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LA TheatreWorks: The War of the Worlds and The Lost World tonight – Saturday 31 October! November 1, 2009

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This Halloween (Saturday, October 31) from 10 pm – midnight on 89.3 KPCC, L.A. Theatre Works will air a sci-fi double bill:

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells was adapted by Howard Koch and stars John de Lancie, Meagan Fay, Jerry Hardin, Gates McFadden, Leonard Nimoy, Daryl Schultz, Armin Shimerman, Brent Spiner, Tom Virtue and Wil Wheaton. Originally performed by Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre of the Air, War of the Worlds is truly the mother of all space invasions, offering a rare combination of chills, thrills and great literature. Join actors from Star Trek and Star Trek:The Next Generation as they recreate this classic radio thriller. The breathless pace and convincing details make it clear why the 1938 broadcast of an “eyewitness report” of an invasion from Mars caused a nationwide panic. Stay tuned after the show for a post-performance interview with Leonard Nimoy.
The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted by John DeLancie, stars Josh Clark, Kyle Colerider-Krugh, Peter Paige, Kirsten Potter, Kate Steele, Tom Virtue and Kenneth Alan Williams.  The Lost World is a rollicking adventure that follows a scientific expedition deep into the Amazon jungle – right back into the time of dinosaurs and cavemen. Before Jurassic Park, before Indiana Jones – there was Sir Arhur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World!  Also: Learn about L.A.’s very own prehistoric explorers with a sound-rich tour of the Dinosaur Lab at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

The broadcast can be heard locally in Southern California on Saturday from 10 pm to midnight on KPCC 89.3 FM, and can also be streamed on demand at http://www.latw.org/.  Both productions are directed by Star Trek: The Next Generation’s John de Lancie.

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LA Theatre Works: This Town by Sidney Blumenthal on Saturday January 17 January 17, 2009

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The Play’s The Thing

This 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 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.

Next Saturday, January 24 from 10 pm – midnight on 89.3 KPCC, L.A. Theatre Works’ The Play’s the Thing will air The Young Man from Atlanta by Horton Foote. Shirley Knight recreates her Tony-nominated performance in this 1995 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. In 1950’s Houston, an affluent couple is transformed by tragedy when their son dies under mysterious circumstances and the husband loses his job of 40 years. David Selby also stars. The broadcast includes an interview with Shirley Knight.

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 http://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 http://www.latw.org and follow the link through the “Radio Theatre Series” heading and then “Episode Guide” or go directly to http://www.scpr.org for KPCC.

Additional support for the series is provided by AudioFile Magazine. Listeners can visit their website at http://www.audiofilemagazine.com to view 65 reviews of LATW plays and hear sound clips from them.