Broadway's Denis O'Hare, Ron Rifkin, Marsha Mason, Richard Kind, Julia Sweeney and original stars of Fabulation, Frozen, Sixteen Wounded will appear in the upcoming "The Play's The Thing" radio theatre series season at California's L.A. Theatre Works.
The Los Angeles company, which records live performances of plays usually featuring big-name celebrities, continues its 30th anniversary celebration with a ten-play season that will include Lynn Nottage's Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine, Jean Anouilh's Becket or The Honor of God, Ken Ludwig's new adaptation of the Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur comedy Twentieth Century, Bryony Lavery's Frozen, Eliam Kraiem's Sixteen Wounded, Annabelle Gurwitch's Fired, Christopher Nixon's new translation of Jean Anouilh's Antigone, Arthur Miller's The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Nilo Cruz's Anna in the Tropics and a play to be announced.
The lineup is as follows:
Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine by Lynn Nottage (Oct. 6-10) Charlayne Woodard and the original world premiere cast return for the rags-to-riches to-rags tale under the direction of Stuart K. Robinson.
Becket or The Honor of God by Jean Anouilh (Nov. 3-7) Tony Award-winner Denis O’Hare and W. Morgan Sheppard star in the drama about two friends who become deadly adversaries as Rosalind Ayres directs.
Twentieth Century new adaptation by Ken Ludwig (Dec. 8-12) Gordon Hunt directs the new take on Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's comedy set aboard the title train where Broadway impresario Oscar Jaffe attempts to reclaim his leading lady for his upcoming show.
Frozen by Bryony Lavery (January 5-9) Original Broadway stars Swoosie Kurtz, Brían O'Byrne and Laila Robins reprise their roles as a mother, a kidnapper and a psychologist in the disturbing tale that centers around the disappearance of a ten year-old girl. Eric Simonson directs.
Sixteen Wounded by Eliam Kraiem (Jan. 26-30, 2005) Ron Rifkin stars with original 2004 Tony Award nominee Omar Metwally in the story of a Jewish baker and his young Palestinian apprentice.
Fired created by Annabelle Gurwitch (March 16-20, 2005) Annabelle Gurwitch stars in her stories-of-sudden-unemployment creation with Richard Kind, Julia Sweeney, Sandra Tsing Loh, Ann Magnuson, Jason Kravitz and Illeana Douglas. Ron West directs.
Antigone new translation by Christopher Nixon (April 6-10, 2005) Brendon Fox directs the Jean Anouilh retelling of the Greek tragedy which originally played in Paris during the Nazi occupation.
The Ride Down Mt. Morgan by Arthur Miller (May 11-15, 2005) Richard Masur directs Marsha Mason in the tale of a wealthy, successful, respected man whose life begins to fall apart when his two happily married wives meet and discover they are married to the same man.
Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz (June 15-19, 2005) The 2003 Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama follows the tumultuous occurences that result when a cigar factory owner hires a new lector who reads Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" to the workers.
The tenth play, as yet undecided will play in the July 13-17, 2005 slot. L.A.T.W.'s nationally syndicated radio show "The Play's The Thing" series is performed live at the Skirball Cultural Center. All performances are recorded for future broadcast to cities including Boston, Seattle, Santa Fe as well as on XM Satellite radio. The two-hour radio broadcasts include special backstage features and interviews with actors, playwrights, and directors. The L.A. Theatre Works Audio Theatre Collection is available in bookstores, libraries, through their catalog, digitally on audible.com, and on the L.A. Theatre Works website.
For tickets to any of "The Play's The Thing" series productions at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, in L.A., CA, call the L.A. Theatre Works' Box Office at (310) 827-0889. For more information, visit www.latw.org.