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I Love Lucy: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom
Air Date: October 19, 2018
The onscreen pairing of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz is at the heart of one of the most popular TV shows in history. Who would have thought that to get on the air, they had to battle both a network and a sponsor who thought the show couldn't possibly succeed? Playwright Gregg Oppenheimer – son of I Love Lucy’s creator Jess Oppenheimer – spins the hilarious true story behind America’s beloved TV comedy.
Recorded before a live audience at the James Bridges Theater, UCLA, Los Angeles in July of 2018.
By: Leigh Fondakowski
Directed by: Martin Jarvis
Starring: Elisa Bocanegra, Gilbert Glenn Brown, Nicholas Hormann, Travis Johns, Jane Kaczmarek, James Morrison, Darren Richardson, Kate Steele, Mark Jude Sullivan
Air Date: October 26, 2018
In April of 2010, British Petroleum gave orders to speed up production on its colossal drilling rig, the Deepwater Horizon. Despite the objections of many on the rig, safety measures were ignored or overlooked. On April 20th, the Deepwater Horizon exploded. Eleven men paid the ultimate price and countless thousands who call the Gulf Coast home found their lives irrevocably altered..
Recorded before a live audience at the James Bridges Theater, UCLA, Los Angeles in May of 2018.
Speed the Plow
Air Date: November 2, 2018
David Mamet’s satire of the American movie business. Jaded Hollywood producer Bobby Gould has spent a career reaping what others sow, until the night he’s forced to choose between his loyal friend’s sure-fire hit and a beautiful girl’s art-house project. During a wicked evening of seduction and manipulation, Bobby discovers that the power he exerts is more elusive than it seems..
Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles in March of 2003.
Air Date: November 2, 2018
After years of separation, Reunion follows the painful and deliberate efforts of a divorced and recovering alcoholic father, Bernie, and his daughter Carol to work their way back to early bonds of affection..
The Waldorf Conference
By: Nat Segaloff
Directed by: John de Lancie
Starring: Edward Asner, Sheldon ‘Shelley’ Berman, Charles Durning, David Ellenstein, John Kapelos, Bill Macy, Richard Masur, George Murdock, John Randolph, Ron Rifkin, William Schallert, John Schuck
Air Date: November 9, 2018
On November 24, 1947, the most powerful men in American film met in New York’s plush Waldorf-Astoria Hotel to decide how to address the Communist witch hunt being carried out by the House Un-American Activities Committee. Twenty-four hours later they emerged having created the Hollywood Blacklist. The Waldorf Conference by Nat Segaloff, Daniel M. Kimmel and Arnie Reisman dramatically speculates on what went on in that room.
Recorded before a live audience at the Guest Quarters Suite Hotel, Santa Monica in October of 1993.