Part of the company's "The Play's The Thing" radio theatre series, performances play the Skirball Cultural Center and will be recorded for future broadcast. Shirley Jo Finney directs the work that is slated for a run through Nov. 18.
Joining Bateman ("The L Word," "Family Ties") and Hill ("The West Wing," "Psych") in the cast are Michole Briana White, Carl Lumbly, Tessa Thompson and Terrell Tilford. White replaced the previously announced Kimberly Elise.
The work follows "sensitive Kent LeVay and his slick brother 'Spoon,' [who] see their weekend at the family home on Martha's Vineyard as the perfect opportunity to introduce their girlfriends to their upper-class African American parents," according to show notes. "Instead they stumble into a domestic powder keg that exposes secrets of prejudice, hypocrisy, and adultery."
The season (subject to change) will continue with George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara (Dec. 12-16), Bob Clyman's Secret Order (Jan. 16-20, 2008), Jon Robin Baitz's The Paris Letter (Feb. 20-24, 2008), Geoffrey Cowan and Leroy Aarons' Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers (March 12-16, 2008), Julie Marie Myatt's Boats on a River (April 9-13, 2008), Noël Coward's Tonight at 8:30 (May 12-18, 2008), Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke (June 18-22, 2008) and Neil Simon's Broadway Bound (July 9-13, 2008).
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 book stores, 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" 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 latw.org.