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  • All My Sons
    All My Sons Arthur Miller
    Narrator:
    James Farentino
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    In Arthur Miller's classic drama, World War II is over, and a family mourning a missing son plants a memorial tree and tries to go on with their lives. When a storm blows down the tree, a devastating family secret is uprooted, setting the characters on a terrifying journey towards truth. A 1947 Tony Award® Winner for Best Author.An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring:Julie Harris as Kate KellerJames Farentino as Joe KellerArye Gross as Chris KellerMitchell Hebert as Dr. BaylissNaomi Jacobson as AnnBarbara Klein as LydiaPaul Morella as GeorgeMichaeleen O'Neil as SueNathan Taylor as BertJerry Whiddon as FrankDirected by Nick Olcott. Recorded at the Voice of America in Washington D.C.Includes an interview with historian Bill Yenne, author of The American Aircraft Factory in World War Two, one of his many works that chronicle the history of wartime aviation and manufacturing.
  • 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.
  • Doll's House, A
    Doll's House, A Henrik Ibsen
    Narrator:
    Tony Abatemarco
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    Nora Helmer has everything a young housewife could want: beautiful children, an adoring husband, and a bright future. But when a carelessly buried secret rises from the past, Nora's well-calibrated domestic ideal starts to crumble. Ibsen's play is as fresh today as it was when it first stormed the stages of 19th-century Europe.An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring:Calista Flockhart as Nora HelmerTony Abatemarco as Dr. RankTim DeKay as Torvald HelmerJeannie Elias as Anne-Marie/HeleneGregory Itzin as Nils KrogstadJoBeth Williams as Mrs. LindeTranslated by Rolf Fjelde. 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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    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 Joad Jeffrey Donovan as Tom Joad Emily Bergl as Rose of Sharon Michael Buie as Connie/Others Daniel Chacón as Al Joad Maurice Chasse as Deputy Sheriff/Others Shannon Cochran as Mrs. Wainwright/Elizabeth Sandry Trista Delamere as 2nd Narrator/Al’s Girl Francis Guinan as Jim Casy Charlie Matthes as Willy/Gas Station Attendant/Hooper Ranch Guard Rod McLachlan as Uncle John Robert Pescovitz as Pa Joad Joel Rafael as Car Salesman/Man with Guitar Stephen Ramsey as 1st Narrator/Others Nicholas Sadler as Agricultural Officer/Others Andy Taylor as Gas Station Owner/Floyd Knowles/Camp Director/Others Todd Waring as Hooper Ranch Bookkeeper/Others Fredd Wayne as Grampa/Mayor of Hooverville/Camp Guard Michael Weston as Noah Joad/Others Kate 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.
  • Hamlet (L.A. Theatre Works)
    Hamlet (L.A. Theatre Works) William Shakespeare
    Narrator:
    Mark Capri
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    Shakespeare’s timeless story of revenge, corruption, and murder is considered one of the greatest works in the English language. Prince Hamlet sets out to avenge his beloved father's death at the hand of his uncle Claudius—but Hamlet's spiral into grief and madness will have permanent and immutable consequences for the Kingdom of Denmark. Composed over 400 years ago, Hamlet remains one of the theater’s most studied and performed works, and is presented here in a stunning, sound-rich full-cast recording.An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring:Josh Stamberg as HamletStephen Collins as King ClaudiusJoBeth Williams as Queen GertrudeStacy Keach as GhostAlan Mandell as PoloniusEmily Swallow as OpheliaJD Cullum as LaertesMatthew Wolf as HoratioMark Capri as Ambassador/OthersJosh Clark as Gravedigger/Voltemand/OthersHenri Lubatti as Rosencrantz/OthersJon Matthews as Guildenstern/OthersDarren Richardson as Player Queen/OthersAndré Sogliuzzo as Reynaldo/OthersDirected by Martin Jarvis. Recorded at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood, CA.
  • Heidi Chronicles, The
    Heidi Chronicles, The Wendy Wasserstein
    Narrator:
    Lisa Akey
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    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.An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring:Lisa Akey as Fran/Betsy/AprilKosha Engler as Becky/Clara/DeniseKaitlin Hopkins as Heidi HollandBarbara Klein as Jill/MollyLisa Pelikan as Debbie/Lisa/HostessMartha Plimpton as Susan JohnstonScot Reese as Chris Boxer/Mark/TV Attendant/Waiter/RayRaphael Sbarge as Peter PatroneGrant Shaud as Scoop RosenbaumDirected by Molly Smith. Recorded before an audience by L.A. Theatre Works.
  • 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.
  • Julius Caesar (L.A. Theatre Works)
    Julius Caesar (L.A. Theatre Works) William Shakespeare
    Narrator:
    Lee Arenberg
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    The skies over ancient Rome blaze with terrifying portents, and soothsayers warn Julius Caesar of approaching doom. As conspiracy swirls through the city, Shakespeare explores the deep repercussions of political murder on the human heart. A classic tale of duplicity, betrayal and murder, performed by an all-star, all-American cast in this BBC co-production.An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring:Stacy Keach as Marcus BrutusJohn de Lancie as CassiusRichard Dreyfuss as Marc AntonyHarold Gould as CaesarJack Coleman as CascaJoBeth Williams as PortiaBonnie Bedelia as CalphurniaKelsey Grammer as MurellusJohn Randolph as Flavius/ArtemidorusArye Gross as OctaviusAdditional voices by Paul Winfield, John Vickery, Basil Langton, David Birney, George Murdock, James Morrison, Andrew White, Rudy Hornish, Lee Arenberg, Jon Matthews, Josh Fardon, Paul Mercier, Arthur Hanket and Marnie Mosiman.Directed by Martin Jenkins. Recorded in KCRW's studios in Santa Monica, CA.
  • Lesson Before Dying, A
    Lesson Before Dying, A Ernest Gaines
    Narrator:
    Rick Foucheux
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    Based on Ernest J. Gaines' National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel, Romulus Linney's A Lesson Before Dying is set in a small Louisiana Cajun community in the late 1940s. Jefferson, a young illiterate black man, is falsely convicted of murder and is sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, the plantation schoolteacher, agrees to talk with the condemned man. The disheartened Wiggins had once harbored dreams of escaping from his impoverished youth, yet he returned to his home town after university, to teach children whose lives seemed as unpromising as Jefferson's. The two men forge a bond as they come to understand what it means to resist and defy one's own fate. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: Rick Foucheux as Paul Bonin Keith Glover as Grant Wiggins Jamahl Marsh as Jefferson Linda Powell as Vivian Baptiste Jefferson A. Russell as Reverend Moses Ambrose Jerry Whiddon as Sam Guidry Beatrice Winde as Emma Glenn Directed by Nick Olcott. Recorded at Voice of America in Washington D.C.
  • Lost in Yonkers
    Lost in Yonkers Neil Simon
    Narrator:
    Barbara Bain
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    Neil Simon's Pulitzer Prize and Tony® Award-winning play. Set in Yonkers, New York, in 1942, two boys, aged 13 and 16, must spend one year with their austere and demanding grandmother. While the war rages in Europe, Jay and Arty learn the ropes from Uncle Louie and assorted relatives, all peculiar characters.An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring:Barbara Bain as Grandma KurnitzGia Carides as GertDan Castellaneta as LouieBen Diskin as JayArye Gross as EddieRoxanne Hart as BellaKenneth Schmidt as ArtyDirected by John Rubinstein. Recorded before a live audience by L.A. Theatre Works.
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