L.A. Theatre Works

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L.A. Theatre Works (LATW) is a not for profit media arts organization based in Los Angeles founded in 1984. The intent of the organization is to produce, preserve, and distribute classic and contemporary plays of significance. Along with its "live-in-performance" series (currently performed at the James Bridges Theatre on the UCLA campus), some productions are taken on national and international tours. Recordings of productions are posted on its website and available via Broadcast syndication as a weekly series on radio stations.[1]

Actors that have appeared in L.A. Theatre Works productions include John Lithgow, Annette Bening, Hilary Swank, Anne Heche, Ed Asner, Alfred Molina, Marsha Mason, Jason Ritter, David Straithairn, Jobeth Williams, Paul Giamatti, Neil Patrick Harris, Laurence Fishburne, Jimmy Smits, Hector Elizondo, and Julie Harris among others.[2]

History[edit]

The organization originally was known as “Artists in Prison,” and used theatre to facilitate creative expression by incarcerated men and women. In 1980 it changed its name to "L.A. Theatre Works" then in 1985 began producing and recording radio dramas. The founding members included Edward Asner, Richard Dreyfuss, Hector Elizondo, Harry Hamlin, Julie Harris, Amy Irving, Stacy Keach, John Lithgow, Marsha Mason, JoBeth Williams, and current Producing Director Susan Loewenberg, who joined together out of a desire to create a venue for stage acting in Los Angeles.[3]

Between 1985 and 2012, L.A. Theatre Works has recorded over 400 plays. Titles include works by Arthur Miller, Oscar Wilde, David Mamet, Yasmina Reza, Tom Stoppard, Jon Robin Baitz, Kenneth Lonergan, Rebecca Gilman, Lynn Nottage, Shakespeare, Sophocles, Molière, and many others.

In 1997, L.A. Theatre Works received an NEA Media Arts grant of $100,000 to support a campaign to increase the nationwide audience for its theater library.[4]

In 2005, L.A. Theatre Works launched its National Touring program, taking "live-in-performance" radio dramas to venues across the country. As of 2012, L.A. Theatre Works has visited over 200 civic and performing arts centers and university venues with numerous productions.[5][6]

In 2011, L.A. Theatre Works began performing at the UCLA James Bridges Theatre, moving from the Los Angeles Skirball Cultural Center.[7]

In 2011, L.A. Theatre Works began collaborating with Roundabout Theatre Company to broadcast productions from National Theatre Live in HD. These screenings are held at the UCLA James Bridges Theatre. The first of these screenings was The Importance of Being Earnest produced by Roundabout Theatre Company, starring Brian Bedford.[8]

In 2011, L.A. Theatre Works completed its first International Tour of China with the play "Top Secret: Battle for the Pentagon Papers." [9]

In 2012, L.A. Theatre Works began releasing ebooks of its plays. These ebooks allow a user to listen to a recorded play while reading along with the text.[10]

As of May 2012, L.A. Theatre Works' has a weekly public radio show in over 80 markets in the U.S., along with available online streaming at their website, which is hosted by Lowenberg and also contains bonus wrap-around content. The show is distributed by PRX.[11]

L.A. Theatre Works' audio productions have received awards from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Writers Guild of America, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Audio Publishers Association, among others. Recordings are available in over 9,000 libraries throughout the U.S. and to the general public through the official website and from select retailers.

Artist Advisory Council[edit]

The Artist Advisory Council currently includes Edward Asner, Rosalind Ayres, Ed Begley, Jr., Hector Elizondo, Glenne Headly, Martin Jarvis, Stacy Keach, Shirley Knight, Marsha Mason, Richard Masur, Alfred Molina, David Selby, Eric Stoltz, JoBeth Williams and Charlayne Woodard. [12]

Production History (by year)[edit]

1990-1991[edit]

Once A Bright Fire;

The Misanthrope;

World War II;

Behind the Veil;

The Key,

Tone Clusters

Greensleeves;

Tea

Phantasie

1991-1992[edit]

The White Plague

The Writing Game

Composition

The Master and Margarita;

Heaven and Earth

Cheap; Undue Influence

In the Moonlight Eddie

Questa

Final Passages

Intimacy

Oyakoshinju

Deathbond

Serious Money

Bad Axe

The Living End

A Telegram From Heaven

Absent Forever; Pericles

At Long Last Leo

Say Zebra

Mastergate, A Play on Words

Exchange

Buk

My Visits with MGM

1992-1993[edit]

Mayhem: The Invasion

Bang the Drum Slowly

Tears of Rage

Moonlight and the Crimson Thread

Golf With Alan Shepard

Fuente Ovejuna (it Serves Them Right)

Make and Break;

Incunabula, Incunabulorum

Of One Blood

Park Your Car in Harvard Yard

To Distraction

The Swan

Earth And Sky; Unquestioned Integrity

The Hill Thomas Hearings

The Truth Teller

The Baby Dance

The Extra Man

Tea

1993-1994[edit]

The Waldorf Conference

Johnny on a Spot

Mothers

Leocadia

The Writing Game

J. Edgar!

Fallen Angels

Man of the Moment

Death And The Maiden

Steambath

The Cocktail Hour

My Virginia

Mrs. Klein

Pilgrimage to Beethoven

The Brothers Karamazov

Private Lives

The Perfectionist

Smart Choices For The 21st Century

1994-1995[edit]

War of the Worlds

The Devil's Deciple

The Third Man

Jump at ahe Sun

Talking Heads

Second City Allstars

It's Not a Fair World

Later Life

Table Manners

Atomic Bombers

The Value Of Names

Long Ago and Far Away

Bogaazan!

Murder in the First

1995-1996[edit]

This Town

A Woman of No Importance

Precious Sons

The Southpaw

Halcyon Days

Camping With Henry And Tom

The Road to Mecca

Mimi's Guide

Mrs. Warren's Profession

Living Together

Voir Dire

Mr. Rickey Calls A Meeting

M. Butterfly

Present Laughter

1996-1997[edit]

State Of The Union; Broken Glass; Ballad Of Yachiyo; The Lucky Spot; An Ideal Husband; Three Viewings; The Idiot; Nora; Round And Round The Garden; Counsellor-at-law; Quartermain's Terms; Guns; Forty-two Stories; Wild Amerika; Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting (Washington Theatre on the Air); The Gin Game (Washington Theatre on the Air); The Devil's Disciple (Washington Theatre on the Air); The House of Blue Leaves (Washington Theatre on the Air)

1997-1998[edit]

Mizlansky/Zilinsky; How I Learned To Drive; The Imaginary Invalid; The General From America; I Sent A Letter To My Love; A View From The Bridge; Sheindele; Time Flies; A Fair Country; The Young Man From Atlanta; Additional Dialogue: An Evening With Dalton Trumbo; Thank You, Jeeves; Black Water; Blithe Spirit; The Heiress (Washington Theatre on the Air); All My Sons (Washington Theatre on the Air); Working (Washington Theatre on the Air)

1998-1999[edit]

An American Daughter; Six Degrees Of Separation; The Diary Of Anne Frank; The Doctor's Dilemma; The Odd Couple; The Colored Museum; Working; Anna Christie; After The Fall; The Sisters Rosensweig; Lady Windermere's Fan; Pretty Fire; Denial; Spread Eagle; The Substance Of Fire (Washington Theatre on the Air); As Thousands Cheer (Washington Theatre on the Air); The Diary Of Anne Frank (Washington Theatre on the Air)

1999-2000[edit]

Hayfever; Agnes of God; The Playboy of The Western World; The Rose Tattoo; The Prisoner of Second Ave; Cakewalk; A Huey P. Newton Story; Just Between Ourselves; Prelude to a Kiss; Monticello; Aliens in America; Another Time; Neat; American Appetites

2000-2001[edit]

Twilight's Last Gleaming; Member of the Wedding; The Rainmaker; The Autumn Garden; The Voysey Inheritance; Lost in Yonkers; Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight; Radio Mambo: Culture Clash Invades Miami; The Cherry Orchard; Shadowlands; The Caine Mutiny Court Martial; God's Man in Texas; Zoot Suit; True West; Eleanor (Washington Theatre on the Air); The Caine Mutiny Court-martial (Washington Theatre on the Air); American Appetites (Washington Theatre on the Air); ; Seven Days In May (Washington Theatre on the Air); Barefoot In The Park (Washington Theatre on the Air); A Lesson Before Dying (Washington Theatre on the Air)

2001-2002[edit]

Betrayal

The Country Girl

Bordertown

The Lion in Winter

Marvin's Room

Synergy

Incident at Vichy

Middle Of The Night

Spinning Into Butter

Dinah Was

Orson's Shadow

The Credeaux Canvas

The Best Man (Washington Theatre on the Air)

The Heidi Chronicles (Washington Theatre on the Air)

Dinner With Friends (Washington Theatre on the Air)

2002-2003[edit]

The Grapes of Wrath (play)

Sight Unseen

The Foreigner

On the Waterfront

Proof

Misalliance

In Real Life

Speed The Plow

Going To St. Ives

Tape

Once In A Lifetime

Falsettos

Desire Under The Elms

Breaking The Code

2003-2004[edit]

Adam's Rib

Design For Living

Oedipus the King

An Immaculate Misconception

Our Lady Of 121st Street

Dugout Iii

Fifth of July

"Master Harold"...and the Boys

Chavez Ravine

Pack of Lies

2004-2005[edit]

Fabulation

Becket Or The Honor Of God

Twentieth Century

Frozen

Sixteen Wounded

Fired

Antigone

The Ride Down Mt. Morgan

Anna in the Tropics

Blue/Orange

2005-2006[edit]

A Tale of Charles Dickens

McReele

Twelve Angry Men

Top Girls

Arms and the Man

The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial

Romance

Fired Again

The Real Dr. Strangelove

Bunbury

2006-2007[edit]

Work Song:

Three Views of Frank Lloyd Wright

Jesus Hopped the "A” Train

Mary Stuart

Two Cities, Two Voices: The Watts Tower Project

Two Cities, Two Voices: Taking Flight

The Busy World is Hushed

The Ruby Sunrise

The Man Who Had All the Luck

The Tale of the Allergist's Wife

Sonia Flew

Biloxi Blues

Moving Bodies (Radio Play)

2007-2008[edit]

The Life Of Galileo

Stick Fly

Major Barbara

Secret Order

The Paris Letter

Top Secret: Battle For The Pentagon Papers

Boats On A River

Speech and Debate (play)

Summer and Smoke

Broadway Bound

Top Secret: Battle For The Pentagon Papers (National Tour)

Relativity (Radio Play)

2008-2009[edit]

The Rivalry

The Real Thing

Beloved Clara

Odyssey of Love

Ceremonies in Dark Old Men

Betrayed; This is Our Youth

Art (play)

War Of The Worlds & The Lost World

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Physicist

2009-2010[edit]

Once in a Lifetime

Gross Indecency:

The Trials Of Oscar Wilde

Crumbs From the Table of Joy

Awake and Sing!

California Suite

RFK: Journey to Justice

The Constant Wife

Side Man

She Stoops to Conquer

Doctor Cerberus

The School For Husbands (Radio Play)

The Imaginary Cuckold (Radio Play)

Tartuffe (Radio Play)

End Days (Radio Play)

Henceforward (Radio Play)

The Bungler (Radio Play)

War Of The Worlds & The Lost World (National Tour)

Great Tennessee Monkey Trial (National Tour}

Lucy (Radio Play)

Arcadia (Radio Play)

2010-2011[edit]

ENRON

A Raisin in the Sun

The Graduate

The School for Scandal

Becky Shaw

Death of a Salesman

Three Sisters

Dracula

Lobby Hero

New Jerusalem

The Real Dr. Strangelove (National Tour)

The Unexpected Man (Radio Play)

Sorry Wrong Number (Radio Play)

Trifles (Radio Play)

Macbeth (Radio Play)

The Rivals (Radio Play)

Photograph 51 (Radio Play)

2012-2013[edit]

A Doll’s House

Completeness

Copenhagen (play);

Buried Child

Next Fall (play)

Frost/Nixon (play)

Opus (play)

Hamlet (Radio Play);

Romeo and Juliet (Radio Play)

2014-2015[edit]

Under Milk Wood, by Dylan Thomas

In the Heat of the Night, by John Ball and adapted by Matt Pelfry

Racing Demon, by David Hare

Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand

Intelligence-Slave, by Kenneth Lin

Tribes, by Nina Raine

Arthur Miller - A Life

Dirty Blonde, by Claudia Shear

I Am My Own Wife, by Doug Wright

The Whipping Man, by Matthew Lopez

2016-2017[edit]

American Buffalo by David Mamet, starring Rich Hutchman, Josh Stamberg, and Maurice Williams

Boy by Anna Ziegler, starring Sarah Drew, Bobby Steggert, Amy Pietz, Travis Johns, and John Getz

God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton, starring Simon Helberg, Jocelyn Towne, Josh Stamberg, and Amy Landecker

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Adapted by Christina Calvit, starring Emily Bergl, Jane Carr, Alexis Jacknow, Cerris Morgan-Moyer, Darren Richardson, Alan Shearman, Jeanne Syquia, Nick Toren, and Joanne Whalley

The Money Shot by Neil LaBute, starring Ari Graynor, Eric McCormack, Amber Tamblyn, and Jennifer Westfeldt

Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling, starring Shannon Holt, Jeanie Hackett, Brittany Snow, Frances Fisher, Jocelyn Towne, and Amy Pietz

As You Like It by William Shakespeare, starring Lynn Collins, Jeff Gardner, Alexis Jacknow, Stacy Keach, James Marsters, Andre Sogliuzzo, Summer Spiro, James Waterston, Jules Willcox, Matthew Wolf

Fathers and Sons by Brian Friel from the novel by Ivan Turgenev, starring James Callis, Harry Hamlin, Nicholas Hormann, Jane Kaczmarek, Alfred Molina, Molly C. Quinn, John Sloan, Devon Sorvari, Daniel David Stewart, Jocelyn Towne, and Joanne Whalley

The Mountaintop by Katori Hall, starring Aja Naomi King and Larry Powell

Judgment at Nuremberg by Abby Mann, starring Ryan Vincent Anderson, Michael Canavan, Jake Green, Harry Hamlin, Shannon Holt, James Morrison, Alan Mandell, David Selby, Kate Steele, Nick Toren, and John Vickery

The Originalist by John Strand, starring Edward Gero, Kerry Warren, and Harlan Work

Jefferson's Garden by Timberlake Wertenbaker, starring Gregory Harrison, Nate Corddry, Inger Tudor, Emily Swallow

Ever Yours, Oscar compiled by Peter Wylde and starring Brian Bedford

Seven by Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith, Susan Yankowitz, starring Shannon Holt, Jossara Jinaro, Alex Kingston, Emily Kuroda, Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris, Annet Mahendru, Sarah Shahi

The Assembled Parties by Richard Greenberg, starring Wilson Bethel, Dana Delany, Seamus Dever, Susan Sullivan

References[edit]

  1. ^ L.A. Theatre Works. "Company Overview". L.A. Theatre Works. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  2. ^ L.A. Theatre Works. "Company Overview". L.A. Theatre Works. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  3. ^ "For Your Ears Only: A Conversation with Susan Loewenberg, Producing Director, L.A. Theatre Works (Los Angeles, CA)". NEA Spotlight. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  4. ^ "For Your Ears Only: A Conversation with Susan Loewenberg, Producing Director, L.A. Theatre Works (Los Angeles, CA)". NEA Spotlight. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  5. ^ Behrens, Steve (October 13, 2005). "Monkey trial still timely for tour of radio docudrama". Current. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  6. ^ Wada, Karen (March 9, 2010). "L.A. Theatre Works to open 'Top Secret' in New York and 'RFK' at the Skirball Cultural Center". L.A. Times. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  7. ^ Boehm, Mike (June 21, 2011). "L.A. Theatre Works moving to UCLA for 2011-12 season". L.A. Times. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  8. ^ Boehm, Mike (April 12, 2011). "L.A. Theatre Works lends an unlikely hand to 'The Importance of Being Earnest'". L.A. Times. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ Jacons, Andrew (December 2, 2011). "Chinese Allow Play on Pentagon Papers, but Not a Talk About It". New York Times. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  10. ^ "INterview #2: L.A. Theatre Works". INscribe Digital. May 22, 2012. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  11. ^ L.A. Theatre Works - PRX
  12. ^ Artist Advisory Council

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