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Author: Nell Benjamin Narrator: Jennifer Westfeldt, David Furr, Lorenzo Pisoni, Carson Elrod, David Krumholtz, Matthew Wolf, John Getz, Martin Jarvis Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Format: Audio Theater Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Relativity Series Release Date: June 2014 ISBN: 9781580819664
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London, 1879. The hapless members of the Explorers Club must confront their most lethal threat yet: the admission of a woman into their hermetically sealed ranks. But the intrepid Phyllida Spotte-Hume turns out to be the least of their troubles in this hilarious farce starring members of the original Broadway cast.

This LA Theatre Works full-cast performance features Jack Cutmore-Scott, Carson Elrod, David Furr, John Getz, Martin Jarvis, David Krumholtz, Lorenzo Pisoni, Jennifer Westfeldt, and Matthew Wolf. Includes a conversation with essayist, novelist, and cultural critic Eileen Pollack.

The Explorers Club is part of LA Theatre Works’ Relativity series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.

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  • “The members of the male-only Explorers Club have faced many adventures but none as challenging as admitting their first female member. Their manners prove about as appropriate as their skills at exploring as they offend their new member, Phyllida, as well as become ensconced in a confrontation with the British military and a possible invasion of a native tribe in Africa. This full-cast production provides an amusing fictional, and yet highly likely, depiction of the world of scientific exploration in the 1800s. The cast provides dynamic and engaging repartee and maintains a consistent energy throughout the production. Listeners will also enjoy the insights offered by the director in the interview that follows.”


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About the Author

Nell Benjamin received 2007 Tony and Drama Desk nominations for her work on Legally Blonde. She is the author of Pirates!, and adaptation of Pirates of Penzance, and coauthor of Cam Jensen, and wrote lyrics for Sarah, Plain and Tall and The Mice. Nell won a Kleban Award and a Jonathan Larson Foundation grant, and is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild of America. She is married to Laurence O’Keefe, a composer and lyricist for Broadway, film, and television.

About the Narrators

Jennifer Westfeldt is an actress and screenwriter known for the 2001 hit independent film Kissing Jessica Stein, her 2004 Tony nomination for Wonderful Town, and her 2012 film Friends with Kids. A graduate of Yale University, she started her career as a New York-based theater actor, starring in over twenty-five off Broadway and regional productions. She has been in a relationship with Jon Hamm since 1997. They reside in both New York and Los Angeles.

David Furr is an actor and director who has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, on film, television, and leading regional theaters throughout the country.

Lorenzo Pisoni began his performing career in his parents’ family circus and many other circuses, including Cirque du Soleil, as a clown, juggler, aerialist, acrobat, and ringmaster. He moved to New York in 1999 where he began working as a theater actor and would later take his talents to the silver screen in The Adjustment Bureau and Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son.

Carson Elrod is an actor whose career spans every aspect of stage and screen. His work is as varied as independent hits like Kissing Jessica Stein and summer blockbusters like The Wedding Crashers. On stage he’s performed at the nation’s most prestigious resident theaters, Shakespeare in the park, American premieres, and Broadway shows, including five-time Tony Award winning Peter And The Starcatcher. He holds an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program.

David Krumholtz is an actor and writer known for Numb3rs, 10 Things I Hate About You, and This Is the End. He has been married to Vanessa Britting since 2010. He lives in Los Angeles. 

Matthew Wolf has worked extensively as a voice, theater, radio, and television actor. He has appeared in many productions on the London stage, including the title role in a sell-out production of Macbeth alongside Twilight star Robert Pattinson. He is also the official voice of Thor for Mavel Studios’ animated films Hulk Vs. Thor and Thor: Tales of Asgard. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is also producing with his production company, Cool Hand International.

John Getz is a stage-trained actor known for his roles in Blood Simple, The Fly, and The Social Network. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and attended the American Conservatory of Theatre in San Francisco.

Martin Jarvis, OBE, has recorded more than 150 Just William stories for the BBC. These have become international audio bestsellers. He won the Theatre World Award for his starring role on Broadway in By Jeeves; his West End appearances include works by Ayckbourn, Frayn, Pinter, and Wilde. Screen successes include everything from Stargate Atlantis, Doctor Who, and Numb3rs to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the Oscar-winning Titanic.