Tune in for "Dinah Was" on Sunday, March 25 and be there when 90.7 FM KPFK launches L.A. Theatre Works' weekly radio theater series in its new Sunday night time slot. Beginning March 25, L.A. Theatre Works will air on KPFK every Sunday from8 pm – 10 pm.
"We are thrilled to have LA Theatre Works coming to KPFK as we feel it is far and away the best radio drama show in the country," said KPFK interim program director Alan Minsky. "Since 1959, KPFK has been committed to bringing excellent arts programming to Southern California; over the decades we have aired many astonishing dramas on 90.7 FM. Now we are proud to broadcast a show which produces material every week that rivals the classics in our archives."
L.A. Theatre Works reaches thousands of people nationwide through its weekly broadcasts on public radio stations around the country. To date, LATW has recorded over 450 stage plays performed by America's top actors and augmented by interviews with the artists and others. Plays are recorded ten times a year in front of a live audience at the James Bridges Theater on the campus of UCLA, as well as in studio.
"We are delighted to be moving to KPFK and looking forward to reaching audiences from Santa Barbara to San Diego thanks to KPFK's superior signal," said L.A. Theatre Works producing artistic director Susan Loewenberg.
KPFK 90.7 FM is the most powerful public radio station in the Western United States, broadcasting on 112,000 watts and heard from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border and east to the desert and the San Bernardino Mountains.
Yvette Freeman won an OBIE award for her role as Dinah Washington in the Off Broadway hit, "Dinah Was," and on Sunday, March 25 from 8 pm-10 pm, KPFK listeners will be able to hear her recreate her performance - the rhythms, the tough breaks, and the tender notes that fired the life and music of the legendary singer. Subsequent Sundays will treat KPFK listeners to "A Doll House" by Henrik Ibsen, starringCalista Flockhart (April 1); "Lobby Hero" by Kenneth Lonergan, starring original Off Broadway cast member Tate Donovan (April 8);A.R. Gurney's "The Cocktail Hour," with Bruce Davison and Keene Curtis, recreating their Off Broadway performances (April 15); "Completeness" starring Jason Ritter and Mandy Siegfried (April 22); and "Betrayed," written by journalist George Packer of The New Yorker, and starring original New York cast members Jeremy Beck, Mike Doyle, Sevan Greene and Waleed F. Zuaiter (April 29).
For three decades, L.A. Theatre Works has been the leading radio theater company in the United States, committed to using innovative technologies to preserve and promote significant works of dramatic literature and bringing live theater into the homes of millions. The company's public radio series can be heard in over 100 markets nationwide including 89.7 WGBH, Boston; 91.5 FM WBEZ, Chicago; and 94.9 KUOW, Seattle, and can also be streamed on demand at www.latw.org. Over 9,000 libraries carry LATW's plays on audio, and recordings and teaching materials are used by over 3,000 middle and high schools across the country. For more information and to purchase season subscriptions or single tickets, call 310-827-0889 or visit L.A. Theatre Works online atwww.latw.org.
KPFK is listener-sponsored radio for Southern California, part of the Pacifica Foundation founded in 1949 by pacifist Lewis Hill. A public media operation consisting of artists, activists and journalists, KPFK provides a commercial-free broadcast service for progressive political ideas, grassroots movements and the art and culture impacting Southern California's local communities and shaping our world. The Pacifica Foundation consists of the Pacifica Radio network of five stations and over 100 affiliate stations nation-wide; and the Pacifica Radio Archives, the oldest and largest collection of public radio programming in the United States dating back to 1949. Learn more at www.kpfk.org.