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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Defining Masculinity, The Ides of March, and Long Lost Fairy Tales

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Takeaway explores masculine identity in the age of feminism, we get the true story about Julius Caesar's death, and we explore a long lost book of fairy tales.

The Leonard Lopate Show

David Ives' New Collection of Short Plays: “Lives of the Saints”

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

David Ives talks about the world premiere of his new comedic short plays, “Lives of the Saints.” 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Coming of Age Vampire Romance That Isn't Twilight

Friday, January 23, 2015

When a series of mysterious killings plagues a neighborhood, two young misfits forge a deep connection, in John Tiffany's production of Let The Right One In.

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The Takeaway

Disgraced: A Play About Faith, Family, and the Politics of Both

Friday, October 17, 2014

Opening next week is "Disgraced," a new Broadway play that centers on two couples grappling over issues of faith, family and the politics of both.

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The Takeaway

From Rodney King To Michael Brown: The Narrative Of Ferguson

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Playwright and actress Anna Deavere Smith is known for her documentary-style plays about race in America. Here, she reflects on the narrative out of Ferguson.

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WNYC News

The Tony Nominations Are In, and Some Big Names Are Out

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

"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.

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Robert Sherwood Humanizes Wartime Efforts and Urges 'Enduring Peace'

Friday, December 21, 2012

WNYC

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.

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The Political Playwright Rolf Hochhuth Assails the Catholic Church for 'Immoral Inaction'

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

WNYC

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. 

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The Extemporaneous Sir Alec Guinness: Shorter Than You Thought, and to the Point

Monday, October 08, 2012

WNYC

"The Actor and Clichés In the Theater," is the subject Sir Alec Guinness chooses for this impromptu 1964 performance before the Overseas Press Club. 

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The Takeaway

'The Mountaintop' Imagines Martin Luther King's Final Hours

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.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Plays with Politics

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.

Listen to WNYC's Andrea Bernstein's March 2011 interview with Tony Kushner.

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Plays with Politics

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Arthur Laurents, Dead at 93

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.

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Features

Time After Time: Tom Stoppard's 'Arcadia' Revisits Broadway

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Hallway Trilogy

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.

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