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L.A. Theatre Works brings you contemporary, edgy stories from leading writers, starring name actors from stage and screen.

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The Heiress | Part 1

Morris Townsend (Chris Noth) is handsome, charming, and broke. Catherine Sloper (Amy Irving) is wealthy, naïve, and desperate for romance. Is he a love-struck suitor or a fortune hunter stalking his prey?The Heiress by Ruth and Augustus Goetz, based on the novel Washington Square by Henry James.

39mins

4 Jan 2018

Rank #1

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Steel Magnolias | Part 1

t’s a big day at Truvy’s Beauty Salon. Truvy’s hired a mysterious new assistant named Annelle, and the ladies at the salon simply must discover her secrets. But that investigative work will have to take a back seat to the main event, Shelby’s wedding day, which is almost derailed when the diabetic bride-to-be suffers from a sudden attack of low blood sugar. Starring Frances Fisher, Jeanie Hackett, Shannon Holt, Amy Pietz, Brittany Snow, and Jocelyn Towne. Directed by Jessica Kubzansky.

45mins

22 Feb 2018

Rank #2

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The Relativity Series: Please Continue (Part 1)

Based on the true story of renowned social psychologist Stanley Milgram, Frank Basloe's "Please Continue" recounts the infamous obedience experiments at Yale in the 1960s. In that study, participants were asked to administer strong electric shocks to a subject who gave the wrong answer to a question, not knowing that the shocks were fake, and they were the real subject of the study."Please Continue" 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.Recorded at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood in October 2018.Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Producing Director Susan Albert Loewenberg. Starring Tara Lynne Barr, Will Brittain, Jake Green, Taj Jegaraj, Rob Morrow, James Scully, Mark Jude Sullivan, Matthew Wolf.Associate Artistic Director, Anna Lyse Erikson. Mixed by Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood. Senior Radio Producer, Ronn Lipkin. Foley Artist: Jeff Gardner. Script Supervisor, Nikki Hyde. Recording Engineer, Sound Designer and Editor, Erick Cifuentes. 

50mins

17 Jun 2019

Rank #3

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Agnes of God | Part 1

A young nun is accused of strangling her baby. She claims the father is God, and she has no recollection of the murder. Is she clinically insane – a clever liar - or is there something else at work? Agnes of God by John Pielmeier, starring Barbara Bain as Mother Superior, Emily Bergl as Agnes, and Harriet Harris as Dr. Martha Livingstone. Directed by Nancy Malone.

28mins

19 Oct 2017

Rank #4

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The Relativity Series: Completeness (Part 1)

Jason Ritter and Mandy Siegfried star in Itamar Moses’ comedy about two young scientists facing complications in their research and their romantic lives. Also starring Mia Barron and André Sogliuzzo. Completeness 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.

28mins

25 May 2017

Rank #5

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The Motherfu**er With The Hat (Part 1)

Jackie, an ex-con and recovering addict, comes home to his beloved Veronica and finds a stranger’s hat on the kitchen table. This sends Jackie into a frenzy, forcing his sobriety sponsor Ralph to do everything he can to keep Jackie from relapsing - or worse.Starring the original Broadway cast: Chris Rock, Bobby Cannavale, Annabella Sciorra, Yul Vazquez, and Elizabeth Rodriguez. Directed by Jace Alexander and written by Stephen Adly Guirgis. Recorded before a live audience at the UCLA James Bridges Theater in January 2013.

28mins

16 Mar 2017

Rank #6

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The Relativity Series: Spill (Part 1)

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.Based on actual interviews and testimony, Leigh Fondakowski has created a chilling and intimate look at the people and ecosystem affected by the incident.Spill by Leigh Fondakowski. Starring Elisa Bocanegra as Arleen Weise, Andrea Fleytas; Gilbert Glenn Brown as Obama, Jorey Danos, Christopher Pleasant; Nicholas Hormann as Bob Bea, Pat O'Bryan, Gary Bartholemy, Wyman Wheeler; Travis Johns as Keith Jones, Steve Bertone, Jonathan Henderson; Jane Kaczmarek as Narrator, Lillian Miller; James Morrison as Bill Anderson, Randy Ezell, Billy Nungesser; Darren Richardson as Tony Hayward, Jimmy Harrell, Gordon Jones, Don Vidrine: Kate Steele as Shelley Anderson, Jolene Danos; and Mark Jude Sullivan as Jason Anderson, Mike Williams. Directed by Martin Jarvis.L.A. Theatre Works' Relativity Series is presented with the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, bridging science and the arts in the modern world.

53mins

25 Jan 2019

Rank #7

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Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight (Part 1)

Get ready for a raucous, profane, hilarious ride through multiple bedrooms, dealing with words you scream in the heat of passion that you just might regret – even if they’re true.Peter Ackerman’s Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight stars Mandy Siegfried as Nancy and Joey Slotnick as Ben. Later episodes star Jeffrey Donovan, Richard Kind, Alan Mandell, and Clea Lewis. Directed by Gordon Hunt.

18mins

1 Feb 2018

Rank #8

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The Relativity Series Bonus Episode: Pamela Bjorkman for Photograph 51

Listen to our interivew with Cal Tech's Pamela BjorkmanPhotograph 51 is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring 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.

22mins

27 Sep 2019

Rank #9

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The Relativity Series: Photograph 51 (Part 1)

Rosalind Franklin's more famous contemporaries Watson and Krick took all the kudos for the discovery of the molecule’s double helix structure - yet it was Franklin’s skill with X-ray diffraction that first uncovered what’s called “the secret of life.”Photograph 51 is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring 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.Written by Anna Ziegler. Directed by Michael Hackett. Producing Director Susan Albert Loewenberg. Starring Miriam Margolyes as Rosalind Franklin. Also starring Matthew Arkin, Maxwell Caulfield, Jon Matthews, Darren Richardson, and Nick Toren.Sound Designer, Recording Engineer and Mixer: Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood. Editor: Wes Dewberry. Foley Artist: Theresa Arrison

46mins

27 Sep 2019

Rank #10

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Becky Shaw | Part 4

Max and Becky dissect what went wrong on their blind date and come to very different conclusions, while Susanna learns some unpleasant truths about her family.

38mins

16 Feb 2017

Rank #11

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Steel Magnolias | Part 4

The concluding episode of Robert Harling’s timeless story about friendship and strength in the face of adversity. Starring Frances Fisher, Jeanie Hackett, Shannon Holt, Amy Pietz, Brittany Snow, and Jocelyn Towne. Directed by Jessica Kubzansky.

20mins

15 Mar 2018

Rank #12

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The Relativity Series: Spill (Part 2)

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.Based on actual interviews and testimony, Leigh Fondakowski has created a chilling and intimate look at the people and ecosystem affected by the incident.Spill by Leigh Fondakowski. Starring Elisa Bocanegra as Arleen Weise, Andrea Fleytas; Gilbert Glenn Brown as Obama, Jorey Danos, Christopher Pleasant; Nicholas Hormann as Bob Bea, Pat O'Bryan, Gary Bartholemy, Wyman Wheeler; Travis Johns as Keith Jones, Steve Bertone, Jonathan Henderson; Jane Kaczmarek as Narrator, Lillian Miller; James Morrison as Bill Anderson, Randy Ezell, Billy Nungesser; Darren Richardson as Tony Hayward, Jimmy Harrell, Gordon Jones, Don Vidrine: Kate Steele as Shelley Anderson, Jolene Danos; and Mark Jude Sullivan as Jason Anderson, Mike Williams. Directed by Martin Jarvis.L.A. Theatre Works' Relativity Series is presented with the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, bridging science and the arts in the modern world.

48mins

25 Jan 2019

Rank #13

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Becky Shaw | Part 3

After an unpleasant surprise on their way to a bar, Max and Becky’s blind date ends badly. Then, Becky ends up pouring her heart out to Susanna’s husband Andrew, who’s being a little too receptive to Becky’s plight.

24mins

14 Feb 2017

Rank #14

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The Relativity Series: Behind the Sheet (Part 1)

In 1840’s Alabama, a slave-owning doctor performs medical experiments on involuntary subjects – his slaves. As the experiments proceed, the enslaved women realize their survival will depend on learning to trust each other. Behind the Sheet by Charly Evon Simpson was directed by Rosalind Ayres and Inger Tudor, and stars Monica McSwain, Matthew Floyd Miller, Dominique Morriseau, Larry Powell, Devon Sorvari, Jasmine St. Clair, Josh Stamberg Danielle Truitt and Karen Malina White. Narration performed by Inger Tudor.Behind the Sheet 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.

58mins

27 Mar 2020

Rank #15

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The Relativity Series: Boy (Part 1)

In a new era of gender-neutral bathrooms and so many terms to define sexuality - what does it mean to be a man or a woman? Is it based on biology, social norms, or both? Listen to a challenging story about how we identify ourselves, based in part on a harrowing, real-life occurrence.Boy 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.

26mins

23 Feb 2017

Rank #16

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This Is Our Youth | Part 1

Mark Ruffalo, Josh Hamilton and Missy Yager star in This is Our Youth by Kenneth Lonergan, the writer and director of Manchester by the Sea. Warren’s just been thrown out of his house, and he stole a briefcase full of money from his dad. What will Warren and his friend Dennis do with all the cash? Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles in March of 2009.

33mins

13 Apr 2017

Rank #17

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Agnes of God | Part 2

The Mother Superior and Dr. Livingstone argue over Agnes’s guilt. Will hypnosis unlock the secrets of this shocking murder? Agnes of God by John Pielmeier, starring Barbara Bain as Mother Superior, Emily Bergl as Agnes, and Harriet Harris as Dr. Martha Livingstone. Directed by Nancy Malone.

34mins

26 Oct 2017

Rank #18

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The Relativity Series: Photograph 51 (Part 2)

Rosalind Franklin's more famous contemporaries Watson and Krick took all the kudos for the discovery of the molecule’s double helix structure - yet it was Franklin’s skill with X-ray diffraction that first uncovered what’s called “the secret of life.”Photograph 51 is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring 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.Written by Anna Ziegler. Directed by Michael Hackett. Producing Director Susan Albert Loewenberg. Starring Miriam Margolyes as Rosalind Franklin. Also starring Matthew Arkin, Maxwell Caulfield, Jon Matthews, Darren Richardson, and Nick Toren. Sound Designer, Recording Engineer and Mixer: Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood. Editor: Wes Dewberry. Foley Artist: Theresa Arrison

43mins

27 Sep 2019

Rank #19

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The Relativity Series: Completeness (Part 2)

Molly (Mandy Siegfried) and Elliot (Jason Ritter) take their research project to the next level, and that brings up old flames, past hurts, plenty of uncertainty. Also starring Mia Barron and André Sogliuzzo. Completeness 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.

33mins

1 Jun 2017

Rank #20