The Protagora (Or, the First Gathering): ASBX Shorts Episode 5

At the end of an age, a tale as old as time gets some corrections. “In the name of the…..?”

by JoRose

The Protagora (Or, the First Gathering) is the fifth of 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, the new audio fiction series in development.

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Listen to this short podcast episode for more information: ASBX JP is a G-O! (A solo update by Tamara)

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ASBX shorts are an Artist Soapbox production, co-produced by Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane, and sound designed by Jasmine Hunjan.

The Protagora (Or, The First Gathering) was written by JoRose.

Directed by Rachel Klem

Production Manager: Griffin James

Performed by: Barbette Hunter (Creatrix), Adonis Nesbitt (Sapia), Lormarev Jones (Phronesis)

Transcript of The Protagora (Or, the First Gathering)

Jasmine Hunjan


JoRose (Playwright) Artist, Wanderess and Philosopher, JoRose aims to use her artistic talents to help usher in the new age. Welcome to the dawning of the Age Of Aquarius!

Barbette Hunter (Actor, CREATRIX) has been performing since age 5. As a professional actress, she has performed with numerous theatre companies in the Triangle, including Seed Art Share, Theater of the American South (Wilson, NC), Justice Theater Project, Theatre Orange (Carrboro, NC), Raleigh Ensemble Players, Raleigh Little Theatre, StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance (Chapel Hill, NC), Actors Comedy Lab, Manbites Dog Theatre (Durham, NC), North Carolina Theatre, Theatre in the Park and Temple Theatre (Sanford, NC). Some of her favorite roles include Rose in Fences (Justice Theater Project); Venus Hottentot in Venus (Raleigh Ensemble Players); Esther in Intimate Apparel, Magnolia Ellis in The Dance on Widow’s Row, Quilly McGrath in The Old Settler (Raleigh Little Theatre).

Adonis Nesbitt (Actor, SAPIA) is so excited to be apart of Protagora. They have recently performed in The Colored Museum as Topsy and Lawanda at North Carolina State University Theatre. Adonis is studying Art Studies at North Carolina State University. Off stage you can catch him playing with his two adorable cats and baking bread. He would like to thank Rachel, Griffin and Tamara for granting them with this wonderful experience. 

Lormarev Jones (Actor PHRONESIS), is a Freelance Director, Choreographer, and Educator currently based in Raleigh. She received her MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College. Lormarev has served as a director and choreographer at many theatres and high schools in the Triangle, including North Carolina State, Meredith College, Raleigh Charter High School, Raleigh Little Theatre and many others.  She is also a deviser, playwright, and solo performer; her most recent solo play, My Geriatric Uterus, won the 2019 David C. Herriman Artists’ Pick of the Fringe award at the 2019 Cincinnati Fringe Festival.

Rachel Klem (Director) (she/her) has been a theatre artist in the Durham/ Chapel Hill/ Raleigh area since 2001. She ran Common Ground Theatre for 10 years and taught and directed at NC State’s University Theatre for 15. Rachel has only recently started learning about the wonderfulness of audio drama and really enjoys the collaborative process that it allows.

Griffin James (Production Manager) (they/he) is a writer, theatre maker, and a graduate from NC State University. Griffin was involved with NCSU Theatre as an actor, stage manager, director, and playwright. They are incredibly excited to have had the opportunity to work with Artist Soapbox as well as the many talented artists involved with this project. When not bouncing between projects, Griffin can be found drinking coffee or doting over a cat.

Jasmine Hunjan (Sound Designer) is a freelance sound designer working remotely around North Carolina. She is passionate and enthusiastic about working in audio and enjoys collaborating with others whenever possible. A self-proclaimed “daydreamer,” Jasmine enjoys writing, reading and has even put out her own music. Jasmine is completing her last year at Appalachian State University as a Music Industry Studies major with a concentration in both recording & production and marketing & promotion and looks forward to pursuing a career in audio engineering and post production. Link to listen on spotify:


If you’re eager for more audio fiction pieces by Artist Soapbox, be sure to listen to all 6 episodes of the ASBX shorts and check out our full length audio dramas THE NEW COLOSSUS and MASTER BUILDER, and the audio anthology DECLARATION OF LOVE available everywhere you get your podcasts.

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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, 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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