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Justice Antonin Scalia: Art Imitates Life

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

"The Originalist," a world-premiere play at Washington D.C.’s Arena Stage, explores the personality and legacy of an atypical theatrical character: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

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WNYC News

When a Puppet Goes Bad

Friday, April 17, 2015

After the success of Avenue Q, puppets are back on Broadway in "Hand to God."

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WNYC News

Making Art Out of Doomed Lives

Friday, April 17, 2015

Playwright Octavio Solis and novelist Justin Torres explain how their writing reflect their own struggles growing up, and that of many who are living on the edge.

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WNYC News

Binge-Watching 'Wolf Hall'

Friday, April 17, 2015

Hilary Mantel's award-winning novels are now on Broadway.

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Studio 360

Sexy Robots

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sorting out the pros and cons of starting an intimate relationship with a robot.  

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All Things Considered

Broadway Passes The Bechdel Test With 'Fun Home'

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Alison Bechdel's bestselling graphic novel memoir about growing up gay with a closeted father doesn't seem like an obvious choice for a musical, but it's coming to Broadway. NPR's Neda Ulaby reports.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Tennessee Williams Invented Blanche DuBois

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

In Follies of God, Grissom describes how Williams came to his visions of Amanda Wingfield, Blanche DuBois, Stella Kowalski, and his other characters that transformed American theater.

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All Things Considered

From Harpies To Heroines: How Shakespeare's Women Evolved

Sunday, April 12, 2015

In her new book Women of Will, Tina Packer traces Shakespeare's maturation — and, she argues, the corresponding transformation of his female characters from caricatures to fully-realized humans.

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Morning Edition

'Grand Illusion' Exhibit Lifts Curtain On The Secrets Of Setting The Stage

Friday, April 10, 2015

An exhibit at the Library of Congress is devoted to the art of theatrical design. Drawings, sketches, watercolors, posters and scale models reveal how magic and spectacle are achieved before our eyes.

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All Things Considered

Bill Nighy And David Hare Team Up Again In 'Skylight' Revival

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

"Our paths haven't crossed — we've beaten a path towards each other," says playwright David Hare. "Bill is my favorite leading man." Nighy is now starring in a revival of Hare's Skylight on Broadway.

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Morning Edition

'Wolf Hall' On Stage And TV Means More Makeovers For Henry VIII's 'Pit Bull'

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Hilary Mantel's popular novels breathed new life into Thomas Cromwell's legacy. Now, between a play and a miniseries, there seems to be no limit to the blacksmith's son's potential for reinvention.

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Pour A Bucket Of Blood On These New Adaptations Of 'Carrie'

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Stephen King has said his novel Carrie is about women's power and men's fear — an idea reporter Beth Accomando says has gotten lost in newer adaptations of the horror classic for stage and screen.

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Studio 360

John Cameron Mitchell Slips Back into the Dress

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The original transgender rock operetta, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” found its inspiration in the militarized atmosphere of Cold War Berlin.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Vanessa Redgrave on Last Train to Paris

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Vanessa Redgrave on performing a reading of selections from the novel Last Train to Paris. She's joined by the novel's author, Michele Zackheim, and by jazz composer Jimmy Owens.

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William Electric Black Tackles Gun Violence In 5 Ambitious Plays

Sunday, March 22, 2015

William Electric Black, the first African American writer for Sesame Street and winner of several Emmys, has a new project: a five-play cycle on gun violence.

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Detroit's 'Frida' Aims To Build Latino Audiences For Opera

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The opera, based on the tumultuous lives of painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, coincides with a new exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts devoted to the year they lived in the city.

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WNYC News

Kristin Chenoweth Charms in 'On the Twentieth Century'

Friday, March 20, 2015

This revival is set on a luxury passenger train in the 1930s, and it's the actress who keeps it from going off the rails.

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Studio 360

Harassment Behind the Curtain

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A playwright speaks out against the culture of sexual harassment that lingers on and off Broadway.

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WNYC News

Orphans, Slaves and Cabaret: Four Playwrights Take on History

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A hip-hop musical about a founding father; two irreverent takes on slavery; a 24-hour play about life in America from 1776 to 2016. Here's how four playwrights are telling U.S. history.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jake Gyllenhaal, Ruth Wilson, and Infinite Possibilities

Friday, March 13, 2015

In a new play, a simple encounter between a man and a woman veers into an exploration of choice versus destiny.

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