L.A. Theatre Works live radio series ends its revival of Tony Award nominee Shadowlands May 20 at the Skirball Cultural Center. Performances, recorded for future radio broadcast, began May 16. Martin Jarvis (By Jeeves) and Harriet Harris star as children's writer C.S. Lewis and American poet Gresham with Jenny Sullivan directing.
Lewis, creator of the Chronicles of Narnia, didn't expect to fall in love near the end of his life. But when outspoken Gresham showed up at Oxford, their lives became inescapably intertwined. Two-time Academy Award nominee Nicholson ("Shadowlands," "Gladiator") examines faith, God and love in Shadowlands, his comic drama detailing the last decade of Lewis' life.
Jarvis portrayed Jeeves in stage production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's By Jeeves and the recently filmed version, produced by Lloyd Webber. His West End and Royal National Theatre credits include Woman in Mind, Henceforward, Other Places and Precisely, as well as the Donmar staging of Passion Play and South Coast Repertory's Skylight. Harris recently played Mrs. Jankis in "Memento." She has performed at Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre, New York Shakespeare Festival, Long Wharf Theatre and Yale Repertory.
Also in the cast in Christopher Neame and Kenneth Schmidt.
All TheatreWorks theatre productions are recorded for future broadcast on Santa Monica College's KCRW 89.9FM and are sold on the L.A. Theatre Works homepage at http://www.latw.org. In the past 11 years, 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. Their recording of The Prisoner of Second Avenue, featuring Richard Dreyfuss and Mason, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Comedy Album. Tickets are $34-$38. Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. For reservations, call (310) 827-0889.
— By Christine Ehren