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The Leonard Lopate Show

Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks on 'Father Comes Home From The Wars,' a Civil War Drama

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winner Suzan-Lori Parks and actors Sterling Brown and Jeremie Harris discuss the Public Theater production set over the course of the Civil War.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"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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WNYC News

One NY Artist: Playwright David Henry Hwang

Saturday, March 16, 2013

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: David Henry Hwang

Thursday, March 14, 2013

David Henry Hwang was on the Leonard Lopate Show to discuss his play, "The Dance and the Railroad," at the Signature Theatre Company. He also told us what he's a fan of -- teen pop music, anyone? Find out what else he likes.

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Fishko Files

Sinking Into Success: Playwright Clifford Odets

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Clifford Odets play is coming to New York more than 60 years after its first run on Broadway.  WNYC’s Sara Fishko has this Fishko Files report…

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On Being

Kevin Kling — The Losses and Laughter We Grow Into [remix]

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Kevin Kling is part funny guy, part poet and playwright, part wise man. Born with a disabled left arm, he lost the use of his right one after a motorcycle accident nearly killed him. He shares his special angle on life's humor and its ruptures — and why w

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On Being

[Unedited] Kevin Kling with Krista Tippett

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Kevin Kling is part funny guy, part poet and playwright, part wise man. Born with a disabled left arm, he lost the use of his right one after a motorcycle accident nearly killed him. He shares his special angle on life's humor and its ruptures — and why w

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Around Broadway

Beautiful on the Surface, Darkness Just Beneath

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Amy Herzog’s new play Belleville, described as a “psychological thriller,” is in its first Manhattan production at New York Theatre Workshop.

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Annotations: The NEH Preservation Project

Amiri Baraka Reads "The Revolutionary Theater"

Monday, February 18, 2013

WNYC

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.

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Here's The Thing

Jon Robin Baitz

Monday, June 04, 2012

Baitz tells Alec about the origin of his Broadway play, his short-lived adventures writing for television in Hollywood, and the relief of coming back to the theater.

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Soundcheck

Alexis Cuadrado: In Studio

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.

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The Takeaway

Jesse Eisenberg on His New Role Off-Broadway

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.

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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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The Arts File

A Remembrance of Playwright Lanford Wilson

Friday, March 25, 2011

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson passed away Thursday at age 73.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Good People

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.

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Features

Unicorns and Fishbowls: Professional Actors Perform Kids' Plays at the 52nd St. Project

Thursday, December 09, 2010

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.

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Studio 360

360 Staff Pick: Molly Fox's Birthday

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

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 -- ...

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Studio 360

Wendy Wasserstein

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.

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