Plays by Eric Bentley

audio Are You Now or Have You Ever Been?

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

In the mid-1950’s, the House Un-American Activities Committee began investigating the communist influence in the entertainment industry. This searing docudrama from actual transcripts of the hearings reveals how decent people were persuaded to “name names,” and the steep price paid by those who refused.

An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: René Auberjonois, Edward Asner, Bonnie Bedelia, Jack Coleman, Bud Cort, Richard Dreyfuss, Hector Elizondo, Robert Foxworth, Harry Hamlin, James Earl Jones, Richard Masur, Franklyn Seales, Joe Spano, James Whitmore, Michael York, and Harris Yulin.

Featuring: Ryan Vincent Anderson, Michael Canavan, Jake Green, Harry Hamlin, Shannon Holt, Alan Mandell, James Morrison, David Selby, Kate Steele, Nick Toren, John Vickery

Eric Bentley is a teacher, editor, critic, translator and playwright. British by birth, he became a US citizen by naturalization in 1948. He was instrumental in bringing Brecht to the American public through his translations, essays and recordings. From his position at the New Republic (1952–6) he established himself as a demanding and stimulating critic. His many books include: The Playwright as Thinker (1946), In Search of Theater (1953), The Life of the Drama (1964), The Brecht Commentaries 1943–1980 (1981) and Thinking About the Playwright (1987). He has also adapted plays by Schnitzler and Pirandello and championed European drama. Several of Bentley's original plays have been collected in Are You Now or Have You Ever Been and Other Plays (1977) and The Kleist Variations. A distinguished academic, he has also directed in the United States and elsewhere.