I’m Not Here Right Now by Shea Stanley (new scripted audio fiction)

Listen to the second of three excerpts developed by the Food for Thought Project, a year-long writing lab for aspiring audio dramatists.

I’m Not Here Right Now was written by Shea Stanley.


Ella graduated college 6 months ago and is still living in her college town after her mom’s death kept her from moving away for a super cool journalism internship. Unemployed and friendless, she spends every day applying for jobs on her laptop at Doggy Style, a kinda bad hot dog joint known by drunk college kids for its tater tots. It’s at Doggy Style she meets MJ, a college senior who is anything but stuck.


Shea Stanley is an actor, writer, and comedian based in Durham, NC. She has written satire for publications such as IndyWeek and Reductress, and recently premiered her first full length play for Women’s Theatre Festival. She is interested in telling serious stories in a funny way that also make you go “aww” but are also kind of stupid, if that makes sense (don’t tell her if it doesn’t).


Food for Thought is an Artist Soapbox and Soapbox Audio Collective project, co-produced by Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane, and sound designed by Sam Elia. 

These excerpts and the year long writing lab were made possible by the generous support of the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation. 

I’m Not Here Right Now was written by Shea Stanley.

Directed by Rachel Klem

Production Manager: Griffin James.


Ella – Shea Stanley 

Sonja – Arlie Kidd 

MJ – Rochelle Mendoza 

Kristen – Julie Oliver 

Regular Carl – David Klionsky 

Michael – Ryan Vasconcellos

Drunk College Student – Griffin James

Special Thanks to Hot Dog Consultant – Sara Pequeño

Link to Script


ASBX Episode 151: Writers for the Food for Thought Project

Food for Thought: Shea Stanley


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