How New Yorkers Live; “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”; “The Designated Mourner"; "Hamlet" and the Modern World

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Martha Plimpton, Greene Space Martha Plimpton in WNYC's Jerome L. Greene Performance Space (Stephanie F. Black)

Guest host Martha Plimpton speaks with Constance Rosenblum, who writes the “Habitats” column for the New York Times, about how New Yorkers really live. Dave Malloy, who created “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” director Rachel Chavkin, and Blake DeLong discuss their unusual production. Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn talk about their collaboration on “The Designated Mourner.” Plus Simon Critchely and Jamieson Webster look at one of the most famous works in Western literature: Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.”

Private Lives in the Big City

Longtime New York Times editor Constance Rosenblum explores the nearly three million homes in the city, from Park Avenue penthouses to Canarsie studios. In Habitats: Private Lives in the Big City, she tells 40 intimate stories about how New Yorkers really live in their brownstones, apartments, mansions, and lofts, and paints a portrait of what it means to make a home in the world’s most varied and powerful city. 

What's your favorite thing about your home? Let us know—leave a comment!

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“Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812”

Dave Malloy, who created the show “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” actor Blake DeLong, and director Rachel Chavkin discuss their unusual production. It’s an electropop opera slice of War and Peace, and it’s playing at Kazino through September 1.

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Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn on "The Designated Mourner"

Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn describe collaborating on “The Designated Mourner,” written by and starring Wallace Shawn, directed by Andre Gregory. It's the first New York revival of the acclaimed 1996 masterwork, and it’s part of runs through August 25 at the Public Theater.


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Hamlet and the Modern World

The figure of Hamlet reverberates in our culture. Psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster and professor of philosophy Simon Critchley, show how the power of Hamlet casts light on the intractable dilemmas of human existence. In Stay, Illusion: The Hamlet Doctrine, the authors show how Hamlet discloses the modern paradox of our lives: how thought and action seem to pull against each other, the one annulling the possibility of the other.

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