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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mike Nichols on "Betrayal"

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

"I think that to make something alive, instead of on a page, is an honorable task. And it turns me on."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

August Wilson Cycle

Friday, September 20, 2013

WNYC's The Greene Space is in the midst of presenting all ten plays that form August Wilson's American Century Cycle. Artistic director Ruben Santiago Hudson, actor and associate artistic director Stephen McKinley Henderson, and the project’s audio theater producer Arthur Yorinks talk about the playwright and his work, its depiction of African American history, and the process of converting stage productions to radio drama.

→Check ticket availability for the remaining performances at The Greene Space.

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Around Broadway

Small Town Plays Featured in NYC's West Village

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Lucy Thurber is getting an honor not usually granted to mid-career playwrights: a cycle of five of her plays is being mounted in New York City.

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Spinning on Air

Adventures In, um, ah, Autobiography: Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s “Life and Times”

Sunday, September 08, 2013

In this episode of Spinning on Air, David Garland brings Nature Theater of Oklahoma's cast of six singers and three musicians to WNYC to perform two extended excerpts from Episode 1 of "Life and Times." OK Theater's co-directors Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper also join in to talk about their work, and the thoughts and process behind it.

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'Mr. Burns' And Friends, Surviving Long Past The End Times

Friday, September 06, 2013

A smash hit in Washington, D.C., Anne Washburn's dark comedy looks forward nearly a century — past an apocalypse — to ask how we might remember, rebuild and renew our shared heritage.

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In Small Spaces, Theater-Makers Are Telling Big Stories

Thursday, September 05, 2013

A confluence of epic stage projects, from Lucy Thurber's Hill Town Plays to Mike Daisey's monthlong, 29-play New York portrait, gives the lie to the notion that a dicey arts economy has theater-makers thinking small. Mark Blankenship reports.

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Around Broadway

Adulterers Flirting with the World Beyond

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

"The Cheaters Club" is the latest production from The Amoralists, a downtown theater group self-described as producing “work of no moral judgment.”

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Around Broadway

Fall Preview: An Eclectic NY Theater Season

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Labor Day Weekend is here – alas, the unofficial end of Summer. But with that ending comes many new beginnings, one of which is the new theater season in New York City.

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'Pippin' Star Patina Miller Soars On Broadway

Monday, August 26, 2013

Actress Patina Miller made a splash on the theater scene in 2009 as the star of Sister Act. This year, she won a Tony Award for the Broadway revival of Pippin. She portrays Leading Player, the circus artist who guides a young prince in finding meaning and magic in his life. Miller speaks with host Michel Martin about the intense physical training and personal sacrifices that went into recreating Pippin.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tributes: Julie Harris

Monday, August 26, 2013

When Julie Harris was asked, later in her life, what she would do today, if she learned that the world would end tomorrow, she replied, "I'd go to the theater."  The actress spent her life on the stage, becoming the most decorated performer in the history of Broadway for her roles in "The Member of the Wedding," "I Am a Camera," "Forty Carats," "The Last of Mrs. Lincoln," "The Belle of Amherst," and "The Gin Game."  She died at the age of 87.  We were lucky enough to have had her on our show.  And you can listen to her interview from 1996 below.

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Bread And Puppet Marks 50 Years Of Paper Mache And Protest

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Bread and Puppet Theater has been a familiar presence at political demonstrations since the anti-war protests of the 1960s. Its giant puppets and raucous brass band also marched against wars in Central America, Afghanistan and Iraq. The troupe marks its 50th anniversary this year.

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Broadway Star 'Comfortable' With Album Of Intensely Personal Songs

Friday, August 23, 2013

Tituss Burgess gained fame as the outrageous character D'Fwan on 30 Rock. But he's also a Broadway singer who's recorded two albums. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Burgess about his latest album Comfortable.

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The Takeaway

Revitalizing & Reinventing Immersion Theater

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Theater, one of the oldest forms of entertainment, is again embarking on this tradition of immersion. While interactive theater isn’t new, it is growing in popularity as audience members are encouraged to drink, socialize or take part in a production without being dragged on stage. Charlie Herman, the business and economics editor for Takeaway co-producer WNYC, explains the latest developments in immersion theater.

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The Takeaway

New Documents Show Sweeping NSA Surveillance of Americans | Why Bacteria Can Be Good for Us | Revitalizing & Reinventing Immersion Theater

Thursday, August 22, 2013

New Documents Show Sweeping NSA Surveillance of Americans | The End of an Era: Final Set of Nixon Tapes Released | Mapping Our Digital DNA | North Carolina Overhauls Election Process | Symbiotic Relationships & The Circle of Life | Why Bacteria Can Be Good for Us | Revitalizing & Reinventing ...

Playwright August Wilson In 'Another League'

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson was best known for a series of 10 plays - one for every decade - depicting African-American life in the 20th century. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to director Kenny Leon and actress Phylicia Rashad, about breathing new life into the series.

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Studio 360

Keeping Up With the Sarah Joneses

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Tony Award-winning writer and performer transforms from a self-deprecating Brit to a Jewish grandmother, to a young male rapper.

Slideshow: Sarah Jones in character

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Studio 360

Ask a Harvard Psychologist

Friday, August 16, 2013

Howard Gardner, who developed the theory of multiple intelligences, joins Kurt and Sarah Jones on stage for a session of free advice.

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Studio 360

Nereida Comes to America

Friday, August 16, 2013

Sarah Jones channels a young Dominican immigrant and her family’s first miracle in America.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

We're Gonna Die

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Young Jean Lee, playwright, performer, and artistic director of Young Jean Lee's Theater Company, talks about "We're Gonna Die," the Obie-winning live show of songs and stories in performance through Saturday at LCT3, and the new album

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'One Night In Miami', More Than Clay Beats Liston

Monday, August 12, 2013

A new play tells the story of the night Cassius Clay, who changed his name to Muhammad Ali, beat Sonny Liston to take the world heavyweight title. It takes place in a hotel room after the fight where Clay, Sam Cooke, Malcolm X and Jim Brown talk about their lives, and their hopes for the future.

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