Stacy Keach, Jeffrey Jones and Miriam Margolyes will lead the West Coast premiere of Another Time, Ronald Harwood's portrait of a musical prodigy and his dysfunctional, South-African Jewish family, May 31-June 4 at the Skirball Cultural Center for Theatre Works' "The Play's The Thing" radio series. Rosalind Ayres is the director.
In 1950s South Africa, Belle and Ike Lands (Margolyes and Keach) remain in a loveless and financially troubled marriage for the sake of their teenaged son, Leonard, who is a gifted pianist. Thirty-five years later, an adult Leonard (also portrayed by Keach), now an internationally acclaimed concert pianist living in London, reunites with his mother. Harwood explores the contribution Leonard's painful upbringing has made to his art, as well as the toll that his single-minded devotion to music has taken on his own marriage and teenage son.
Once TV's Mike Hammer, Keach is a three-time Obie winner for his Off Broadway work in Macbird, Long Day's Journey Into Night and Hamlet. His last appearance on Broadway was in the Pulitzer Prize winning play, The Kentucky Cycle.
A noted film actress, Margolyes won a BAFTA for her role in "The Age of Innocence." Other film credits include "Babe," "Cold Comfort Farm" and "James and the Giant Peach."
While a theatre veteran of over 125 stage productions, Jones is best known as a film character actor, appearing in "Sleepy Hollow," "Ravenous," "The Crucible," "Amadeus" (for which he received a Golden Globe nomination as Emperor Joseph II) and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Harwood has written many plays, the best known of which is The Dresser. His most recent novel, "Home," was awarded the Jewish Quarterly Prize for fiction in 1994.
Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. For tickets and information call (310) 827-0889.
All "The Play's the Thing" theatre productions are recorded for future broadcast on Santa Monica College's KCRW 89.9 FM. Productions have won several awards including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Gold and Silver Awards, three Sony Awards, the Writer's Guild of America's Best Comedy Award and the 1999 Audie Award for Best Dramatic Production from the Audio Publishers Association.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent
and Christine Ehren