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LA Theatre Works: The Rivalry by Norman Corwin on Saturday February 7 February 7, 2009

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The Play’s The Thing

This Saturday, February 7 from 10 pm – midnight on 89.3 KPCC, L.A. Theatre Works’ The Play’s the Thing will air The Rivalry by Norman Corwin.  In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth, Academy Award-nominees Paul Giamatti and David Strathairn star in Norman Corwin’s electrifying dramatization of the history-making Lincoln-Douglas debates.  This fierce rivalry between rising legislator Abraham Lincoln and incumbent Senator Stephen A. Douglas tackled some of the day’s most passionate and controversial issues – above all, those of slavery and the American concept of freedom.  As seen through the eyes of Douglas’ young wife Adele, the play illuminates two of the most charismatic politicians of any era.  Eric Simonson, 2006 Academy Award-winner for his documentary The Golden Age of Norman Corwin, directs.  The broadcast includes an interview with Paul Giamatti and David Strathairn.

Next Saturday, February 14 from 10 pm – midnight on 89.3 KPCC, L.A. Theatre Works’ The Play’s the Thing will air Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon, starring Eric Stoltz and Laura Linney.  In Neil Simon’s comedy classic, a young lawyer and his new bride return from their honeymoon to move into a new apartment. Once there, they find the place is bare of furniture, the paint job is wrong, the skylight leaks and wacky neighbors keep popping up. Then, things start to really go wrong.  The broadcast includes an interview with Neil 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 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.  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.

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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1. C. deLiz - July 7, 2009

Visit PoetLaureateofRadio.com and sign the petition to award The Congressional Gold Medal to Norman Corwin.


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