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A Life of David Foster Wallace

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

D. T. Max talks about his biography of David Foster Wallace, one of the most influential writers of his generation who not only captivated readers with his prose but also mesmerized them with his brilliant mind. In Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, Max charts Wallace’s battle to succeed as a novelist as he fights off depression and addiction to emerge with his masterpiece, Infinite Jest. Since his death by suicide at the age of forty-six in 2008, Wallace has become a symbol of sincerity and honesty in an inauthentic age.

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Laurie Metcalf and Zoe Perry in “The Other Place”

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Three-time Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Laurie Metcalf and her daughter Zoe Perry talk about their roles in Sharr White’s play “The Other Place.”

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Under the Radar Festival

Monday, January 14, 2013

Mark Russell, director of the Under the Radar Festival, talks about the festival, which tracks new theater from around the world. The Under the Radar Festival runs January 9-20 at The Public Theater.

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Nina Hoss on "Barbara"

Friday, December 21, 2012

Actress Nina Hoss talks about her new movie, “Barbara.” Set in East Germany in 1980, the film focuses on a young doctor who has applied for an exit visa from the GDR and, as punishment, has been transferred from her prestigious post in Berlin to a small pediatric hospital in the country. “Barbara” opens on December 21 at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and Angelika Film Center.

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Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Met mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard talks about starring in an all-new abridged, English-language production of "The Barber of Seville" designed for families. In the fall she starred as Miranda in the Met premiere of Thomas Adès’s “The Tempest,” and in the spring for a third production, a rare revival of Poulenc’s gripping French Revolution tragedy “Dialogues of the Carmelites.” “The Barber of Seville” runs through January 5 at the Metropolitan Opera.

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Judd Apatow

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Writer, producer, and director Judd Apatow talks about his career and his latest film, “This Is 40.” It stars his wife, Leslie Mann, and their two daughters, and is based on his own experiences as a husband and father. He'll also discuss writing and directing "Knocked Up" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," and his role as a producer for comedies including “Anchorman” and “Bridesmaids,” and the HBO show "Girls." "This is 40" opens nationwide on December 25.

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Golden Boy

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Director Bartlett Sher discusses Lincoln Center Theater’s 75th Anniversary production of the Clifford Odets classic “Golden Boy,” along with Seth Numrich, who plays the lead, Joe Bonaparte, and Tony Shaloub, who plays Joe’s Italian uncle. “Golden Boy” is the story of Joe Bonaparte, a young, gifted violinist who is torn between pursuing a career in music and earning big money as a prize fighter. “Golden Boy” is playing at the Belasco Theater.

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"Dead Accounts"

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Norbert Leo Butz, Judy Greer, and Katie Holmes talk about the play “Dead Accounts.” Jack’s (played by Norbert Leo Butz) unexpected return throws his family into a frenzy, and his sister Lorna, (played by Katie Holmes), needs answers. Theresa Rebeck’s new comedy tackles the issues of corporate greed, small town values, and whether or not your family will always welcome you back with no questions asked. It’s playing at the Music Box Theatre.

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Rock and Roll in China

Monday, December 10, 2012

Jonathan Campbell talks about the evolution of rock and roll in China, and how it has evolved from a Western import into something uniquely Chinese. Red Rock looks at music's journey from the Mao years to present day, considering the people and the events that have created Chinese rock's identity.

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"The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

Friday, December 07, 2012

The Roundabout Theatre Company is celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens with new Broadway production of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.Rupert Holmes talks about writing the book, music, and lyrics, and Jim Norton and Jessie Mueller discuss their roles in the play. Set in a Victorian music hall, a rowdy ensemble of actors mounts a staging of Charles Dickens’s unfinished novel. Everyone on stage is a suspect in the murder of young Edwin Drood—and it’s up to the audience to choose the killer! Each performance ends differently, depending on what the audience decides. It’s playing at Studio 54 through March 10.

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We Are Proud to Present a Presentation...

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury and director Eric Ting discuss “We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915.” In the play, a troupe of American actors stumble over questions of authenticity and appropriation as they attempt to reconstruct the little known first genocide of the 20th Century—and land in an exploration that hits closer to home. It’s been extended through December 16 at the Soho Rep.

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“The Piano Lesson”

Friday, November 30, 2012

Ruben Santiago-Hudson, director of “The Piano Lesson,” and Brandon Dirden and Roslyn Ruff, who play the leads, discuss the play, the fourth play of August Wilson’s epic Century Cycle. “The Piano Lesson” is a moving drama of family, history, and survival. In Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1936, the Charles family battle their surroundings and each other over their shared legacy – an antique piano. “The Piano Lesson” is playing at the Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center.

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"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Kristine Nielsen, David Hyde Pierce, and Sigourney Weaver discuss their roles in “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” Playwright Christopher Durang takes characters and themes from Chekhov and mixes them up, and the result is a play set in present day Bucks County, Pennsylvania. “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is playing at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.

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"Flight"

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Robert Zemeckis, director of the film “Flight,” and John Gatins, who wrote the screenplay, talk about the film, which stars Denzel Washington as Captain Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe. Afterwards, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane.

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The American Classical Orchestra

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thomas Crawford, founding music director and conductor of the American Classical Orchestra, and oboe player Marc Schachman discuss the orchestra’s upcoming performance of Bach’s Magnificat and talk about playing on period instruments. On November 27, at 8 PM in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the orchestra joins longtime collaborators the choirs of Trinity Church, Princeton and Trinity Church, New Haven for a reawakening of the revelatory music of Bach’s multi-movement work for five soloists, choir, and orchestra: Magnificat.

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“Ivanov”

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Director Austin Pendleton and Ethan Hawke, who stars in the title role, discuss the Classic Stage Company’s new production of Anton Chekhov’s “Ivanov,” which continues the CSC’s Chekhov Cycle. As Chekhov’s first great dramatic anti-hero, Hawke takes on the role considered by many to be “the Russian Hamlet.” “Ivanov” is playing at the Classic Stage Company through December 9.

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"The Old Man and the Old Moon"

Monday, November 19, 2012

Ryan Melia, who plays the lead in “The Old Man and the Old Moon,” Dan Weschler, who plays a variety of roles, the accordion, and was involved in composing the music and writing the script; and Lydia Fine, set, costume, and puppet designer, discuss the PigPen Theatre Co.’s Off-Broadway play, which features PigPen’s signature blend of original music, shadow puppetry, live action, and lighting effects. “The Old Man and the Old Moon” is playing through January 6, 2013 at The Gym at Judson.

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The Columbia Records Story

Monday, November 19, 2012

Historian Sean Wilentz talks about the rich history of Columbia Records, and how the label combined technical and social change to create of some of the greatest albums ever made. In 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story, he tells how Columbia nurtured the careers of legends such as Bessie Smith, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, and many more.

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25 Years of the Irish Rep

Friday, November 16, 2012

Cara Seymour, who stars as Lily in Brian Friel's “The Freedom of the City,” talks about the Irish Repertory Theatre’s new production of the play and the Irish Rep’s 25thanniversary season. She’s joined by Ciaran O’Reilly, the producing director, and Charlotte Moore, the Irish Rep’s artistic director. “The Freedom of the City” is playing at the Irish Repertory Theatre through November 25, then January 2-20.

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"Disgraced" at Lincoln Center

Friday, November 16, 2012

Playwright Ayad Akhtar talks about the play “Disgraced,” along with actor Aasif Mandvi, who plays the lead role. The play tells is the story of a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his cultural roots. When he and his wife Emily, a white artist influenced by Islamic paintings, host a dinner party, what starts out as a friendly conversation escalates into something far more damaging. “Disgraced” is playing at Lincoln Center Theater and has been extended through December 23.

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