LA Theatre Works
L.A. Theatre Works is a non-profit media arts organization based in Los Angeles whose mission for over 25 years has been to present, preserve and disseminate classic and contemporary plays.
Our unique hybrid form of audio theatre and innovative use of technology in the production and dissemination of theatre keeps this venerable art form thriving, assuring wide and affordable access.
Through our 10-play live in-performance The Play's the Thing Series in Los Angeles and in-studio recordings world class actors are recorded in state-of-the-art sound, complemented by intricate sound designs and on-stage effects, transforming classic and contemporary stage works into intimate, compelling and sound-rich audio plays. Our distinguished company of actors has included John Lithgow, Annette Benning, Hilary Swank, Anne Heche, Ed Asner, Alfred Molina, Marsha Mason, Jason Ritter, David Straithairn, Jobeth Williams, Paul Giamatti, Neil Patrick Harris, Laurence Fishburne, Jimmy Smits, Hector Elizondo, and Julie Harris, among hundreds of others.
L.A. Theatre Works' Audio Theatre Collection of more than 400 recorded plays is the largest library of its kind in the world. Titles by Arthur Miller, Oscar Wilde and Sophocles rub shoulders with contemporary classics by David Mamet, Yasmina Reza, and Tom Stoppard as well as newer voices, including Jon Robin Baitz, Kenneth Lonergan, Rebecca Gilman, Lynn Nottage, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Julie Marie Myatt, and Lydia Diamond. L.A. Theatre Works' audio productions have received awards from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Writer Guild of America, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Audio Publishers Association, among others and is available in over 9,000 libraries throughout the U.S. and to the general public through our website, in-store and online retailers including iTunes and Audible.com
Our weekly public radio show is heard by 7 million listeners annually in over 80 markets in the U.S. and is available on-demand, free of charge through L.A. Theatre Works' streaming site at www.latw org. Through our collaborations with the BBC, other international broadcasters, streaming and podcasts, our show is also a regular favorite with listeners across the globe.
Our National Touring Program brings audiences at venues across the country the experience of a "live-in-performance" radio drama. Launched in 2005, L.A. Theatre Works has visited over 200 civic and performing arts and university venues with productions ranging from Neil Simon's Prisoner of Second Avenue to L.A. Theatre Works' original docu-dramas The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial and Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers.
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