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“The Landing”

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

 Three thematically connected tales of desire, love and loss.

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Here's A Wild Idea For Shakespeare: Do It His Way

Sunday, November 10, 2013

In the new Broadway productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III, imported from London's Globe Theatre, the director and actors put on the shows pretty much as the Bard would have staged them — with an all-male cast and everything.

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WNYC News

One NY Artist: Playwright Rick Elice

Saturday, November 09, 2013

There are thousands of artists is New York City. Some are famous internationally. Others are scratching out a living while perfecting their craft. WNYC is bringing a few of them to the spotlight, in their own voices. Here, playwright Rick Elice.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Julie Taymor's "A Midsummer Night’s Dream"

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Tony Award-winner Julie Taymor discusses directing Theatre for a New Audience’s inaugural production of Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream."

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Nuclear Cleanup; Soldier of Fortune; the Novel Quiet Dell; "Running from Crazy"; Julie Taymor's "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

We’ll look at what the Wall St. Journal uncovered during a year-long investigation into the disturbing debris left from a nuclear cleanup effort of materials that date back to the Cold War. Robert K. Brown talks about his bizarre military career and founding the magazine Soldier of Fortune. Jayne Anne Phillips on her latest novel, Quiet Dell. Filmmaker Barbara Kopple and Mariel Hemingway discuss collaborating on the documentary, “Running from Crazy,” about the legacy of suicide in the Hemingway family. Plus, we'll discussTony-winner Julie Taymor’s new production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

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Guest Picks: Jeanine Tesori

Monday, November 04, 2013

Find out what "Fun Home" composer Jeanine Tesori is a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Sam Gold

Monday, November 04, 2013

Find out what "Fun Home" director Sam Gold  is a fan of!

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Happy Cities?; Shahan Mufti on His Family and the History of Islam; Fun Home; Photography and the War in Vietnam

Monday, November 04, 2013

On today’s show: we’ll explore whether densely populated cities are be better—or worse—for happiness, and what urban design has done to improve communities around the world. Shahan Mufti can trace his family’s roots back to the inner circle of the prophet Muhammed, and he describes the relationship between Islamic law and religion. Director Sam Gold, composer Jeanine Tesori, and lyricist Lisa Kron talk about their new musical, Fun Home, adapted from a bestselling graphic novel. Pete Hamill and Santiago Lyon and Hal Buell of the Associated Press discuss the role of photojournalism in reporting the war in Vietnam.

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Fun Home at the Public Theater

Monday, November 04, 2013

A play based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel.

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WNYC News

Sex and Secrets, the Stars of this Theater Season

Friday, November 01, 2013

A married woman having a fiery, seven-year affair with her husband's best friend. A politician caught cheating on his wife with prostitutes.  A lesbian dealing with her dad's complicated sexuality. Welcome to the fall season in New York theater, where sex and secrets are the big stars.

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"The Glass Menagerie"

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Cherry Jones talks about playing Amanda Wingfield in the American Repertory Theater production of Tennessee Williams’ "The Glass Menagerie." She's joined by Celia Keenan-Bolger, who plays Laura, and Brian J. Smith who plays Jim, the Gentleman Caller. It’s playing at the Booth Theater through February 23.

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"The Glass Menagerie" and Hockey's Bobby Orr

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

On today’s show: Three members of the cast of the hit Broadway revival of “The Glass Menagerie”—Cherry Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger, and Brian J. Smith—talk about the play that catapulted Tennessee Williams to fame. And hockey legend Bobby Orr looks back at his remarkable career, explains how he revolutionized the position of defenseman, and talks about what he thinks of the game today.

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Tributes: Patrice Chereau

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Officially, Patrice Chereau was a director – but his provocative work in theater, opera, and film defied traditional forms. French President Francois Hollande called him “one of France’s greatest artists.” Chereau died recently at the age of 68 after a long battle with cancer.  You can hear his interview with Leonard from 1999, when he discussed his film, “Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train.”

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WNYC News

One NY Artist: Theater Producer Daryl Roth

Saturday, October 12, 2013

There are thousands of artists in New York City. Some are famous internationally. Others are scratching out a living while perfecting their craft in basements or on stage. WNYC is bringing a few of them to the spotlight, in their own voices.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Terry Lenzner on his Legal Career; Women and the Holocaust; Ethan Coen's First Full-Length Play; The Gurus of How-To

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Investigative lawyer Terry Lenzner looks back at his varied career, including investigating the 1964 deaths of 3 civil rights workers and his work for the Senate Watergate Committee. Wendy Lower discusses the role German women played in the Holocaust. Susan Pourfar and Halley Feiffer talk about their roles in Ethan Coen’s new off-Broadway play, “Women or Nothing.” And our gurus of how-to, Al and Larry Ubell on how to prepare your home for the cooler weather.

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“Women or Nothing”

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Susan Pourfar and Halley Feiffer discuss their roles in Ethan Coen’s first full-length play “Women or Nothing.” It’s about two women so desperate to have a child that one of them will even sleep with a man. Who the man is, what he thinks is going on, what the women think about what he thinks, and what the mother of one of the women reveals about her own colorful past defies belief. It plays through October 13 at the Atlantic Theater Company.

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“A Carlin Home Companion”

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Kelly Carlin remembers life with her father, the comedian George Carlin. Her one-woman show, “A Carlin Home Companion,” weaves her family stories with classic video footage of her father’s career and family memorabilia. She’s performing “A Carlin Home Companion” at the All For One Theater Festival at the Cherry Lane Theatre on October 11, 13, 17 and 19.

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WNYC News

You Too, Brutus, a Woman?

Friday, October 04, 2013

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is a violent cautionary tale about the abuse of power. Moliere’s The Learned Ladies is a genial satire about social and intellectual pretension. As WNYC’s Sarah Montague reports, each is being interpreted this season in an unusual way: with all women casts.

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Critics Pick: A Very Shakespeare Stage This Fall

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

This autumn, the Bard is on Broadway with several new Shakespeare performances. Some big name stars are making appearances, including two known for recent appearances as rival super heroes in the X-Men movies. 

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Community

FULL VIDEO | August Wilson Talk Series: Bringing Black Works to Broadway

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

WNYC

Of the roughly 33 plays and musicals to open in the 2011-2012 Broadway season, only five featured prominent African-American characters, actors or story lines. 

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