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Friday, April 08, 2011

On today’s Leonard Lopate Show: Three works of theater! First, Tony Kushner and actress Linda Emond discuss “The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures,” playing now at the Public Theater. Then, John Leguizamo and his director Fisher Stevens talk about their new show, “Ghetto Klown,” at the Lyceum Theater. And we’ll speak with two of the puppeteers who produce so much magic in the National Theater of Great Britain’s production of “War Horse,” currently at Lincoln Center. We'll get an update on protests in Jordan. Plus, our latest Please Explain is about the New York City apartment!

The Leonard Lopate Show is live in the Greene Space April 13 at 7 pm! Filmmaker Jon Alpert and four young filmmakers will talk about making documentaries and will screen excerpts from their work. Find out more and get tickets here!

“The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures”

Playwright Tony Kushner and Linda Emond, who plays Empty, talk about Kushner’s new play, “The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures.” The play explores revolution, radicalism, marriage, sex, prostitution, politics, real estate, unions of all kinds and debts both unpaid and unpayable. It’s playing at the Public Theater through June 12.


John Leguizamo's “Ghetto Klown”

John Leguizamo and Fisher Stevens talk about “Ghetto Klown,” directed by Stevens and starring Leguizamo. The performance follows in the uncensored, uninhibited tradition of Leguizamo’s "Mambo Mouth," "Spic-O-Rama," "Freak," and "Sexaholix…a Love Story," and it takes audiences from his adolescence in Queens to the early days of his acting career in the 1980s avant-garde theatre scene to the sets of major motion pictures. “Ghetto Klown” is playing at the Lyceum Theatre through July 10.

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"War Horse"

Puppeteers from Handspring, Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler, discuss the National Theatre of Great Britain’s production of “War Horse.” Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, “War Horse” is set at the outbreak of World War I, and tells the story of a boy and his beloved horse, which is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. The boy, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a mission to find his horse and bring him home. “Warhorse” opens April 14 at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater.

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Protests in the Arab World, Part II

Our look at Friday protests throughout the Arab World continues with Christoph Wilcke, Senior Researcher in the Middle East and North Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, who gives us an update on the protests in Jordan. We’ll find out why the protests there have been relatively orderly and how the Jordanian government and King Abdullah II have responded to the protesters’ demands.



Please Explain: Apartments

Apartments are a hallmark of city living, and on today’s Please Explain, we’ll take a look at how they’ve evolved. New York Magazine architecture critic Justin Davidson and architect and writer James Sanders talk about the variety of New York apartments—from co-ops and condos to tenements and railroad flats to lofts and the classic six—and about how rent control and co-op boards function.

We want to hear your apartment stories! Tell us about the kinds of apartments you’ve lived in, and what you think the pros and cons of apartment living are!  

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Guest Picks: Adrian Kohler

What are some of puppeteer Adrian Kohler's favorite picks? Read more to find out.


Guest Picks: Basil Jones

Puppeteer Basil Jones stopped by The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about a new production of "War Horse" and shared some of his favorite picks with us.


Guest Picks: Fisher Stevens

Fisher Stevens' favorite comfort food is red velvet cupcakes! Find out what else he told us after a recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.


Guest Picks: John Leguizamo

Read more to find out what John Leguizamo is reading and watching!

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