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A Woman of No Importance

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

Oscar Wilde's devastating drawing-room comedy.

Woman_of_no_importance_a_small Devilishly attractive Lord Illingworth is notorious for his skill as a seducer. But he is still invited to all the “best” houses while his female conquests must hide their shame in seclusion.  Wilde uses his celebrated wit to expose English society’s narrow view of everything from sexual mores to Americans. Starring Rosalind Ayres, Martin Jarvis, Miriam Margolyes, Jane Carr, Judy Geeson, Samantha Mathis, and Robert Machray. Directed by Michael Hackett.

The Whipping Man

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:58:00

A gripping Civil War drama with an unusual twist.

The-whipping-man__small__small Tensions run high as Caleb de Leon, a young Jewish Confederate soldier, celebrates Passover with his family’s newly-freed slaves in the de Leons’ crumbling antebellum mansion. The Whipping Man explores a little-known aspect of the Civil War, unearthing dark family secrets on the way to a shocking climax.

Written by Matthew Lopez. Starring Aaron Jennings, Charlie Robinson, and Mark Jude Sullivan.  Directed by Judyann Elder and recorded before an audience at UCLA's James Bridges Theater in July 2015.

The show includes a conversation about Jews in the Confederacy with Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, a scholar of American Jewish history.

Steel Magnolias

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:58:00

The classic story of friendship, in its original theatrical version.

Steel-magnolias-key-art-2400x2400-r2v1__small__small Great tales of friendship can take place anywhere: from a small town in Missouri, where Tom Sawyer cavorts with Huck Finn; to a Boston bar called Cheers where everybody knows your name; to the setting of our story, Truvy’s Beauty Salon in Louisiana, where six women forge a lifelong bond in Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling. Starring Frances Fisher, Jeanie Hackett, Shannon Holt, Amy Pietz, Brittany Snow, and Jocelyn Towne.

Native Guard

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:58:00

A Pulitzer Prize-winner for Black History Month.

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Based on Natasha Trethewey’s collection of poems, The Alliance Theatre’s production of Native Guard is both an elegy to her mother and a journey into Mississippi’s Civil War history. In poetry and song, she reflects on her mother’s passing while contemplating the former slaves who became soldiers in a regiment known as the Native Guard. Trethewey’s work was the winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. This recording was produced with the generous support of The Poetry Foundation.

Hour Two includes The Mountaintop by Katori Hall, a fantasy about Dr. Martin Luther King's last night on earth and a mysterious maid at the Lorraine Motel. Starring Aja Naomi King and Larry Powell, directed by Roger Guenveur Smith.

Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey, used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved. As conceived and originally produced by the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia. Susan V. Booth, Artistic Director. Mike Schleifer, Managing Director.

Directed by Rosalind Ayres
Neal A. Ghant as The Native Guard
January LaVoy as The Poet
Nicole Banks Long as Vocalist
Tyrone Jackson as Keyboard/Composer/Music Director

The Little Foxes

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:58:00

Joanne Whalley and Jared Harris star in Lillian Hellman's scathing family portrait.

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Lillian Hellman examines a wealthy southern family and the greed that tears them apart. Regina’s brothers have inherited their father’s wealth, while after years of neglect, her dying husband is determined to see she gets nothing. It will take every ounce of her ruthless guile to outwit her relations and assure herself a gilded future.

Directed by Rosalind Ayres.
Starring, in alphabetical order:
Will Brittain as Leo Hubbard
Tim DeKay as Ben Hubbard
Heidi Dippold as Birdie Hubbard
Jamie Harris as Oscar Hubbard
Jared Harris as Horace Giddens
Larry Powell as Cal 
Molly C. Quinn as Alexandra Giddens
Albie Selznick as William Marshall
Joanne Whalley as Regina Giddens
Karen Malina White as Addie

Dracula

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

"The blood...is the life."

Dracula_cover_small One of the classic horror stories comes to life with a chilling and sound-rich ensemble performance led by David Selby (Dark Shadows) John Glover, and Simon Templeman. Dracula by Bram Stoker, adapted by Charles Morey. 

On the Waterfront

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

Budd Schulberg's classic, re-imagined for the stage.

Otw_small An ex-prizefighter faces a crushing dilemma: should he rat out a corrupt union boss or keep silent while others suffer? It’s an iconic story of corruption and redemption, in the stage adaptation of Budd Schulberg’s On the Waterfront.

Starring Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice), Hector Elizondo, Bruce Davison, David Selby, and Rebecca Pidgeon. The broadcast includes an interview with author Budd Schulberg recorded in 2002.

The Lion in Winter

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:58:00

One of history's most volatile families back-stabs their way through an unforgettable Christmas.

Lion-in-winter-the-the-digital-cover_small In James Goldman's The Lion in Winter, Alfred Molina stars as King Henry the Second: a fiery and emotional ruler married to the cool and calculating Eleanor of Aquitaine. It’s Christmas in the year 1183, and Henry and Eleanor are locked in a heated chess game for the future of the kingdom – using their three sons as pawns in a vicious battle of wits.

Hour One includes a conversation with historian Scott Waugh of UCLA about the real-life Henry and Eleanor; Hour Two includes a feature on famous dysfunctional families in theatre.

The School for Scandal

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:56

The timeless comedy from Richard Brinsley Sheridan.

School-for-scandal-the_artwork_small The average American is exposed to a hundred thousand words of information each day, according to a recent study by the University of California-San Diego. But of the nearly twelve hours of media, music, and conversation we take in, how much of it do we accept as fact? The slippery nature of truth is at the heart of our story this week – a classic tale of rumor, gossip, and hypocrisy which remains both hilarious and timely in the present day.

The School for Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Starring Julian Sands and Susan Sullivan.
Directed by Michael Hackett.

The Foreigner

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

A hilarious comedy of errors and assumed identity.

Foreigner_cover_small We’ve all dreamed about escaping our everyday routines and setting off for exotic far-off locales. But an equal number of us have returned home with stories about vacations gone horribly awry. In our story this week, we’ll hear the hilarious exploits of a socially petrified Englishman who is packed off to rural America … only to find that the countryside isn’t quite as pastoral as he had imagined.

The Foreigner by Larry Shue stars Dina Waters, Paxton Whitehead, and Johnny Galecki. Directed by Eric Simonson.

Amadeus

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:57

Ambition and jealousy - all set to music.

Amadeus_artwork_small Michael Emerson (Lost, Person of Interest) and James Callis (Battlestar Galactica) star Peter Shaffer's classic about rival musicians in 18th century Vienna.  

Also starring:

Steven Brand as Baron van Swieten
Darren Richardson as Venticello 2
Alan Shearman as Count Orsini-Rosenberg
Mark Jude Sullivan as Venticello 1
Simon Templeman as Joseph II
Brian Tichnell as Count Johann Kilian Von Strack
Jocelyn Towne as Constanze
Sound Effects Artist, Jeff Gardner. Foreign Language Consultant, Matthew Wolf. Select Original Sound Design by Darron L. West, performed by Victor Zupnac. Music Supervisor, Scott Willis. Production Manager, Tori Burnett.  Associate Producer, Anna Lyse Erikson. Editor, Mitchell Lindskoog. Recording Engineer, Sound Designer and Mixer, Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood.

Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Recorded in Los Angeles before a live audience at The James Bridges Theater, UCLA in September of 2016. 

Twelve Angry Men

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:58:00

With a boy's life in the balance, one man refuses to cave in to the majority,

Twelve-angry-men__small__small Over the course of a steamy and tense afternoon, twelve jurors deliberate the fate of a 19 year-old alleged to have murdered his own father. A seemingly open and shut case turns complicated, igniting passions and hidden prejudice in this classic American play by Reginald Rose. Starring Dan Castellaneta, Jeffrey Donovan, Hector Elizondo, Robert Foxworth, Richard Kind. Directed by John de Lanice.
The broadcast also includes Tone Clusters, a short piece from Joyce Carol Oates about crime, the media, and families, starring Edward Asner, Joyce Van Patten, and Hector Elizondo.

The Cherry Orchard

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

An aristocratic family faces a crisis in a time of economic and social upheaval.

The_cherry_orchard_artwork_small It is often said that “you can never go home again.” And few playwrights have explored this idea with as much depth, nuance, and finely-attuned melancholy as Anton Chekhov. In his final play, The Cherry Orchard, Chekhov views the loss of a family home through several generations, as they struggle to maintain their relevance in a rapidly changing society. Starring Marsha Mason, Charles Durning, Jennifer Tilly, and Hector Elizondo. 

Judgment at Nuremberg

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

Where were we when they cried out in the night to us? Were we deaf, dumb and blind?

Jan-digital-cover-2400x2400-r4v1_small Abby Mann's classic story about the Nuremberg trials, under which German leaders were found guilty of crimes against humanity. Even today, the play remains a shattering indictment of the consequences of unchecked authority and the seductive power of group thought. Judgment at Nuremberg, starring Harry Hamlin, David Selby, Alan Mandell, and John Vickery.
The broadcast includes an audience talkback with Judge Bruce Einhorn, 
who from 1979 to 1990 was the chief investigating prosecutor against Nazi war criminals who had gone into hiding in the United States.

 

The Price

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

RIchard Dreyfuss stars in Arthur Miller's 1968 classic.

The_price_small L.A. Theatre Works continues its celebration of Arthur Miller's centennial with The Price. In an attic filled with old furntiure, two estranged brothers face the truth about their family's shortcomings. Also starring Amy Irving, Harris Yulin and Timothy Fox, and directed by Martin Jenkins. The Price is a co-production with the BBC.

The Gin Game and The Value of Names

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

Two stories of not-so-friendly rivalries.

Gin_value_covers_square_small In D.L Coburn's Pulitzer Prize-winner The Gin Game, the quiet porch of a rest home explodes when two retirees face off over a card table. Starring Harris Yulin and Katherine Helmond. And in Jeffrey Sweet's The Value of Names, the specter of the Red Scare days keeps two old friends from reconnecting. With Garry Marshall, Hector Elizondo, and Sally Murphy.

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

Wilde's facility with words contributes to his undoing.

Gross-indecency__small__small Oscar Wilde was arguably the father of the sound bite: the master of the bon mot, who is still widely quoted more than a century after his death. When he was put on trial and charged with “gross indecency” in the spring of 1895, Wilde brought his wit to the stand, with disastrous results. Our story this week is about the consequences of language, and of speaking an open truth in a closed society, in Moisès Kaufman’s Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. Starring Julian Sands, Peter Paige, Ian Ogilvy, and Simon Templeman as Oscar Wilde.

A Doll House

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

Calista Flockhart stars in Ibsen's classic about marriage and the changing role of women.

Doll_house_cover_small Nora and Torvald Helmer are an upper-middle-class couple who are divided by a secret. But when the man in the middle comes to Nora for a favor, Torvald’s drastic response threatens to tear their family apart. A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen also stars JoBeth Williams, Tim DeKay, and Gregory Itzin.

Blue/Orange

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:57

Joe Penhall's powerful work about schizophrenia.

Blue_orange_artwork_small A young man is about to be discharged from psychiatric supervision in a London hospital. But his clinicians disagree about the seriousness of his condition, and his release becomes complicated by issues of race, class, and the definition of sanity itself. Blue/Orange by Joe Penhall stars Matt Lescher, Daniel Davis, and Teagle F. Bougere.

The broadcast includes an interview with UCLA professor and schizophrenia expert Dr. Carrie Bearden.

The Doctor's Dilemma

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

Shaw's well-aimed satire about medical ethics.

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The blowhards, the know-it-alls, the scrupulous and the impecunious are all targets for Shaw’s incisive wit in his classic satire of the medical profession. A well-respected physician is forced to choose whom he shall save: a bumbling friend or the ne’er-do-well husband of the woman he loves.
The Doctor's Dilemma by George Bernard Shaw. Starring Jane Carr, Gregory Cooke, Kenneth Danziger, Roy Dotrice, Martin Jarvis, Jennifer Dundas, Simon Templeman, Douglas Weston and Paxton Whitehead. Directed by Rosalind Ayres.
This play is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.

The Busy World is Hushed

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

What happens when tragedy and emotional hardship test our faith to its limit?

Busyworld_art_small A renowned Episcopalian cleric befriends a young writer to finish her latest work. But when her wayward son returns home, he raises haunting questions about faith and forgiveness. The Busy World is Hushed by Keith Bunin stars Jill Clayburgh, Hamish Linklater, and Luke MacFarlane. The broadcast also includes a conversation about faith with religious scholar Elaine Pagels of Princeton University. 

Design for Living

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

A classic story from one of England’s most celebrated playwrights.

Design_for_living_small Gilda, Otto, and Leo are three young expatriates entangled in a deeply symbiotic love affair. But as emotional allegiances shift continually between them, they learn that the only certainty they share is change itself. Hamish Linklater, Sarah Rafferty, and Douglas Weston star in Design for Living by Noel Coward.

Design for Living

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

A classic story from one of England’s most celebrated playwrights.

Design_for_living_small Gilda, Otto, and Leo are three young expatriates entangled in a deeply symbiotic love affair. But as emotional allegiances shift continually between them, they learn that the only certainty they share is change itself. Hamish Linklater, Sarah Rafferty, and Douglas Weston star in Design for Living by Noel Coward.

Hay Fever/ Two Coward Shorts

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

A weekend with the Bliss family turns out to be anything but.

Hay-fever-digital-cover-3000x3000-r1v1_small Every so often, we all find ourselves holding the short end of the stick when it comes to family communication. Noël Coward's Hay Fever introduces us to one family whose highly dysfunctional interplay transforms a relaxing weekend into a maddening game of one-upmanship. Hay Fever stars Tate Donovan, Jeffrey Jones, Eric Stoltz, and Carolyn Seymour.

Then, Stephen Fry introduces a special performance of two rarely-heard short plays from the Noël Coward archives, Design for Rehearsing and Age Cannot Wither, starring Michael Gladis, JoBeth Williams, Susan Sullivan, and Juliet Mills.

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From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:58:00

Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Martin Sheen, and Kevin Bacon lead an all-star cast in a timely portrait of an American civil-rights struggle.

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In November of 2008, California voters enacted Proposition 8, a ballot proposition and constitutional amendment which proposed that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." The validity of Prop 8 was subsequently upheld by the California Supreme Court, but a new organization called the American Foundation for Equal Rights challenged the ruling in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
 
On January 11, 2010, the trial of Perry v. Schwarzenegger opened under Judge Vaughn R. Walker, with high-profile trial lawyers – and former rivals – David Boies and Ted Olson joining forces in an unprecedented show of support for marriage equality. Dustin Lance Black's play 8 faithfully recreates the progression of the trial through original court transcripts and interviews conducted with the plaintiffs, as their story is brought to life before a live audience.
 
8 by Dustin Lance Black was produced for the stage by the American Foundation for Equal Rights and Broadway Impact. Directed by Rob Reiner. The all-star cast also includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Christine Lahti, John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and more.
 
The broadcast includes three special features: a backstage conversation with George Clooney, Martin Sheen, John C. Reilly, and other stars of the production; an interview with Dave Garcia of the Los Angeles LGBT Center; and a conversation with attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson.  

A Walk in the Woods

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:59

As two negotiators try to establish a personal breakthrough, they struggle to find common ground.

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Based on the real-life story of two opposing negotiators, Lee Blessing’s play finds a Russian and an American trying to get a fresh outlook on a treaty by escaping the conference room and speaking intimately in a forest outside of Geneva.

Starring Alfred Molina and Steven Weber. Includes a post play discussion about Cold War diplomacy.

Lead funding for A Walk in the Woods is generously provided by the John Logan Foundation.

A Room with a View

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:58:01

Eleanor Tomlinson ("Poldark") and Eugene Simon ("Game of Thrones") star in a new adaptation of E.M. Forster's romantic novel.

Arwav-digital-cover_small An encounter in Florence and an offer to exchange rooms brings George Emerson to the attention of Lucy Honeychurch. Their flirtation is cut short by Lucy’s chaperone, but when they meet again back home in England, Lucy must negotiate the demands of her station with the desires of her heart.

The broadcast includes an interview with Julian Sands, who starred as George Emerson in the 1985 film version, and as that character’s father in our audio drama. 

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster, adapted and directed by Kate McAll.

Starring, in alphabetical order:

Rosalind Ayres, Edita Brychta, Alastair James Murden, Moira Quirk, Darren Richardson, Julian Sands, Eugene Simon, Eleanor Tomlinson, and Matthew Wolf.

Recorded before a live audience at the UCLA James Bridges Theater in March, 2019.

Hold These Truths

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:59

“We hold these truths to be self-evident...and when they are made known to us, how fully will we see them?"

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During WWII in Seattle, University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi fights the US government’s orders to forcibly remove and incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. As he struggles to reconcile his country’s betrayal with his passionate belief in the US Constitution, Gordon begins a 50-year journey toward a greater understanding of America’s triumphs - and a confrontation with its failures.

Includes an interview with playwright Jeanne Sakata.

Hold These Truths
is sponsored in part by the California Civil Liberties Program from the California State Library.

Directed by Jessica Kubzansky
Producing Director Susan Albert Loewenberg
Starring Ryun Yu as Gordon Hirabayashi
With additional voices by Matthew Floyd Miller, Suzy Nakamura, Matt Walker, and Greg Watanabe

Associate Artistic Director, Anna Lyse Erikson. Sound Designer and Mixing Engineer, Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood. Senior Radio Producer, Ronn Lipkin. Foley Artist, Jeff Gardner. Recording Engineer and Editor, Erick Cifuentes. 

Crimes of the Heart

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

Three sisters are reunited when the youngest is embroiled in a scandal.

61vadfy7chl In this Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Beth Henley explores the complicated mix of love, empathy, and unresolved tension that runs through every family. Crimes of the Heart stars Glenne Headly, Sondra Locke, and Donna Bullock. Directed by Gordon House. 

Lobby Hero

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

From the creator of Manchester by the Sea

Lobby_hero_small Two menial security guards are embroiled in an unexpected family fiasco...and the local beat police are divided by their own romantic and political allegiances. Tate Donovan, Emily Swallow, Michael Weston, and Cedric Sanders star in Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero.

The Devil's Disciple

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

Richard Dreyfuss stars in George Bernard Shaw's surprising tale.

The-devils-disciple__small__small Shaw stands “do or die” melodrama on its head in this work set during the American Revolution. A young hero who disdains heroism makes the ultimate sacrifice for honor and country. Also starring Bruce Davison, Pat Carroll and Lisa Pelikan. Directed by Michael Kahn. The show includes interviews with Shaw experts Bill Largess and Ethan McSweeny.

Misalliance

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

Shaw's scathing look at class and social status.

Misalliance_small A young aristocrat is engaged to a young woman with a disapproving middle-class family. But as the two sides struggle to reconcile their differences, an unexpected visitor literally crashes into their lives. Eric Stoltz, Roger Rees, and Serena Scott Thomas star in Misalliance by George Bernard Shaw. The show includes a conversation with Shaw expert Eda Holmes.

Master Harold... and the Boys

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:59

A story of friendship and racism in apartheid-era South Africa.

Master_harold_cover_small Athol Fugard’s politically-charged plays, presented with racially-integrated casts, often ran afoul of the South Africa’s National Party, which in 1965 passed a law forbidding mixed casts and audiences in public theatres. In spite of his government’s racist policies, Fugard rose to international prominence as a playwright, and through his art, gave voice to South Africa’s oppressed black majority.

Master Harold and the Boys stars Leon Addison Brown, Keith David and Bobby Steggert. Directed by Stuart K. Robinson.

Hour One includes a feature on the life of apartheid-era servants, and Hour Two includes an interview with playwright Athol Fugard.





God's Man in Texas

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

Faith, finance, and the business of religion.

Gods-man-in-texas_small Whether you’re selling cars, real estate…or salvation…if you don’t meet your numbers, you’re in trouble. It can even happen to the beloved head of a Houston megachurch, who won’t relinquish control of his pulpit as the competition to replace him heats up. Robert Pescovitz, W. Morgan Sheppard, and Andy Taylor star in God’s Man in Texas by David Rambo.

The broadcast includes a conversation about the business of megachurches with William Martin, Ph.D., a Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University.

Antigone

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

A riveting adaptation of the Greek myth.

Antigone_cover_small The two sons of Oedipus are dead, and their sister Antigone wants to bury her dishonored brother. But even as her loved ones try to stop her, she remains unyielding in the face of death. Antigone by Jean Anouilh, translated by Christopher Nixon, starring Elizabeth Marvel, Francis Guinan, and Alan Mandell. Directed by Brendon Fox.

Proof

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:58:00

Are creative thinking and mental illness opposite sides of the same coin?

Proof_small This explosive combination has shown itself in such leading creative lights as composer Robert Schumann, mathematician John Nash, and artist Vincent van Gogh. In these examples, and countless more, inspiration and mental illness appear side-by-side, often with a tragic outcome. Their families, of course, suffer too: children of a “mad genius” inevitably wonder, “How much mad and how much genius have I inherited?” That question is central to our story this week, Proof by David Auburn.

Originally produced on Broadway in 2000, Proof is among a select group of works that have won both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play. 

Proof is part of L.A. Theatre Works' Relativity Series of science-themed plays. Lead funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, bridging science and the arts in the modern world.

Starring Anne Heche, Jeremy Sisto, Robert Foxworth, and Kaitlin Hopkins. Hour One includes an interview with Dr. Carrie Bearden of UCLA's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Services. Hour Two includes a discussion with Steven Strogatz, Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University. 

The Best Man

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

Fred Thompson and Marsha Mason star in Gore Vidal's classic political satire.

The-best-man__medium__small Former Secretary of State Bill Russell is running for President against a candidate who will stop at nothing to defeat him. But while Russell struggles to master the art of spin, a mysterious source emerges to discredit his rival.

Directed by Nick Olcott. Hour Two includes a segment from Studs Terkel's interview with Vidal in 1961.

Earth and Sky

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

Annette Bening stars in a dark tale of murder and deception.

Earth_n_sky_small A young woman’s brief romance has met an untimely and brutal end. But when she sets out on her own to solve the crime, she finds that the truth may be too terrible to face. Earth and Sky by Douglas Post, starring Annette Bening, John Mahoney, Ed Begley, Jr., and Steven Weber. Plus, hear another take on a murder investigation in Susan Glaspell's Trifles, starring Amy Madigan, Sam McMurray, and Steven Weber.

John Ball's In the Heat of the Night

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

"They call me MISTER Tibbs!"

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African-American detective Virgil Tibbs finds himself trapped in a small Alabama town. Reluctantly, the town’s police chief brings him into a homicide case. And as Tibbs applies his big-city smarts to the investigation, he’s got a long way to go to earn the chief’s respect. Based on John Ball's novel and the screenplay for the classic film, In the Heat of the Night adds new twists to a story that's still uncomfortably relevant.

Adapted by Matt Pelfrey. Starring Ryan Vincent Anderson as Virgil Tibbs and James Morrison as Chief Gillespie. The broadcast includes an audience Q&A with political journalist Todd Purdum, and a conversation with playwright Matt Pelfrey and director Brian Kite.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

Winner of the 2015 Audie Award® for Audio Drama

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In this stage adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved novel, Holmes and Watson investigate the curse of the Baskerville family. Is there really a diabolical hound? Or is the family curse simply a cover for more sinister goings on?

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted by David Pichette and R. Hamilton Wright. Starring James Marsters, Seamus Deaver, Geoffrey Arend, and Sarah Drew. The broadcast includes an audience talkback with renowned Holmes expert Leslie S. Klinger. 

Pack of Lies

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:58:00

When it comes to Russian influence...how well do you know your neighbors?

Pack_of_lies_artwork_small Actual events during the Cold War inspired Hugh Whitemore's thriller that takes place in a suburb of London during the autumn and winter of 1960-1961. Loyalty, duty and friendship collide when the Jacksons slowly discover the Krogers, their neighbors and cherished friends, are not what they appear. A gripping play that may leave you wondering exactly what it is those nice people next door are really up to. Starring Rosland Ayres, Martin Jarvis, Julian Sands, Roxanne Hart, and Megan Austin Oberle. Written by Hugh Whitmore.

Cakewalk

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

A vivid portrait of a brilliant, troubled author.

Cakewalk_small Broadway legend Elaine Stritch stars as literary legend Lillian Hellman in this beguiling account of Hellman’s tumultuous relationship across several decades with a man 25 years her junior, played by Oscar-nominee Bruce Davison. Featuring music by Carly Simon.
With Samantha Bennett, Claudette Nevins, and Raphael Sbarge. Includes a conversation with Hellman biographer Deborah Martinson and a piece about Hellman with author Rosemary Mahoney. 

The Autumn Garden

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:59

A quiet masterwork from Lillian Hellman.

Autumn_garden_cover_small Friends and family gather at a summer boarding house, and old resentments are quick to resurface. And when the landlady’s old flame comes to visit, his presence serves to bring the tension in the house to a boil. Mary Steenburgen, David Selby, Julie Harris, and Eric Stoltz star in The Autumn Garden by Lillian Hellman. Directed by JoBeth Williams.




Tartuffe

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

A story that began its life under a cloud of controversy.

Tartuffe_small The Roman Catholic Church of France banned public performances of Tartuffe upon its debut in 1664, denouncing its attacks on religious hypocrisy as immoral and heretical. It took five years for the outrage to fade, and when Molière finally staged full performances of his work, it became an immediate success, and to this day is considered one of the masterworks of Western comedy. The version you'll hear is in the definitive translation by Richard Wilbur.

Tartuffe by Molière stars Tony Award-winner Brian Bedford in the title role, with John de Lancie, Martin Jarivs, Alex Kingston, and more. The broadcast includes a conversation with Bedford about Molière.

The Bungler

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:58:00

A clever valet helps his clueless, bumbling master get the girl of his dreams.

Bungler-the_small With unique insight and humor, the French playwright Molière chronicled such human failings as hypochondria, jealousy, and vanity. We perhaps know him best for such works as Tartuffe and The Misanthrope, for their hilarious and controversial views on hypocrisy and other human failings; but our story is one of his lesser-known works, one that author Victor Hugo described as Molière’s best comedy: The Bungler, tranlsated by Richard Wilbur. Starring Richard Easton as Mascarille.

Lead funding for this production was provided by the Sidney E. Frank Foundation.

An American Daughter

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:58:02

An offhand remark threatens a rising political career.

An-american-daughter_small Dr. Lyssa Dent Hughes is a well-connected health crusader who appears to be a perfect candidate for U.S. Surgeon General - until a casual comment in an interview goes viral. Anna Gunn and Mary McDonnell star in Wendy Wasserstein's An American Daughter.

Also starring David Birney, Jamie Haines, Gregory Itzin, Michael Malone, Kevin McCarthy, Claudette Nevins, and Denise Nicholas.
Directed by Beth Milles.


Enron

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

The legendary story of one of America’s most stunning corporate collapses.

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Enron_cover_small A world leader in electricity and gas goes supernova - only to implode in the public eye - in Enron, the darkly funny play by Lucy Prebble. Starring Gregory Itzin as Kenneth Lay, Steven Weber as Jeffrey Skilling, Greg Germann as Andrew Fasto, and Amy Pietz as Claudia Roe. With Chris Butler, Kasey Mahaffy, Jon Matthews, Julia McIlvaine, Russell Soder, Kenneth Alan Williams, and Matthew Wolf.

Incident at Vichy/Arthur Miller: A Life

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

A dark World War Two tale, plus an original docudrama about its author

Incident-at-vichy__medium__small L.A. Theatre Works continues its celebration of Arthur Miller's centennial with a monthly presentation of his plays. In Incident at Vichy, nine men are detained under a shadowy pretext in occupied France. Are these the people the Nazi regime considers "inferior?" Starring Jon Matthews, Arye Gross, and Gregory Itzin. Then, Ed Harris narrates an excerpt from LATW's original docudrama Arthur Miller: A Life, starring Ben Feldman, Geoffrey Arend, and Kate Burton. A co-production with BBC Cymru Wales. 

The Ride Down Mt. Morgan

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:59

Brian Cox stars in Arthur Miller's probing look at monogamy and 1980's morality.

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L.A. Theatre Works continues our celebration of Arthur Miller's centennial. Lyman Felt has it all. Wealth, success, power and the kind of good solid wife he needs. Oh, and he also has another wife, the kind of earthy, sexy woman he wants. Lyman juggles his artful lie until a car accident on the slippery slope of Mt. Morgan lands him in a hospital bed and the two wives in the waiting room. But really, is there any such thing as "just an accident?" 
Starring Brian Cox as Lyman Felt, with Saidah Arrika Ekulona, Gregory Itzin, Amy Pietz and Kirsten Potter. Written by Arthur Miller and directed by Richard Masur. The broadcast includes a conversation about 1980's ethics with author Robert M. Collins.

A View from the Bridge

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

Ed O'Neill stars in Arthur Miller's modern Greek tragedy, set in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge.

View_small L.A. Theatre Works celebrates Arthur Miller's centennial with a special monthly presentation of his plays. Longshoreman Eddie Carbone is devoted to his wife, Beatrice and to his niece, Catherine. When Beatrice’s impoverished Sicilian cousins enter the U.S. illegally, in hope of finding work, Eddie gives them a helping hand. But when Catherine and one of the cousins fall in love, Eddie’s affection for his niece turns into obsession.

Starring Ed O'Neill, Mary McDonnell, Amy Pietz, and Harry Hamlin. The broadcast includes a piece about Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood, and interviews with Mary McDonnell and Miller expert Ethan McSweeney.

Pride and Prejudice

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

Can you really trust your first impression of someone…especially if it’s a bad first impression?

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The history of famously mismatched stage couples runs the gamut from Romeo and Juliet to Kermit and Miss Piggy. Our story this week begins with a similarly unlikely pairing: an outgoing, judgmental young woman and an anti-social, upper-class gentleman. But the courtship of Miss Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy proved to be one of the most successful in literature. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice set the standard for romantic comedies when it debuted in 1813, and it still speaks to audiences worldwide through countless adaptations. Starring Julia McIlvane as Elizabeth Bennet, Nick Toren as Mr. Darcy, and Jane Carr as Mrs. Bennet and Lady Catherine.

 

The Picture of Dorian Gray

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:59

Oscar Wilde's chilling meditation on the perceived relationship between art and morality.

Picture_of_dorian_gray_front_small A gifted painter has crafted his masterpiece: a portrait of an intoxicating young man named Dorian Gray. Dorian soon falls prey to a devious mentor, who teaches him that physical beauty forgives all transgressions. But Dorian soon discovers that his secret wish for immortality may have real-world consequences.

Starring Steve Juergens and Jim Ortlieb. With Colleen Crimmins, Roger Mueller, Tom Carroll, Pauline Brailsford, Martin Duffy, and Rush Pearson. Our directors are Terry McCabe and Jeffrey Ortmann. The broadcast includes a conversation with Nicholas Frankel, editor of The Picture of Dorian Gray: An Annotated, Uncensored Edition.

After the Fall

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

An unconventional memory play from an American master.

After-fall__small__small Arthur Miller's marriage to Marilyn Monroe in 1956 was front-page news, especially among commentators who felt that these two mega-celebrities were a particularly odd couple. Variety’s famous headline dubbed it: “Egghead Weds Hourglass.” But what brought this unlikely duo together? And what tore them apart?

The answer came, in thinly-disguised form, in Miller’s 1964 memory play After the Fall. Critics initially excoriated Miller for the play’s unconventional structure, as well as its depiction of Monroe, especially as it came so soon after her death. Now, years later, the play stands as an insightful, if flawed, document of Miller’s life with Monroe, who’s represented here as a telephone operator named Maggie.

Starring Anthony LaPaglia as Quentin and Amy Brenneman as Maggie. 

This Town

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

A First Dog scandal electrifies the White House press corps.

This-town__medium__small Sidney Blumenthal based This Town on his decades of experience as a journalist writing about politics for publications ranging from the New Yorker to the Washington Post. As a result, the play is both witheringly farcical and sharply observed: a pitch-perfect take on the cult of exposé journalism which remains uncannily relevant today. This Town stars Richard Kind, Gates McFadden, John Vickery, and John Randolph.
The broadcast includes a new interview with Sidney Blumenthal about the current state of political journalism. 

All My Sons

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:59

Arthur Miller's powerful drama of a family in denial.

All-my-sons__small__small A single decision, made in haste, and motivated by profit, has cast a pall over a prosperous American family in the days following World War Two. The family’s patriarch is in staunch denial of his culpability in the matter; while his wife maintains a fantasy that their son, missing in action, will soon return safe and sound. How this scenario plays out is the stuff of Greek tragedy, re-imagined for the 20th century by Arthur Miller, in All My Sons. Starring James Farentino, Julie Harris, and Arye Gross.

Hour One includes a feature on the American aircraft industry during World War Two with historian Bill Yenne.

The Rivalry

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

The Lincoln-Douglas debates come alive, courtesy of David Strathairn and Paul Giamatti.

Rivalry_art_small In 1858, incumbent Illinois Senator Stephen A Douglas faced an unknown lawyer named Abraham Lincoln in a series of debates that electrified the nation. This dramatization by the renowned radio author Norman Corwin takes you on stage and behind the scenes of these iconic debates.

Also starring Lily Rabe, Shannon Cochran, and James Gleason.

The broadcast includes commentary from NPR Politics Editor Ken Rudin, who gives us the lowdown on great moments in political debates.

Together Tonight: Hamilton, Jefferson, Burr by Norman Corwin

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:54

Three of America's Founding Fathers square off over their young country's future.

Together-tonight-digital-cover_small Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and Aaron Burr debate the burning issues of 1799: Unchecked immigration, entanglement in foreign wars, and an increasingly divided electorate. Sound familiar? Legendary radio dramatist Norman Corwin knew that when it comes to politics, some things never change.
Starring JD Cullum, Gregory Harrison, Henri Lubatti, and Brian Tichnell. Directed by Alexis Jacknow. Recorded live in performance in Los Angeles in October 2016. 

Jefferson's Garden

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

The story of America's struggle for independence is told with a fresh slant and theatrical inventiveness.

Jeffersons-garden-digital-cover-2400x2400-r1v1_small As Thomas Jefferson struggles to find the right word to frame a nation, a young Quaker must weigh his desire to participate in the struggle against his pacifist beliefs in Jefferson's Garden by Timberlake Wertenbaker.

Starring Rosalind Ayres, Nate Corddry, Ellis Greer, Gregory Harrison, Lovensky Jean-Baptiste, Ifan Meredith, Darren Richardson, Emily Swallow, and Inger Tudor.  Recorded live in performance at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater in March 2017. Directed by Martin Jarvis.

 

A Huey P. Newton Story

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

One of the most distinctive voices in civil rights history re-emerges to tell his own story.

9781580813587_huey_small In his brilliantly imagined, Obie Award-winning show, Roger Guenveur Smith explores the life of the controversial Black Panther leader through a series of improvisations based on Newton's own words and writings. Biography, satire, and socio-political commentary blend within a landscape of fantastic sound design to create a provocative, surreal and always surprising portrait of the complex times in which he lived. Written, performed, and directed by Roger Guenveur Smith. Sound design by Marc Anthony Thompson.

Red/The Watts Towers Project

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:58:00

Two stories about art and obsession.

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The artist Mark Rothko has just hired Ken, an aspiring artist, to be his assistant – and errand boy. Ken discovers that Rothko’s temper can run hot; but as he gets to know his boss better, he finds that Rothko has opened him up to more than just painting. In our production of the 2010 Tony winner for Best Play, Alfred Molina reprises his highly-acclaimed Broadway performance as Mark Rothko. The show includes a conversation with art historian Dr. David Anfam about Rothko’s life and works.

Then, 
storyteller Roger Guenveur Smith scavenges his own one-man history of the Watts Towers from the cultural materials of his youth – bringing in everyone from Wolfman Jack and Sirhan Sirhan to Charles Mingus and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The Watts Towers Project is a spellbinding meditation on the resilience of the artistic imagination against the chaos and turbulence of history.

 

 

Abundance

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

Frontier women struggle to survive in the unsettled American West.

Abundance_cover_small In the late 1860s, two mail-order brides are preparing to be married off to two very different men. And as they set out together into the wilds of the Wyoming Territory, their lives become intertwined … for better and for worse. Abundance by Beth Henley. Starring Jobeth Williams, Amy Madigan, Steven Weber and Gary Cole.

The broadcast includes a feature with historian Chris Enss, author of Hearts West: True Stories of Mail-Order Brides on the Frontier.

Six Degrees of Separation

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:58:00

John Guare's story of connection and deception.

Six-degrees_art_small A wealthy couple helps a charismatic young man who’s been mugged. He claims to be a friend of their children, and the son of movie star Sidney Poitier. Is he the real thing, or a clever, complicated con man? Alan Alda, Swoosie Kurtz, and Chuma Hunter-Gault star in John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation . The broadcast includes a conversation with mathematician Steven Strogatz about the "Six Degrees" theory.

Hour Two includes Jeffrey Hatcher's Thirteen Things about Ed Carpolotti , starring Rue McClanahan.  

The Caine Mutiny Court Martial

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

A classic drama from the Second World War.

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From the earliest human civilizations, we’ve continually debated the meanings of justice, order, and authority. And rarely are these ideas more crucial – or problematic – than in the military, where a strict code of behavior is often brought to bear on chaotic and ambiguous situations. The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial offers a captivating account of the slippery nature of truth in times of war – and the ways in which justice itself can be anything but clear-cut.

Starring David Selby as Captain Queeg and Grant Shaud as Lt. Greenwald. With Ian Lithgow, Frank Muller, James Avery, Scott Lowell, Chuma Hunter-Gault, and Mchael Rivkin. Directed by Gordon Hunt.

True West

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

Alfred Molina stars in Sam Shepard's dark comedy

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Pulitzer-Prize winner Sam Shepard’s classic comedy is a story of estranged brothers Austin and Lee. Shepard contrasts the reality of the two brothers by forcing them to come to terms with each other, with themselves, and with family. 
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Dean Cameron, Alfred Molina, Charlotte Rae and Francis Guinan. Directed by Eric Simonson.

The Real Thing

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

An insightful masterwork from Tom Stoppard

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Henry may be the wittiest playwright of his generation, but he’s hopelessly naïve when it comes to understanding love and infidelity. After Henry leaves his wife for another woman, he’s confronted with being the cuckold himself. Both dazzlingly clever and emotionally naked, Henry’s search for the “the real thing” in art and love demonstrates beautifully why both are worth the effort in the end.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:
Andrea Bowen as Debbie
Matthew Gaydos as Brodie and TV Director
Carolyn Seymour as Charlotte
Simon Templeman as Henry
Douglas Weston as Max
Joanne Whalley as Annie
Matthew Wolf as Billy
Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles in November 2008.

McReele

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

An ex-con gets tapped to run for the Senate

Mcreele-digital-cover_small Darius McReele has served 16 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. After he’s finally pardoned, his political views land him on TV. And as state power-brokers urge him to run for a US Senate seat, Darius reveals an inconvenient truth about the night of the murder. Eric Stoltz and Chris Butler star in Stephen Belber’s political satire McReele.

Daniel Deronda

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:59

A new audio adaptation of George Eliot's Victorian classic.

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Scornful of men and the love they profess for her, Gwendolen Harleth is a beautiful but spoiled young woman, frustrated by her limited options in Victorian England. Daniel Deronda is an intelligent, handsome young man who has been raised by his guardian, Sir Hugo Mallinger, but knows nothing of his true origins. Deronda’s search leads him into the world of 19th-century Zionism, a discovery that will alter the course of his life. An original L.A. Theatre Works commission, adapted and directed by Kate McAll.

Includes an interview with Hilary Schor, Professor of English, Comparative Literature and Law at USC.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast recording, starring:
Edita Brychta as Mother, Madame von Langen and others
Barry Creyton as Sir Hugo Mallinger and Lord Brackenshaw
Ifan Meredith as Daniel Deronda
Cerris Morgan-Moyer as Aunt Nancy and others
Kimberley Nixon as Gwendolen Harleth
Darren Richardson as Mordecai, Hans, and others
Helen Sadler as Mirah Lapidoth
Julian Sands as Henleigh Mallinger Grandcourt
André Sogliuzzo as Uncle Henry and others
With Kate Burton as George Eliot/Narrator

Recorded berfore an audience at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater in March 2018.

Act One

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

A boy from the Bronx becomes the toast of Broadway

Act-one-digital-cover_small Moss Hart’s classic stage autobiography is brought to life, with his son Christopher directing, in a story that illuminates the early years of one of theater’s great humorists.

Act One
by James Lapine, from the autobiography by Moss Hart stars:

Paul Culos as Eddie, Sam Harris, and Regan
Heidi Dippold as Lillie Hart, Dorothy Parker
Jake Green as Irving, Slimowitz
Jane Kaczmarek as Aunt Kate, Beatrice Kaufman, Frieda Fishbein
Anna Mathias as Edna Ferber, Mrs. Harris, Mrs. Rosenbloom
Andre Sogliuzzo as Jed Harris, Augustus Pitou, Max Siegel
Daniel David Stewart as Mossy, Bernie, Dore
Mark Jude Sullivan as Moss
Jon Tenney as Hart, Father, Kaufman
Other roles played by members of the company.
Original Music by Louis Rosen from his Broadway score.
Directed by Christopher Hart

GREAT Theatre and KVSC Radio Present Nigh of the Living Dead!

From KVSC | Part of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota series | 01:13:54

Before Southerners hid in prisons and had to deal with barbed wire baseball bats and governors . . .

Before the overrun shopping malls . . .

Before Brad Pitt made a movie that had little to do with the book . . .

There was where it all started . . . Night of the Living Dead!

When you’re hiding out in the cellar trying not to get eaten, join GREAT Theatre for their gruesome adaptation of George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead!

Broadcast LIVE from the Helgeson Learning Lab Theater on Saturday, October 27, 2018, this is the second year of KVSC Radio and GREAT Theatre’s partnership to bring classic radio drama to your Halloween season!

Enjoy!

. . . while you can.

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Before Southerners hid in prisons and had to deal with barbed wire baseball bats and governors . . . 
Before the overrun shopping malls . . .
Before Brad Pitt made a movie that had little to do with the book . . .
There was where it all started . . . Night of the Living Dead!
When you’re hiding out in the cellar trying not to get eaten, join GREAT Theatre for their gruesome adaptation of George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead! 
Broadcast LIVE from the Helgeson Learning Lab Theater on Saturday, October 27, 2018, this is the second year of KVSC Radio and GREAT Theatre’s partnership to bring classic radio drama to your Halloween season!
Enjoy!
. . . while you can. 

Please Continue

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:58:00

The real-life story of an infamous experiment.

Please-continue-digital-cover-3000x3000-r5v1_small As humans, we’re wired to “go along to get along.” Without that capacity, we’d never be able to live in society with others. So what happens when our desire to fit in overpowers our moral obligations?

That’s the ethical dilemma at the heart of Frank Basloe’s chilling drama. Based on the true story of renowned social psychologist Stanley Milgram, Please Continue recounts the infamous obedience experiments at Yale in the 1960s. In that study, participants were asked to administer strong electric shocks to a subject who gave the wrong answer to a question. Would they stop once they saw how much pain their actions caused? Or would they keep delivering shocks, ignoring the subject’s distress, for the sake of following orders? 

Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Starring Tara Lynne Barr, Will Brittain, Jake Green, Taj Jegaraj, Rob Morrow, James Scully, Mark Jude Sullivan, and Matthew Wolf.

Please Continue is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series of science-themed plays. Lead funding for The Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P Sloan Foundation: bridging science and the arts in the modern world.


 

I Love Lucy: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

Sarah Drew and Oscar Nuñez channel their inner Lucy and Desi.

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The onscreen pairing of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz is at the heart of one of the most popular TV shows in history. Who would have thought that to get on the air, they had to battle both a network and a sponsor who thought the show couldn't possibly succeed? Playwright Gregg Oppenheimer – son of "I Love Lucy’s" creator Jess Oppenheimer – spins the hilarious true story behind America’s beloved TV comedy. Includes an interview with playwright Gregg Oppenheimer. Directed by Michael Hackett.

Starring, in alphabetical order: 
Ron Bottita as William S. Paley, William Frawley, and others;
Seamus Dever as Jess Oppenheimer; 
Sarah Drew as Lucille Ball;
Abigail Marks as Vivian Vance, Betty Garrett, and others;
Matthew Floyd Miller as Don Sharpe, Bob LeMond and others;
Rob Nagle as Hubbell Robinson and others;
Oscar Nunez as Desi Arnaz;
And Nick Toren as Harry Ackerman

Music performed by Doug Walter. The "I Love Lucy" theme song used with permission of MPL Music Publishing and Songwriters Guild of America. Original music by Doug Walter.  

Sound Effects Artist, Aaron Lyons. Production Manager, Rick V. Moreno. Script Supervisor, Nikki Hyde. Senior Radio Producer, Ronn Lipkin. Associate Artistic Director, Anna Lyse Erikson. Editor, Mitchell Lindskoog. Recording Engineer, Sound Designer, and Mixer, Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood

Lenin's Embalmers

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:58:00

Simon Helberg and Rufus Sewell star in a dark comedy about the race to preserve Lenin's body.

Lenins-embalmers-digital-cover_small Two Soviet scientists have to come up with an unprecedented scientific achievement: preserve Lenin's body for all time - or get sent to the gulag. Or worse. Based on actual events, Vern Theissen's nimble dark comedy explores life, death, and the absurdity of life under Stalin.

Starring, in alphabetical order:
JD Cullum as Vlad;
Simon Helberg as Boris;
Gregory Harrison as Lenin;
Jon Matthews as Krasin;
Rufus Sewell as Stalin;
John Sloan as Agent 2;
Mark Jude Sullivan as Agent 1;
And Jocelyn Towne as Nadia

Directed by Martin Jarvis

Lenin’s Embalmers is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series of science-themed plays, generously supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation: bridging science and the arts in the modern world.

The broadcast includes comedy sketches from David Ives' collections Time Flies and Long Ago and Far Away.

The Real Dr. Strangelove

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:58

The birth of Armageddon

Strangelove_art_small The first H-bomb detonates and the proud father is Edward Teller, who finds himself on a collision course with fellow scientist Robert Oppenheimer. The Real Dr. Strangelove by Peter Goodchild stars Simon Templeman and John De Lancie. The broadcast includes a conversation with Richard Rhodes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Making of the Atomic Bomb."

This play is part of L.A. Theatre Works' Relativity Series of science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.


Fake by Eric Simonson

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:58:00

A detective story about the infamous Piltdown Man hoax.

Fake_cover_small Oscar-winning and Tony-nominated writer and director Eric Simonson explores the most famous archeological hoax in history. Alternating between 1914 and 1953, journalists and scientists set out to uncover who planted the Piltdown Man skull. Everyone's a suspect, including legendary author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Fake stars Kate Arrington, Coburn Gross, Francis Guinan, Alan Wilder, and Larry Yando. The show includes a discussion about Piltdown Man with Russell H. Tuttle, Professor of Anthropology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago. 
This play is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world. 

Slaves Waiting for Sale (Hour Long Version)

From With Good Reason | Part of the With Good Reason: Weekly Hour Long Episodes series | 53:57

The painting that changed minds in Britain at the outbreak of the American Civil War. And more...

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In 1853, Eyre Crowe, a British artist, visited a slave auction in Richmond, Virginia. His painting of the scene was later exhibited at the Royal Gallery in London in 1861. In her new book Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade, Maurie McInnis describes the impact this pivotal painting had on the British Public at the outbreak of the American Civil War. Greg Kimball  talks about a new exhibition of art dealing with the American slave trade. Also: Historian Jonathan White says many Union soldiers were not for re-election of Abraham Lincoln in 1864, and were in fact pressured to vote for him.

Later in the show: 1619 was the year the first Africans arrived on the North American continent. There were at least 20 of them and they came as slaves from Angola. But what’s often overlooked is the culture they brought with them. Many were Christians with European names like Jean Pedro and Angela, and some came from cities. Also featured: When we think of colonial American essayists, New Englanders like Cotton Mather and Ben Franklin come to mind. But recently discovered essays by an anonymous writer who called himself “The Humourist” are now being hailed as some of the best in America’s colonial period. 

Sweet Phil from Sugar Hill

From Phyllis Fletcher | 28:57

A man has 14 children with 13 different women, dies young, and leaves them to learn about him through each other, and through the letters he wrote from prison.

Momdadmecolor_small "It hurts me to have left so many kids out there in this world. But believe me, at the rate that I was going, if somebody were to have to go, it was always best for the kid and the mother that I was the one to go." My father wrote me these words, and many more, from prison. Before we were reunited, he died, leaving behind 14 children with 13 different mothers. In Sweet Phil from Sugar Hill, I seek out my siblings and their mothers, and draw from their voices a portrait of the father we never knew. My dad speaks for himself in excerpts from his letters, read throughout the piece by his first-born son. Featured on Transom.org. For more information and conversation, visit "Sweet Phil from Sugar Hill" on Transom.