LA Theatre Works

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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:
April 8, 2014
Chavez Ravine

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
Abundance
Written by: Beth Henley
Directed by: Gordon House
Starring: Ed Begley Jr., Gary Cole, Amy Madigan, Steven Weber, JoBeth Williams
Synopsis: 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. 

April 29, 2014
Hour One:
Salomé
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

Hour Two:
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.

May 6, 2014
Frost/Nixon

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.

May 13, 2014
Ceremonies in Dark Old Men

Written by: Lonne Elder III
Directed by: Judyann Elder
Starring: Rocky Carroll, Charlie Robinson, Glynn Turman
Synopsis: First produced by the Negro Ensemble Company in 1969, this classic by Academy Award® nominee Lonne Elder III gives us the portrait of a Harlem family that dreams of a better life, but pursues it in tragic ways. Ceremonies in Dark Old Men opened the door for new generation of African-American playwrights, August Wilson among them.

May 20, 2014
The Rainmaker

Written by: N. Richard Nash
Directed by: Jenny Sullivan
Starring: Jayne Atkinson, Jerry Hardin, Kevin Kilner
Synopsis: A family farm is withering away in the Great Depression, and their daughter Lizzie is starving for love. But when a quixotic con man pays them a visit, proud Lizzie stands in defiance of her family’s need to believe.

May 27, 2014
Table Manners

Written by: Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by: Dennis Erdman
Starring: Rosalind Ayres, Martin Jarvis, Jane Leeves
Synopsis: England’s famous seducer of other men’s wives lays siege to his sister-in-law in the first “battle” of Alan Ayckbourn’s celebrated trilogy The Norman Conquests. In Table Manners, a conventional middle-class family is attempting to have a pleasant country weekend. But they are no match for Norman, the bane of the family, who horrifies everyone by doing exactly as he likes. The broadcast includes conversations with playwright Alan Ayckbourn and actor Martin Jarvis, and a piece on famous philanderers in theatrical history.

June 3, 2014
An Enemy of the People

Written by Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Directed by: Martin Jarvis
Starring: Gregory Harrison, Glenne Headley, Richard Kind
Synopsis: Ibsen's incendiary drama pits two brothers against each other for the hearts and minds of their community. When townsfolk discover that the waters of a local tourist spa are contaminated, they’re forced to choose between public safety and financial solvency.  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.

June 10, 2014
Arcadia (Part One)

Written by: Tom Stoppard
Directed by: John Rubinstein
Starring: Kate Burton, Gregory Itzin, Peter Paige
Synopsis: Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia examines the relationship between past and present, order and disorder, and the certainty of knowledge. Set in an English country house in the years 1809-1812 and 1989, the play contrasts the lives of two modern scholars and the house's current residents with the lives of those who lived there 180 years earlier.  The broadcast includes a conversation with Stoppard biographer Ira Nadell.   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.

June 17, 2014
Hour One:
Arcadia (Part Two)
Written by: Tom Stoppard
Directed by: John Rubinstein
Starring: Kate Burton, Gregory Itzin, Peter Paige
Synopsis: Love, literature, and chaos theory converge in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia. As a group of modern-day scholars examine the work of a 19th century math prodigy, they discover an unsettling truth about the circumstances surrounding her life.   The broadcast includes a conversation with mathematician and author Dr. Steven Strogatz.  Lead funding for this production was provided by the Sidney E. Frank Foundation.   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.

Hour Two:
The Unexpected Man
Written by: Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton
Directed by: Gordon House
Starring: David Suchet, Harriet Walter
Synopsis: Two strangers share a train compartment – each privately longing for connection with the other. In Yasmina Reza’s The Unexpected Man, we listen in on the interior monologues that power our assumptions about ourselves and others … and the battles we fight to bring our real voices to the surface.  The broadcast includes a conversation with the cast.  Lead funding for this production was provided by the Sidney E. Frank Foundation.

June 24, 2014
RFK: The Journey to Justice

Written by: Murray Horwitz and Jonathan Estrin
Directed by: John Rubinstein
Starring: Philip Casnoff, Henry Clarke, Kevin Daniels
Synopsis: In this L.A. Theatre Works original production, the reluctant scion of an American political dynasty is forced to confront his country’s most explosive social issue. And when he becomes a bold advocate for change, he must quell a rising tide of discontent.  L.A. Theatre Works’ presentation of RFK: The Journey to Justice is a commission led by the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and co-commissioned by the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, Stanford Lively Arts at Stanford University, and the Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond.  RFK: The Journey to Justice is also made possible in part by the Susan Raab Simonson Commissioning Project. Additional funding was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

July 1, 2014
Hour One:
The Other Place
Written by: Sharr White
Directed by: Rosalind Ayres
Starring: Calista Flockhart, Gregory Harrison
Synopsis: In this psychological thriller, a brilliant researcher fears she’s losing her mind – and her husband. Is it the onset of an undetected illness? Or have years of guilt over her runaway daughter begun to take their toll?  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.

Hour Two:
Secret Order
Written by: Bob Clyman
Directed by: Gordon House
Starring: Will McCormack, Richard Schiff, George Segal
Synopsis: The story of a young biochemist who believes he may have discovered the cure for cancer. Under the tutelage of an arrogant and influential mentor, he rushes to release his findings – only to find himself at odds with his data and his conscience.   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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