producer: LA Theatre Works
“Athol Fugard’s poignant tale of a white boy and his realtionship with his black servants in South Africa.”
“One of theatre’s most acclaimed playwrights finds humor and heart break in the friendship of Harold, a 17-year old white boy in 1950′s South Africa, and the two middle aged black servants who raised him. Racism unexpectedly shatters Harold’s childhood and friendships in this absorbing, affecting coming of age play. Written by Athol Fugard. Directed by Stuart K. Robinson. Starring Leon Addison Brown, Keith David and Bobby Steggart. “
These two hour theatre plays are broadcast by many US stations. I would have no problem at all recommending them. They are of the highest quality. The problem will be slotting a two hour whole in to your programming. A Saturday or Sunday afternoon slot? Or perhaps a late evening broadcast? I would suggest that it has to be played in its entirety because, with this play anyway, there is an intensity that shouldn’t be broken. I thought I I would listen to an hour one evening and the rest the following evening because I didn’t start listening until late in to the night. Well, a stupid thought. I listened to it in one sitting.
I like enormously the concept of this. Live, in front of an audience. It gives an added depth. I felt as though I was also present which was great because, living in Amsterdam, I can so rarely go to an English speaking play. I preferred the dynamics of a live broadcast compared to most radio plays which I believe can lose so much vitality in a recording studio.
Why do I only give four stars? Certainly not for the quality of the production. However, the play itself – excellent but not Harwood’s greatest. Actually, I feel a bit churlish not giving five stars but……….
You need to make room in your head for the dense, well-written and impeccably voiced Duck’s Breath Mystery Theatre. A great way in is this program, one of a series of compilation shows charting the group’s thirty years of comedy, commentary, and dazzlingly compact playwrighting.
Duck’s Breath always delivered, challenged and entertained. This is perfect overnight and weekend programming for adults. The hour long shows will satisfy long-time fans and serve as a solid introduction to the uninitiated.
So, make yourself comfortable behind the world’s largest man-made desk and enjoy.
LA Theatre Works began producing radio theatre in 1985, 11 years after the company was founded to represent a group of dedicated artists to reach out to the community.
Two decades later, the company is keeping up its tradition of quality radio theatre
production by featuring works of prominent writers and the voices of actors from
both theatre and film.
I’ve had the privilege of listening to LATW’s work through their PRX page and
their catalog’s demand among public radio program directors around the nation is nothing but encouraging. Especially since radio theatre is all but considered a dead art form.
These days when short video or television program can’t retain the attention of an impatient audience, LATW plays, most of them running upto 118 minutes
in length,are constantly being licensed by stations around the country, and I’m sure abroad as well.
As a matter of fact, LATW was awarded the ’Most Licensed Producer Group’ at this years
PRX Zeitfunk Awards. It certainly proves one point; make quality your priority and they will-they being the audience- give you their time.
This Playbill article - I don’t particularly care about the headline and the opening
paragraphs - ends with a schedule of the theatre’s upcoming ’Voices of The Season’
lineup. That’s a pretty good lineup, and you can except a strong cast of characters
to lend their voices as well.
Check out their schedule of broadcast for KPCC 89.3
Studio Daily posted a profile on film supervising sound editor/sound designer Lon Bender, a multiple Oscar winner. Bender has recently done sound design for the Broadway show, an interesting detour that has changed his approach to film sound design. In this article Bender talks about “Tarzan, Pro Tools, and a Collaborative Sound-Editing Workflow.”
Bender is also the co-founder of Soundelux Entertainment Group.