Saturday, January 27, 2018
By: Anna Ziegler
Directed by: Michael Hackett
Cast: Miriam Margolyes, Matthew Arkin, Maxwell Caufield
Rosalind Franklin was a gifted research scientist who was part of the race to uncover the secrets of DNA in the 1950’s. Her 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. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.
Crumbs from the Table of Joy
Saturday, February 3, 2018
By: Lynn Nottage
Directed by: Seret Scott
Cast: Deidrie Henry, Russel Hornsby, Charlayne Woodard
The Crump family is adrift and in trouble. Widowed Godfrey is under the spell of Sweet Father Divine, while
Master Harold and the Boys
Saturday, February 10, 2018
By: Athol Fugard
Directed by: Stuart K. Robinson
Cast: Leon Addison Brown, Keith David, Bobby Steggert
In 1950’s South Africa, racism unexpectedly shatters a young man’s friendships in this absorbing and affecting coming of age play. The broadcast includes interviews with playwright Athol Fugard and author Rebecca Ginsburg.
A Raisin in the Sun
Saturday, February 17, 2018
By: Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by: Lou Bellamy
Cast: Judyann Elder, Corey Hawkins, Deidrie Henry, Rutina Wesley
Lorraine Hansberry’s classic chronicles a working-class African-American family struggling to maintain dignity in a harsh world. With her late husband’s insurance money finally in hand, Mama Lena hopes to move to a better home. But what happens when family dreams drastically diverge? A Raisin in the Sun is a seminal American drama and a heroic testament to hope.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
By: Lydia Diamond
Directed by: Shirley Jo Finney
Cast: Justine Bateman, Carl Lumbly, Terrell Tilford, Michole Briana White
In Lydia Diamond’s powerful comedy-drama, sensitive ‘Spoon’ LeVay and his brother, Flip, see their weekend at the family home on Martha’s Vineyard as a perfect opportunity to introduce their girlfriends to their upper class African-American parents. Instead, they stumble into a domestic powder keg that exposes secrets of prejudice, hypocrisy, and adultery.