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Broken Glass

By: Arthur Miller
Narrated by: JoBeth Williams, David Dukes, Lawrence Pressman, Linda Purl, full cast
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Editorial reviews

Sylvia Gellburg (JoBeth Williams) has stopped walking, and her husband, Philip (Lawrence Pressman), is determined to find out why. His only clue is her growing obsession with stories coming out of Germany about Nazi violence toward Jews. Setting his drama in Brooklyn, 1938, Miller uses the Nazi atrocities overseas as a mirror for the Gellburgs' troubled marriage and Philip's own inadequacies. He creates an intensely personal play, but one that lends itself to the kind of intimacy that audio theater excels in. As Dr. Harry Hyman (David Dukes) probes Sylvia and Philip's secrets, he probes ours as well. Like ripples in pond water, what happens in Germany happens to the Gellburgs and the audience as well, in the hands of these fine artists.

Publisher's summary

Set in 1938 Brooklyn, this gripping psychological mystery begins when attractive, level-headed Sylvia Gellburg suddenly loses her ability to walk. The only clue lies in Sylvia’s obsession with news accounts from Germany. Though safe in Brooklyn, Sylvia is terrified by Nazi violence—or is it something closer to home?

Includes an interview with Dr. David D. Clarke about psychosomatic illnesses.

Recorded before a live audience at the DoubleTree Suites, Santa Monica in June 1996.

Directed by Steve Albrezzi

Producing Director: Susan Albert Loewenberg

An L.A. Theatre Works Full-Cast Performance Featuring:

Jane Brucker as Harriet

David Dukes as Doctor Harry Hyman

Lawrence Pressman as Phillip Gellburg

Linda Purl as Margaret Hyman

John Vickery as Stanton Case

JoBeth Williams as Sylvia Gellbur

Radio Production and Original Music: Raymond Guarna

Stage Manager and Live Sound Effects: Amy Strong

(P)1997 L.A. Theatre Works