Friday, October 04, 2013
By Sarah Montague : Senior Producer
Thursday, August 01, 2013
The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park is one of New York City’s most beloved summer traditions. But this year, something rather unusual is playing at the festival – a Shakespeare-based musical. Brought to you by the duo behind "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," "Love's Labour's Lost" is a hilarious mash-up of original 16th century text and a modern-day college town setting.
Composer and lyricist Michael Friedman wrote the songs for the new production, and he joins us to talk about why he and director Alex Timbers were drawn to this particular play of Shakespeare's.
Chuck Klosterman Wears The Black Hat; Franz Ferdinand Plays Live; 'Love's Labour's Lost' Set To Song
Thursday, August 01, 2013
In this episode: Music has played a pivotal role in the work of Chuck Klosterman, who wrote about hair metal in his first book, Fargo Rock City. Today, he joins us to talk about villains, as dissected in his new book, I Wear the Black Hat.
Plus: Franz Ferdinand, the Scottish-bred art-pop band that staked its claim with the 2004 single “Take Me Out,” has returned with a new album called Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. The band plays live in our studio.
And: Michael Friedman composed the music for the Public Theater’s new Shakespeare In The Park musical presentation of the classic comedy "Love's Labour's Lost." He joins us to talk about setting Shakespeare to song.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Shakespeare was really into blood. It saturated his work and literally soaked the floorboards in many of his productions. James Shapiro explains what blood meant to The Bard, in a time when the world was just on the cusp of understanding how the powerful, perplexing liquid ...
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Does swearing betray a lack of education and class on the part of its speaker? Anya Saffir doesn’t think so. A Shakespeare director and faculty of the Atlantic Acting School, she says there’s no shortage of class, creativity, and wit in well-used profanity. And we need look no further than the Bard himself for proof of that.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
The figure of Hamlet reverberates in our culture. Psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster and professor of philosophy Simon Critchley, show how the power of Hamlet casts light on the intractable dilemmas of human existence. In Stay, Illusion: The Hamlet Doctrine, the authors show how Hamlet discloses the modern paradox of our lives: how thought and action seem to pull against each other, the one annulling the possibility of the other.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Guest host Martha Plimpton speaks with Constance Rosenblum, who writes the “Habitats” column for the New York Times, about how New Yorkers really live. Dave Malloy, who created “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” director Rachel Chavkin, and Blake DeLong discuss their unusual production. Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn talk about their collaboration on “The Designated Mourner.” Plus Simon Critchely and Jamieson Webster look at one of the most famous works in Western literature: Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.”
Wrangling for Immigration Reform; Tap Dancer Savion Glover; Excesses on Wall St.; Unknown Shakespeare
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Guest host Jonathan Capehart fills in for Leonard. First, Lanae Erickson Hatalsky talks about today's Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage. New Yorker staff writer Ryan Lizza looks at the congressional wrangling over immigration legislation. Savion Glover discusses his new show at the Joyce called “Stepz.” Former Galleon Group trader Turney Duff describes what Wall Street people do after hours. And scholar James Shapiro shares some little known facts about Shakespeare and his work!
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Delacorte Theater unwraps itself for Shakespeare in the Park. The Public Theater presents two free Shakespeare works this season: The Comedy of Errors and later in the season, Love’s Labors Lost.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
By Fred Plotkin
Opera fans are lurking among the student body at Columbia University, writes Fred Plotkin. "Opera companies would be wise to cultivate Columbia students for future audiences."
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
By Lulu Miller
Lulu Miller's advice for taking the edge off that unrequited love this Valentine's? Send a letter to Verona, Italy, where an office of 20 volunteers replies to thousands of notes about love and heartbreak every year.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012
What if Shakespeare's "Hamlet" could end any way you please? In a new book that's become the most successful Kickstarter publishing campaign ever, it can. Web cartoonist Ryan North discusses his new comic creation, "To Be or Not to Be: That is the Adventure."