Plays by Norman Corwin

audio The Rivalry

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

Academy Award-nominees Paul Giamatti and David Strathairn star in Norman Corwin's electrifying dramatization of the history-making Lincoln-Douglas debates. This fierce rivalry between rising legislator Abraham Lincoln and incumbent Senator Stephen A. Douglas tackled some of the day's most passionate and controversial issues - above all those of slavery and the American concept of freedom. As seen through the eyes of Douglas' young wife Adele, the play illuminates two of the most charismatic politicians of any era.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:

Paul Giamatti as Stephen A. Douglas

David Strathairn as Abraham Lincoln

Lily Rabe as Adele Douglas

James Gleason as Rep. Committeeman and Reporter

Directed by Eric Simonson. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.

Featuring: Paul Giamatti, James Gleason, Lily Rabe, David Strathairn, Shannon Cochran (in studio voice over only)

audio Together Tonight: Hamilton, Jefferson, Burr

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

Three prominent Americans debate the merits of unchecked immigration, national security, and civil rights. While it sounds like a contemporary, made-for-TV event, this confrontation takes place in 1799, with three of America’s Founding Fathers as participants: Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and Aaron Burr. Legendary radio dramatist Norman Corwin created this imagined discussion from the participants’ actual writings—proving that when it comes to politics, some things never change. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: JD Cullum as Aaron Burr Gregory Harrison as Thomas Jefferson/Mr. Pendleton Henri Lubatti as Pickering/Others Brian Tichnell as Alexander Hamilton/Barnaby Directed by Alexis Jacknow. Recorded in Los Angeles before a live audience at The James Bridges Theater, UCLA in October of 2016. Featuring: JD Cullum, Gregory Harrison, Henry Lubatti, Brian Tichnell.

audio The Undecided Molecule

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

From the imagination of radio pioneer Norman Corwin comes one of the strangest trials in the history of jurisprudence. A molecule refuses to be assigned to any particular substance and insists on choosing for itself.

Starring Edward Asner, Carl Reiner, Charlie Robinson, and Erika Schickel.

Written and directed by Norman Corwin.

Featuring: Edward Asner, Jack Delson, Arye Gross, Daniel Passer, Elliott Reid, Carl Reiner, Charlie Robinson, Erika Schickel

Norman Corwin (1910-2011) was an American dramatist, essayist, producer and teacher. A stalwart of American radio in the 1930s and 1940s, he would go on to win many awards including an Emmy, a Golden Globe and two Peabody Medals as well as being nominated for an Academy Award for his adapted screenplay for the film Lust for Life.