On Saturday, 9/8/2012 LA Theatre Works (LATW) broadcast its latest radio play; Opus by Michael Hollinger staring Jonathan Adams, Jere Burns, Kevin Chamberlin, Steven Culp, Jon Matthews, and Liza Weil. Simply put, it’s an incredible production and so worth your time that you should go well out of your way to listen to the online version available for streaming (you’ll have a 5 sec ad bumper before you can access the page, sorry). Several months ago, I was honored that the folks from LATW asked me to participate in a conversation to be included at the end of the broadcast, which is also available for streaming.
Synopsis and Credits
The Lazara Quartet has just fired one of its members, and his replacement is wary of the group’s reputation for personal, violent quarrels. And as they prepare for a command performance at the White House, they’re haunted by their former colleague’s sudden disappearance.
Opus by Michael Hollinger stars Jonathan Adams, Jere Burns, Kevin Chamberlin, Steven Culp, Jon Matthews, and Liza Weil. Associate Producer: Christina Montano. Stage Manager: Stephanie J. Brown. Sound Effects Artist: Tony Palermo. Casting Director: Cathy Reinking. Edited by Wes Dewberry. Recording and mixing engineer: Mark Holden for the Invisible Studios, West Hollywood. Our director is Brendon Fox.
In addition to being a profoundly wonderful play, Opus contains a number of exchanges between characters that serves as inspiration for helping those in the field find words for a number of difficult items to verbalize.
Other than the online streaming, I understand LATW will be making CDs available at some point next week. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the play so make a note to come back here and leave a comment once you’ve had a chance to listen to Michael Hollinger’s wonderful work.