Performances play March 14-18 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 Ruby Sunrise follows "the story of a young woman named Ruby, who, in 1927, struggles to turn her dream of the first all-electrical television system into a reality," according to an announcement. "Twenty-five years later, during the Golden Age of Television and amidst the fear and constraints of the McCarthy era, her daughter faces similar battles of will and crises of faith as she works to get Ruby's story told on network TV."
Brendon Fox directs the cast which includes Atkinson (Enchanted April, The Rainmaker, "24"), teen actor Book ("Medium," "Zoey 101"), Ritter ("The Class," Third) and Yager (Diary of Anne Frank, "Boston Public").
The work was commissioned by Playwrights Horizons and developed at the Sundance Institute. It appeared in the 2004 Humana Festival and debuted Off-Broadway at the Public Theater in November 2005.
The 2006-07 "Voices from the Edge" season line-up will next offer Arthur Miller's The Man Who Had All The Luck (April 11-15); Charles Busch's The Tale of the Allergist's Wife (May 16-20); Melinda Lopez's Sonia Flew (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.