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Audible Announces Second Round of Theater Commissions from $5 Million Emerging Playwrights Fund

February 7, 2019 GMT

NEWARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 7, 2019--Audible Inc., the world’s largest producer and provider of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment, today announced the second group of theater playwrights selected to receive support from its fund dedicated to developing innovative English-language works from around the globe. The $5 million fund enables the creation of original plays driven by language and voice, keeping with Audible’s core commitment to elevating listening experiences through powerful performances and extraordinary vocal storytelling.

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“Audible’s newest class of playwrights is comprised of incredibly gifted creatives that are harnessing the power of voice to create theater that can be enjoyed anywhere, anytime,” commented Kate Navin, Artistic Producer, Audible Theater. “Audible is committed to supporting the theater community, cultivating great talent and helping to grow audiences. We can’t wait to introduce these extraordinary new works to millions of people worldwide.”

In addition to financial support, Audible will provide the selected playwrights creative and logistical resources that suit the needs of each artist and project. With access to both Audible’s workspace and an artistic staff who provide dramaturgical expertise, playwrights will enjoy a nurturing environment that inspires and encourages artistic expression. The fund is also intended to support the audio production of each commission and, in some instances, a live stage component. In its entirety, the initiative provides opportunity and access for both theater artists and audiences.

The second round of commissions will go to:

In 2017, Audible announced its first class of fifteen playwrights including Aaron Mark, Aditi Brennan Kapil, Antoinette Nwandu, Bridgette A. Wimberly, Chisa Hutchinson, David Rossmer, Gary McNair, James Anthony Tyler, James Fritz, Lauren Gunderson, Leah Nakano Winkler, Madhuri Shekar, Nassim Soleimanpour, Paola Lazaro, and Regina Taylor. Currently, three Audible commissioned plays will be produced in 2019 including Proof of Love by Chisa Hutchinson (slated for live production at Minetta Lane in NYC in spring 2019), Evil Eye by Madhuri Shekar (Audible release May 2019) and Life Ever After by Carla Grauls (Audible release June 2019). Additional productions from commissioned playwrights will be announced in the coming months.

For more information about submitting to the Fund, please contact AudibleTheater@audible.com.

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Award-winning Audible performances of captivating stage productions starring Billy Crudup, Carey Mulligan, Judith Light, John Lithgow, Patti Smith, Billy Crystal and others are available at www.audible.com/theater.

ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.

Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio content, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible was created to unleash the emotive music in language and the habituating power and utility of verbal expression. Audible content includes more than 475,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers.

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