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"A Gentleman's Guide to Murder" nabbed 10 nominations, and "Hedwig" earned eight. Not so lucky? Denzel Washington, James Franco, Michelle Williams and a bunch of other Hollywood stars.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Calling himself a "Broadway wise-cracker and a Hollywood hack," Robert Sherwood, author, soldier, pacifist, and speechwriter, gives a stirring account of his wartime work for the Roosevelt administration at this 1948 Books and Authors Luncheon.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Chaos rules at this rowdy 1964 meeting of the Overseas Press Club. The guest panel includes Catholic Church critic, Rolf Hochhuth, and a Catholic Church official.
Monday, October 08, 2012
"The Actor and Clichés In the Theater," is the subject Sir Alec Guinness chooses for this impromptu 1964 performance before the Overseas Press Club.
Friday, September 23, 2011
In April of 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave an eerily prescient speech. "I just want to do God's will," he said. "And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!" King was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee the following day. A new Broadway play called "The Mountaintop" imagines what King's private moments in his hotel room were like in the hours leading up to his death. The play stars Samuel L. Jackson as King and Angela Bassett as Camae, a maid in the Lorraine Hotel.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner talks about his two plays currently in production in New York and the interplay of politics and his art.
On Stage Now:
"The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures" at the Public Theater.
"The Illusion" at Signature Theatre Company.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
The thought of Israel being destroyed is monstrous. I believe that being willing to speak out loud when one feels critical of the policies of the Israeli government you are actually making the state more secure, not less, I believe that about the American government as well. I believe that silence in the face of government misbehavior endangers the health of any democracy.—Award winning playwright Tony Kushner on The Brian Lehrer Show.
Monday, May 09, 2011
Arthur Laurents was a triple threat: a playwright, screenwriter, and director behind two landmark Broadway shows, West Side Story and Gypsy - as well as the film, The Way We Were. He once wrote, "Entertainment is dessert, it needs to be balanced by the main course, theater of substance." He was responsible for a lot of both! He died at the age of 93. You can hear his last interview with Leonard from 2004.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Tom Stoppard’s play "Arcadia" opened Thursday night for a limited run at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Parallel temporal universes are Stoppardian stock-in-trade, but "Arcadia" abounds in complex dualities of all kinds.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Writer/director Adam Rapp and actors Julianne Nicholson and Louis Cancelmi discuss their roles in “The Hallway Trilogy”, which is currently playing at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Each play in the trilogy is staged by a different director (Rapp directs the first play, “Rose”) and are set 50 years apart—in 1953, after the death of Eugene O’Neil; in 2003, after the New York City blackout; and in 2053, when disease has been eradicated from New York and young men and women in need of money are injected with viruses for the public’s amusement.