RARA-AVIS: Ross MacDonald marathon (radio & webcast)

From: southpaw@altavista.net
Date: 30 Jun 2000



Harris Yulin Reprises Role as Noir Detective; Cast Creates "Movie of the Mind" in Unabridged Dramatization of Classic SoCal Mystery Novel     

Hailed in his lifetime not only as the best mystery writer in America but as one of the country's most important writers in any genre, ROSS MACDONALD was a superb delineator of post-war life in Southern California. His classic private eye, Lew Archer, entered the literary detective canon as an equal alongside Chandler's Philip Marlowe and Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade.

On Monday, July 3 from 9 am to 4 pm, and 6 to 8 pm, KCRW (89.9 FM; www.kcrw.com) broadcasts (and webcasts) a vintage Macdonald mystery yarn, "THE ZEBRA-STRIPED HEARSE." Actor/director HARRIS YULIN returns as Lew Archer, reprising the role he played and directed for the award-winning KCRW production of Macdonald's "The Sleeping Beauty."

This gripping, full-cast unabridged dramatization is set amid a cat's cradle of artists, surfers, neurotic rich and resentful poor. Strictly speaking, Archer is only supposed to dig up the dirt on a rich man's suspicious soon-to-be son-in-law. Like a roving conscience, Archer navigates the dark frontier between criminal guilt and human sin, following a trail of corpses down the California coast to Mazatlan while a zebra-striped hearse and the future son-in-law keep crossing his path.

The production, with an original and haunting score by renowned television composer STEVE CROES, features Edward Asner, Kathryn Harrold, Jennifer Tilly, Richard Dysart, Bruce Davison, Tony Plana, Shirley Knight, Tyne Daly, Mary Kay Place and others.

KCRW-FM, licensed to Santa Monica College, is National Public Radio's flagship station. The station serves Los Angeles and Orange Counties at 89.9 FM, and Ventura County at 89.1 FM on KCRU/Oxnard-Ventura, and the greater Palm Springs area at 89.3 FM on KCRY/ Indio-Palm Springs. Translators carry the signal to Banning at 90.9 FM, Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley at 90.7 FM, the Antelope Valley at 88.1 FM, the Ridgecrest area at 107.1 FM, the Santa Paula, Moorpark, and Fillmore areas at 102.3 FM, and Ojai at 102.1 FM. Every week, more than 400,000 listeners tune to the station for its eclectic and innovative non-commercial program schedule. KCRW can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.kcrw.org.

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