Funds from this grant support the Relativity series, a Foundation partnership with L.A. Theatre Works (LATW) to produce, broadcast, and disseminate audio versions of the best science- and technology-themed plays supported by Sloan. Relativity now totals 35 science plays, of which 22 have been commissioned, developed, and/or produced through the Sloan Theater program. LATW productions are high-quality, feature leading actors, and give recorded plays a life well after their theatrical runs. They are broadcast with significantly expanded audiences on more than 50 public radio stations in the United States, on Radio Beijing in China, on the BBC World Service (which reaches listeners in 60 countries from Canada to Australia), and online via free streaming and downloads.
Grant funds will enable LATW to record, in studio and live in performance, four new Foundation-supported plays over the next two years. These four plays will be produced into broadcast episodes that will be expanded to include play-related supplemental interviews and features for online streaming and distribution to libraries and schools.
During the grant period, LATW will nationally broadcast the four new plays and 12 existing science plays from the Relativity library, reaching an estimated total listenership of three million.
LATW will produce two new educational guides to be distributed to 2,000 teachers, reaching an estimated 60,000 middle and high school students. They will also continue their comprehensive marketing and distribution activities for the platform and development of the LATW website and Relativity educational portal.