Twilight's Last Gleaming, a world premiere comedy by satirist Harry Shearer, and Fixin' To Die: A Visit to the Mind of Lee Atwater, a solo performance piece by Robert Myers, complete their joint run as an evening of provocative political theatre in the 2000-2001 season opener of L.A. Theatre Works' "The Play's the Thing" live radio theatre series Oct. 15. Performances began Oct. 11, with each followed by a Q. & A. session with various members of the local political community.
While Myer delves into a real-life master of dirty politicking, Shearer looks to a not-too-distant future where, with targeted advertising and low turnouts, politicians of every kind personally bombard the very last voter in America.
All performances are at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. For tickets and information, call (310) 827-0889.
Next on Theatre Works' schedule is Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers, starring Jena Malone and Ruby Dee. The dates are Nov. 15, 16, 17 & 19.Many members of the original cast and director from Broadway's acclaimed Roundabout Theatre production star in The Rainmaker by N. Richard Nash. Scott Ellis directs Jayne Atkinson, David Aaron Baker, Jerry Hardin, John Bedford Lloyd, Bernie McInerney and Randle Mell.
JoBeth Williams directs a star-studded cast (Julie Harris, Jamie Lee Curtis, Glenne Headley, Hector Elizondo, Shirley Knight, David Clennon and Scott Wolff) in Lillian Hellman's The Autumn Garden, Jan. 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14, 2001.
A distinguished British cast, including Alfred Molina, Paxton Whitehead, Rosalind Ayres, Douglas Weston, Serena Scott Thomas and Simon Templeton, will be featured in The Voysey Inheritance, Harley Granville Barker's gripping 1905 melodrama about money, power and the human heart. Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 2 & 4.
Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers follows Feb. 14, 15, 16, 17 & 18, with Anthony La Paglia directing.
The final show of the season is the West Coast premiere of Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight, by Peter Ackerman. John Rando, who directed the New York premiere, directs Richard Kind, Megan Mullally and Alan Mandell. March 7, 8, 9 & 10.
All performances are at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. For tickets and information call (310) 827-0889.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent