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The Divine Sister

By: Charles Busch
Directed by: Carl Andress
Starring: Emily BerglCharles BuschMaxwell CaulfieldAlison FraserJulie HalstonJuliet Mills

Air Date: December 14, 2018

A crumbling convent school is on the verge of insolvency, when a young postulant begins to display strange heavenly powers. And when a dashing film executive arrives to buy the rights to her story, the Reverend Mother refuses to put profits over prayer. Playwright Charles Busch made his name with genre-skewering hits like Psycho Beach PartyDie Mommie Die, and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, which L.A. Theatre Works recorded in 2007. This time around, we present Busch’s high-voltage spoof of religious melodramas, starring three of the principal players from its original 2010 Off-Broadway run.

“A Trinity of Harmony” music by Lewis Flinn; with lyrics by Charles Busch and vocal performances by Ruth Williamson and Emily Loesser.

Recorded in Los Angeles before a live audience at The James Bridges Theater, UCLA in July of 2013.

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The Physicists

By: Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Directed by: Brendon Fox
Starring: Anne Gee ByrdMatthew Patrick DavisJohn de LancieMatt GaydosHarry GroenerChristopher GuilmetMelinda Page HamiltonGregory ItzinRoma MaffiaMissy YagerBruce Davison

Air Date: December 21, 2018

In Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s play, Johann Möbius, the world’s greatest physicist, is locked away in a madhouse along with two other scientists. Why? Because he is haunted by recurring visions of King Solomon, and the other two are convinced they are Einstein and Newton. But are these three actually mad? Or are they playing a murderous game with the world at stake?  This darkly comic satire probes the cost of sanity among men of science and whether it is the mad who are the truly sane.

Includes an interview with Richard Rhodes, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Making of the Atomic Bomb.

Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles in July of 2009.

The Physicists 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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The Lion in Winter

By: James Goldman
Directed by: Rosalind Ayres
Starring: Lars CarlsonKathleen ChalfantKevin DanielsSpencer GarrettLaurel MoglenAlfred MolinaSteven Sutcliffe

Air Date: December 28, 2018

James Goldman’s brilliant historical drama pits King Henry II of England against the strong-willed Eleanor of Aquitaine. Back stabbing, spying, double crossing, and rampant infidelity–a typical family Christmas. Typical, that is, for the Plantagenets. Kathleen Chalfant and Alfred Molina bring to life the witty, eloquent battle of the sexes that was immortalized in the Academy Award-winning film of the same name.

Includes interviews with Scott Waugh, the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at UCLA and theatre director Ethan McSweeny joins dramaturges Gavin Witt and Anne Hamilton to examine family-based plays—including Henry IV, Major Barbara, and True West.

Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles in December of 2001.

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