Just….thank you.

Soapboxers,

Recently, I’ve been getting messages of encouragement and gratitude from ASBX listeners who really love listening to the podcast. It’s magical to get these. Like winning-the-lottery- I-gotta-golden-ticket-Hogwarts kinda stuff. The messages trickle in via text, email, FB messenger, Insta, and in person. Not a crazy overwhelming number — this isn’t a huge podcast with a fan club — but enough to make me jump for joy . Enough to make a huge difference in my life as a creator. And enough to remind me that gratitude feels really good to receive. It feels really good to hear, “Thank you for what you’ve given me. Thank you for making a positive difference in my day.”

So, can I just say, THANK YOU.

Big, big, big thank you.

If you listen to the podcast, if you read the blog posts, if you are a patron, if you cheer me on, if you support local artists in the Triangle, then thank you. Thank you thank you thank you for reading this. Thank you for what you’ve given to me and our community. Thank you for making a positive difference in my life. Thank you for the encouragement. Thank you for spending some of your precious time on this stuff I make. Thank you for listening to the artists here who have so much to say. Thank you for being my friends. Thank you.

It’s a very solitary thing to make a podcast. In between the interviews, it’s a very quiet kind of creating. And similarly, after the recording days have passed, it’s a very solitary thing to make an audio drama. These days I can’t get to the theatre much to see friends, and I can’t participate in theatre myself, so I’m a collaborative artist living a solitary life. That’s ok, really it is, and it’s also lonely. Sending out emails and podcast episodes into the internet and wondering if anyone is receiving them…it can feel like a long one-way conversation. So it means a lot to get a little ping back from outer space. A big thank you to the messengers who’ve given me an unexpected and very welcome ping back. It may seem small, but it feels big.

Wishing you all the best on this Sunday. Let’s all spread some good gratitude in our community, and thank all the people who make our day.

With gratitude,

Tamara

Artist Soapbox

Artist Soapbox is a platform for original scripted audio fiction and an opportunity for artists to discuss their creative work in their own voices. We do this through our interview podcast, our blog, and original audio dramas.

Artist Soapbox is an anti-racist organization. We believe Black Lives Matter. In addition, as a podcast production company, ASBX has signed the Equality in Audio Pact on Broccoli Content.

Artist Soapbox is more than just a podcast.

We lead writers groups, accountability support, workshops, and events. We produce and create audio dramas too! Listen to the Master BuilderThe New Colossus Audio Drama, Jesus Pancake, Declaration of Love, and ASBX Shorts. Stay tuned to hear about more projects written by the Soapbox Audio Collective Writers’ Group.

Audio Dramas

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Jesus Pancake

Jesus Pancake is the newest scripted audio fiction series from Artist Soapbox. Nine episodes of zany dark comedy.

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The New Colossus

The New Colossus Audio Drama is a totally unhinged dark comedy reboot of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, THE SEAGULL.

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Master Builder

This audio drama was adapted from Tamara’s 2018 stage play produced by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and inspired by Henrick Ibsen’s classic, The Master Builder published in 1892.

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Declaration of Love

Co-producers Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane of Artist Soapbox commissioned eleven NC playwrights to craft short audio scenes based on the prompt “Declaration of Love.”

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ASBX Shorts

ASBX Shorts are six short audio fiction pieces created and produced by North Carolina artists. Artist Soapbox Shorts were specifically contributed by the artists to aid in fundraising and to get everyone excited about Jesus Pancake, our new audio fiction series in development.

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