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Steven Culp in "Opus"

May 17 - May 20, 2012

James Bridges Theatre at UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television, Los Angeles, CA



Presented as part of "The Play's The Thing" radio series
by L.A. Theatre Works
Produced by Susan Albert Loewenberg


Playwright by Michael Hollinger
Directed by Brendon Fox



Alan - Steven Culp
Dorian - Jonathan Adams
Carl - Kevin Chamberlin
Elliot - Jere Burns
Grace - Liza Weil










Photo taken on May 16, 2012 by (c) Kevin Chamberlin
Steven Culp, Jere Burns, and Liza Weil
THANK YOU, STEVEN! :-)



"The Play's The Thing" is a live in-performance radio theatre series in Los Angeles.

Performances of "The Play's The Thing" are performed - without sets or costumes - and recorded live for later broadcast on public radio stations across the country.

Acclaimed as a "national treasure", L.A. Theatre Works features top actors up close and personal along with state of the sound and live Foley sound effects, transporting you to other worlds by sheer talent and your own imagination!



Synopsis:

Sex, drugs and chamber music! As the world's premiere string quartet prepares for a White House performance, the lead violinist goes missing. Hiring a gifted young woman as a replacement, however, unleashes a maze of backstage maneuvering that tests loyalty, morality and the group's very passion for music itself.




(December 30, 2012)

Steven's radio play "OPUS" is available to download at audible.com as an unabridged version. It was release on Dec 28, 2012 (current price: $6.95).

The CD will be released on Feb 15, 2013 at amazon.com (current price: $29.95) and amazon.de (current price EUR 26,99).

(September 7, 2012, bhcourier.com)

Theatre Works To Air Comedic Opus

Theatre Works' Radio Theatre Series will air Opus, by Michael Hollinger, directed by Brendon Fox, and featuring Jonathan Adams, Jere Burns, Kevin Chamberlin, Steven Culp and Liza Weil, from 8-10 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 9 on KPFK 90.7 FM.

In Hollinger's humorous behind-the-scenes look at a "high-strung" string quartet, a world-famous ensemble threatens to unravel when its most talented member goes missing just before a high-profile performance at the White House.

A young woman is hired to take his place - but with only days left to prepare, the musicians must navigate the creative, yet often disharmonious, path of creating a masterpiece.

The broadcast includes conversations with Hollinger and arts consultant Drew McManus.

The performance may also be streamed on demand at www.latw.org.

(September 7, 2012, kpfk.org)

LATW "Opus" airs 09/0912, by Michael Hollinger

L.A. Theatre Works On the Air:

Jonathan Adams, Jere Burns, Kevin Chamberlin, Steven Culp and Liza Weil

star in

"Opus"

by Michael Hollinger


L.A. Theatre Works' Radio Theatre Series will air Opus, written by Michael Hollinger, directed by Brendon Fox, and featuring Jonathan Adams, Jere Burns, Kevin Chamberlin, Steven Culp and Liza Weil. The broadcast can be heard locally in Southern California on Sunday, September 9 from 8 -10 pm on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles (98.7 FM in Santa Barbara, 99.5 FM in Ridgecrest/China Lake and 93.7 FM in Rancho Bernardo/North San Diego), and can also be streamed on demand at www.latw.org.

In Michael Hollinger's humorous and compelling behind-the-scenes look at a "high-strung" string quartet, a world-famous ensemble threatens to unravel when its most talented member goes missing just before a high-profile performance at the White House. A young woman is hired to take his place - but with only days left to prepare, the musicians must navigate the creative, yet often disharmonious, path of creating a masterpiece. The broadcast includes conversations with playwright Michael Hollinger and arts consultant Drew McManus.

(May 17, 2012, Playbill, by Adam Hetrick)

L.A Theatre Works' Opus, With Kevin Chamberlin, Tunes Up Beginning May 17

The L.A. Theatre Works production of Michael Hollinger's Opus, featuring three-time Tony Award nominee Kevin Chamberlin, begins May 17 at the James Bridges Theater.

Brendon Fox directs the music-filled play about tensions within a chamber music ensemble. Performances will continue through May 20.

Chamberlin (The Addams Family, Dirty Blonde) is joined by Jonathan Adams ("Bones"), Jere Burns ("Burn Notice"), Steven Culp ("Desperate Housewives") and Liza Weil ("The Gilmore Girls"). Susan A. Loewenberg is producer.

Here's how it's billed: "A world-famous ensemble threatens to unravel when its most talented member goes missing just before a high-profile performance at the White House. A young woman is hired to take his place — but with only days left to prepare, the musicians must navigate the creative, yet often disharmonious, path of creating a masterpiece. Hollinger skillfully establishes how four very distinct personalities must, in the pursuit of artistic excellence, synthesize with one another to create one seamless sound."

All LATW performances are recorded and broadcast on LATW's nationally syndicated radio theatre series, "The Play's the Thing."

For more information visit latw.org. The James Bridges Theater is located in Melnitz Hall at 235 Charles E. Young Dr., Los Angeles, CA.

(May 16, 2012, facebook.com/LATheatreWorks)

Just ONE DAY till SEX, DRUGS, and CHAMBER MUSIC collide! Come see Steven Culp and the rest of this great cast!!!

OPUS Actor Profile: Steven Culp as "Alan"

Steven appeared most recently onstage in Harold Pinter's OLD TIMES at the National Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. His many theatre credits include the premiers of Tony Kushner's SLAVS!; ANGELS IN AMERICA (Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding Performance); LIGHT UP THE SKY at Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre; A.R. Gurney, JR'S SWEET SUE at Williamstown Theatre Festival; and RICHARD III at New York Shakespeare Festival. Film credits include Thirteen Days (as Bobby Kennedy), The Emperor's Club, Spartan, Nurse Betty, James and the Giant Peach. Television credits: Desperate Housewives (two SAG awards for Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series); "Saving Grace," "The West Wing," "JAG," "ER," "Star Trek: Enterprise," "Eli Stone," and many others.

(May 14, 2012, facebook.com/LATheatreWorks)

Only a few days left until opening of OPUS starring Kevin Chamberlin, Liza Weil, Jonathan Adams, Steven Culp, and Jere Burns! We can hardly wait! Wishing the cast & production team a great first rehearsal today. Buy your tix while prime seating is still available!

(May 11, 2012, Theatermania, by Bethany Rickwald)

Kevin Chamberlin Joins Cast of L.A. Theatre Works' Opus

Tony Award nominee Kevin Chamberlin will join Jonathan Adams, Jere Burns, Steven Culp, and Liza Weil in L.A. Theatre Works' presentation of Michael Hollinger's Opus, playing May 17-20 at the James Bridges Theater on the UCLA campus. He will replace the previously announced Adam Arkin.

In the play, a world-famous ensemble threatens to unravel when its most talented member goes missing just before a high-profile performance at the White House. A young woman is hired to take his place -- but with only days left to prepare, the musicians must navigate the creative, yet often disharmonious, path of creating a masterpiece.

All performances will be recorded to air on L.A. Theatre Works' syndicated radio theater series, which broadcasts weekly on public radio stations nationwide and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org.

(May 11, 2012, Playbill, by Adam Hetrick)

Kevin Chamberlin Steps In for Adam Arkin in L.A. Opus

Three-time Tony nominee Kevin Chamberlin has replaced Adam Arkin in the L.A. Theatre Works production of Michael Hollinger's Opus, which will begin May 17 at the James Bridges Theater.

Chamberlin (The Addams Family, Dirty Blonde) joins a cast that also includes Jonathan Adams ("Bones"), Jere Burns ("Burn Notice"), Steven Culp ("Desperate Housewives") and Liza Weil ("The Gilmore Girls").

A reason was not provided for Arkin's departure.

Brendon Fox will direct the music-filled play about tensions within a chamber music ensemble. Performances run May 17-20. Susan A. Loewenberg will produce.

Here's how it's billed: "A world-famous ensemble threatens to unravel when its most talented member goes missing just before a high-profile performance at the White House. A young woman is hired to take his place — but with only days left to prepare, the musicians must navigate the creative, yet often disharmonious, path of creating a masterpiece. Hollinger skillfully establishes how four very distinct personalities must, in the pursuit of artistic excellence, synthesize with one another to create one seamless sound."

All LATW performances are recorded and broadcast on LATW's nationally syndicated radio theatre series, "The Play's the Thing."

For more information visit latw.org. The James Bridges Theater is located in Melnitz Hall at 235 Charles E. Young Dr., Los Angeles, CA.

(May 11, 2012, Broadway, by BWW News Desk)

Kevin Chamberlin to Lead LA Theatre Works' OPUS, 5/17-20

Three-time Tony® Award and Drama Desk nominee Kevin Chamberlin (Dirty Blonde, Seussical, The Addams Family) has stepped into the role of Carl in Michael Hollinger's Opus, replacing previously announced Adam Arkin. The L.A. Theatre Works production takes place at UCLA's James Bridges Theater, where six public performances, May 17 -20, will be recorded for radio broadcast. Also in the cast are Jonathan Adams (Bones), Jere Burns (Justified, Burn Notice), Steven Culp (Desperate Housewives) and Liza Weil (The Gilmore Girls, Scandal).

Brendon Fox directs Hollinger's humorous and compelling behind-the-scenes look at a "high-strung" string quartet. In Hollinger's award-winning play, a world-famous ensemble threatens to unravel when its most talented member goes missing just before a high-profile performance at the White House. A young woman is hired to take his place — but with only days left to prepare, the musicians must navigate the creative, yet often disharmonious, path of creating a masterpiece. Hollinger skillfully establishes how four very distinct personalities must, in the pursuit of artistic excellence, synthesize with one another to create one seamless sound.

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. L.A. Theatre Works' radio theater series can be heard locally in Southern California on Sundays from 8 pm to 10 pm onKPFK 90.7 FM, and can also be streamed on demand at www.latw.org. The series can also be heard on the following stations (check local listings for broadcast times): 89.7 WGBH, Boston; 91.5 FM WBEZ, Chicago; 94.9 KUOW, Seattle; 91.1 KRCB, North Bay (San Francisco); and in over 100 markets nationwide.

Performances of Opus take place on Thursday, May 17 @ 8 pm; Friday, May 18 @ 8 pm; Saturday, May 19 @ 3 pm & 8 pm; and Sunday, May 20 @ 2 pm & 7pm. The James Bridges Theater is located inMelnitz Hall on the campus of the UCLA School of Theater, Film, Television at 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095 (enter UCLA from Hilgard just south of Sunset Blvd. and park in Lot 3 on the lower level). Tickets are $49; student tickets are $15at the door. To purchase tickets, call L.A. Theatre Works at 310-827-0889 or got to www.latw.org.

(May 10, 2012, facebook.com/LATheatreWorks)

Three time Tony Award nominee Kevin Chamberlin has joined to the cast of OPUS, replacing Adam Arkin in the role of 'Carl.'

(May 8, 2012, Playbill, by Adam Hetrick)

Adam Arkin Will Lead Opus for L.A. Theatre Works

Adam Arkin will be part of the L.A. Theatre Works production of Michael Hollinger's Opus, which will begin May 17 at the James Bridges Theater.

Brendon Fox will direct the music-filled play about tensions within a chamber music ensemble. Performances will continue through May 20.

Arkin ("Chicago Hope") will be joined by Jonathan Adams ("Bones"), Jere Burns ("Burn Notice"), Steven Culp ("Desperate Housewives") and Liza Weil ("The Gilmore Girls"). Susan A. Loewenberg will produce.

Here's how it's billed: "A world-famous ensemble threatens to unravel when its most talented member goes missing just before a high-profile performance at the White House. A young woman is hired to take his place — but with only days left to prepare, the musicians must navigate the creative, yet often disharmonious, path of creating a masterpiece. Hollinger skillfully establishes how four very distinct personalities must, in the pursuit of artistic excellence, synthesize with one another to create one seamless sound."

All LATW performances are recorded and broadcast on LATW's nationally syndicated radio theatre series, "The Play's the Thing."

For more information visit latw.org. The James Bridges Theater is located in Melnitz Hall at 235 Charles E. Young Dr., Los Angeles, CA.

(May 8, 2012, LATheatreWorks.Tumblr.com)

A Note From the Director of OPUS

For a compact, tightly written play Opus manages to be many things. It's a love story, a "behind-the-music" glimpse of artists trying to make art, a family drama consisting of people who are not blood related. But one of the most intriguing aspects of Opus is the dynamic of the string quartet - something I didn't know much about before I began doing research for the play. Unlike many other other artistic endeavors, a quartet has no one leader / director / conductor. As Elliot in the play describes it to a prospective member, being in a quartet is a chance to one of "four equal voices". Not only do all four members have to be unanimous on which pieces they choose to play; they need to be in agreement on how to play every measure of those pieces. Not only does this require enormous skill and concentration on every musician's part, it also demands an ability to check one's ego when necessary (not an easy feat for passionate artists).

In other words, laced through the DNA of every quartet is the idea of pure democracy. The four musicians in the group have only each other to make artistic choices. As someone whose existence depends upon "where the buck stops", I'm fascinated by the absence of my position in these musicians' world. In the theater, even if all of the artists involved are highly collaborative, there is a tacit understanding that the director is the "go-to" person for final decisions. With the perfect square of a quartet, the musicians need to see the micro (how each of them are playing their own part) and the macro (how does the blend of the group sound).

I honestly don't know how they do it, and Opus is Michael Hollinger's beautiful, detailed attempt to put that magic under the theatrical microscope. Enjoy the ride.

-Brendon Fox, Director, OPUS

Tix for L.A. Theatre Works' OPUS (May 17th - May 20th) can be purchased here

(May 7, 2012, BroadwayWorld, by BWW News Desk)

Adam Arkin Joins OPUS Public Radio Recording for L.A. Theatre Works, 5/17-20

Opus - Sex, drugs and chamber music! Jonathan Adams (Bones), Adam Arkin (Chicago Hope), Jere Burns (Justified, Burn Notice), Steven Culp (Desperate Housewives) and Liza Weil (The Gilmore Girls, Scandal) star when L.A. Theatre Works records Michael Hollinger's humorous and compelling behind-the-scenes look at a "high-strung" string quartet, May 17-20.

A world-famous ensemble threatens to unravel when its most talented member goes missing just before a high-profile performance at the White House. A young woman is hired to take his place — but with only days left to prepare, the musicians must navigate the creative, yet often disharmonious, path of creating a masterpiece. Hollinger skillfully establishes how four very distinct personalities must, in the pursuit of artistic excellence, synthesize with one another to create one seamless sound.

All performances will be recorded to air on L.A. Theatre Works' syndicated radio theater series, which broadcasts weekly on public radio stations nationwide (locally, in Southern California, on KPFK 90.7 FM) and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org.

The performance runs  Thursday, May 17 @ 8 pm, Friday, May 18 @ 8 pm, Saturday, May 19 @ 3 pm & 8 pm and Sunday, May 20 @ 2 pm & 7 pm at the James Bridges Theater, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, located at 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles, Calif. (enter UCLA from Hilgard just south of Sunset Blvd.; park in Lot 3 on the lower level).

Tickets are $15-$49. Call 310-827-0889 or visit www.latw.org for tickets and more information.

L.A. Theatre Works' radio theater series can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org. L.A. Theatre Works can also be heard on the following stations (check local listings for broadcast times): 90.7 FM KPFK (Southern CA); 89.7 WGBH, Boston; 91.5 FM WBEZ, Chicago; 94.9 KUOW, Seattle; 91.1 KRCB, North Bay (San Francisco); and in over 100 markets nationwide.

Join L.A. Theatre Works on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LATheatreWorks, or follow the organization on Twitter @latheatreworks.

(May 2, 2012, performingartslive.com)


(April 22, 2012, westsidetoday.com, by Michele Hunter)

Opus: Sex, drugs and chamber music!

Featuring: Jonathan Adams, Adam Arkin, Jere Burns, Steven Culp and Liza Weil

Sex, drugs and chamber music! Jonathan Adams (Bones), Adam Arkin (Chicago Hope), Jere Burns (Justified, Burn Notice), Steven Culp (Desperate Housewives) and Liza Weil (The Gilmore Girls, Scandal) star when L.A. Theatre Works records Michael Hollinger's humorous and compelling behind-the-scenes look at a "high-strung" string quartet.

A world-famous ensemble threatens to unravel when its most talented member goes missing just before a performance at the White House. A young woman is hired to take his place — but with only days left to prepare, the musicians must navigate the creative, yet often disharmonious, path of creating a masterpiece.

Hollinger skillfully establishes how four very distinct personalities must, in the pursuit of artistic excellence, synthesize with one another to create one seamless sound.

All performances will be recorded to air on L.A. Theatre Works' syndicated radio theater series, which broadcasts weekly on public radio stations nationwide (locally, in Southern California, on KPFK 90.7 FM) and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org. May 17-20; James Bridges Theater at UCLA's School of Theater, Film, Television, 235 Charles E. Young Drive in Westwood.

For tickets ($15-$49) and information: www.latw.org

(April 21, 2012, losangeles.bitter-lemons.com, by Lucy Pollak)

Sex, drugs and chamber music!

Jonathan Adams(Bones), Adam Arkin (Chicago Hope), Jere Burns (Justified, Burn Notice), Steven Culp (Desperate Housewives) and Liza Weil (The Gilmore Girls, Scandal) star when L.A. Theatre Works records Michael Hollinger's humorous and compelling behind-the-scenes look at a "high-strung" string quartet. A world-famous ensemble threatens to unravel when its most talented member goes missing just before a high-profile performance at the White House. A young woman is hired to take his place — but with only days left to prepare, the musicians must navigate the creative, yet often disharmonious, path of creating a masterpiece. Hollinger skillfully establishes how four very distinct personalities must, in the pursuit of artistic excellence, synthesize with one another to create one seamless sound.

All performances will be recorded to air on L.A. Theatre Works' syndicated radio theater series, which broadcasts weekly on public radio stations nationwide (locally, in Southern California, on KPFK 90.7 FM) and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org. May 17-20; James Bridges Theater at UCLA's School of Theater, Film, Television, 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095; $15-$49; 310.827.0889; www.latw.org; Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LATheatreWorks; follow us on Twitter @latheatreworks

(April 17, 2012, Theatermania, by Dan Bacalzo)

Adam Arkin, Jere Burns, Steven Culp Set for L.A. Theatre Works' "Opus"

Jonathan Adams, Adam Arkin, Jere Burns, Steven Culp and Liza Weil will star in L.A. Theatre Works' presentation of Michael Hollinger's Opus, to be presented at the James Bridges Theater on the UCLA campus, May 17-20.

In the play, a world-famous ensemble threatens to unravel when its most talented member goes missing just before a high-profile performance at the White House. A young woman is hired to take his place -- but with only days left to prepare, the musicians must navigate the creative, yet often disharmonious, path of creating a masterpiece.

All performances will be recorded to air on L.A. Theatre Works' syndicated radio theater series, which broadcasts weekly on public radio stations nationwide and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org.


Click here for more information and Opus tickets.

(April 17, 2012, BroadwayWorld.com, by BWW News Desk)

L.A. Theatre Works Records OPUS Featuring Jonathan Adams, Adam Arkin and More

Jonathan Adams (Bones), Adam Arkin (Chicago Hope), Jere Burns (Justified, Burn Notice), Steven Culp (Desperate Housewives) and Liza Weil (The Gilmore Girls, Scandal) star when L.A. Theatre Works records Michael Hollinger's behind-the-scenes look at a "high-strung" string quartet.

A world-famous ensemble threatens to unravel when its most talented member goes missing just before a high-profile performance at the White House. A young woman is hired to take his place — but with only days left to prepare, the musicians must navigate the creative, yet often disharmonious, path of creating a masterpiece.

Hollinger skillfully establishes how four very distinct personalities must, in the pursuit of artistic excellence, synthesize with one another to create one seamless sound. All performances will be recorded to air on L.A. Theatre Works' syndicated radio theater series, which broadcasts weekly on public radio stations nationwide (locally, in Southern California, on KPFK 90.7 FM) and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org.

For more information, call 310-827-0889 or www.latw.org. Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LATheatreWorks. Follow us on Twitter @latheatreworks.

L.A. Theatre Works' radio theater series can be streamed on demand at http://www.latw.org/. L.A. Theatre Works can also be heard on the following stations (check local listings for broadcast times): 90.7 FM KPFK (Southern CA); 89.7 WGBH, Boston; 91.5 FM WBEZ, Chicago; 94.9 KUOW, Seattle; 91.1 KRCB, North Bay (San Francisco); and in over 100 markets nationwide.

(April 14, 2012, constantcontact.com)

BREAKING NEWS! OPUS CAST JUST ANNOUNCED!

Adam Arkin, Jonathan Adams, Jere Burns, Steven Culp, and Liza Weil will be the complete cast for this May's presentation of Opus by Michael Hollinger. This intriguing story of a famed music quartet's trials and tribulation on their way to the concert of a lifetime will be presented May 17 - 20 at The James Bridges Theatre at UCLA. The production will be directed by Brendon Fox. Tickets are now on sale.

To purchase, click HERE.

(April 14, 2012, LATW.org)

OPUS by Michael Hollinger

Sex, drugs and chamber music! As the world's premiere string quartet prepares for a White House performance, the lead violinist goes missing. Hiring a gifted young woman as a replacement, however, unleashes a maze of backstage maneuvering that tests loyalty, morality and the group's very passion for music itself.

Featuring: Adam Arkin, Jonathan Adams, Jere Burns, Steven Culp and Liza Weil

Show times:

Dates and times: Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Saturday
Sunday
Sunday
May 17, 2012 @ 8:00 pm
May 18, 2012 @ 8:00 pm
May 19, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
May 19, 2012 @ 8:00 pm
May 20, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
May 20, 2012 @ 7:00 pm


at The James Bridges Theatre at UCLA School of Theatre, Film, Television
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Located in Melnitz Hall on the UCLA Campus
ENTER UCLA FROM HILGARD AV. NEAR SUNSET BLVD. PARK IN LOT 3 - VISITOR'S SECTION.

(April 14, 2012, LA Theatre Works Facebook page)

The cast of OPUS (May 17 - May 20) is........

Jonathan Adams (Bones, Castle, One Tree Hill, Burn Notice, Ashland Shakespeare Festival) (Dorian)
Adam Arkin (Justified, Sons of Anarchy) (Carl)
Jere Burns (Justified, Burn Notice, Breaking Bad) (Elliot)
Steven Culp (Desperate Housewives, The West Wing, Thirteen Days) (Alan)
Liza Weil (Gilmore Girls, Scandal) (Grace)

(April 14, 2012, LA Theatre Works Twitter page)

2:12 AM - 14 Apr 2012
@LATheatreWorks Cast of Opus May 17-20: Jonathan Adams, Adam Arkin, Jere Burns, Steven Culp & @LizaWeil BUY TIX.

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