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Vanessa Redgrave on Last Train to Paris

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Vanessa Redgrave on performing a reading of selections from the novel Last Train to Paris. She's joined by the novel's author, Michele Zackheim, and by jazz composer Jimmy Owens.

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Bringing Radio Stories and Dance Together on Stage

Monday, September 08, 2014

This American Life’s Ira Glass and choreographer Monica Bill Barnes discuss combines two art forms that, as Glass puts it, “have no business being together—dance and radio.”

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Maggie Gyllenhaal's New Role Blends the Personal and Political

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

In the upcoming SundanceTV miniseries The Honorable Woman, she portrays Nessa Stein, whose personal life mirrors the volatile politics of the Middle East.

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Sophie Okonedo and Anika Noni Rose in 'A Raisin in the Sun'

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Academy Award-nominee Sophie Okonedo and Tony Award-winner Anika Noni Rose talk about their roles in the Lorraine Hansberry play, which was the first written by an African-American woman to appear on Broadway.

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Tony Shalhoub and Santino Fontana in "Act One"

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Tony Shalhoub and Santino Fontana discuss Lincoln Center Theater’s production of “Act One,” which has been nominated for five Tony Awards. The play is written and directed by James Lapine, based on the autobiography by theater director, playwright, and screenwriter Moss Hart. Shalhoub and Fontana play Moss Hart at different stages of his life. “Act One” is playing at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater.

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Sex and the Women from Vienna

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Actors Nina Arianda and Kathleen Chalfant talk about their roles in the the post-World War I play, in which desperation has forced Arianda's character to take up the oldest profession.

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Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stellan Skarsgård on 'Nymphomaniac'

Friday, March 21, 2014

The stars of the new Lars Von Trier film, which centers around a self-confessed sex addict who recounts the erotic story of her life, talk about why they enjoy working with its controversial director.

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"Ode to Joy"

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Playwright Craig Lucas discusses the world premiere of his play “Ode to Joy,” which he directs. He’s joined by Kathryn Erbe and Arliss Howard, who star in it. “Ode to Joy” tells the story of love, heartbreak, addiction, and illness through the eyes of Adele, a painter, and her destructive relationships with Mala and Bill, her two lovers. It’s playing at Cherry Lane Theater through April 19.

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Guest Picks: Donald Margulies

Friday, March 07, 2014

Playwright Donald Margulies was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about the revival of Dinner with Friends at the Laura Pels Theatre. He also told us how he likes his rice pudding.

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Guest Picks: Darren Pettie

Friday, March 07, 2014

Darren Pettie stars in the Roundabout Theatre's revival of Dinner with Friends. He told what's he always listening to. 

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"Dinner with Friends"

Friday, March 07, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies talks about the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of his play “Dinner with Friends.” He’s joined by Darren Pettie and Jeremy Shamos, who star in it. “Dinner with Friends” is playing at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.

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Charlie Victor Romeo

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Robert Berger, screenwriter, co-director, and co-producer; and Patrick Daniels, screenwriter, co-director, co-producer, and actor, talk about the film “Charlie Victor Romeo,” which dramatizes cockpit voice recordings of six harrowing airline emergencies. It opens at Film Forum January 29.

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Sarah Jessica Parker on Returning to Theater

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sarah Jessica Parker stars in Amanda Peet’s new play “The Commons of Pensacola,” about trying to love your family even when you hate what they’ve done. Her mother is played by Blythe Danner. Both actresses discuss their roles today with Leonard Lopate.

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"The Year of the Rooster"

Thursday, January 16, 2014

In the play “Year of the Rooster,” actors Bobby Moreno and Thomas Lyons play characters that are human and/or animal. They talk about their roles, along with playwright Eric Dufault, whose play is about the gritty subculture of American cockfighting, mixing lowbrow, foul-mouthed humor with references to Greek myths and legends. “Year of the Rooster” is at the Ensemble Studio Theater through February 1.

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Eleni Mandell Performs Live

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Eleni Mandell performs live and talks about her new album, “Let’s Fly a Kite.” When she was on a tour with Nick Lowe, Eleni became friends with Nick's producer Neil Brockbank and they agreed to make this album together. It includes two-steps, waltzes and weepers inspired from years past.

Eleni Mandell is performing at the Saint in Asbury Park, NJ, January 28, and at Mercury Lounge in NY on January 30.

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Danny Burstein on “Die Fledermaus”

Friday, January 03, 2014

Danny Burstein talks about his move from Broadway, in “Snow Geese,” to the Metropolitan Opera, debuting in “Die Fledermaus.”

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Winter Gardening; "The Armstrong Lie"; "La Soiree"; Top Science Stories of 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013

Gerard Lordahl, director of the Open Space Greening Program at Grow NYC, gives us tips for caring for your house plants and gardens in the cold winter months. Alex Gibney talks about his latest documentary, “The Armstrong Lie.” We’ll talk to some of the stars of “La Soiree,” a new take on cabaret, sideshows, burlesque and variety shows. Discover magazine editor Gemma Tarlach discusses the top 10 science stories of 2013.

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"La Soiree"

Monday, December 30, 2013

Brett Haylock, Ursula Martinez, and Le Gateau Chocolat, on their show, “La Soiree,” a hybrid of sideshow, vaudeville, and burlesque. “La Soiree” is playing at the Union Square Theatre.

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Ethan Hawke, Anne-Marie Duff, and Jack O'Brien on "Macbeth"

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Ethan Hawke, who plays Macbeth, and Anne-Marie Duff, who plays Lady Macbeth, talk about Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” along with director Jack O’Brien. It’s playing at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center.

 

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Julie Taymor's "A Midsummer Night’s Dream"

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Tony Award-winner Julie Taymor discusses directing Theatre for a New Audience’s inaugural production of Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream."

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