L.A. Theatre Works

To record four new Sloan plays for public radio broadcast and online streaming, and to develop a new 12-play podcast while disseminating 20 science plays to millions of people and thousands of libraries and schools

  • Amount $500,000
  • City Venice, CA
  • Investigator Susan Loewenberg
  • Year 2017
  • Program Public Understanding
  • Sub-program Theater

The grant continues support for for the Relativity Series, a Foundation partnership with LA Theatre Works (LATW) to produce, broadcast, and disseminate audio versions of science- or technology-themed plays. Relativity now totals 32 science plays, of which 20 have been commissioned, developed, and/or produced by the Sloan Theater program. Productions are high-quality and feature leading actors, giving recorded plays a life well after their theatrical runs. They are broadcast on over 50 public radio stations in the U.S., on Radio Beijing in China, and on radio in many English-speaking nations. Productions are also distributed via streaming and downloading on the Internet, through educational outreach to over 3,000 teachers and 13,000 community libraries, and through distribution partners such as iTunes, Audible, Amazon, and Overdrive. Grant funds will enable L.A. Theatre Works to produce and distribute audio version of four new science-themed plays over the next two years. Additional funds support a variety of initiatives to expand the reach and impact of the Relativity catalog, including a podcast series; a new website; an educational app; and print, online, and social media outreach.

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