Performances run Feb. 7-11 at the Skirball Cultural Center for the company's "The Play's The Thing" radio theatre series. Shows are performed live and recorded for future broadcast.
The Busy World is Hushed centers on a widowed Episcopal minister, her scholarly assistant and her wayward son. Clayburgh (Barefoot in the Park, The Clean House, "Nip/Tuck") stars as the mother with Linklater ("The New Adventures of Old Christine,"Recent Tragic Events) as her assistant and MacFarlane ("Brothers & Sisters," Where Do We Live?) as her son.
The work switches slots (due to the cast's availability in February) with the previously announced run of Charles Busch's comedy The Tale of the Allergist's Wife to star Marsha Mason, Tony Roberts, Estelle Harris and Jobeth Williams. The Busch work will now play May 16-20.
The 2006-07 "Voices from the Edge" season lineup will next offer Two Cities, Two Voices — a double bill of Roger Guenveur Smith's The Watts Towers Project and Adriana Sevan's Taking Flight (Jan. 17-21). That will be followed by Rinne Groff's The Ruby Sunrise starring Lili Taylor, Adam Arkin and Harriet Sansom Harris (March 14-18); Arthur Miller's The Man Who Had All The Luck with Kurtwood Smith (April 11-15); Charles Busch's The Tale of the Allergist's Wife (May 16-20); Melinda Lopez's Sonia Flew with Hector Elizondo and Phillip Casnoff (June 13-17); and one last presentation, scheduled for a July 11-15 run, yet to be announced.
LATW's nationally syndicated radio show "The Play's The Thing" series can be heard in cities across the country including Boston, Seattle, Albuquerque 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 or digitally on audible.com, the L.A. Theatre Works website and iTunes. For tickets to any of "The Play's The Thing" series productions at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, call the L.A. Theatre Works' box office at (310) 827-0889. For more information, visit www.latw.org.