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Author: Lillian Hellman Narrator: Jean-Baptiste Lovensky, Jonathan Cake, Susan Sullivan, Edita Brychta, Matthew Wolf, Heidi Dippold, Susannah Fielding, Taj Jegaraj, Patrick Wenk-Wolff, Adam Wylie Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Format: Audio Theater Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2018 ISBN: 9781682660638
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In this riveting political drama, Sara, along with her German husband Kurt, returns to the opulent Washington, DC, mansion of her mother Fanny after years away in Europe. With Hitler and Mussolini assuming full power, Kurt finds himself blackmailed for his anti-Fascist activities as the conflict in Europe crosses the hearth of this tranquil home.

This is an L.A. Theatre Works full-cast production, starring: Edita Brychta as Anise, Jonathan Cake as Kurt Müller, Heidi Dippold as Sara Müller, Anna Lyse Erikson as Babette Müller, Susannah Fiedling as Marthe de Brancovis, Jean-Baptiste Lovensky as Joseph, Taj Jegaraj as Joshua Müller, Susan Sullivan as Fanny Farrelly, Patrick Wenk-Wolff as Teck de Brancovis, Matthew Wolf as David Farrelly, and Adam Wylie as Bodo Müller.

Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Recorded in Los Angeles before a live audience at The James Bridges Theater, UCLA in October of 2017.

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  • “Set in Washington, DC, before the United States entered WWII, Lillian Hellman’s incisive drama about national identity, personal freedom, and responsibility is fully realized by a talented, cohesive ensemble. After nearly twenty years, wealthy matriarch Fanny Farrelly welcomes the return of her daughter, Sarah, along with Sarah’s German husband and children. The reunion is ill-fated, however, thanks to Fanny’s Romanian house guests. The story unfolds seamlessly as the nimble cast responds to the sharp, and often funny, dialogue. With her brassy voice and patrician air, Susan Sullivan is superb as Fanny, while Adam Wylie, as a precocious boy, serves as the ultimate foil. The combined efforts of the cast make for a compelling, and startlingly relevant, listen. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Lillian Hellman (1905–1984) was an American dramatist and screenwriter known for her success as a playwright on Broadway, as well as her left-wing sympathies and political activism. Among her successes on Broadway were Watch on the Rhine, The Autumn Garden, Toys in the Attic, Another Part of the Forest, The Children’s Hour, and The lLttle Foxes. She adapted her semi-autobiographical play The Little Foxes into a screenplay, which starred Bette Davis and received an Academy Award nomination in 1942.

About the Narrators

Jonathan Cake is a British-born narrator and actor in film, on television, and on the stage. His best-known film roles include First Knight, The Government Inspector, Out of the Ashes, and Diamond Girl. He has appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company, on Broadway in Medea, and in numerous television roles. As a narrator, he earned an AudioFile Earphones Award for John Connolly’s The Gates.

Edita Brychta was born in Prague but grew up in London, having fled the 1968 Russian occupation of Czechoslovakia. Shetrained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and went on to play leading roles in numerous theater productions, including the long-running West End production of Daisy Pulls It Off. Among her notable television credits are the award winning shows The Escape and The Britoil Affair.

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.