Open-Door Playhouse Debuts THE QUEEN OF CARBON In May

The Queen of Carbon will debut on May 21, 2024 online.

By: Apr. 16, 2024
Open-Door Playhouse Debuts THE QUEEN OF CARBON In May
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Open-Door Playhouse continues to present short plays in podcast form. Its upcoming play The Queen of Carbon will debut on May 21, 2024 online at

Lizzy is nine months pregnant and is due to give birth on Mother's Day. Lizzy wants to name the new baby Mildred, after trailblazing scientist Mildred Dresselhaus, who was known as The Queen of Carbon. Lizzy's husband Danny has other ideas.

Rachel Berney Needleman directs Gloria Tsai and Felipe Figueroa.

Bara Swain is the playwright. The exceptionally prolific Greenwich Village-based writer has created numerous plays for both adult and juvenile audiences. There have been over 80 live productions and over 50 virtual productions of her works, garnering over 70 honors/awards.

Because the American holiday of Mother's Day occurs during May, Open-Door Playhouse will be saluting mothers with an entire slate of plays opening during the month of May in which mothers figure prominently.

Founded by playwright and filmmaker Bernadette Armstrong, Open-Door Playhouse is a Theater Podcast- like the radio dramas of the 1940s and 1950s. The Playhouse launched on September 15, 2020. At the time, Open-Door Playhouse provided Playwrights, Actors and Directors a creative outlet during the shutdown. Since its inception. Open-Door Playhouse has presented Short and One-Act plays from Playwrights across the country and internationally. In 2021 Open-Door Playhouse received a Communicator Award for Content for the Play Custody and in 2023 the play What's Prison Like was nominated for a Webby Award in the Crime & Justice Category.

Plays are produced by Bernadette Armstrong, Sound Engineer is David Peters, sound effects are provided by Audio Jungle, and music from Karaoke Version. All plays are recorded at The Oak House Studio in Altadena, CA.

There's no paywall at the Open-Door Playhouse site, so you could listen to everything for free. Open-Door Playhouse is a 501c3 non-profit organization, and if you would like to support performances of works by new and emerging playwrights, your donation will be gratefully accepted. Your tax-deductible donations help keep our plays on the Podcast Stage. We strive to bring our listeners thoughtful and surprising one-act plays and ten-minute shorts that showcase insightful and new perspectives of the world we share with others. To listen or to donate (or both), go to


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