L.A. Theatre Works

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April  6 photo of L.A. Theatre Works poster "Chavez Ravine"
Written by Culture Clash, Directed by: Lisa Peterson and Starring: Culture Clash (Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, and Herbert Siguenza)


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 13 photo of L.A. Theatre Works poster 4/13/2014 “ “The Ruby Sunrise”
Written by: Rinne Groff Directed by: Brendon Fox
Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Jason Ritter, Henry Winkler

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  20 photo of L.A. Theatre Works poster “The Rainmaker”
Written by: N. Richard Nash Directed by: Jenny Sullivan
Starring: Jayne Atkinson, Jerry Hardin, Kevin Kilner

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.

April 27 photo of L.A. Theatre Works poster Hour One: “Salomé”
Written by: Oscar Wilde Directed by: Michael Hackett
Starring: James Marsters, Kate Steele, John Vickery

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

photo of L.A. Theatre Works poster Hour Two: “Oedipus the King”
Written by: Sophocles, translated by Nicholas Rudall Directed by Nicholas Rudall
Starring: Francis Guinan, Gregory Itzin, Harry J. Lennix

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.
May 4 photo of L.A. Theatre Works poster “Frost/Nixon”
Written by: Peter Morgan Directed by: Bart DeLorenzo
Starring: James Marsters, Jonathan Silverman, Tom Virtue
The inside story on the legendary televised interviews between media personality David Frost and disgraced former President Richard Nixon. It’s 1977, and Richard Nixon’s handlers are eager to clear his name. But their proposed “sweetheart deal” with Frost doesn’t quite go as planned. The show includes a conversation with James Reston, Jr., one of the key figures portrayed in Frost/Nixon, about his pivotal work behind the scenes of the Frost/Nixon interviews. An L.A. Theatre Works premiere broadcast
May 11 photo of L.A. Theatre Works poster “Ceremonies in Dark Old Men”
Written by: Lonne Elder III Directed by: Judyann Elder
Starring: Rocky Carroll, Charlie Robinson, Glynn Turman
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 18 photo of L.A. Theatre Works poster “Abundance”
Written by: Beth Henley
Directed by: Gordon House
Starring: Ed Begley Jr., Gary Cole, Amy Madigan, Steven Weber, JoBeth Williams
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. The broadcast includes a piece on the real-life stories of mail-order brides on the American Frontier with author and historian Chris Enss.
JMay 25 photo of L.A. Theatre Works poster “Table Manners”
Written by: Alan Ayckbourn Directed by: Dennis Erdman
Starring: Rosalind Ayres, Martin Jarvis, Jane Leeves
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 1 photo of L.A. Theatre Works poster “An Enemy of the People”
Written by Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz Directed by: Martin Jarvis
Starring: Gregory Harrison, Glenne Headley, Richard Kind
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. 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.

June 8 photo of L.A. Theatre Works poster “Arcadia” (Part One)
Written by: Tom Stoppard Directed by: John Rubinstein
Starring: Kate Burton, Gregory Itzin, Peter Paige
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.

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.

June 15 photo of L.A. Theatre Works poster “Arcadia” (Part TWO)
Written by: Tom Stoppard Directed by: John Rubinstein
Starring: Kate Burton, Gregory Itzin, Peter Paige
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.

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.
photo of L.A. Theatre Works poster Hour Two: “The Unexpected Man”
Written by: Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton Directed by: Gordon House
Starring: David Suchet, Harriet Walter
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  22 photo of L.A. Theatre Works poster “RFK: The Journey to Justice”
Written by: Murray Horwitz and Jonathan Estrin Directed by: John Rubinstein
Starring: Philip Casnoff, Henry Clarke, Kevin Daniels

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.

June 29 photo of L.A. Theatre Works poster Hour One:“The Other Place”
Written by: Sharr White Directed by: Rosalind Ayres
Starring: Calista Flockhart, Gregory Harrison
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?

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.
photo of L.A. Theatre Works poster Hour Two: “Secret Order”
Written by: Bob Clyman Directed by: Gordon House
Starring: Will McCormack, Richard Schiff, George Segal
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.

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