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The Forbidden City

An Audio Play by Bill Gunn, Directed by Seret Scott

Produced by Lincoln Center Theater


Set in Philadelphia circa 1936, The Forbidden City examines how the bonds of a middle-class Black family are tested by the specter of a tragedy that occurred many years prior in the Jim Crow South. The LCT Spotlight Series expanded its programming to include audio presentations of largely forgotten plays that are deserving of a contemporary audience.


Sound design by Frederick Kennedy

"Sound design by Frederick Kennedy gives the proceedings a slowly encroaching dread; the soundscape is a perfect accompaniment to Gunn’s lush language, which is always threatening to fracture, or to break into expressionistic song."

– The New Yorker


Radio Nowhere

An Audio Play by Kate Cortesi, Directed by Taylor Reynolds

Produced by Keen Company


Radio Nowhere is an irreverent comedy about a young artist’s attempt to save his strange little radio show by selling off an even stranger set of valuables. Tune in and join DJ Anonymous as his scrappy telethon turns into an exploration of grief, art, popularity, and the myth of the white male genius.

Sound design and original music by Frederick Kennedy

Link to archived recording here:



Sung by George Salazar

All that Matters Is Imaginary© Frederick Kennedy 2021
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Kisses Through the Glass (Besos a Través del Cristal)

An Audio Play by Nilo Cruz, Directed by Liz Diamond

Produced by Two River Theater

On an American highway from the north to south of nowhere, Trevor Dos Santos and Anabella Landi fix eyes on each other and their attraction is immediate. They take to the road and begin a dance of words, of life, and death. From Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Nilo Cruz, Kisses Through the Glass is a tale of two souls on a journey to the end of the world, bursting with music, poetry, and romance.

Composer and Sound designer: Frederick Kennedy (English and Spanish versions)


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