LA Theatre Works

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Tuesday 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.

Program Listings:
July 22, 2014
An Enemy of the People

Written by: Henrik Ibsen, in a new adaptation by Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Directed by: Martin Jarvis
Starring: Gregory Harrison, Richard Kind, Emily Swallow
Synopsis: In a small Norwegian village, a respected doctor discovers an unsettling truth about the town’s celebrated therapeutic baths. But when he attempts to redress the problem, he finds that the town’s mayor – his own brother – won’t let a public health crisis stand in the way of profit.  The broadcast includes an interview with Joel K. Bourne, Jr., former senior environment editor for National Geographic.  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.

July 29, 2014
Side Man

Written by: Warren Leight
Directed by: Stephen Sachs
Starring: Garret Dillahunt, Christine Lahti, Frank Wood
Synopsis: In Leight’s Tony-award-winning play, we meet Gene Glimmer, a brilliant trumpet player whose devotion to his art is upset by the arrival of an unexpected collaborator. Side Man won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Play, and served as a showcase for Tony winner Frank Wood, who reprises his role as Gene in our production.  The broadcast includes a firsthand glimpse into the life of a sideman with jazz trumpeter Roger Ingram, and a piece on the “underground history” of jazz with Grammy award-winning historian and producer Phil Schaap.

August 5, 2014
On the Waterfront

Written by: Budd Schulberg
Directed by: Rosalind Ayres
Starring: Bruce Davison, Jeffrey Donovan, Hector Elizondo, Rebecca Pidgeon
Synopsis: 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.  The broadcast includes a 2002 interview with Budd Schulberg.

August 12, 2014

Written by: Molière, translated by Richard Wilbur
Directed by: Dakin Matthews
Starring: Brian Bedford, John de Lancie, Alex Kingston, Matthew Rhys
Synopsis: Initially banned in France by King Louis, Molière's celebrated social satire exposes hypocrisy in the Catholic Church. When a pious fraud worms his way into a wealthy family and manipulates the patriarch into giving up his fortune, it’s up to his family to expose the truth before they end up in the poorhouse!  The broadcast includes a conversation with actor Brian Bedford.  Lead funding for this production was provided by the Sidney E. Frank Foundation.

August 19, 2014
Lips Together, Teeth Apart

Written by: Terrence McNally
Directed by: Bart DeLorenzo
Starring: Hugo Armstrong, Kristen Johnston, Steven Weber, Missy Yager
Synopsis: Two couples are celebrating the Fourth of July at the Fire Island beach house of Sally’s recently-deceased brother David. But as Sally wrestles with her guilt and anger over her brother’s death, the two couples circle around their own fear, shame, and feelings of inadequacy.  An L.A. Theatre Works premiere broadcast

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. 

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