LA Theatre Works
7pm - 9pm
L.A. Theatre Works is a non-profit media arts organization based in Los Angeles whose mission for over 25 years has been to present, preserve and disseminate classic and contemporary plays. Through the 10-play live in-performance The Play's the Thing Series in Los Angeles and in-studio recordings, world class actors are recorded in state-of-the-art sound, transforming classic and contemporary stage works into intimate, compelling, and sound-rich audio plays.
August 26, 2014
The Autumn Garden
Written by: Lillian Hellman
Directed by: JoBeth Williams
Starring: Julie Harris, Roxanne Hart, David Selby, Mary Steenburgen
Synopsis: As the summer of 1949 draws to a close, a group of middle-aged friends are gathering for their annual retreat at a genteel Southern resort. An acquaintance from the past thrusts himself into the yearly gathering, forcing them to re-examine their mundane yet seemingly idyllic existence, and the lives that have passed them by.
September 2, 2014
The Explorers Club
Written by: Nell Benjamin
Directed by: Kate McAll
Starring: Carson Elrod, David Furr, Lorenzo Pisoni, Jennifer Westfeldt
Synopsis: It's London, 1879, and the hapless members of the Explorers Club must confront their most lethal threat yet: the admission of a woman into their hermetically-sealed ranks. But the intrepid Phyllida Spotte-Hume turns out to be the least of their troubles, in this hilarious farce starring members of the original Broadway cast. An L.A. Theatre Works premiere broadcast. 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.
September 9, 2014
Written by: Damien Atkins
Directed by: Michael Hackett
Starring: Lucy DeVito, Roxanne Hart, Raphael Sbarge
Synopsis: 13-year-old Lucy, who suffers from autism, moves in with her estranged, misanthropic mother. Since Lucy has lived her entire life with her father, she and her mom struggle with the difficulties of their new arrangement. The broadcast includes a conversation with autism expert Dr. Daniel Geschwind, the Director of UCLA’s Neurogenics Program and the Center for Autism Research and Treatment. 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.
September 16, 2014
Written by: Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by: Ron West
Starring: Nathan Lane, Richard Masur, Rob Morrow, Harry Shearer
Synopsis: Cunning movie producer Davis Mizlansky and his nervous partner Sam Zilinsky are the archetypal Hollywood con men. They’re trying to hatch one last grand scheme – but the IRS is about to cash a reality check.
The broadcast includes an essay by Jon Robin Baitz about navigating the dark side of Hollywood, narrated by Eric Stoltz.
September 23, 2014
Written by: Anton Chekhov, translated by Christopher Hampton
Directed by: Jenny Sullivan
Starring: Jon Hamm, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Westfeldt, Sarah Zimmerman
Synopsis: Chekhov’s classic story about the passage of time and the survival of hope. It’s the turn of the century in a provincial Russian town, and three sisters are feeling the passage of time. But when a new infantry arrives in their village, their dreams of the future flare to life.
September 30, 2014
Going to St. Ives
Written by: Lee Blessing
Directed by: Shirley Jo Finney
Starring: L. Scott Caldwell, Caroline Goodall
Synopsis: An English eye surgeon has been chosen to operate on the mother of a ruthless African dictator. But each woman has a favor to ask the other… and the consequences are a matter of life and death. The broadcast includes a conversation with playwright Lee Blessing, as well as a special roundtable feature on mothers and sons in theatrical history.
October 7, 2014
Written and Directed by: Steven Dietz
Starring: Anne Archer, Ed Begley Jr., Richard Masur
Synopsis: Senator Eddie Bowman can’t see the point of invading a tiny Caribbean island to rescue a bunch of overly tanned medical students. But as the 1983 invasion of Grenada gets underway, the Senator finds himself at odds with a mysterious foreign-policy specialist who cultivates roses, the President’s new speechwriter … and his own son. The broadcast includes a feature on the United States’ invasion of Grenada with historian Dr. Gary Williams.
October 14, 2014
Written by: Caryl Churchill
Directed by: John Rubinstein
Starring: Amy Brenneman, Carolyn Seymour, Missy Yager
Synopsis: When Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, her style of “popular capitalism” led to a radical re-structuring of what it meant to work, and survive, in 1980s Britain. Top Girls measures the impact of Thatcher’s policies on the working-class women of England through the eyes of Marlene, the ferociously career-oriented managing director of an all-female employment agency. The broadcast includes a feature on the artistic response to Thatcher’s England (including Top Girls) with Dr. Liza Filby, a Thatcher scholar at King’s College London.
October 21, 2014
An Ideal Husband
Written by: Oscar Wilde
Directed by: Michael Hackett
Starring: Rosalind Ayres, Jacqueline Bisset, Alfred Molina, Yeardley Smith
Synopsis: A tender love story, a serpentine villainess, a glittering setting in London society and a shower of Wildean witticisms are only a few of the reasons this play has enjoyed hugely successful revivals in London and New York. This 1895 drama also seems eerily prescient, as it explores the plight of a promising young politician who is desperate to hide a secret in his past. The broadcast includes a conversation with director and noted Wilde scholar Michael Hackett.
October 28, 2014
The Hound of the Baskervilles
Written by: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted by David Pichette and R. Hamilton Wright
Directed by: Alexis Jacknow
Starring: Geoffrey Arend, Seamus Dever, Sarah Drew, James Marsters
Synopsis: Did a supernatural hound cause the death of Sir Charles Baskerville? Or is the famous Baskerville curse simply a cover for more sinister goings on? The redoubtable Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson face danger in an old mansion and on the moors in this rollicking stage adaptation of Doyle’s classic adventure. An L.A. Theatre Works premiere broadcast.