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Medea

Saturday, January 25, 2003

Every night an audience of several hundred aims its gaze at Fiona Shaw, who has the title role in the Broadway production of Medea by Euripedes. She portrays a woman who murders her children as revenge against Jason, her unfaithful husband. Shaw, the New York Times theater critic

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Special Guest: Sarah Jones

Saturday, January 11, 2003

Kurt Andersen and poet and playwright Sarah Jones talk about how artists identify with their subjects.

Sarah Jones is a poet, spoken word performer, actor and playwright. She's performed her award-winning solo shows Surface Transit and Women Can't Wait around the world, including at the UN's International Conference ...

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Toy Piano

Saturday, December 28, 2002

Margaret Leng Tan, a virtuoso of the grand piano, takes Schroeder‘s place at the plastic one.

(Originally aired: July 4, 2002)

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Pianist Fred Hersch on Harmony

Saturday, December 21, 2002

Kurt Andersen and jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch talk about harmony in music, color, and design. 

Hersch has been a jazz pianist and composer for over twenty years, and has been widely recognized in recent years for his ability to reinvent the standard jazz repertoire with extraordinary technique. Two ...

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Now Playing: La Bohème

Saturday, December 14, 2002

This week film director Baz Luhrmann's version of La Bohème opened on Broadway and, much like his movie Moulin Rouge, the result is a rich, sexy, galvanizing blend of comedy, tragedy and theatrical pizzazz. The opera poses no heavy lifting for an American audience — even though it's completely in ...

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Descent

Saturday, December 14, 2002

While a choreographer wraps her dancers around the railing of a 250-foot stairwell, the audience must find its way through, around and under the space. Produced by Sarah Lilley.

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Documenting Dance

Saturday, December 07, 2002

You may remember a part of a dance you’ve seen, a beautiful movement or a striking arrangement of bodies. But you probably couldn’t recreate those things, and you'd have a tough time trying to convey someone else how to do the dance. As producer David Krasnow discovered, dancers themselves ...

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Charles Mingus

Saturday, November 30, 2002

Mingus was known to his enemies and his friends as the "Angry Man of Jazz." The bassist and composer wrote music fueled by rage. We look at the vengeful impulses of the late jazz legend.

(Originally aired: May 2, 2002)

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Ninjas Are Awesome

Saturday, November 30, 2002

The Official Ninja web page realultimatepower.net is part spectacle, part performance, and, in large part — adolescent. Every visitor to the site asks the same question — could this possibly be for real?

(Originally aired: May 2, 2002)

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Now Playing: Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune

Saturday, November 09, 2002

A big hit on Broadway right now is a revival of Terrence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, starring Edie Falco and Stanley Tucci. The play is what theater people call a two-hander — because it uses only two actors to tell its story. Two-handers are cheap ...

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The Clogging Governor

Saturday, November 09, 2002

Now that the fall elections are over, acrimonious and tricky as ever, we thought we'd close the show with a politician — and a tricky one too. Bob Wise is Governor of West Virginia, but he's also a devotee of the shuffling, stomping Appalachian dance called clogging.

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Luna Closes the Show

Saturday, November 02, 2002

Luna performs "Swedish Fish," from its album Romantica.

Luna is: Britta Phillips on bass, vocals, and keyboard; Sean Eden on guitar, keyboard, and vocals; Lee Wall on drums, percussion, and mellotron; and Dean Wareham on guitar, vocals, and harmonica. 

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Luna Takes the Stage

Saturday, November 02, 2002

The band Luna is known for its lush, swirling, atmospheric songs about unhealthy habits and unrequited love. Luna performs "Lovedust," from its album Romantica.

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Cintra Wilson's Fan Mail

Saturday, November 02, 2002

Cintra Wilson discovered that celebrities, like pop stars, often inspire profound longing in complete strangers. Wilson is a playwright and performer and the author of A Massive Swelling: Celebrity Re-Examined As a Grotesque, Crippling Disease and Other Cultural Revelations.

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Pre-Set

Saturday, October 26, 2002

In theater, the stage and its proscenium are the obvious frame and container of the action. But often the sound and the lighting begin their work even the before play begins. Director Lawrence Axsmith talks about how a "pre-set" draws an audience into the world of a play.

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Success on Her Own Terms

Saturday, October 19, 2002

For an American radio producer named Marjorie Van Halteren, a youthful hunger for celebrity landed her in a place she never imagined. From her home in France she sent us this postcard.

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Vegas Comics Remember Their Underworld Bosses

Saturday, October 05, 2002

When prohibition ended, the Mafia was well-poised to maintain a grip on the country's burgeoning nightclubs, which featured comedians between the big band music and jazz. Shecky Green, Kaye Ballard and Larry Storch — some of the comics who worked those clubs in the '50s — recall what it was ...

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Der Schneeman

Saturday, September 14, 2002

Erich Wolfgang Korngold wrote this opera when he was just 13. It’s performed here by the BBC philharmonic, conducted by Matthias Bamert.

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Ballerina

Saturday, September 14, 2002

When she was just 16, The New York Times called Alexandra Ansanelli "a true prodigy…that rare find, a dancer of nuance and originality." Studio 360 caught up with Ansanelli as she prepared for a performance in Beijing. 

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Inspiration in Theater, Poetry, and Jazz

Saturday, August 31, 2002

Playwright Edward Albee talks about Samuel Beckett, poet Sharon Olds reflects on John Donne, and jazz musician Brandford Marsalis discusses Billie Holiday.

(Originally aired: April 25, 2002)

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