Poised to give a command performance at the White House, The Lazara Quartet have fired their violinist, Dorian, whose frequent quarrels with his lover and the quartet's first violinist, Elliot, have resulted in erratic behavior. As the remaining musicians take a chance on gifted but inexperienced Grace, the cast of actors, which includes Jonathan Adams and Jere Burns, draws a line as taut as a violin string between tension and humor. As Grace, Liza Weil has a slight tremor in her voice that betrays her uncertainty as the other actors swirl around her, sniping at each other with the affection and resentment of people who have known, loved, and hated each other for years.
In Michael Hollinger’s look at the discordant backstage world of classical music, The Lazara Quartet has just fired one of its members, and his replacement is wary of the group’s reputation for personal, violent quarrels. And as they prepare for a command performance at the White House, they’re haunted by their former colleague’s sudden disappearance.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Jonathan Adams as Dorian; Jere Burns as Elliot; Kevin Chamberlin as Carl; Steven Culp as Alan; Jon Matthews as Nigel, Voice, and President; and Liza Weil as Grace. Directed by Brendon Fox. Recorded by L.A. Theatre Works before a live audience at the James Bridges Theater, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, in May 2012.This recording also includes an interview with playwright Michael Hollinger as well as an interview with arts consultant Drew McManus.