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Jane Kaczmarek and James Morrison in ‘Spill’
L.A. Theatre Works records Leigh Fondakowski’s docudrama
about Deepwater Horizon for radio, podcast, online streaming
West Coast premiere of Spill — When BP’s Deepwater Horizon exploded in 2010, eleven men paid the ultimate price and countless thousands who call the Gulf Coast home found their lives irrevocably altered. This powerful work by Emmy Award-nominated writer Leigh Fondakowski (head writer of The Laramie Project) goes beyond the headlines to tell vivid personal stories from all sides. Based on interviews, photographs and court documents collected in the aftermath, Spill explores the rich culture of Louisiana’s Gulf Coast and the resilient nature of its inhabitants in the face of natural destruction and tragedy. Their stories, told in their own words. Directed by Martin Jarvis and featuring Jane Kaczmarek and James Morrison.
Each of the five performances at UCLA’s state-of-the-art James Bridges Theater will be recorded live in front of an audience for future radio broadcast, distribution on CD, digital download and online streaming. L.A. Theatre Works’ syndicated radio theater series broadcasts weekly on public radio stations across the U.S. (locally, in Southern California, on KPFK 90.7 FM); can be heard daily in China and around the world on the Radio Beijing Network; can be downloaded as a podcast via iTunes and Wondery.com; and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org.
• Written by Leigh Fondakowski
• Directed by Martin Jarvis
• Starring Elisa Bocanegra, Gilbert Glenn Brown, Nicholas Hormann, Travis Johns, Jane Kaczmarek, James Morrison, Darren Richardson, Kate Steele, Mark Jude Sullivan
• Produced by Susan Albert Loewenberg
• Presented by L.A. Theatre Works
• Thursday, May 17 at 8 p.m.
• Friday, May 18 at 8 p.m.
• Saturday, May 19 at 3 p.m.
• Saturday, May 19 at 8 p.m.
• Sunday, May 20 at 4 p.m.
James Bridges Theater
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
235 Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(enter UCLA from Hilgard just south of Sunset Blvd.; park in Lot 3 on the lower level)
Spill is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays, with major funding provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.