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.
December 10, 2013
Written by: Lucy Prebble
Directed by: Rosalind Ayres
Starring: Greg Germann, Gregory Itzin, Amy Pietz, Steven Weber
Synopsis: In 1985, a natural gas tycoon named Kenneth Lay became the chairman of the newly-formed Enron Corporation – a name which is now synonymous with corporate greed, corruption, and malfeasance. In our story, playwright Lucy Prebble casts the Enron scandal through a grimly comic and deeply human lens.
December 17, 2013
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Written by: Oscar Wilde
Directed by: Terry McCabe and Jeffrey Ortmann
Starring: Steve Jurgens, Jim Ortleib
Synopsis: In this dramatization of Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece, a beguiling young man named Dorian Gray becomes the subject of a striking portrait. As Gray’s narcissism awakens, he embraces a lifestyle of hedonism and casual cruelty. And as he’s consumed by his own vanity, he faces the shocking truth about his inner self. The show includes a conversation with Wilde expert Nicholas Frankel, editor of The Picture of Dorian Gray: An Annotated, Uncensored Edition.
December 24, 2013
Preempted for Christmas from Spokane
December 31, 2013
Preempted for Toast of the Nation
January 7, 2014
Written by: John Logan
Directed by: Bart DeLorenzo
Starring: Jonathon Groff, Alfred Molina
Synopsis: The artist Mark Rothko has just hired Ken, an aspiring artist, to be his assistant – and errand boy. Ken discovers that Rothko’s temper can run hot; but as he gets to know his boss better, he finds that Rothko has opened him up to more than just painting. In our production of the 2010 Tony winner for Best Play, Alfred Molina reprises his highly-acclaimed Broadway performance as Mark Rothko. The show includes a conversation with art historian Dr. David Anfam about Rothko’s life and works.
The Watts Towers Project
Written by and starring: Roger Guenveur Smith
Directed by: Stuart K. Robinson
Synopsis: Storyteller Roger Guenveur Smith scavenges his own one-man history of the Watts Towers from the cultural materials of his youth – bringing in everyone from Wolfman Jack and Sirhan Sirhan to Charles Mingus and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The Watts Towers Project is a spellbinding meditation on the resilience of the artistic imagination against the chaos and turbulence of history.
January 14, 2014
reasons to be pretty
Written and directed by: Neil LaBute
Starring: Gia Crovatin, Jenna Fischer, Thomas Sadoski, Josh Stamberg
Synopsis: Jenna Fischer (The Office) joins original Broadway cast member Thomas Sadoski (HBO’s The Newsroom) in Neil LaBute’s hilarious and penetrating look at relationships, fulfillment, and what it means “to be pretty.” The broadcast includes a backstage conversation with the cast and director/playwright.
January 21, 2014
RFK: The Journey to Justice
Written by: Murray Horwitz & Jonathan Estrin
Cast: Henry Clarke, Philip Casnoff, Kevin Daniels
Director: John Rubinstein
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. But when he becomes a bold advocate for change, he must quell a rising tide of discontent.
January 28, 2014
How I Learned to Drive
Written by: Paula Vogel
Directed by: Dennis Erdman
Starring: Randall Arney, Glenne Headly
The Baltimore Waltz
Written by: Paula Vogel
Directed by: Mary Zimmerman
Starring: Jenny Bacon, Christopher Donahue, Jerry Saslow
Synopsis: First, in the Pulitzer Prize-winning How I Learned to Drive, a young woman’s sexual awakening in 1960’s Maryland takes place under the watchful eye of her Uncle Peck. But in a culture that both fetishizes and threatens the purity of youth, all is not as it seems. Then, in The Baltimore Waltz, as a young woman is diagnosed with a mysterious new illness, she and her beloved brother flee to Europe in search of a cure … and to escape the pain and uncertainty of the future.
February 4, 2014
A Raisin in the Sun
Written by: Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by: Lou Bellamy
Starring: Judyann Elder, Corey Hawkins, Deidrie Henry, Rutina Wesley
Synopsis: The landmark story of a working-class African-American family struggling to maintain dignity in a harsh world. With her late husband’s insurance money finally in hand, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a better home. However, her children have other plans. . What happens when family dreams drastically diverge? A Raisin in the Sun is a seminal American drama and a heroic testament to hope.
February 11, 2014
Written by: Pierre Corneille, translated by Richard Wilbur
Directed by: Martin Jarvis
Starring: Tara Lynn Barr, John Sloan, Matthew Wolf
Synopsis: In this classic farce, a young man pretends to be a war hero to impress a
pretty girl. As his lies progress, so do his troubles – with hilarious results. Playwright Pierre Corneille’s comedy of manners is considered a groundbreaking work which influenced contemporaries such as the young Molière. The broadcast includes a conversation about Corneille with author and educator Larry F. Norman of the University of Chicago.
February 18, 2014
Design for Living
Written by: Noël Coward
Directed by: Michael Hackett
Starring: Hamish Linklater, Sarah Rafferty, Douglas Weston
Synopsis: A classic story from one of England’s most celebrated playwrights. Gilda, Otto, and Leo are three young expatriates entangled in a deeply symbiotic love affair. But as emotional allegiances shift continually between them, they learn that the only certainty they share is change itself. The broadcast includes a conversation with John Lahr, former Senior Drama Critic of The New Yorker.
February 25, 2014
A Huey P. Newton Story
Written, directed, and performed by: Roger Guenveur Smith
Synopsis: In his brilliantly imagined, Obie Award-winning show, Roger Guenveur Smith explores the life of the controversial Black Panther leader Huey P. Newton through a series of improvisations based on his own words and writings. The broadcast includes a conversation with Smith about the creation of A Huey P. Newton Story.
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.