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L. A. Theatre Works: Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting by Ed Schmidt on Saturday 9 February 2008 February 8, 2008

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Next Saturday, February 9 from 10 pm – midnight on 89.3 KPCC, L.A. Theatre Works ‘The Play’s the Thing will air Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting by Ed Schmidt, starring Edward Asner, Tommy Hicks, Carl Lumbly, and Charlie Robinson.  Branch Rickey, the wily manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, summons heavyweight champion Joe Louis, tap star Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, and actor Paul Robeson to gain to their support when he taps Jackie Robinson as the Major League first black ballplayer.  But a power struggles ensues when Robeson questions Rickey’s plan to integrate white baseball.  The broadcast includes an interview with the director, NPR’s Scott Simon. 

 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.

Thanks to a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the first broadcast each month of The Play’s The Thing is a science-themed play. Next month (Saturday, January 5), the series continues with Mrs. Klein by Nicholas Wright, about the eminent psychoanalyst. Each play in the Relativity series is available for podcasting at www.kpcc.org for three months following the broadcast.

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 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.  The Beverly Hilton hotel is the official hotel for The Play’s the Thing.

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