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L. A. Theatre Works: Schedule Change for “The Play’s the Thing” on 89.3 FM KPCC this Saturday, November 10 November 9, 2007

Posted by William Spear in >> News, >> Out Basket, >> Radio Drama.

Due to a programming mix-up, KPCC inadvertently aired “The Best Man” last Saturday night instead of the “The Real Dr. Strangelove” which had been scheduled.

In order to correct the error, the schedule for Saturday, November 10 has been changed as follows:

From 8 pm – 10 pm, 89.3 KPCC preempts the regularly-scheduled Whad’Ya Know? to re-broadcast L.A. Theatre Works’ The Play’s the Thing’s The Best Man, starring Senator Fred Thompson and Marsha Mason.  Gore Vidal’s incisive, dark political satire about two presidential contenders seeking the endorsement of an aging ex-president at any cost explores how personal agendas can ultimately change the course of a nation’s destiny.

At 10pm, The Play’s the Thing continues with an extended 1/2 hour interview (recorded in 2002) with current Presidential candidate Fred Thompson and Marsha Mason, in which they discuss the dynamics of Washington politics and grass-roots activism.

From 10:30 pm – 12:30am L.A. Theatre Works’ The Play’s the Thing airs The Real Dr. Strangelove by Peter Goodchild (originally scheduled to broadcast last week). Based on his book of the same name, the play stars Simon Templeman, Joe Spano, and John de Lancie.  The first H-bomb detonates and the proud father is Edward Teller.  But he’s on a collision course with Robert Oppenheimer, the inventor of the bomb that obliterated Hiroshima.  Now Oppenheimer has turned pacifist and the government will stop at nothing to neutralize him.  And Teller is their willing and determined star witness.  Part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity science series.

The Best Man and The Real Dr. Strangelove  will both be streamed at www.kpcc.org for one week following the broadcast (though November 17).

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 (www.kpcc.org) 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; 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 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 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 eecore 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.  The Beverly Hilton hotel is the official hotel for The Play’s the Thing.

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