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LA TheatreWorks: The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams on Saturday May 2 May 2, 2009

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L.A. Theatre Works

This Saturday, May 2 from 10 pm – midnight on 89.3 KPCC and online at www.scpr.org/programs/latw/, L.A. Theatre Works will air The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, starring Julie Harris, Calista Flockhart, Zeljko Ivanek, and Kevin Kilner – recreating their original roles from the Tony Award-winning Broadway production.  Williams’ classic memory-play about an eccentric Southern family: the domineering Amanda Wingfield and her grown children, cynical Tom and fragile Laura.

Next Saturday, May 9 from 10 pm – midnight on 89.3 KPCC and online at www.scpr.org/programs/latw/, L.A. Theatre Works will air Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw, starring Roger Rees, Kate Burton, Hamish Linklater and Kirsten Potter.  The classic Shavian comedy that could have been written today.  Barbara is a Major in the Salvation Army, but she’s also the daughter of Andrew Undershaft, a multi-millionaire arms manufacturer.  He doesn’t care who or what his weapons have destroyed, but he does care who will inherit his business.  A family power struggle ensues, with Barbara and her father battling over the answer to the question:  Does salvation come through faith or finance?  The broadcast includes an interview with acclaimed theater director Ethan McSweeny, who directed a production of “Major Barbara” for Washington DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Company in 2008.

L.A. Theatre Works’ radio theater series is streamed at www.scpr.org/programs/latw/ for one week following each Saturday night broadcast. 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.

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.

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. 

Major funding for L.A. Theatre Works’ broadcast series is provided by the S. Mark Taper Foundation.  Founded in 1989, the S. Mark Taper Foundation is a private family foundation dedicated to enhancing the quality of people’s lives by supporting non-profit organizations and their work in the community.

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