Jersey City’s Brad Forenza Launches Around the Sun Fiction Series

Podcast with Award-winning actors including Richard Kind, Adassa, Mindy Cohn and More

Around the Sun, the popular podcast series starring iconic and well-known actors from stage and screen will drop its second season starting on October 26, 2022 with new episodes dropping until early 2023.

Created by Brad Forenza and presented via the Broadway Podcast Network, this new season follows the success of the first series of short audio dramas (averaging 10 minutes each) that tell a different story.

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Together, they all tie in. The stories are engaging, interesting, different, insightful, humorous, inspiring and just fun to listen to as each actor’s voice is a joy to hear. This season’s theme has an “existential” desert flair. You’ll hear stories about love, relationships, unrequited love, coming of age, identity, retirement, life choices, sustainability, and even a few aliens. You can find it here and just about wherever you stream podcasts. It’s the perfect series to listen to in the car, on a walk, in the gym or just to escape for a few minutes.

The new season features highly-recognizable actors who bring palpable life to their characters. The cast includes (in alphabetical order):

Recording artist Adassa (“Cousin Dolores” in the Oscar/Golden Globe-winning smash, Encanto; recent AMA nominee for “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”),
SAG Award Winner Caroline Aaron (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Edward Scissorhands) Emmy Nominee Mindy Cohn (The Facts of Life, Mrs. American Pie) Tony Nominee Richard Kind (The Watcher, The Big Knife)
Theater Stalwart Richard Kline (Three’s Company, Wicked, Waitress)
TV Icon Jennie Kwan (California Dreams, Avenue Q),
Three-time Oscar Nominee Piper Laurie (The Hustler, Carrie, Children of a Lesser God)
Filmmaker/singer-songwriter Taylor Purdee (Killian and the Comeback Kids)
Two-time Emmy Winner Bruce Vilanch (Get Bruce)

In addition, series creator Brad Forenza, reprises his role as narrator and showrunner. Suzanne Ordas Curry (Equity, A Case of Blue) serves as Co-producer. Shane Curry Productions (Libby Jade Band) did the opening theme and sound editing. All are New Jersey residents.

Richard Kind states, “I had such a fun time recording this. The writing is so good, and the characters so clearly drawn,” added Kind. “I only recorded two scenes that bookend the entire story. But I’m so looking forward to hearing what comes in between. Especially with this fantastic cast.”

Adassa adds, “Working with Brad Forenza was such a fun experience. His vision and unique point of view on this project was igniting on so many levels. In Around the Sun, I was able to engage in a real life situation with all the enthusiasm and drama that plagues so many of us on a daily basis.”

Creator Brad Forenza states, “Around the Sun is a true labor of love, and I am so glad that it is one, among many, creations to survive the pandemic. The revived audio drama medium empowers us to present these intimate dramas to a much wider audience, with a truly talented and generous cast.”

Around the Sun is a scripted, episodic audio drama that explores human connections, made and missed, with an existential flare. Whether consumed together or independently, the comedy, tragedy, and soul of Around the Sun embraces one character’s assertion that we as humans are never alone… even if it feels like the opposite is often true.

The series is a Best Version of Yourself production, created by Brad Forenza, co-produced by Suzanne Ordas Curry, and presented via the Broadway Podcast Network. Continue the conversation via #AroundTheSunPodcast, or via the show’s creator (fb: @BVOYLLC; IG @BradForenza; Twitter: @BradForenza). Learn more at

Season 1 of Around the Sun was produced during earlier days of the pandemic. It is actively available for streaming “wherever you listen to podcasts,” and also features an array of popular talent: David Alan Basche (The Exes), Joanna Bonaro (Good ‘n Screwed), Dolores Catania (Real Housewives of New Jersey), François Clemmons (Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood), Lilli Cooper (Spring Awakening), Veanne Cox (Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella), David LaRosa (Clandestine), Marsha Mason (The Goodbye Girl), Christine Nagy (106.7 Lite FM), Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos), Austin Pendleton (My Cousin Vinny), Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black), Sally Struthers (All in the Family), Maureen Van Zandt (The Sopranos), BD Wong (Jurassic Park), Ryan Wotherspoon (Fogg), and Brad Forenza (A Case of Blue)… all playing New Yorkers, yearning to connect.

Season 2 of Around the Sun launches on October 29th, 2022, stream it “wherever you listen to podcasts.”

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