THE LEAVING(S) PROJECT

A MULTIMEDIA LIVE DRAMATIC PRESENTATION FOR RADIO

Presented by WBAI 99.5FM

WBAI Pacifica Radio in New York, broadcast a historic five-and-a-half-hour live radio play, on the night of January 26th 1996, which started at 10 PM, and continued on throughout the night, until early morning. The Leaving(s) Project was an experiment in traditional and futuristic live radio drama, utilizing state-of-the-art technology. The broadcast was transmitted via satellite and the Internet nationally and internationally.

The project was comprised of two distinct components. It opened with Larry Neal's seminal play, "The Glorious Monster In The Bell Of The Horn," as a tribute to the Black (Arts) Theater movement of the 1960s. "Monster" is structured in the style of the epic opera of the Brothers Grimm's "Peter And The Wolf", where characters are identified by musical instruments. The play was performed and broadcast before a live audience at The New Knitting Factory in the Tribeca section of Manhattan.

The project was then fully realized as a 'journey piece', as the broadcast opened up to different locations in the New York metropolitan area. Six disparate groups of people, 'leaving' the city for various reasons, were forced to deal with personal crises on their way to a single 3:45 Amtrak red-eye at New York's Penn Station. Their interweaving story lines illuminated current social, political, spiritual and artistic issues. These 'journeys' were performed live via remote broadcasting and culminated in a dramatic finale at Penn Station.

The Leaving(s) Project was broadcast live the night of January 26th at 10 PM to the early morning hours of January 27th between 3:00 and 3:45 AM on listener-sponsored WBAI Radio, 99.5 FM in New York City. The broadcast was available nationwide via satellite to 360 community radio stations, and internationally via the Internet.


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