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For immediate release
October 22, 2002
NPR: Laura Gross

Edward Asner, Anne Meara, Ed Begley, Jr., Dan Castellaneta and Derek Cecil to Star in NPR News Radio Play

Live Program - November 1 in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES-Morning Edition from NPR News will stage two performances of an original radio miniseries, I'd Rather Eat Pants, at The Museum of Television & Radio in Beverly Hills on November 1, 2002. Written by playwright and screenwriter Peter Ackerman for NPR and produced by L.A. Theatre Works, it stars the legendary Edward Asner, comic and actress Anne Meara, Ed Begley, Jr., Dan Castellaneta, Clea Lewis, Emily Bergl, Kendall Schmidt, Jonathan Banks and Derek Cecil from ABC's Push, Nevada.

The five-act radio comedy, directed by award-winning television director Gordon Hunt, is a hilarious story of an elderly couple's trek from New York to Los Angeles-on a young slacker's motorcycle-to find fame, fortune and a whole lot more. NPR personalities Susan Stamberg and Bob Edwards also have roles. I'd Rather Eat Pants will be broadcast in five segments on Morning Edition the week of December 16 on 577 public radio stations.

WHAT: I'd Rather Eat Pants

WHO: Edward Asner, Anne Meara, Ed Begley, Jr., Dan Castellaneta, Derek Cecil, Clea Lewis, Emily Bergl, Dan Castellaneta, Kendall Schmidt, Jonathan Banks, Bob Edwards, and Susan Stamberg

WHEN: Friday, November 1 at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. PST.

WHERE: The Museum of Television & Radio; 465 North Beverly Drive; Beverly Hills, CA

CONTACT: NPR: Laura Gross, 202-513-2304,
L.A. Theatre Works: Lucy Pollak, 818-887-1499,
The Museum of Television & Radio: Tess McCarthy, 310-786-1038,

MEDIA: Media wishing to cover the radio drama need to reserve a seat. To do so, please contact Laura Gross at NPR.

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