Stretchy Shorts: Declaration of Love Episode 9

The Declaration of Love Project is an anthology of 11 short audio pieces written by North Carolina playwrights all inspired by the same writing prompt — “declaration of love.”

Episode 9, written by Tori Grace Nichols is titled Stretchy Shorts.

Stretchy Shorts is a speculative fiction piece calling in the preparation, organization, and care humans have developed for each other in effort to survive the end of the world. A queer couple is propelled into action when the fated moment arrives. Will they make it? Have they prepared enough? And what will they wear?? Survival depends on these important questions.

Content warning: Adult language

Declaration of Love is an Artist Soapbox production, co-produced by Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane, and sound designed by David Hill.

Stretchy Shorts was written by Tori Grace Nichols

Directed by Tamara Kissane

Performed by: Mara Thomas (Narrator), JoRose (Viney), Tori Grace Nichols (Bo)

Transcript of Stretchy Shorts

If you’re eager for more audio fiction pieces by Artist Soapbox, be sure to listen to all 11 episodes of the Declaration of Love anthology and check out our full length audio dramas THE NEW COLOSSUS and MASTER BUILDER, available everywhere you get your podcasts.


Tori Grace Nichols (Playwright, Actor, Stretchy Shorts) describes themself as a prismatic performance artist and can be seen performing drag with the House of Coxx and comedy with Punch Up Comedy in Durham. Recent acting credits in The Triangle include Dreaming (assistant puppeteer) with Duke Performances, Men on Boats (Sumner) with The Justice Theater Project, and Freakshow (Mr. Flip) with The Women’s Theatre Festival. They are currently the lead documentarian for the Kaleidoscopic Dream Projexns project in collaboration with Durham Art Asylum and Gallery of the Streets.  Tori Grace plays Bo in Stretchy Shorts.

JoRose (Actor, Stretchy Shorts) is an actor, producer, teacher in the Durham area. She REALLY wanted to be an astronaut but her mom told her no, so now she dances in the air in her Cabarets “Cult Your Nights” instead. JoRose plays Viney in Stretchy Shorts.

Mara Thomas (Actor, Stretchy Shorts): Mara  is a Durham-based playwright, actor, musician and teaching artist. A local musician for over 15 years, Mara can usually be found making noise in the punk group Cold Cream but, y’know, COVID. Since she can’t blast her face off at punk shows these days, Mara is channeling that energy into a Master’s program at NC State for Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Mara plays the Narrator in Stretchy Shorts.


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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. 

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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