Thursday, November 06, 2014
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.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
By Gisele Regatao : Senior Editor, Culture, WNYC News
There are thousands of artists is New York City, some scratching out a living while perfecting their craft in studios, basements and on stage. WNYC is bringing a few of them to the spotlight, in their own voices.
Thursday, March 07, 2013
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Monday, February 18, 2013
By Charis Conn
Amiri Baraka died January 9th after weeks of failing health. He was 79. A playwright, poet, critic and activist, Baraka was one of the most prominent and controversial African American voices in the world of American letters. Speaking at the Overseas Press Club ( and airing on WNYC) in 1965 following the release of his Obie award-winning play The Dutchman, Baraka presented himself as a no-nonsense artist who was not about to compromise his message for anyone. The talk catches Baraka (still known as Leroi Jones) at the height of his radical voice in the 1960s and is critical because it was delivered just four days before the assassination of Malcolm X.
The writer and activist LeRoi Jones (who would later be known as Amiri Baraka) speaks here on February 17, 1965, four days before the assassination of Malcolm X, an event that catapulted him from a charismatic Greenwich Village maverick into a radicalized black nationalist in Harlem.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Eighty years before terms like “1 percenter” and “the Occupy movement” entered our conversations, the great Spanish playwright and poet Federico Garcia Lorca wrote about the inequalities he saw while living in 1930s America. Now, Spanish bassist and composer Alexis Cuadrado has set those poems to music. He unveils his jazz song cycle, "A Lorca Soundscape," live in our studio.
Friday, October 21, 2011
At the age of 27, Jesse Eisenberg tackled the role of a lifetime. Playing Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network," Eisenberg racked up dozens of nominations and awards. But his newest project is off-Broadway at the tiny Cherry Lane Theater here in New York. Jesse Eisenberg wrote and is starring in a new play called "Asuncion." The play explores what happens when a Filipina woman moves in with two ultra-liberal young men. Eisenberg plays Edgar, a bright, young man obsessed with saving the world.
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.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire and actors Estelle Parsons and Tate Donovan discuss "Good People," which is now up at the Manhattan Theatre Club. "Good People" is set in Southie, a working-class Boston neighborhood where Margie Walsh has just been let go from another job and is looking to catch a break with her old fling.
Thursday, December 09, 2010
By Julia Furlan : WNYC Culture Producer
This weekend, the 30-year old non-profit will put on 10 plays written by kids and performed by big-name actors like Lili Taylor and Frances McDormand.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
By Cary Barbor
A playwright swaps homes with a longtime collaborator and friend — an actress named Molly Fox. Throughout the course of a single day in the Dublin cottage, the unnamed playwright ruminates on her friendship with Molly as well as other friends and family members. All the while, she's trying -- ...
Saturday, February 04, 2006
Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein passed away this week. The author of The Heidi Chronicles and The Sisters Rosensweig, Wasserstein spoke with Kurt Andersen last year about her plans for the future and her experience giving birth at the age of 48.