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L.A. Theatre Works: The Rivalry


October 21, 2020 | 3:00 pm - December 8, 2020 | 3:00 pm

Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas

The Rivalry
By Norman Corwin
Directed by Eric Simonson

Academy Award nominees Paul Giamatti and David Strathairn star in Norman Corwin’s electrifying audio theatre 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’s young wife Adele, the play illuminates two of the most charismatic politicians of any era.

L.A. Theatre Works
L.A. Theatre Works, the nation’s leading producer of audio theatre, has a 30-year history of recording classic and contemporary stage plays. Featuring more than 500 titles, the company’s audio library is the largest of its kind in the world and reaches millions of people every week through worldwide radio broadcasts, live performances, and podcasts. All of these activities support L.A. Theatre Works’ core belief that theatre is a transformative art form that educates, promotes civic dialogue, and motivates social activism. For more information, please visit www.LATW.org.

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  • Performers

    Paul Giamatti as Stephen A. Douglas
    David Strathairn as Abraham Lincoln
    Lily Rabe as Adele Douglas
    James Gleason as Representative Committeeman/Reporter

  • Program

    The Rivalry
    By Norman Corwin

    1 hr 45 mins

    Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.