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LA Theatre Works: The Rainmaker on Saturday January 10 January 10, 2009

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The Play’s The Thing

This Saturday, January 10 from 10 pm – midnight on 89.3 KPCC, L.A. Theatre Works’ The Play’s the Thing will air The Rainmaker by N. Richard Nash, starring Jayne Atkinson, Jerry Hardin, Kevin Kilner, and James Morrison.  H.C. Curry’s farm is starved for water and his spinster daughter, Lizzie, is starved for love.  Then glib, handsome Bill Starbuck blows into town.  Tony-nominee Jayne Atkinson is joined by cast members from the award-winning Roundabout Theatre production of this classic Broadway hit. The broadcast includes brief “Thoughts on Acting” interviews with Adam Arkin, Jeffrey Donovan, and Jimmy Smits.

Next Saturday, January 17 from 10 pm – midnight on 89.3 KPCC, L.A. Theatre Works’ The Play’s the Thing will air This Town by Sidney Blumenthal, starring Richard Kind, Roy Leonard, Gates McFadden, Steve Pickering, and John Randolph.  Sidney Blumenthal, White House presidential advisor, renowned journalist and author of numerous books on American politics (including the current bestseller The Clinton Wars), takes us inside the well-groomed Washington Press Corps, who yawn when they hear about peace treaties but snap to attention at the chance to uncover a little dirt on the First Dog.  An on-the-money political satire!  The broadcast includes an interview with Sidney Blumenthal. 

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 The Play’s the Thing now airs on Book Radio Channel 117 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, Sirius 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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