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Zoot Suit

By: Luis Valdez
Starring: Marco RodriguezKinan ValdezDaniel ValdezAlma MartinezPrimavera Flor-ValdezLakin ValdezGregory Itzin, Xochiquetzal CandelariaEstrella EsparzaRuben C. GonzalezRaul CardonaDaniel ChacónKatrina ValdezSeth MillwoodSpencer GarrettAl Ruscio
Directed by: Luis Valdez

"Briskly paced... full of Latin fire and lively Big Band and Chicano melodies." —AudioFile Magazine

Chicano playwright Luis Valdez masterfully uses the Sleepy Lagoon murder case to examine the Chicano Zoot Suit Culture of the 40’s. Passionate and provocative, Zoot Suit pulses with the beat of big band music and traditional Latin songs. Music Direction by Daniel Valdez.

This play is sponsored by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, a state-funded project of the California State Library.

Air Date: May 26, 2023

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This play is sponsored by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, a state-funded grant project of the California State Library.

Air Date: May 19, 2023

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Desire Under the Elms

By: Eugene O’Neill
Starring: Orson Bean, Amy Brenneman
Directed by: Eric Simonson

Eugene O’Neill’s tale of Ephraim Cabot, greedy and hard like the stone walls that surround his farm, the family patriarch brings home his new young bride, Abbie. His grown sons disapprove; one leaves but the other stays to fight for the family fortune.

Air Date: June 2, 2023

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Act One

By: James Lapine
Based on the autobiography by: Moss Hart
Starring: Jane Kaczmarek, Mark Jude Sullivan, Jon Tenney
Directed by: Christopher Hart

A boy from the Bronx becomes the toast of Broadway. Moss Hart’s classic stage autobiography is brought to life, with his son Christopher directing, in a story that illuminates the early years of one of theater’s great humorists.

Air Date: June 9, 2023

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The Browning Version

By: Terence Rattigan
Starring: Martin Jarvis, Kate Steele, Daniel David Stewart
Directed by: Peter Levin

In Terence Rattigan's classic drama, an aging schoolmaster at an English secondary school faces the harsh judgments of his students, his fellow teachers, and his vicious and spiteful wife. But can a lone act of kindness from a sympathetic student change his heart?

Air Date: June 16, 2023

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By: Hannie Rayson
Starring: Seamus Dever, Sarah Drew, Joanne Whalley
Directed by: Martin Jarvis

A zoologist in Australia gets funding to save an endangered species from the very company that threatens its existence. Will this deal with the devil allow her to save the species, or will it destroy her entire life's work? Extinction is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series of science-themed plays.

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: June 23, 2023

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The Foreigner

By: Larry Shue
Starring: Kenneth Danziger, Paxton Whitehead
Directed by: Eric Simonson

What does a shy Englishman in search of rest do when he visits a fishing lodge in America? In Larry Shue’s hilarious farce, Charlie Baker, a proofreader by day and a boring husband by night, adopts the persona of a “foreigner” who doesn’t understand English. When others begin to speak freely around him, he not only becomes privy to secrets both dangerous and frivolous, he also discovers the adventurous extrovert within.

Air Date: June 30, 2023

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