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  1. 0.8 hrs • 8/16/2016 • Unabridged

    This collection worships Black History. They are the famous African-American writers who have fearlessly examined cultural stigmas, provided intimate life details, presented new ideas and created remarkable fiction through literary works. For their prophetic genius, these men and women have received many prizes, among other honors. Our list of amazing African-American authors includes Frederick Douglass, who has detailed the lives of black characters who struggle with identity amidst racism and hostility; Langston Hughes, a founder of the Harlem Renaissance; and Paul Laurence Dunbar, who has eloquently chronicled various eras of her life through his autobiographies. This audiobook is an excellent resources for African American Writers, edited by James Weldon Johnson. Johnson's collection inspired the Harlem Renaissance generation to establish a firm African-American literary tradition in the United States.

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    African-American Writings

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    0.8 hrs • 8/16/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 1.5 hrs • 6/15/2016 • Audio Theater

    The story of two single mothers—one Japanese, the other Appalachian—who struggle to raise their mixed-race children in a Chicago tenement. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: Lira Angel as Penny, Takayo Fischer as Grandmother/Others, Lynn Hamilton as Momma Rainey, John Herzog as Judge/Others, Lyvingston Holmes as Mrs. Ellis, Dorothy Lyman as Jean, Jeanne Mori as Mariko, Gina Ravarra as Tami, Monte Russell as Terrence/Others, and Brenda Varda as Donna/Barbara. Directed by Robert Robinson and recorded before an audience.

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    Mothers

    1.5 hrs • 6/15/16 • Audio Theater
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  3. 1.7 hrs • 1/19/2016 • Audio Theater

    A full-cast production inspired by Pygmalion, Shaw’s classic drawing room tale of language and class division, and its musical incarnation, My Fair Lady PIGmalion tells the story of one Eliza Doolittle, who sells homemade pork rinds at the Tri-Counties Fair and Livestock Show. The daughter of a hardscrabble Mississippi pig farmer, Eliza dreams of someday working as a waitress at “one of those nice downtown barbecue restaurants where all the tourists go.”

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    PIGmalion by Mark Dunn

    PIGmalion

    Performed by a full cast
    1.7 hrs • 1/19/16 • Audio Theater
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  4. 2.0 hrs • 1/15/2016 • Audio Theater

    Abby Mann’s classic story about the Nuremberg trials, under which German leaders were found guilty of crimes against humanity in 1945 and 1946. Even today, the play remains a shattering indictment of the consequences of unchecked authority and the seductive power of group thought. Includes an audience talkback with Judge Bruce Einhorn, who served at the Justice Department supervising litigation against Nazi war criminals and is currently a professor at Pepperdine University. An LA Theatre Works full-cast production, starring Ryan Vincent Anderson, Michael Canavan, Jake Green, Harry Hamlin, Shannon Holt, Alan Mandell, James Morrison, David Selby, Kate Steele, Nick Toren, and John Vickery. Honorary Executive Producer, David Kavner. Special thanks to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios. Directed by Shannon Cochran and recorded before an audience by LA Theatre Works.

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    Judgment at Nuremberg

    Directed by Shannon Cochran
    Performed by a full cast
    2.0 hrs • 1/15/16 • Audio Theater
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  5. 1.9 hrs • 1/15/2016 • Audio Theater

    Within the walls of Truvy’s beauty shop are six women whose lives increasingly hinge on the existence of one another. Together, they absorb the passing seasons, just like the weathered wooden structure of the salon “home” that they share. An LA Theatre Works full-cast production, starring Frances Fisher, Jeanie Hackett, Shannon Holt, Amy Pietz, Brittany Snow, Jocelyn Towne. Additional voices by Josh Clark. Directed by Jessica Kubzansky and recorded before an audience by LA Theatre Works.

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    Steel Magnolias

    Directed by Jessica Kubzansky
    Performed by a full cast
    1.9 hrs • 1/15/16 • Audio Theater
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  6. 1.4 hrs • 1/15/2016 • Audio Theater

    The acclaimed Scottish playwright Rona Munro has created a remarkable story about a man who wakes up from a car crash with brain damage. Now he sees the world as the person he was three years ago, when his life and loves were in a very different place. This play is part of LA 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. An LA Theatre Works full-cast production, starring Paul Fox, Jared Harris, Siobhán Hewlett, Moira Quirk, Sophie Winkleman. Directed by Martin Jarvis and recorded at the Invisible Studios, West Hollywood.

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    Donny’s Brain

    Directed by Martin Jarvis
    Performed by a full cast
    1.4 hrs • 1/15/16 • Audio Theater
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  7. 1.3 hrs • 1/15/2016 • Audio Theater

    An adaptation of the prose & poetry of author Raymond Carver and his wife Tess Gallagher. The story chronicles the final year of Carver’s life when he was struggling to finish his final book. This two-person play is a co-production with Chicago’s City Lit Theater.

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    A Hero’s Journey

    Play arrangements by Mark Richard
    Poems and prose by Raymond Carver and Tess Gallagher
    Performed by John Mahoney and Kelly Nespor
    1.3 hrs • 1/15/16 • Audio Theater
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  8. 1.5 hrs • 10/15/2015 • Audio Theater

    Tensions run high as Caleb de Leon, a young Jewish Confederate soldier, celebrates Passover with his family’s newly freed slaves in the de Leons’ crumbling antebellum mansion. This gripping drama explores a little-known aspect of the Civil War, unearthing dark family secrets on the way to a shocking climax. An LA Theatre Works full cast recording, featuring Aaron Jennings, Charlie Robinson, and Mark Jude Sullivan, directed by Judyann Elder, and recorded before a live audience

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    The Whipping Man

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    1.5 hrs • 10/15/15 • Audio Theater
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  9. 1.4 hrs • 10/15/2015 • Audio Theater

    In Pittsburgh in the 1980’s, a young man falls in love with an older woman, and their lives are changed forever. An LA Theatre Works full-cast production, starring Rolanda Brigham, Yvonne Dabney, Ellis Foster, Donn Carl Harper, Runako Jahi, Audrey Morgan, Kemati Janice Porter, and Valerie Robinson. Directed by Woodie King Jr.

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    Good Black

    1.4 hrs • 10/15/15 • Audio Theater
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  10. 1.9 hrs • 10/15/2015 • Audio Theater

    This darkly satirical drama by Gore Vidal finds two presidential contenders seeking the endorsement of an aging ex-president, and explores how personal agendas can change the course of a nation’s destiny. The political intrigues rampant in Vidal’s 1960 setting are strangely similar what is going on today. Includes an interview with actors Fred Thompson and Marsha Mason. An LA Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Terrence Currier, Johnny Holliday, Naomi Jacobson, Timmy Ray James, Michael Kramer, Marsha Mason, Paul Morella, Kevin Murray, Judy Simmons, Gary Sloan, and Fred Thompson.

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    The Best Man

    1.9 hrs • 10/15/15 • Audio Theater
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  11. 2.6 hrs • 10/1/2015 • Audio Theater

    Midway between the satire of Spinal Tap and the pathos of American Beauty lies the schizophrenic state of mind known as Hog Fever. On the surface this is the story of a man, a motorcycle, and a teetering bank balance. But lurking beneath, occasionally visible like threads through faded denim, is the story of a man in search of freedom—or at least one last stab at it. Motivated by the emasculating success of his British screenwriter wife and a love of Easy Rider and The Wild One, Robert Lourdes, a struggling American author on the cusp of forty, finds solace in the Harley-Davidson legend. Robert’s last-ditch attempt to become part of his wife’s world ends in disaster when she blatantly co-opts his idea for a screenplay during a dinner party for a hideous Hollywood producer. The arrival of Gabriella, a beautiful Italian production assistant with a Harley of her own, stirs in Robert the first tremors of a long-dormant passion. Confused and lacking the confidence to shed the marital skin, he takes further refuge in shiny accessories, rallies, and bigger Harleys, culminating in a 1,700-mile pilgrimage to a major biker rally in Marbella, Spain. Hog Fever is Robert’s comedy of errors as he embarks on a tattoo-and-testosterone-fueled quest to find himself.

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    Hog Fever, Episodes 1–5 by Richard La Plante, Kevin Godley

    Hog Fever, Episodes 1–5

    Produced by Escargot Books and Music
    Music produced by Greg Penny and Kevin Godley, Daniel Ash and Billy Goodrum
    Music performed by Richard La Plante, Daniel Ash, Terence Stamp, John Jorgenson, Kevin Godley, Mark Ling, and Jim Cummings
    Performed by Terence Stamp and a full cast
    2.6 hrs • 10/1/15 • Audio Theater
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  12. 1.1 hrs • 9/15/2015 • Audio Theater

    A moving, innovative play based on one of the greatest correspondences in literary history From 1947 to 1977, Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop exchanged more than four hundred letters. Describing the writing of their poems, their travel and daily illnesses, the pyrotechnics of their romantic relationships, and the profound affection they had for each other, these missives are the most intimate record available of both poets and one of the greatest correspondences in American literature. The playwright Sarah Ruhl fell in love with these letters and set herself an unusual challenge: to turn this thirty-year exchange into a stage play, and to bring to life the friendship of two writers who were rarely even in the same country. As innovative as it is moving, Dear Elizabeth gives voice to a conversation that lived mostly in writing, illuminating some of the finest poems of the twentieth century and the minds that produced them.

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    Dear Elizabeth

    Performed by Julian Sands and JoBeth Williams, with narration performed by Chris Hatfield
    1.1 hrs • 9/15/15 • Audio Theater
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  13. 2.9 hrs • 9/8/2015 • Unabridged

    The last of John Steinbeck’s play-novelettes, Burning Bright was the author’s final attempt after 1937’s Of Mice and Men and 1942’s The Moon is Down to create what he saw as a new, experimental literary form. Four scenes, four people: the husband who yearns for a son, ignorant of his own sterility; the wife who commits adultery to fulfill her husband’s wish; the father of the child; and the outsider whose actions will affect them all. In this turn on a medieval morality play, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck casts an unwavering light on these four intertwined lives, revealing in their finely drawn circumstances the universal contours of vulnerability and passion, desperation and desire. This edition features an introduction and notes for further reading by Steinbeck scholar John Ditsky.

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    Burning Bright

    2.9 hrs • 9/8/15 • Unabridged
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  14. 1.4 hrs • 8/15/2015 • Audio Theater

    A young divorcee named Keiko moves from Hiroshima to America to start a new life with her ambitious husband. But when he takes a mistress and leaves her, Keiko takes drastic and irreversible actions to preserve her dignity and that of her children. An LA Theatre Works full-cast recording featuring Shuko Akune, Jusak Bernhard, Takayo Fischer, Robert Ito, Peter Jacobs, Robin Goodrin Nordli, Yuji Okumoto, Randy Tanizawa, and Shari Tanizawa, directed by Peggy Shannon, and recorded before a live audience.

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    Oyakoshinju

    Performed by a full cast
    1.4 hrs • 8/15/15 • Audio Theater
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  15. 5.6 hrs • 8/4/2015 • Audio Theater

    This collection provides over five hours of radio dramatizations of some of the greatest literature ever written, as adapted, produced, and directed by Joe Bevilacqua. The Bear: A Classic One-Act Play by Anton Chekhov The Bear, one of the great works of Anton Chekhov, tells about the strange beginnings of love between the recently widowed Mrs. Popov and Grigory Stepanovich Smirnov. In Russian the word for “bear” has two meanings: an animal or a rather rude, clumsy, awkward man. The cast includes Cathi Tully, Bob Miller, and William Duff-Griffin. “Tobin’s Palm” by O. Henry William Sydney Porter, known by his pen name, O. Henry, was an American writer. O. Henry’s short stories are known for their wit, wordplay, warm characterization and clever twist endings.Waterlogg Productions will be releasing the complete works of O. Henry. “The Pace of Youth” by Stephen Crane This adaptation of Crane’s classic short story was produced with wonderful sound effects and music by veteran radio-theater producer Joe Bevilacqua, who is joined in the cast by William Melillo, Cathi Tully, Peter Cummings, and Leslie Spital. Hamlet The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet is instructed to enact on his uncle Claudius, who had murdered his own brother, seized the throne, and married his deceased brother’s widow. Joe Bevilacqua produced, directed, and performed in this radio adaptation. The cast includes Margaret Dunn, William Melillo, Jay Snyder, James Cronin, William Evans, Peter Cummings, Christine Solazzi, Rick Ramos, Jayson Ternan, Phil Duffy, Mark Yablonsky, John Fernandez, Thomas Babkowski, Leslie Spital, Keith Lander, Bob O’Connor, Alan Cobb, Andrew Heil, John Alston, William Conrad, Ben Wright, John McIntire, Jannette Nolan, Sammy Hill, and Fred McKie.

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    Waterlogg Classic Literature Pack by Joe Bevilacqua

    Waterlogg Classic Literature Pack

    Adapted, produced, and directed by Joe Bevilacqua
    Stories by William Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov, Stephen Crane, and O. Henry
    5.6 hrs • 8/4/15 • Audio Theater
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    7.2 hrs • 7/7/2015 • Unabridged

    Author Ayn Rand’s novel Ideal, in print for the first time ever—a landmark event for fans of the groundbreaking philosopher Originally conceived as a novel but then transformed into a play by Ayn Rand, Ideal is the story of beautiful but tormented actress Kay Gonda. Accused of murder, she is on the run and turns for help to six fans who have written letters to her, each telling her that she represents their ideal—a respectable family man, a far-left activist, a cynical artist, an evangelist, a playboy, and a lost soul. Each reacts to her plight in his own way, providing a glimpse into their secret selves and their true values. In the end their responses to her pleas give Kay the answers she has been seeking. Ideal was written in 1934 as a novel, but Ayn Rand thought the theme of the piece would be better realized as a play and put the novel aside. Now both versions of Ideal are available for the first time ever to the millions of Ayn Rand fans around the world, giving them a unique opportunity to explore the creative process of Rand as she wrote first a book, then a play, and the differences between the two.

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    Ideal by Ayn Rand

    Ideal

    Introduction by Leonard Peikoff
    7.2 hrs • 7/7/15 • Unabridged
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