Audio Drama: L.A. Theatre Works is an outstanding collection of performances of nearly 300 streaming audio plays created specifically for listening from the archives of L.A. Theatre Works, the premier audio theater company in America. The plays range from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries and include well-known as well as emerging playwrights. Funded by the Mellon Foundation, plays are chosen that specifically address important issues in the humanities, arts, social sciences, medicine, hard sciences, law, and other fields. A new and exciting feature, indexing at the track level, allows one to search for subjects, topics, disciplines, any keywords, and find dramatic scenes that dramatically address these issues. Audio Drama: L.A. Theatre Works also contains scholarly commentary on issues and topics. Performances are by top artists such as Alan Alda, Keith Carradine, Stephen Colbert, John de Lancie, Richard Dreyfuss, Denise Du Maurier, Valerie Harper, James Earl Jones, and many more.
Examples of plays included are:
- Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare’s classic tale of duplicity, betrayal and murder, performed by Stacy Keach, Jobeth Williams, and Kelsey Grammer;
- Arthur Miller’s The Crucible performed by Richard Dreyfuss, Michael York and Ed Begley, Jr., which mirrors the anti-Communist hysteria of the 1950s through the lens of the seventeenth-century Salem, Massachusetts witch trials;
- Reginald Rose’s classic study of persuasion and power, Twelve Angry Men, starring Hector Elizondo, Richard Kind and Dan Castellaneta;
- The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chekhov’s timeless story of an aristocratic Russian family’s fading fortunes and struggle to maintain their status in a changing world, starring Marsha Mason, Charles Durning and Jennifer Tilly;
- The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial, an L.A. Theatre Works originally commissioned docudrama about the seminal 1925 Scopes trial, starring Ed Asner, Mike Farrell and Sharon Gless.