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Pack of Lies

Pack of Lies

By: Hugh Whitemore
Directed by: Peter Levin
Starring: Rosalind AyresMartin JarvisRoxanne HartJulian SandsDavid Selby

Real-life events during the Cold War inspired Hugh Whitemore’s thriller. In suburban London, loyalty, duty, and friendship conflict with one another when the Jacksons slowly discover that the Krogers, their neighbors and cherished best friends, are Russian spies. A gripping play that may leave you wondering exactly what it is those nice people next door are really up to.

Includes a piece with shortwave radio expert David Goren, who guides us through the sinister underground world of the shortwave “numbers stations.”

Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles in June of 2004.

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Watch on the Rhine

By: Lillian Hellman
Directed by: Rosalind Ayres
Starring: Jonathan CakeHeidi DippoldSusan SullivanPatrick Wenk-Wolff

In this riveting political drama, Sara, along with her German husband, Kurt, returns to the opulent Washington DC mansion of her mother Fanny after years away in Europe. With Hitler and Mussolini assuming full power, Kurt finds himself blackmailed for his anti-Fascist activities as the conflict in Europe crosses the hearth of this tranquil home.

Recorded before a live audience at the James Bridges Theater, Los Angeles in January of 2018.

Air Date: April 29, 2018

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God's Man in Texas

By: David Rambo
Directed by: Brendon Fox
Starring: Robert PescovitzW. Morgan SheppardAndy Taylor

Charismatic pastor Jerry Mears auditions for the top job at the biggest Baptist church in the nation. But when the church’s aging leader clings to his own dynasty—and his coveted 10 a.m. television broadcast—the stage is set for a powerful clash of wit and wills. A divine study of religion as big business.

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

Air Date: April 6, 2018

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The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial

By: Herman Wouk
Directed by: Gordon Hunt
Starring: James AveryDavid SelbyGrant Shaud

Herman Wouk's acclaimed WWII psychological courtroom drama was the sensation of 1954. The play portrays a mutiny of naval officers aboard the U.S.S. Caine. Their suspicions concerning their captain's sanity lead to their rebellion and a subsequent court-martial.

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

Air Date: April 21, 2018

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And the Sun Stood Still

By: Dava Sobel
Directed by: Rosalind Ayres
Starring: Robert FoxworthGregory HarrisonMichael KirbyKate SteeleJohn Vickery

Dava Sobel’s thoughtful play brings to life the story of Nicolaus Copernicus, the Renaissance astronomer and mathematician who proposed the heliocentric model of the universe in which the Sun stands at the center. Plagued by self-doubt and threatened by religious censure, Copernicus resisted the publication of his work until just before his death in 1543. And the Sun Stood Still follows Copernicus in those final years as he works to complete his research with the help of Georg Rheticus, a young disciple from Wittenberg, Germany.

Includes a conversation with playwright Dava Sobel, author of A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos.

Recorded before a live audience at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood in February of 2015.

And the Sun Stood Still 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, to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.

"…enlightening and educational" — AudioFile Magazine

Air Date: April 21, 2018

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