with tragedy, complicity, and remorse...or the lack thereof.

Complicity Island by Nick Jones

It's the artist's age-old dilemma: follow your conscience or follow the cash. So when a canceled movie star reaches out to up-and-coming writer Ivey Viola to discuss a mysterious project, she uses the opportunity to escape mid-pandemic New York for his private island with her roommate in tow. However, once on the island, she realizes that the cost of working with the toxic, closeted actor might be more than she's willing to accept...or can refuse. In this satirical new play from Nick Jones, Complicity Island explores the business of "show business," offering a radical, irreverent look at cancel culture, the Hollywood elite, and the real price of selling out. The all-star cast includes Ato Blankson Wood, Mandi Masden, Richard Kind, Jeremy Shamos, Alan Ruck, Marc Kudisch, and Chris Myers.

Where You'll Find Me by Jason Gotay

Listen as stage and screen performer Jason Gotay (Gossip Girl, Evita) brings his breathtaking vocals and gift of storytelling to this musical narrative about his journey to self-acceptance. With soulful interpretations of musical theater selections and pop favorites, the Bring it On: The Musical actor walks us through transformational moments of his past while paying homage to the fierce women who have inspired him. Walk with stage talent Gotay through this glistening, soulful journey to Oz.

ABOUT AUDIBLE

Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading creator and provider of premium audio storytelling, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible content includes more than 760,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers.

ABOUT AUDIBLE THEATER

Audible Theater makes outstanding performances and powerful storytelling available to millions of people all over the world. As part of this initiative, Audible has produced Girls & Boys with Carey Mulligan, The Half-Life of Marie Curie with Kate Mulgrew, Harry Clarke starring Billy Crudup, Billy Crystal's Have A Nice Day with Annette Bening and Kevin Kline, the revival of Aasif Mandvi's Sakina's Restaurant, and many others at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York City. In May 2018, Audible announced that the Minetta Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village will serve as its creative home for live performances in New York. Audible hosts and produces a wide variety of live performances at the Minetta Lane including dramatic plays, comedic shows, engaging panel discussions, and more, with Audible members receiving exclusive access to discounted tickets and related audio content.

Audible was co-producer for the Broadway transfer of the Tony Award-nominated Latin History for Morons written by and starring John Leguizamo and for the Tony Award-nominated Sea Wall / A Life starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge. The initiative also saw the release of John Lithgow's Stories By Heart, Judith Light's All The Ways To Say I Love You, Sharon Washington's Feeding The Dragon, and more. Since June 2017, Audible has commissioned 40 theater playwrights to receive support from its $5 million Emerging Playwrights Fund dedicated to developing innovative English-language works from around the globe. The $5 million fund enables the creation of original plays driven by language and voice, keeping with Audible's core commitment to elevating listening experiences through powerful performances and extraordinary vocal storytelling.

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