Clifford Odets’ masterpiece, starring Mark Ruffalo, Jane Kaczmarek, Richard Kind, and Ben Gazzara, brings to life the struggles of a working-class family aspiring to the promise of the American Dream. Even as they endure the country’s worst economic nightmare, three generations of an immigrant family are crowded into a Bronx tenement, fiercely determined to stay afloat, no matter what the cost.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring (in alphabetical order): Emily Bergl as Hennie Berger; Ben Gazzara as Jacob; Jonathan Hadary as Myron Berger; Jane Kaczmarek as Bessie Berger;Richard Kind as Uncle Morty; Peter Kybart as Schlosser; Mark Ruffalo as Moe Axelrod; Raphael Sbarge as Sam Feinschreiber; and Peter Smith as Ralph Berger. Directed by Bartlett Sher. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, in January 2010.