LATW Season to Feature Kathleen Turner, Billy Crudup, Ron Rifkin and Dulé Hill

News   LATW Season to Feature Kathleen Turner, Billy Crudup, Ron Rifkin and Dulé Hill
Tony Award nominee Kathleen Turner will repeat her performance in the stage adaptation of The Graduate for L.A. Theatre Works' 2010-2011 season. Lucy Prebble's London drama Enron will launch the company's season this October.

Billy Crudup
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LATW will reunite several original cast members for its upcoming season that will also include productions of A Raisin in the Sun, The School for Scandal, Becky, Shaw, Death of a Salesman, Dracula, Lobby Hero and New Jerusalem.

Steven Weber will portray Jeffrey Skilling in Prebble's London hit Enron, which played a brief Broadway run last spring. Rosalind Ayres will direct the production that will run Oct. 20-24. Enron is described as "a rapid-fire, sophisticated thrill-ride that propels the audience through one of the most infamous financial scandals in history. Using a clever mix of humor, pathos, and music, the big biz machinations of Kenneth Lay, Jeffrey Skilling and Andy Fastow are laid bare as razzle-dazzle entertainment, casting a shocking new light on the state of today’s economy and how we got here."

Lou Bellamy will helm Lorraine Hansberry's classic drama A Raisin in the Sun, which is scheduled to play Nov. 17-21 and is described as the "gripping and explosive tale of one family living and learning together on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s… The Younger family searches for a way to grab their piece of the dream, even in the face of prejudice and discrimination."

Turner will reunite with her fellow original London cast member Matthew Rhys for Terry Johnson's adaptation of The Graduate. Tony Award winner John Rubinstein will direct the "hilarious coming-of-age story about an innocent college grad who is seduced by an older woman." Performance dates are Dec. 8-12.

Julian Sands will appear in Richard Brinsley's The School for Scandal, directed by Michael Hackett, Jan. 12-16, 2011. "A sparkling comedy of manners that made its debut in 1777 - but its comic look at human frailty and hypocrisy is as relevant today as it was then," press notes state. "Brimming with witty dialogue, mistaken identities, supposed infidelity, eavesdropping and scandal, both real and invented." Off-Broadway cast member Emily Bergl will again star in Gina Gionfriddo's Becky Shaw Feb. 9-13, 2011. The drama is described as such: "When Suzanna to set her best friend Max up on a blind date with her husband's mysterious co-worker, Becky Shaw, she sets into motion a series of cataclysmic events forever changing all of their lives."

Screen actress Jane Kaczmarek ("Malcolm in the Middle") will be Linda Loman in Arthur Miller's acclaimed American drama Death of a Salesman. Eric Simonson will stage the production that will run March 16-20, 2011. Dakin Matthews will stage Anton Chekhov's The Three Sisters, starring Ron Rifkin, April 13-17, 2011.

David Selby will star in Charles Morey's adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, which will be directed by Rosalind Ayres May 18-22, 2011. "In this blood-thirsty tale of unholy terror," according to LATW, "Count Dracula slips into Victorian London with a cargo of his native Transylvanian soil - so he can rest between victims. The city seems helpless against his frightful power, and only one man, Dr. Van Helsing, can stop the carnage."

Original Off-Broadway cast members Tate Donovan and Dulé Hill will reprise their roles in Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero. The play, which will run June 15-20, 2011, is described as "a wryly comic, intriguingly layered modern morality play about crime and personal responsibility. Jeff is a security guard on the night shift in a New York apartment building. When his supervisor lies in a murder investigation, Jeff's loyalty is put to the test. Will Jeff do the right thing for the wrong reasons or the wrong thing for the right reasons?"

The final offering will be David Ives' New Jerusalem, The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656, starring Billy Crudup, Andrea Gabriel and Alan Mandell, which will run July 13-17, 2011. "Young Baruch de Spinoza is a successful merchant, would-be philosopher, and heir apparent to Saul Mortera, chief Rabbi of Amsterdam. But Amsterdam's Jews have made a fateful arrangement with the city: they've agreed to 'police' their own for unorthodox beliefs. When Spinoza is accused of atheism, Mortera summons him to the synagogue to answer for himself. No written record survives of what happened inside Temple Talmud Torah on July 27, 1656, but this eloquent and masterful drama opens the temple doors on a dispute about philosophical and theological ideas that still reverberates today."

All LATW productions will be recorded and broadcast on LATW's nationally syndicated radio theatre series, "The Play's the Thing."

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.

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