Mon. Apr 15th, 2024
Gregory Harrison, Dan Lauria, French Stewart and More to Lead TESLA: A RADIO PLAY FOR THE STAGE at Laguna Playhouse

Laguna Playhouse has announced a very special theatrical event, Bruce Davison, Gregory Harrison, Dan Lauria, Charles Shaughnessy, French Stewart & Vanessa Stewart starring in TESLA: A RADIO PLAY FOR THE STAGE, written by Dan Duling and directed by Michael Arabian.

“We are delighted to offer an extra special event for our audiences of a very timely play with a truly extraordinary cast,” comments Laguna Playhouse Executive Director Ellen Richard. Adds Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham “We could not be more thrilled than to present Dan Duling’s play with director Michael Arabian (Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks) taking the helm. This radio play about the life of inventor Nikola Tesla, with 6 stellar actors and 1 sound effects specialist playing, combined, over 50 roles is not-to-be-missed!”

TESLA: A RADIO PLAY FOR THE STAGE will perform four performances only on Friday, May 26 at 7:30pm; Saturday, May 27 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm & Sunday, May 28 at 1:00pm at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.

The story of Nikola Tesla’s life as an inventor and futurist during the late-19th and first half of the 20th century is recounted in a series of rapid-fire scenes intended to be performed as a radio play with multiple voices and Foley sound effects before a live audience. Tesla’s volatile relationship with Thomas Edison, his allegiance with George Westinghouse and his eventual confrontation with the power brokers of American business are recounted from the perspective of Tesla’s death during World War II and the possible implications to national security of his personal papers and effects.

The epic scale of his inventions and experiments is suggested with only sound and the voices of those involved, leaving their mystery and potential to the imagination, where much of Tesla’s inscrutable legacy endures to this day.


Dan Duling (Playwright) His plays have been produced throughout the U.S. and honored with a number of awards including the Oregon Playwrights Award for Stranglehold. He earned his Ph.D. in drama from the University of Texas, Austin. Dan is also a former journalist, having written for publications such as the L.A. Weekly, Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. His writing for television, film and new media has included work for Oregon Public Broadcasting, MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. The feature film, Last Lives, based on his screenplay, originally premiered on the SyFy Channel and is available on DVD. For additional information and excerpts from his works, please visit Dan is probably best-known to Laguna audiences for his many years of scriptwriting for the Pageant of the Masters. As always, a labor of love, this summer’s production, “The Grand Tour,” will be his 37th as scriptwriter.

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