Bike City Theatre Company releases bite-sized radio plays
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Voice actor and playwright Jordan Brownlee remotely records dialogue for his upcoming radio play “Andy Pitchem.” Courtesy photo

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Bike City Theatre Company releases bite-sized radio plays

Readers can now listen to “The Game of Life” by Andrea J. Love: the first mini-radio play in the “Summer Shorts” lineup of Bike City Theatre Company’s online series “Radio Tuesdays.” The shorts are free to access and audiences can listen by visiting bikecitytheatre.org or searching for “Bike City Theatre Company” on SoundCloud.com.

Bike City Theatre Company began its foray into radio drama after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted live theater. Under the project title “Radio Tuesdays,” BCTC now releases free plays — made for listening — via its website.

Up next in the collection of original shorts is “Andy Pitchem” by Jordan Brownlee, a comedy about an office worker with a heart of gold and a voice to match. The show is in production and will be released soon.

Last month’s release, “The House,” was a suspenseful two-part murder mystery. In keeping with the company’s “Expect Everything” motto, the shorts are mostly comedy by contrast. The first in the lineup was published on June 30 and can be listened to now. In “The Game of Life,” local artist Andrea J. Love ponders how you would play your own life as a video game: Are you playing the game or is the game playing you?

“It’s a typical day in your world, and all your decisions are being tracked and judged, per usual. What choices will you make in the face of exes, mind-numbing co-workers and your own internal narrator?” Love said.

Love — a BCTC company member — is the resident musical director and a writer of multiple shows produced by BCTC, including “Westeros Side Story,” “Hangman” and a touring children’s musical focusing on the environmental impact kids’ everyday actions can make. A member of Actors’ Equity Association, she has recently worked with The 5th Avenue Theatre (Seattle), San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Capital Stage and Davis Shakespeare Festival.

While the radio plays traditionally air on the last Tuesday of every month, the shorts will be released on a Tuesday every two weeks until mid-August. Listeners can sign up for BCTC’s mailing list to be notified as soon as they come out or follow its page on social media for new updates.

Like BCTC’s pre-pandemic “Salon Reading Series,” “Radio Tuesdays” are funded by the city of Davis’ community arts grant program. “In challenging times for the city, BCTC is grateful for its ongoing commitment to economic development in the arts during an unprecedented year,” a news release said.

For more information and updates, follow Bike City Theatre Company on Facebook or Instagram @bikecitytheatre and sign up for the mailing list on the website. Listen to “The Game of Life” by Andrea J. Love now at bikecitytheatre.org.

Note: Plays aired on “Radio Tuesdays” may contain adult material.

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