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In The Heat of the Night

By: John Ball
Directed by: Brian Kite
Starring: Ryan Vincent AndersonMichael HammondKalen HarrimanTravis JohnsJames MorrisonDarren RichardsonTom Virtue

Air Date: February 15, 2019

Based on John Ball’s novel which inspired the Oscar-winning film and the Emmy-winning television series, In the Heat of the Night pits a visiting black detective from California against a small Alabama town simmering with anger over desegregation. A fitting reflection of America in the 1960s, this Off-Broadway hit is provocative, timely, and uncomfortably relevant. Adapted by Matt Pelfrey.

Orginal music composed by Mark Holden and Michael Lopez.

Includes audience Q&A sessions with director Brian Kite and playwright Matt Pelfrey, as well as political journalist Todd Purdum.

Recorded in Los Angeles before a live audience at The James Bridges Theater, UCLA in October of 2014.

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By: Cassandra Medley
Directed by: Stuart K. Robinson
Starring: Judyann ElderDeidrie HenryJames Pickens Jr.Jason RitterTerrell TilfordLorraine Toussaint

Air Date: February 22, 2019

At the center of Cassandra Medley’s play is the controversial idea that higher concentrations of melanin in the genetic makeup of people of color make them mentally, physically, and spiritually superior. Based on the scientific studies of her now-deceased father, Kalima, a fledgling molecular scientist looking to come into her own, has a difficult time owning his flawed research. Her mother Claire, who carries her deceased husband’s scientific torch, has a hard time reckoning with her daughter’s enlightenment.

Original music composed and performed by Stuart K. Robinson.

Includes an interview with Dr. Stanley Nelson, Professor of Human Genetics and Psychiatry at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.

Recorded before a live audience at The Voice Box, Los Angeles in January of 2008.

Relativity is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, bridging science and the arts in the modern world.

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Sisters Matsumoto

By: Philip Kan Gotanda
Directed by: Tim Dang
Starring: Keiko AgenaJune AngelaRon BottittaKurt KanazawaSuzy NakamuraGreg WatanabeRyun Yu

Air Date: March 1, 2019

Stockton, California 1945. Three Japanese-American sisters return to their farm after years in an internment camp, but the once prosperous family finds it’s not easy to pick up the pieces of their former lives. As the details of their deceased father’s final arrangements emerge, the sisters must work together to keep their dreams alive.

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Lady Windermere's Fan

By: Oscar Wilde
Directed by: Michael Hackett
Starring: Gina FieldJudy GeesonJoanna GoingArthur HanketLisa HarrowDominic KeatingMiriam MargolyesRoger ReesEric StoltzJames WarwickTom Wheatley

Air Date: March 8, 2019

The irreverent satire that launched Wilde’s succession of classical comedies. A Lord, his wife, her admirer and an infamous blackmailer converge in this delicious comic feast of scandal. A divinely funny comedy of good girls, bad husbands, and the moral hypocrisy of British high society in the late nineteenth century.

Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles in May of 1999.

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The Explorer's Club

By: Nell Benjamin
Directed by: Kate McAll
Starring: Jack Cutmore-ScottCarson ElrodDavid FurrJohn GetzMartin JarvisDavid KrumholtzLorenzo PisoniJennifer WestfeldtMatthew Wolf

Air Date: February 15, 2019

It’s London, 1879, and the hapless members of the Explorers Club must confront their most lethal threat yet: the admission of a woman into their hermetically-sealed ranks. But the intrepid Phyllida Spotte-Hume turns out to be the least of their troubles, in this hilarious farce starring members of the original Broadway cast.

Original music composed and orchestrated by Laurence O’Keefe. Recordings produced by Mike Croiter and Laurence O’Keefe at Yellow Sound Lab.

Includes a conversation with essayist, novelist, and cultural critic Eileen Pollack.

Recorded before a live audience at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood in February of 2014.

The Explorers Club is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, bridging science and the arts in the modern world.

" amusing fictional, and yet highly likely, depiction of the world of scientific exploration in the 1800s." — AudioFile Magazine

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Steel Magnolias

By: Robert Harling
Directed by: Jessica Kubzansky
Starring: Shannon HoltJeanie HackettBrittany SnowFrances FisherJocelyn TowneAmy Pietz

Air Date: March 22, 2019

Within the walls of Truvy’s beauty shop are six women whose lives increasingly hinge on the existence of one another. Together, they absorb the passing seasons, just like the weathered wooden structure of the salon “home” that they share.

Recorded in Los Angeles before a live audience at The James Bridges Theater, UCLA in October of 2015.

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