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audio Baby Dance, The

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

A desperate L.A. professional couple, unable to have children, arrange to buy the unborn baby of a dirt-poor Louisiana pair. Emotions run high and relationships hang by a thread in this passionate and heartbreaking Off-Broadway drama by Mad Man writer Jane Anderson. “It is a play that audiences will take home with them; it might provoke disagreement, as do the issues themselves.” The New York Times

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring David Ellenstein, Valerie Landsburg, Bruce McIntosh, John Bennett Perry and Jacqueline Schultz.

Featuring: David Ellenstein, Valerie Landsburg, Bruce McIntosh, John Bennett Perry, Jacqueline Schultz

audio Bad Axe

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

The story of a woman accused of murdering her husband at a military outpost in the Old West. Did hostile Indians force her to scalp him as revenge for his brutality, or did she kill him out of frustration with her plight as a soldier’s wife?

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring John Castellanos, Harry Hamlin, Amy Irving, Peter Jacobs and Jessica Walter.

Recorded before a live audience.

Featuring: John Castellanos, Harry Hamlin, Amy Irving, Peter Jacobs, Jessica Walter

audio Ballad of Yachiyo

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

The Ballad of Yachiyo is a tale of illicit passion by Guggenheim-winning playwright Philip Kan Gotanda, set in 1919 among the lush cane fields of Hawaii. Inspired by true events in the playwright’s family, The Ballad of Yachiyo follows 16-year-old Yachiyo as she reluctantly leaves her impoverished parents to live with sophisticated relatives. Her mother hopes she will learn the Japanese tea ceremony and other refinements that will help attract a wealthy husband. But as Yachiyo acquires civilized graces from her hostess, Okusan, she also struggles with a growing passion for Okusan’s handsome, dissolute husband. The Ballad of Yachiyo is a gripping story of poetic imagery by one of America’s leading contemporary playwrights.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring June Angela, Takayo Fischer, Dian Kobayashi, Lane Nishikawa, Sab Shimono, Greg Watanabe and Annie Yee.

Featuring: June Angela, Takayo Fischer, Dian Kobayashi, Lane Nishikawa, Sab Shimono, Greg Watanabe, Annie Yee

audio The Baltimore Waltz

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

A darkly satirical play written at the height of the AIDS crisis. As a young woman is diagnosed with a mysterious new illness, she and her beloved brother flee to Europe in search of a cure … and to escape the pain and uncertainty of the future.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Jenny Bacon, Christopher Donahue and Jerry Saslow.

Featuring: Jenny Bacon, Christopher Donahue, Jerry Saslow

audio Bang the Drum Slowly

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

A new dramatization of one of the greatest baseball stories of all time. A poignant, touching, and often comic tale of a baseball team’s friendship and loyalty to a dying teammate. Adapted from the novel by Mark Harris.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Ed Begley Jr., John Freeland Jr., Henry Harris, Brent Hinkley, Bruce Nelson, Joshua Rifkind, David Robbins, Marcia Rodd, Elizabeth Ruscio, Enrique Sandino, David Schwimmer, Harry Shearer and Jonathan Silverman.

Featuring: Ed Begley Jr., John Freeland Jr., Henry Harris, Brent Hinkley, Bruce Nelson, Joshua Rifkind, David Robbins, Marcia Rodd, Elizabeth Ruscio, Enrique Sandino, David Schwimmer, Harry Shearer, Jonathan Silverman

audio Barefoot in the Park

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

A brand-new lawyer and his bride have returned from their honeymoon and are moving into a new apartment. Once there, they find the place is bare of furniture, the paint job is wrong, the skylight leaks and wacky neighbors keep popping up! A classic!

Includes an interview with Marc Masterson, the Artistic Director of South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California. Before joining South Coast in 2011, Marc was the Artistic Director of the Actors Theatre of Louisville for eleven seasons, and programmed the prestigious Humana Festival of New American Plays. During his tenure in Louisville, Marc directed a number of classic and contemporary works, including a highly-praised production of Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Norman Aronovic, Laura Linney, J. Fred Shiffman, Judy Simmons and Eric Stoltz.

Featuring: Norman Aronovic, Laura Linney, J. Fred Shiffman, Judy Simmons, Eric Stoltz

audio Becket, or The Honor of God

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

Waiting to be punished for his part in Becket's murder, King Henry II re-lives his deeply felt relationship with the saint, once his dearest friend and partner in unbridled decadence. His catastrophic mistake? To appoint Becket Archbishop - for Becket finds his allegiance shifting from king and country to God and Church.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Asher Book, Kevin Daniels, Ken Danziger, Jean Gilpin, Alan Mandell, Charlie Matthes, Tim Monsion, Denis O' Hare, Jennifer Rau-Ramirez, Simon Templeman, John Vickery, Douglas Westen and Greg Woodell.

Featuring: Asher Book, Kevin Daniels, Ken Danziger, Jean Gilpin, Alan Mandell, Charlie Matthes, Tim Monsion, Denis O' Hare, Jennifer Rau-Ramirez, Simon Templeman, John Vickery, Douglas Westen, Greg Woodell

audio Becky Shaw

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

Suzanna sets up Max, her best friend, on a blind date with her husband's co-worker, the mysterious Becky Shaw. What follows is a series of cataclysmic events that forever changes all their lives. Mixing sharp wit and humor with the taut suspense of a psychological thriller, Becky Shaw is a comedy of romantic errors – and a Pulitzer Prize finalist – that will keep audiences guessing.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:

Emily Bergl as Suzanna Slater

Matt Letscher as Andrew Porter

Marsha Mason as Susan Slater

Mandy Siegfried as Becky Shaw

Josh Stamberg as Max Garrett

Directed by Bart DeLorenzo. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.

Featuring: Emily Bergl, Matt Letscher, Marsha Mason, Mandy Siegfried, Josh Stamberg

audio Beloved Clara

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

In Beloved Clara, the intense relationships between Robert Schumann, his wife Clara, and Johannes Brahms are brought to vivid life through music and excerpts from their passionate writings. With the arrival of the young, dynamic Brahms into their household, the Schumanns’ fragile marriage is threatened by the deepening bond between Clara and their gifted guest. “This is a beautifully put - together portrait…Kleenex required” says The Guardian (London).

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Rosalind Ayres, Martin Jarvis and Lucy Parham.

Featuring: Rosalind Ayres, Martin Jarvis, Lucy Parham

audio The Best Man

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

This darkly satirical drama by Gore Vidal finds two presidential contenders seeking the endorsement of an aging ex-president, and explores how personal agendas can change the course of a nation's destiny. The political intrigues rampant in Vidal's 1960 setting are strangely similar what is going on today. Includes an interview with actors Fred Thompson and Marsha Mason.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Terrence Currier, Johnny Holliday, Naomi Jacobson, Timmy Ray James, Michael Kramer, Marsha Mason, Paul Morella, Kevin Murray, Judy Simmons, Gary Sloan and Fred Thompson.

Featuring: Terrence Currier, Johnny Holliday, Naomi Jacobson, Timmy Ray James, Michael Kramer, Marsha Mason, Paul Morella, Kevin Murray, Judy Simmons, Gary Sloan, Senator Fred Thompson

L.A. Theatre Works is a non-profit media arts organization whose mission for over 25 years has been to present, preserve and disseminate classic and contemporary plays. The L.A. Theatre Works Audio Play Collection for Drama Online includes more than 350 important dramatic works in streaming audio from the curated archive of the US’s premiere radio theatre company. The plays – which include some of the most significant dramatic literature of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries – are performed by leading actors from around the world and recorded specifically for online listening.

Through a live in-performance The Play's the Thing Series in Los Angeles and in-studio recordings, world class actors are recorded in state-of-the-art sound, complemented by intricate sound designs and on-stage effects, transforming classic and contemporary stage works into intimate, compelling and sound-rich audio plays. The L.A Theatre Works distinguished company of actors has included John Lithgow, Annette Benning, 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 hundreds of others. L.A. Theatre Works also has a weekly public radio show heard by 7 million listeners annually in over 80 markets in the U.S. Through collaborations with the BBC, other international broadcasters, streaming and podcasts, the show is also a regular favorite with listeners across the globe.