Arthur Kopit’s Wings

The first production of the Tony-nominated play “Wings” was performed way off Broadway. In fact, the audience never left their homes because “Wings” was originally commissioned in 1976 for “Earplay,” an NPR radio drama series. “Wings” was later staged in theaters throughout the country—including Broadway, where it was nominated for a Tony—and adapted for television in 1983. Now, “Wings,” written by Pulitzer-Prize nominated playwright Arthur Kopit, goes back to its radio roots when it premieres Friday, September 30 at 9 p.m. on 90.3 WCPN ideastream®.

The story of a former aviatrix and wing-walker recovering from a stroke, this latest production of “Wings” stars acclaimed Cleveland actress Dorothy Silver and will be recorded in front of a live audience at Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre at the Idea Center® at PlayhouseSquare. The performance reunites Dorothy with the critically acclaimed Beck Center cast, who performed the play there last year, and adds one additional cast member. Because this is a production for radio, sound effects are an important element, so a sound-effects designer will be on stage with the actors to create and conduct a cacophony of audio from every-day—and not-so-every-day—life, including doors and windows shutting, the click-clack of walking and glasses and dishes shattering.

The radio drama is presented in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Ethics, Humanities and Spiritual Care and is a part of ideastream’s multiple-media exploration, “Surviving Stroke,” September 23–October 2 on 90.3 WCPN, WVIZ/PBS and This special coverage will focus on learning and recognizing the symptoms of a stroke, examine new technologies that are revolutionizing stroke survival and explore the future of stroke treatment and prevention.

Download the Wings program (PDF).


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