130: A conversation with the producers of the Declaration of Love audio anthology, Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane

If you are listening to this on its release date (10/26/20), then you are in for a treat! Just 24 hours from now, on October 27, we are going to begin releasing episodes of the Declaration of Love audio anthology. 

Most definitely a treat (and not at all a trick), ALL eleven episodes will be released over the next four days. The entire Declaration of Love series was conceived, recorded, and produced remotely over the past four months thanks to the contributions of thirty different NC-based artists. We can’t wait to share the final product with you!

Today’s episode is a conversation between the co-producers and co-directors of the Declaration of Love project, Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane. It’s a behind the scenes preview of what you can expect from the audio pieces, and an opportunity for them to reflect on the process.

A little DOL marketing blurb to whet your appetite:

Love in space, at the seashore, in the backyard.

Love in the future, one hundred years ago, and right this very moment.

Love between family, friends, and lovers.

Broken love, silly love, healing love.

It’s all in here.

The Declaration of Love Project: Eleven original audio pieces written by NC playwrights

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.”

Though the resulting original pieces span the gamut in style, setting, and content, they all spark our emotions and unleash our imagination through story and sound.

Recorded remotely by local actors, the finished scenes have been lightly sound designed by David Hill, and will be released to the public Oct 27-30.

Transcript of this episode (#130) available upon request. Transcript of each DOL script will be available as part of the show notes starting tomorrow.

L-R: Aurelia Belfield, Tamara Kissane (photo by Erin Bell)

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Aurelia Belfield is a creative multi-hyphenate living in NC. The hyphens include: music supervisor, as well as screen and stage performer, writer, and producer. In Declaration Of Love you will see her as producer, director, playwright (Constellation), and actor (Rita, Game On).  She has a passion for audio dramas and is proud to bring you this anthology alongside her co-producer Tamara Kissane, as well as the full length audio drama The New Colossus, both of which can be found on your podcast platform of choice.

Tamara Kissane is a Durham-based playwright, parent, producer, and podcaster. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Artist Soapbox (www.artistsoapbox.org). Recent audio projects include: The New Colossus and Master Builder audio dramas. Tamara is the 2020 Piedmont Laureate.

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LISTEN to our newest audio drama THE NEW COLOSSUS. The New Colossus Audio Drama is a totally unhinged dark comedy reboot of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, THE SEAGULL.

LISTEN to our 2019 audio drama MASTER BUILDER. MASTER BUILDER tells the story of the rise and fall of Helen ‘Sully’ Sullivan, an intensely passionate and ambitious architect who designs outrageous homes for the very rich. It was inspired by Henrick Ibsen’s classic, The Master Builder published in 1892. 

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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, 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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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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