I recently had the pleasure of attending the radio theatre performance of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull at LA Theatre Works. Listeners of public radio are familiar with the audio recordings of classic and contemporary plays from LA Theatre Works that can be heard on over 80 stations across the country, and more around the world. Visitors to Los Angeles (and locals too) have the unique opportunity to watch the radio recordings of the plays performed live.
The Seagull, recorded on stage at the James Bridges Theatre at UCLA, included compelling performances by TV actors T.R. Knight (Grey's Anatomy), Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal, Brothers & Sisters), Josh Stamberg (Drop Dead Diva), Stephen Collins (Seventh Heaven), who also have significant stage creds in addition to their TV fame. The supporting players, including Bess Rous, Kira Sternbach, Gordon Clapp (NYPD Blue), Dakin Mathews, Logan Fahey and Cindy Katz were also awesome.
Like attending a TV show taping, you're very close to the actors on stage in this small theatre, but there are no TV cameras and no breaks to change scenes and camera positions.
- OCTOBER 18-21: The Night Watcher, written and performed by Charlayne Woodard
- NOVEMBER 15-18: Pride and Prejudice, adapted by Cristina Calvit from the novel by Jane Austen, featuring Jane Carr and Nicholas Hormann
DECEMBER 6-9: Lips Together, Teeth Apart by Terrence McNally, featuring Steven Weber
- JANUARY 31-FEBRUARY 3: The Motherf***er with the Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis, featuring Tony nominees Bobby Cannavale and Elizabeth Rodriguez, and original Broadway cast member Annabella Sciorra
- MARCH 14-17: Red by John Logan, featuring Alfred Molina
- APRIL 18-21: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange, directed by Shirley Jo Finney and featuring OBIE Award-winning actress Cherise Boothe
- MAY 16-19: Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet, featuring Joe Mantegna, Joshua Malina, Thomas Sadoski and Josh Stamberg
- JUNE 20-23: Kindertransport by Diane Samuel, featuring Jane Kaczmarek
- JULY 11-14: Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, translated by Anthony Burgess, featuring Emily Swallow
Photo from The Life of Galileo by Derek Hutchinson courtesy of LA Theatre Works