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Steven Culp in "The General From America"

January 7 - January 10, 1998

Doubletree Guest Suites, Santa Monica, CA



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


Playwright by Richard Nelson
Directed by Gordon Hunt



Benedict Arnold - Richard Dreyfuss
Peggy Arnold, wife - Laurel Moglen
Hannah Arnold, sister - Shirley Knight
General George Washington - Charles Durning
Colonel Simcoe - Steven Culp
Major John Andre - Dominic Keating
Sir Henry Clinton - Keene Curtis
Alexander Hamilton - Douglas Weston
Mrs. Henry Clinton - Samantha Bennett
Major Stephen Kemble - Richard Hoyt Miller



"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!



Format: Audio, cassette, 1.5 hrs.
Genre: Poetry & Drama
Published: April 17, 2000
Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works



Synopsis:

American playwright Richard Nelson paints an intimate portrait of the American Revolution, from occupied New York, where British officers amuse themselves with decadent poetry readings, to the squalor of Philadelphia, where General Benedict Arnold struggles to keep order among starving patriots and political factions. When Alexander Hamilton arrives to question General Benedict Arnold about wartime profiteering, the stage is set for high treason.

Synopsis:

Can you betray your country, when your country has betrayed itself? In 1780, America's most successful General believed the War of Independence had lost its way. He decided to surrender his soldiers, hand over George Washington to the British and end the war. In America today, General Benedict Arnold is considered one of the most heinous men the world has ever known; in London, a plaque celebrates the house where he lived out his years in exile. Richard Nelson's haunting play presents a richly emotional portrait of a man searching for love and country, and finding only compromise and despair. (doollee.com)

Synopsis:

In this live recording by L.A. Theatre Works, Richard Nelson's sympathetic script and Richard Dreyfuss' confident performance combine to give a human face to the most hated figure of the American Revolution, General Benedict Arnold. In this drama about betrayal, Dreyfuss is crotchety, rambling and stubborn, but most of all misunderstood. Succinctly narrated introductions and well-written scenes make it easy for the listener to follow the action. The play is supported by a strong cast of minor characters, notably Alexander Hamilton, although liner notes identifying these actors and their roles would have been welcome. D.B. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 00]



(January 22, 2004, SciFiPulse, by Ian M. Cullen)

In an interview in issue 113 of Star Trek Magazine, Dominic Keating revealed some interesting insights into the uneasy alliance which has formed between Reed and the MACO's commander Major Hayes.

[...]

Due to shooting a lot with the MACO's Keating has got to spend a great deal of time with Steven Culp and the pair have actually crossed paths before. "Steven is great," notes the actor. "I actually met Steven while doing a radio play for KCRW about four years ago, I think it was. Richard Dreyfus was in it as well. It was a play about one of the generals during the American Civil War, and Steven and I met doing it." Keating also added that Steven Culp and he cross paths quite frequently due to the fact that they both work out at the same Gym.

(You can read the whole interview here.)



(January 7, 1998, playbill.com, by Willard Manus)

Richard Dreyfuss Stars in L.A. General Jan. 7-10

LOS ANGELES -- Richard Dreyfuss will star as Benedict Arnold in a radio theatre production of The General From America by Richard Nelson.

The play, a critical and popular success for the Royal Shakespeare Company last season, will be performed on January 7, 8, 9 and 10 at the Doubletree Guest Suites in Santa Monica. Produced by L.A. Theatre Works as part of its "The Play's The Thing" series, The General From America will be recorded before a live audience for future broadcast on public radio.

Dreyfuss will be joined by Shirley Knight and Douglas Weston, among other actors. Dreyfuss admits to a great fascination with Benedict Arnold: "He was a complicated man, living in a difficult and complicated time. He was one of America's most respected leaders, which is why his betrayal was so shocking. This play explores his motivations, drawing him as a sympathetic, if flawed, character,' he said.

Performances are at 8 PM. Single tickets are $24 and $27. Call (310) 827-0889.

(January 4, 1998, latimes.com)

Richard Dreyfuss headlines as Benedict Arnold in L.A. Theatre Works' radio theater staging of "The General From America," by Richard Nelson. The production, which also stars Charles Durning, Shirley Knight and Douglas Weston, opens Wednesday at Doubletree Guest Suites in Santa Monica.

(December 1, 1997, playbill.com, by David Lefkowitz)

Actors' Gang Brings Moliere's Invalid To LATW Radio


Prepare to be star-struck. Los Angeles Theatre Works' fall-winter season for its "The Plays The Thing" Radio Drama Series features a veritable who's-who of TV and Hollywood.

"We've lined up a sensational list of plays and a dream cast to go with each," said producing director Susan Albert Loewneberg. "I love knowing that we can bring a large cast extravaganza...to such a wide audience through radio, while letting those who see the performances live view their favorite stars up close."

Theatre Works' Radio Drama Series segments are recorded before a live audience for future broadcast on KCRW, 89.9 FM.


Upcoming in the Radio Series:

Jan. 7-10, 1998: The General From America
Richard Nelson looks at General Benedict Arnold, in a play that won acclaim at London's Royal Shakespeare Company. The cast: Douglas Weston, Alfred Molina (Molly Sweeney), Stacy Keach (The Kentucky Cycle) and Richard Dreyfuss.


"The Play's The Thing," begun in 1990, is produced in association with Santa Monica College's National Public Radio station KCRW. Winner of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Gold & Silver Awards, the series is devoted "to the discovery and presentation of new plays and new interpretations of classic works." Performers in the 1996-97 season included Ed Asner, Tyne Daly and Dan Butler.

The National Endowment for the Arts recently awarded $100,000 to L.A. Theatre Works to maintain what is the "largest and only library of contemporary American and classic stage plays on audio tape, and to market and distribute the plays on audiocassette and CD throughout the U.S."

L.A. Theatre Works has also launched a project donating tapes to school libraries in underprivileged areas across the country.

For tickets ($24-$27) and information on these 8 PM performances at Doubletree Guest Suites in Santa Monica, call (310) 827-0889, or refer to the L.A. Theatre Works regional listing on Playbill On-Line.

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