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LISTEN NOW: In honor of Black History Month, LATW presents McReele by Stephen Belber.   

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McReele

By: Stephen Belber
Starring: Chris ButlerDeidrie HenryCharles JanaszEric StoltzLauren Tom
Directed by: Jenny Sullivan

"Intriguing... keeps audience members constantly off-balance in their attempts to come to easy solutions." —National Catholic Reporter

When death row prisoner Darius McReele (Chris Butler, True Blood, 24) transforms into a charismatic front-runner in the Delaware senate race, the spin starts spinning out of control. Playwright Stephen Belber leads us to ask is he doing the right thing for the wrong reasons, or the wrong thing for the right reasons? Does it ultimately matter? Also starring Eric Stoltz (Pulp Fiction)

Air Date: February 16, 2024

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Relativity

By: Cassandra Medley
Starring: Judyann Elder, Deidrie Henry, Jason Ritter, Terrell Tilford
Directed by: Stuart K. Robinson

Audio adaptation of the Audelco August Wilson Playwriting Award Winner (2006)

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

Air Date: February 23, 2024

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The Heidi Chronicles

By: Wendy Wasserstein
Starring: Kaitlin HopkinsMartha PlimptonRaphael SbargeGrant Shaud 
Directed by: Grant Shaud 

"A raucous celebration of women’s consciousness-raising, trends, flaws, and foibles" —AudioFile Magazine 

Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play is the tale of a baby-boomer’s long, hard road from 1960s confusion to 1990s self-assured woman…or so she hopes. A co-production with The Smithsonian Associates and Voice of America.

Includes an interview with playwright Wendy Wasserstein.

Air Date: March 1, 2024

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