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LA Theatre Works: The Road to Mecca by Athol Fugard on Saturday December 13 December 13, 2008

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The Play’s The Thing
L.A. THEATRE WORKS

This Saturday, December 13 from 10 pm midnight on 89.3 KPCC, L.A. Theatre Works‘ The Play’s the Thing will air The Road to Mecca by Athol Fugard, starring Julie Harris, Amy Irving and Harris Yulin.  When her husband dies, aging Miss Helen begins to fill her home in the remote South African bush with strange sculptures made from beer cans and old headlights. A local clergyman and a young friend disagree on whether Miss Helen’s peculiar artwork is an outpouring of creativity or an outbreak of madness.  Beginning at 12 am PDT on December 14, The Road to Mecca will be streamed for one week at .http://www.scpr.org/programs/latw

Next Saturday, December 20 from 10 pm midnight on 89.3 KPCC, L.A. Theatre Works‘ The Play’s the Thing will air The Lion in Winter by James Goldman, starring Alfred Molina and Kathleen Chalfant.  Back stabbing, spying, double crossing and rampant infidelity – a typical family Christmas. Typical, that is, for the Plantagenets. James Goldman’s brilliant historical drama pits King Henry II of England against the strong-willed Eleanor of Aquitaine as they battle over which of their sons will inherit the Crown. The broadcast includes an interview with Dr. Scott Waugh, Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Beginning at 12 am PDT on December 21, The Lion in Winter 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 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. 

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