Tags: Francis Guinan, Frank Galati, Jeffrey Donovan, John Steinbeck, L.A. Theatre Works, Shirley Knight, The Grapes of Wrath, The Joel Rafael Band
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The Play’s The Thing
L.A. THEATRE WORKS
Tonight – Saturday, November 29 from 10 pm to midnight on 89.3 KPCC, L.A. Theatre Works‘ The Play’s the Thing airs a Thanksgiving tradition, John Steinbeck‘s The Grapes of Wrath. The 19-member cast is led by Shirley Knight, Jeffrey Donovan, and Francis Guinan, with original music performed by The Joel Rafael Band. Driven by the rhythms of country fiddles and campground guitars, this Tony Award-winning adaptation by Frank Galati tells the compelling story of the Joad family’s trek from the Oklahoma dust bowl to the fields of California during the Great Depression. Beginning at 12 am PDT on November 30, The Grapes of Wrath will be streamed for one week at .http://www.scpr.org/programs/latw
Next Saturday, December 6 from 10 pm – midnight on 89.3 KPCC, L.A. Theatre Works‘ The Play’s the Thing will air Broadway Bound by Neil Simon, starring Jonathan Silverman, Jobeth Williams, Scott Wolf, Dan Castellaneta, Caroline Aaron, Kyle Colerider-Krugh, James Gleason and Alan Mandell. Nominated for the 1987 Tony Award for Best Play, this is the final installment of Neil Simon’s acclaimed, autobiographical “Eugene Trilogy” (preceded by Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues). Upon returning home from World War II, Eugene Morris Jerome and his brother Stanley pair up to break into the world of professional comedy writing. But a family crisis threatens to destroy their dreams of success. Beginning at 12 am PDT on December 7, Broadway Bound will be streamed for one week at .http://www.scpr.org/programs/latw
L.A. Theatre Works’ radio theater series, The Play’s the Thing, airs locally every Saturday night from 10 pm to midnight on 89.3 FM KPCC Southern California Public Radio, and is streamed on the KPCC website for one week following each broadcast. The series can also be heard on 89.7 WGBH in Boston; 91.5 FM WBEZ in Chicago; 94.9 KUOW in Seattle; 93.5 FM KRTS “Marfa Public Radio” in Texas; 90.5 FM KUT in Austin; 88.9 FM KUNM in Albuquerque; 91.5 FM, Interlochen Public Radio in Northern Michigan; 94.1 KPFA in Northern California; 91.1 FM KRCB in Sonoma County; 89.1 KUOR in Redlands; as well as on many other public radio stations nationwide and Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Selected programs from LATW are also heard internationally over BBC World Service, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Telefis Eirann (Ireland), Radio Hong Kong, and Radio New Zealand. The L.A. Theatre Works Audio Theatre Collection is available in bookstores, libraries, through their catalog, digitally on itunes, overdrive.com, audible.com, and on the L.A. Theatre Works website at www.latw.org.
On Sirius XM Satellite Radio, The Play’s the Thing now airs on Sonic Theater three times a week. Each broadcast premieres on Friday evening at 8 pm eastern/5 pm pacific and repeats the following Monday in the same time slot. On Wednesday, XM offers an encore performance of a previously-broadcast program.
To get a full schedule, go to the L.A. Theatre Works website at www.latw.org and follow the link through the “Radio Theatre Series” heading and then “Episode Guide” or go directly to www.scpr.org for KPCC.
Additional support for the series is provided by AudioFile Magazine. Listeners can visit their website at www.audiofilemagazine.com to view 65 reviews of LATW plays and hear sound clips from them.