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.
March 4, 2014
Written by: Anton Chekhov, adapted by David Mamet from a translation by Vlada Chernornirdik
Directed by: Rosalind Ayres
Starring: Martin Jarvis, Stacy Keach, Josh Radnor, Devon Sorvari
Synopsis: Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet creates a haunting portrait of the decline of Czarist Russia in this powerful adaptation of Chekhov's masterpiece. On the crumbling estate of a retired professor, a tangled web of desire emerges to consume various friends and family members who have sought refuge there.
March 11, 2014
Written by: Oliver Goldstick
Directed by: Gordon Hunt
Starring: Yvette Freeman
Synopsis: In 1959, the blues legend Dinah Washington was barred from staying in a Las Vegas hotel -- the same hotel where she was scheduled to headline a series of sold-out concerts. Her battle with racism and her extraordinary musical triumphs are at the heart of Oliver Goldstick’s Dinah Was, starring Yvette Freeman as Dinah. The show includes a conversation with playwright Oliver Goldstick.
March 18, 2014
Written by: Anna Ziegler
Directed by: Michael Hackett
Starring: Matthew Arkin, Mirian Margolyes
Synopsis: The story of one of the twentieth century’s most unfairly marginalized scientists. Miriam Margolyes stars as Rosalind Franklin, the woman responsible for the breakthrough image of the “double helix” so familiar to us all as DNA. The broadcast includes conversations with Brenda Maddox, author of Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA, and Dr. Pamela Björkman, the Max Delbruck Professor of Biology at the California Institute of Technology. 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.
March 25, 2014
Written and directed by: David Auburn
Starring: John Getz, David Krumholtz, JoBeth Williams, John Vickery
Synopsis: Veteran journalist Joseph Alsop thrived in his role as the right-hand man for Washington’s political elite, influencing both policy and public opinion with his inflammatory columns. But as the political certainties of the post-war era began to chip away in the late 1960s, so did Alsop’s authority, both on the page and in his own life.
The broadcast includes a roundtable discussion about Joseph Alsop with Geoffrey Cowan, an author, playwright, and professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism, playwright David Auburn, and the New York Times’ national political correspondent, Adam Nagourney. An L.A. Theatre Works premiere broadcast
April 1, 2014
The Heidi Chronicles
Written by: Wendy Wasserstein
Directed by: Molly Smith
Starring: Kaitlin Hopkins, Martha Plimpton
Synopsis: In Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize winner, it’s 1968, and Heidi feels empowered by the women’s movement. Yet she’s still attracted to Scoop, a man she finds arrogant and dismissive. And while Scoop confesses his previous marriage was a compromise, Heidi is angry at her gay best friend Peter for being romantically unavailable.
April 8, 2014
Written by Culture Clash
Directed by: Lisa Peterson
Starring: Culture Clash (Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, and Herbert Siguenza)
Synopsis: The City of Los Angeles wants a housing project; powerful developers want a baseball stadium; and the residents of the proposed construction site just want to keep their homes and their families intact. It’s a freewheeling look at how a hillside neighborhood became the site of Dodger Stadium, courtesy of the performance troupe Culture Clash. The broadcast includes a conversation with baseball historian Curt Smith, author of Storied Stadiums: Baseball’s History Through its Ballparks.
April 15, 2014
The Ruby Sunrise
Written by: Rinne Groff
Directed by: Brendon Fox
Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Jason Ritter, Henry Winkler
Synopsis: In 1927, a young inventor on an Indiana farm dreams that television has the potential to change the world for the better. But in the 1950’s, how has her dream been distorted by the pressures of advertisers and the Communist witch hunts? The broadcast includes a conversation with Matt Roush, Senior Critic at TV Guide Magazine, and a feature on inventor Philo T. Farnsworth. 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.
April 22, 2014
Written by: Oscar Wilde
Directed by: Michael Hackett
Starring: James Marsters, Kate Steele, John Vickery
Synopsis: The beautiful, spoiled Salomé is King Herod’s stepdaughter, who helps her mother exact a gruesome revenge on the prophet John the Baptist. Wilde originally wrote this powerful one-act tragedy in French, as British law forbade the depiction of Biblical figures on stage. An L.A. Theatre Works premiere broadcast
Oedipus the King
Written by: Sophocles, translated by Nicholas Rudall
Directed by Nicholas Rudall
Starring: Francis Guinan, Gregory Itzin, Harry J. Lennix
Synopsis: The psychological drama that still fascinates and terrifies audiences today. In Sophocles’ tragedy, Oedipus discovers that he’s unwittingly murdered his father and married his mother. The broadcast includes a conversation with Nicholas Rudall.
April 29, 2014
Written by: Peter Morgan
Directed by: Bart DeLorenzo
Starring: James Marsters, Jonathan Silverman, Tom Virtue
Synopsis: British interviewer David Frost squares off against former US President Richard Nixon in a series of highly-charged interviews. Peter Morgan’s Tony-nominated play is based on the real-life story of how these historic broadcasts came to be and their impact on Frost’s career and Nixon’s legacy. An L.A. Theatre Works premiere broadcast