L.A. Theatre Works kicks off the spring season of its seven play "The Play's The Thing" Radio Theatre Series, with the West Coast premiere of Nora, adapted by Ingmar Bergman from Henrik Ibsen's drama, A Doll's House, March 19-22.
Nora features Robert Foxworth, Dakin Matthews and Linda Purl. Director Steve Albrezzi says of the text,"In A Doll's House, Nora's content with her life and role until a climactic epiphany opens her eyes to her empty marriage. But Bergman's view is that Nora has always known she's trapped...Bergman brings out the existential nature of Nora's struggle."
All three featured actors are well known for their stage appearances around the country and in the Los Angeles area at theatres such as the Old Globe, the Mark Taper Forum, and the Matrix. TV audiences will recognize Foxworth from his role as Chase Gioberti on Falcon Crest. Matthews' thirty films include Nuts, Clean and Sober and And the Band Played On. Purl portrayed Nora in Bergman's play opposite Michael York at Williamstown, and in Ibsen's A Doll's House at the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles.
"The Play's The Thing," began in 1990, and is produced in association with Santa Monica College's National Public Radio station KCRW. Winner of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Gold & Silver Awards, the series is devoted "to the discovery and presentation of new plays and new interpretations of classic works."
Running at Doubletree Guest Suites in Santa Monica, CA, the dramas, comedies and one musical will be recorded for future broadcast on KCRW 89.9 FM. For tickets ($23-$26) and information on Nora and the other 6 performances at Doubletree Guest Suites in Santa Monica, call Theatre L.A. Theatre Works at (310) 827-0889, or refer to the regional theatre listings on Playbill On-Line.
--By Blair Glaser