119: THE NEW COLOSSUS audio drama is available for listening!

This short little episode is an announcement of the release of my second full length scripted audio drama, THE NEW COLOSSUS.

THE NEW COLOSSUS AUDIO DRAMA is complete and live and available! You can listen to it starting today via Apple Podcasts, Spotify and all the usual podcasts platforms as well as the website www.thenewcolossuspodcast.com.

The original pre-pandemic plan was to do a big marketing push with a build-up/countdown/live events/etc, but COVID-19 has knocked me down and back a bit. As an artist today on April 19, 2020, my priorities  are to make work, share it, and support other artists and arts-lovers, which means that my priority for this project is to get it out to you ASAP and figure out the marketing at a more leisurely pace.

Currently, I don’t have a press release or marketing collateral or a marketing plan or a queue of social media posts with adorable photos. I have this podcast episode and six 20-MINUTE episodes of THE NEW COLOSSUS, a project that I am really proud of and eager to share with you.

So I’ll get to the marketing as I’m able, and you have that to look forward to, right?

If you are local to me, you may have seen the stage version of TNC at Manbites Dog Theatre in 2016 produced by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern. That script was an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, THE SEAGULL. 

What I’m releasing today is an updated audio adaptation of my theatre script with immersive sound design. The first 4 episodes are essentially Act One and the final 2 episodes are Act Two. I’m thrilled with the result of this piece, which includes original music composed and performed by Edith Snow and Skylar Gudasz and the incredible contributions by our cast, designers and production team. 

Before you listen, a word of warning — THE NEW COLOSSUS is definitely not for kids. TNC contains profanity, sex, death, dysfunction and lots of laughter, music, and love. It’s a little edgy and it’s for grown-ups.

Below, you’ll see the list of wonderful people on this team, all of whom are local to the Triangle area of NC. If you have the resources, please contribute to our local artist resource funds and to the individual artists you know. Now is the time to lift up, celebrate and contribute to artists and arts-workers for the work they have done and will do.

If you like what you hear, I’d appreciate it if you’d spread the word about TNC and encourage people to listen in all the ways and on all the platforms. 

(If you love THE NEW COLOSSUS, and you’ve never listened to my first audio drama, MASTER BUILDER, that one was sound designed by our amazing Edith Snow who plays Irina in TNC, and also features Susannah Hough who plays Paulie!)

Thanks, and hurrah COLOSSUS,


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

TNC is a production of Artist Soapbox and Soapbox Audio Collective with support from the Manbites Dog Theater Fund, the patrons of Artist Soapbox, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Timothy McMackin, and Trailblazer Studios. 


The New Colossus was written, directed, and produced by Tamara Kissane. This audio drama was adapted from Tamara’s 2016 stage play produced by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and inspired by Anton Chekhov’s play, THE SEAGULL written in 1895. 

Big thanks to the incredible team who made this audio production possible:

Executive Producer: Aurelia Belfield

Sound design and editing by Sam Elia

Original Music by Edith Snow and Skylar Gudasz

The audio was recorded at Trailblazer Studios by Cameron Fitzpatrick, our audio engineer, and production manager Kyma Lassiter with additional support from production assistants Barbette Hunter and Kaley Morrison. Additional recording support by James Phillips.

This audio drama features the acting talents of Ron Lee McGill as Konrad, Carly P. Jones as Nina, Edith Snow as Irina, John Jimerson as Trig, Skylar Gudasz as Masha, Ryan Ladue as Meddie, Susannah Hough as Paulina and Michael Foley as Sorin. Kyma Lassiter was the anonymous interviewee on the street. Graphic design by Kaley Morrison.


This episode is brought to you by the Soapboxers, the official patrons of the Artist Soapbox. If you like these episodes and want more, get on the Soapbox!  This episode was recorded at the ASBX home studio. Artist Soapbox theme music by Bart Matthews. 

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, live events, 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, Food for Thought, 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.


The New Colossus

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


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.


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.”


Food for Thought

Three pilot episodes of new scripted audio fiction series inspired by the prompt Food for Thought.


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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