Usa By John Dos Passos [Electric Decade]

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01Episode One20201018USA is an epic saga following a group of characters through the opening decades of the 20th century, in a grand sweep that takes us from post-war boom to Great Depression bust.

It has modernist flair, a sharp social eye, and a profound humanity. We follow key individuals, drawn from all walks of life, as their paths cross to creating a complex and moving tapestry of American society.

One by one, we are introduced to the players, and we learn about each in depth from infancy to maturity. We see them growing up, negotiating adolescence, looking for love and finding their place in the world, meeting each other as fortune dictates, and following their destiny to success or failure.

Dramatised by Robin Brooks from John Dos Passos's USA trilogy: The 42nd Parallel, 1919 and The Big Money

Episode One : John Ward Moorehouse, Eleanor Stoddard, and Janey Williams.
In the opening episode, we meet the first players in our saga, as fate draws the threads of their lives together - John Moorehouse, a young man on the make, Eleanor Stoddard, a young woman with artistic ambitions, and Janey Williams, a girl growing up on the wrong side of the tracks.

Cast:
John Ward Moorehouse.... Tom Bateman
Eleanor Stoddard.... Tanya Reynolds
Eveline Hutchins.... Hannah Genesius
Janey Williams.... Sheila Atim
Annabelle Strang.... Jessica Phillippi
Rochevillain /Oliver Taylor.... Jacob Fortune-Lloyd
Freddy Sergeant / Alec.... Calam Lynch
Joe Williams.... Adam Courting
Gertrude Staple.... Laurel Lefkow
McGill.... Eric Meyers
Jerry Burnham/ Oppenheimer.... Will Howard

Producer / Director - Fiona McAlpine
Sound Design - Lucinda Mason Brown

Production Manager - Lucy Barter
Broadcast Assistant - Georgia Brown

An Allegra production for BBC Radio 4

USA is John Dos Passos's masterpiece, an epic saga of American life from boom to bust.

Classic titles that influenced and characterised the Jazz Age of the 1920s.

02Episode Two20201025USA is an epic saga following a group of characters through the opening decades of the 20th century, in a grand sweep that takes us from post-war boom to Great Depression bust.

It has modernist flair, a sharp social eye, and a profound humanity. We follow key individuals, drawn from all walks of life, as their paths cross to creating a complex and moving tapestry of American society.

One by one, we are introduced to the players, and we learn about each in depth from infancy to maturity. We see them growing up, negotiating adolescence, looking for love and finding their place in the world, meeting each other as fortune dictates, and following their destiny to success or failure.

Dramatised by Robin Brooks from John Dos Passos's USA trilogy: The 42nd Parallel, 1919 and The Big Money

Episode Two: Janey Williams, Eveline Hutchins, Richard Savage, Daughter.
Janey Williams’s fate becomes tangled with that of Moorehouse. Eveline Hutchins shows us her side of the story. Daughter is a spoilt Texan belle with a wild tomboy streak. Richard Savage is a young man in a hurry. With the end of the war, as the Paris peace conference exerts its pull, we see how their lives collide.

Cast:
John Ward Moorehouse ..... Tom Bateman
Eleanor Stoddard ..... Tanya Reynolds
Eveline Hutchins ..... Hannah Genesius
Janey Williams ..... Sheila Atim
Richard Savage ..... Luke Thallon
Daughter (Anne Elizabeth) ..... Kelly Burke
Jack Washburn ..... Christopher Ragland
Bud ..... Gabriel Freilich
Gertrude Staple ..... Laurel Lefkow
Jerry Burnham ..... Will Howard
Freddy Sergeant ..... Calam Lynch

Other parts played by members of the company.

Producer / Director - Fiona McAlpine
Sound Design & Music Arrangement - Lucinda Mason Brown

Production Manager - Lucy Barter
Broadcast Assistant - Georgia Brown

An Allegra production for BBC Radio 4

USA is John Dos Passos\u2019s masterpiece, an epic saga of American life from boom to bust.

Classic titles that influenced and characterised the Jazz Age of the 1920s.

0320201101USA is an epic saga following a group of characters through the opening decades of the 20th century, in a grand sweep that takes us from post-war boom to Great Depression bust.

It has modernist flair, a sharp social eye, and a profound humanity. We follow key individuals, drawn from all walks of life, as their paths cross to creating a complex and moving tapestry of American society.

One by one, we are introduced to the players, and we learn about each in depth from infancy to maturity. We see them growing up, negotiating adolescence, looking for love and finding their place in the world, meeting each other as fortune dictates, and following their destiny to success or failure.

Dramatised by Robin Brooks from John Dos Passos's USA trilogy: The 42nd Parallel, 1919 and The Big Money.

Episode Three: Margo Dowling, Charley Anderson, Richard Savage.
Margo Dowling is a would-be actress, Charley Anderson is a working-man turned war hero, and Richard Savage is now Moorehouse's right-hand man on Madison Avenue. The Twenties are beginning to roar, as the fates of all the characters we have met are resolved for good or ill.

Cast:
John Ward Moorehouse.... Tom Bateman
Eveline Hutchins.... Hannah Genesius
Janey Williams.... Sheila Atim
Richard Savage.... Luke Thallon
Margo Dowling.... Genevieve Gaunt
Charley Anderson.... Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong
Agnes.... Laurel Lefkow
Frank / Doctor.... Eric Meyers
Tony Garrido.... Jacob Fortune-Lloyd
Sam Margolies/ Jerry.... Will Howard
Mo Askew.... Christopher Ragland
Tad Whittlesea.... Gabriel Freilich
Nat Benton.... Calam Lynch
Doc Bingham.... Robert G.Slade
Myra Bingham.... Lily Lefkow-Green
Althea Bingham.... Georgia Brown

Other parts played by members of the company.

Producer / Director - Fiona McAlpine
Sound Design & Music Arrangement - Lucinda Mason Brown

Production Manager - Lucy Barter
An Allegra production for BBC Radio 4

USA is John Dos Passos's masterpiece, an epic saga of American life from boom to bust.

Classic titles that influenced and characterised the Jazz Age of the 1920s.