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  • August: Osage County
    August: Osage County Tracy Letts
    Narrator:
    Tara Lynne Barr
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    Winner of the 2008 Tony Award® for Best Play, Tracy Letts' darkly comic epic offers a painfully funny look at a family struggling in the desolate heart of America. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast recording, featuring members of the original Steppenwolf Theatre and Broadway productions: Tara Lynne Barr as Jean Fordham Shannon Cochran as Barbara Fordham Rosemarie DeWitt as Ivy Weston Deanna Dunagan as Violet Weston (Tony Award®, Best Leading Actress) Kimberly Guerrero as Johnna Monevata Francis Guinan as Charlie Aiken Scott Jaeck as Sheriff Deon Gilbeau Ron Livingston as Little Charles Robert Maffia as Steve Heidebrecht Mariann Mayberry as Karen Weston Robert Pine as Beverly Weston Rondi Reed as Mattie Fae Aiken (Tony Award®, Best Featured Actress) David Warshofsky as Bill Fordham Directed by Bart DeLorenzo. Recorded by L.A. Theatre Works before a live audience. 'Outrageously funny…and touching.' —AudioFile Magazine 'At its heart is Mama Violet, played to shrewish perfection by Deanna Dunagan…the reactions and interactions of the excellent cast are just as well developed and delivered.' —Publishers Weekly
  • Babbitt
    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
    Narrator:
    Edward Asner
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    With an all-star cast including Stacy Keach, Helen Hunt, Edward Asner, Ted Danson and Richard Dreyfuss, this epic of the booming 1920s uniquely captures the relentless culture of American business. Babbitt is a true classic about conformity in small-town America, celebrated for its comic tone, satire, and vivid dialogue. Based on Sinclair Lewis's novel, first published in 1922. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance with Edward Asner as George F. Babbitt, and featuring: René Auberjonois, Bonnie Bedelia, Ed Begley Jr., Georgia Brown, Roscoe Lee Browne, Jack Coleman, Bud Cort, Ted Danson, William Devane, Richard Dreyfuss, Héctor Elizondo, Fionnula Flanagan, Robert Foxworth, Harry Hamlin, Julie Harris, Helen Hunt, Amy Irving, Stacy Keach, John Lithgow, Nan Martin, Marsha Mason, Richard Masur, Marian Mercer, Joanna Miles, Holly Palance, Judge Reinhold, Franklyn Seales, David Selby, Ally Sheedy, Madolyn Smith, James Whitmore, JoBeth Williams and Michael York. Directed by Gordon Hunt.
  • Cherry Orchard, The
    Cherry Orchard, The Anton Chekhov
    Narrator:
    Jordan Baker
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    Chekhov's masterful last play is a work of timeless, bittersweet beauty about the fading fortunes of an aristocratic Russian family and their struggle to maintain their status in a changing world. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: Marsha Mason as Madame Lyubov Andreyevna Ranyevskaya Hector Elizondo as Leonid Andreyevich Gayev Michael Cristofer as Yermolay Alekseyevich Lopakhin Jennifer Tilly as Dunyasha (Avdotya Fyodorovna) Joey Slotnick as Semyon Panteleyevich Yepikhodov Christy Keefe as Anya Ranyevskaya Amy Pietz as Varya Ranyevskaya Jordan Baker as Charlotta Ivanovna Jeffrey Jones as Boris Borisovich Semyonov-Pischick Charles Durning as Feers Jon Chardiet as Yasha/Passer-By Tim DeKay as Pyotr Sergeyevich Trofimov Translated and adapted by Frank Dwyer and Nicholas Saunders. Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Recorded before a live audience.
  • Cyrano de Bergerac
    Cyrano de Bergerac Edmond Rostand
    Narrator:
    Caroline Aaron
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    One of the most enduring love stories of all time. Cyrano de Bergerac is the Platonic ideal of the fearless warrior who is paralyzed by romantic yearning. Confident in battle, but relentlessly self-doubting in love, Cyrano is unable to express his devotion to the beautiful Roxane. And when she falls in love with a handsome young cadet named Christian, Cyrano seizes the opportunity to use Christian as a proxy for his own unrequited feelings.An L.A. Theatre Works full cast recording featuring:Caroline Aaron as Lise/Mother MargueriteHugo Armstrong as Le BretKalen Harriman as Foodseller/OthersGregory Itzin as Comte De GuicheHamish Linklater as CyranoAnna Mathias as Duenna/OthersMorgan Ritchie as Valvert/Bellerose/OthersJason Ritter as ChristianAndré Sogliuzzo as Ragueneau/Ligniere/OthersDevon Sorvari as RoxaneMatthew Wolf as Cuigy/OthersWritten by Edmond Rostand, translated and adapted by Anthony Burgess.Directed and adapted for radio by Barry Creyton. Recorded before a live audience.Includes a conversation with Sue Lloyd, author of The Man Who Was Cyrano: A Life of Edmond Rostand.Director: Barry Creyton. Adapted by Anthony Burgess, Adapted for Radio by Barry Creyton
  • Death of a Salesman
    Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller
    Narrator:
    Steven Culp
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    Stacy Keach and Jane Kaczmarek star in Arthur Miller's 1949 masterpiece, a searing portrait of the physical, emotional, and psychological costs of the American dream. Willy Loman is the play's iconic traveling salesman, whose family is torn apart by his desperate obsession with greatness and social acceptance. As his two sons cast about aimlessly for their station in life, Willy begins to come unraveled when the reality of his life threatens his long-cherished illusions. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: Stacy Keach as Willy Loman Jane Kaczmarek as Linda Loman Steven Culp as Biff Loman Maureen Flannigan as Letta/Jenny Jason Henning as Bernard/Stanley Kathryn Meisle as The Woman Tim Monsion as Uncle Ben Sam McMurray as Charley John Sloan as Happy Loman Kate Steele as Miss Forsythe Kenneth Alan Williams as Howard Directed by Eric Simonson. Recorded before a live audience.
  • Glengary Glen Ross
    Glengary Glen Ross David Mamet
    Narrator:
    Gordon Clapp
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    A group of low-ranking real estate salesmen are trying to survive in a cut-throat office culture. But when two of them devise a plot to redress the company’s wrongs, the resulting turmoil increases the pressure to unbearable levels. Winner of the 1984 Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: Joe Mantegna as Ricky Roma Gordon Clapp as David Moss Kyle Colerider-Krugh as Detective Baylen Richard Dreyfuss as Shelly Levine John Getz as James Lingk Richard Schiff as George Aaronow Josh Stamberg as John Williamson Directed by Eric Simonson. Recorded before a live audience.
  • Grapes of Wrath, The
    Grapes of Wrath, The John Steinbeck
    Narrator:
    Emily Bergl
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    Featured title on PBS's The Great American Read in 2018 Set during the Great Depression, The Grapes of Wrath tells the powerful story of the Joad family’s trek from the dust bowl of Oklahoma to the promise of a new life in California. But what they find threatens to rip apart their lives, and sever the ties that bind them together. A heart-wrenching full-cast adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by John Steinbeck and a 1990 Tony Award® Winner for Best Play, Frank Galati’s play finds its timeless heart in the generous spirit of the common man. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: Shirley Knight as Ma JoadJeffrey Donovan as Tom JoadEmily Bergl as Rose of SharonMichael Buie as Connie/OthersDaniel Chacón as Al JoadMaurice Chasse as Deputy Sheriff/OthersShannon Cochran as Mrs. Wainwright/Elizabeth SandryTrista Delamere as 2nd Narrator/Al’s GirlFrancis Guinan as Jim CasyCharlie Matthes as Willy/Gas Station Attendant/Hooper Ranch GuardRod McLachlan as Uncle JohnRobert Pescovitz as Pa JoadJoel Rafael as Car Salesman/Man with GuitarStephen Ramsey as 1st Narrator/OthersNicholas Sadler as Agricultural Officer/OthersAndy Taylor as Gas Station Owner/Floyd Knowles/Camp Director/OthersTodd Waring as Hooper Ranch Bookkeeper/OthersFredd Wayne as Grampa/Mayor of Hooverville/Camp GuardMichael Weston as Noah Joad/OthersKate Williamson as Gramma/Others Live music performed by the Joel Rafael Band. Adapted by Frank Galati. Directed by Richard Masur. Recorded before a live audience.
  • Importance of Being Earnest, The
    Importance of Being Earnest, The Oscar Wilde
    Narrator:
    Emily Bergl
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    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, 'that name which inspires absolute confidence.' Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: James Marsters as Jack Charles Busch as Lady Bracknell Emily Bergl as Cecily Neil Dickson as Lane and Merriman Jill Gascoine as Miss Prism Christopher Neame as Chasuble Matthew Wolf as Algernon Sarah Zimmerman as Gwendolen Directed by Michael Hackett. Recorded before a live audience. Includes an interview with director Michael Hackett, Professor of Theater in the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA.
  • Macbeth
    Macbeth William Shakespeare
    Narrator:
    Josh Cooke
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    Infamously known as the cursed 'Scottish play', Macbeth is perhaps Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy. When General Macbeth is foretold by three witches that he will one day be King of Scotland, Lady Macbeth convinces him to get rid of anyone who could stand in his way—including committing regicide. As Macbeth ascends to the throne through bloody murder, he becomes a tyrant consumed by fear and paranoia. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: James Marsters as Macbeth Joanne Whalley as Lady Macbeth Josh Cooke as Banquo and others JD Cullum as Macduff/Second Murderer Dan Donohue as Ross Jeannie Elias as Second Witch/Others Chuma Hunter-Gault as Lennox/Servant Jon Matthews as Malcolm Alan Shearman as Angus/Others André Sogliuzzo as Donalbain/Third Witch/Others Kate Steele as Lady Macduff/First Witch/Apparition Kristoffer Tabori as Duncan/Others Directed by Martin Jarvis. Recorded at The Invisible Studios in West Hollywood, CA.
  • Midsummer Night's Dream, A
    Midsummer Night's Dream, A William Shakespeare
    Narrator:
    Jamie Bamber
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    Shakespeare combined his love of theater with Greek mythology and the supernatural to create what is arguably his most playfully imaginative work. From love potions to bizarre transformations to the unforgettable play-within-a-play, A Midsummer Night's Dream is a non-stop delight, and remains one of the milestones of the Bard's canon. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: Tara Barr as Hermia Erin Bennett as Moth/Second Fairy Jamie Bamber as Oberon Janine Barris as Peaseblossom/First Fairy Brendan Bradley as Lysander Chris Butler as Theseus Kyle Colerider-Krugh as Egeus/Robin Starveling Sue Cremin as Hippolyta Hector Elizondo as Peter Quince Logan Fahey as Francis Flute Glenne Headly as Titania Simon Helberg as Demetrius Stacy Keach as Nick Bottom David Krumholtz as Puck Danny Mann as Snug Jon Matthews as Cobweb/Mustardseed Kira Sternbach as Helena André Sogliuzzo as Philostrate/Tom Snout Directed by Martin Jarvis. Original music by Mark Holden with Matt Starr and Wes Dewberry. Recording, editing, and sound design by Wes Dewberry. Mixed by Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios in West Hollywood, CA. Support for this recording of A Midsummer Night's Dream was provided by the Rosenthal Family Foundation.
  • Misanthrope, The
    Misanthrope, The Moliere
    Narrator:
    Harry Althaus
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    This timeless comedy of manners is considered one of Molière's most probing and mature works. While it's still an exemplar of 16th century farce, Molière went beyond his usual comic inventiveness to create a world of rich, complex characters, especially in the cynical title character Alceste, played here by the Tony® Award-winning actor Brian Bedford. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: Brian Bedford as Alceste JD Cullum as Clitandre Sarah Drew as Eliante Martin Jarvis as Philinte Darren Richardson as Basque/Du Bois Susan Sullivan as Arsinoe Nick Toren as Oronte Matt Wolf as Acaste/Guard Bellamy Young as Celimene Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Translated by Richard Wilbur. Recorded at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood, CA. Includes an interview with Larry F. Norman author of The Public Mirror: Molière and the Social Commerce of Depiction.
  • Oedipus the King
    Oedipus the King Sophocles
    Narrator:
    Francis Guinan
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    Written by Sophocles, Oedipus is one of the first and greatest of all Greek tragedies. Harry Lennix stars as Oedipus, the king who unwittingly kills his father and marries his mother. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: Spencer Garrett as Shepard/Chorus Francis Guinan as Messenger/Chorus Gregory Itzin as Creon Charles Kimbrough as Priest Of Zeus/Chorus Harry J. Lennix as Oedipus Rod McLachlan as Second Messenger/Chorus Carolyn Seymour as Jocasta W. Morgan Sheppard as Tiresias/Chorus Translated and directed by Nicholas Rudall. Recorded before a live audience. Includes a Q & A session with translator and director Nicholas Rudall.
  • Romeo and Juliet
    Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare
    Narrator:
    Janine Barris
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    The most iconic love story of all time, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is an epic-scale tragedy of desire and revenge. Despite the bitter rivalry that exists between their families, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet have fallen madly in love. But when the long-running rivalry boils over into murder, the young couple must embark on a dangerous and deadly mission to preserve their love at any cost. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: Calista Flockhart as Juliet Matthew Wolf as Romeo Julie White as Nurse Alan Mandell as Friar Laurence Richard Chamberlain as Prince Escalus Nicholas Hormann as Lord Capulet Josh Stamberg as Mercutio Mark J. Sullivan as Benvolio/Others Logan Fahey as Tybalt/Balthasar Alfred Molina as Chorus Henry Clarke as Paris/Others Lily Knight as Lady Capulet Janine Barris as Young Lady/Boy Page to Paris/Others Darren Richardson as Sampson/Peter Alan Shearman as Lord Montague/Others André Sogliuzzo as Gregory/Others Sarah Zimmerman as Lady Montague/Others Directed by Martin Jarvis. Recorded at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood, CA.
  • Seagull, The
    Seagull, The Anton Chekhov
    Narrator:
    Gordon Clapp
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    Anton Chekhov's The Seagull is considered one of his most haunting and atmospheric character studies. A would-be playwright is at war with his egoistic mother while the town has become intoxicated by a sensational author. And as the alluring newcomer steals away Kosta's only love, their new romance could have devastating consequences.An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring:Calista Flockhart as Irina Nikolayevna ArkadinaT.R. Knight as Konstantin TreplevStephen Collins as Yevgeny DornGordon Clapp as Ilya ShamrayevLogan Fahey as Semyon MedvedenkoCindy Katz as Polina AndreyevnaDakin Matthews as Pyotr SorinBess Rous as MashaJosh Stamberg as Boris Alexeyevich TrigorinKira Sternbach as NinaDirected by Rosalind Ayres. Translated by Christopher Hampton. Recorded before a live audience.'With standouts Calista Flockhart and T.R. Knight, this full cast performance transforms a dark drama marked by unfulfilled and mislaid passions into a hypnotic look at the lives of deeply flawed and painfully recognizable characters…listeners will be mesmerized.' —AudioFile Magazine
  • Twelve Angry Men
    Twelve Angry Men Reginald Rose
    Narrator:
    Dan Castellaneta
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    Over the course of a steamy and tense afternoon, twelve jurors deliberate the fate of a 19 year-old boy alleged to have murdered his own father. A seemingly open and shut case turns complicated, igniting passions and hidden prejudices in this classic American play by Reginald Rose. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: Dan Castellaneta as Juror #5 Jeffrey Donovan as Juror #8 Hector Elizondo as Juror #10 Robert Foxworth as Juror #3 James Gleason as Juror #2 Kevin Kilner as Juror #6 Richard Kind as Juror #7 Alan Mandell as Juror #9 Rob Nagle as Juror #12 Armin Shimerman as Juror #4 Joe Spano as Juror #11 Steve Vinovich as Foreman/Juror #1 Directed by John de Lancie. Recorded before a live audience.
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