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Orpheus Goes Grunge; Jimmy Eat World Grows Up; The Story of Shlomo Carlebach

Monday, August 12, 2013

In this episode: We talk with Sarah McCarry, the author of All Our Pretty Songs — a new fantasy fiction novel which is set in 1990's Seattle and gives the Orpheus myth a punk rock update.

Plus: Pop-punk band Jimmy Eat World plays songs from its recent album, Damage.

And: The story of singing rabbi Shlomo Carlebach is the inspiration for the new Broadway musical, Soul Doctor. We hear from Carlebach’s daughter, Neshama Carlebach, and actor Eric Anderson, who plays Carlebach in the new theatrical work.

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    Strip Club in Tijuana Meets Rap Opera at the Fringe Festival

    Saturday, August 10, 2013

    It's a busy time for theater goers. The New York International Fringe Festival is presenting 185 new plays until August 25th in several venues in downtown Manhattan.

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    Shakespeare in the Park's “Love’s Labour’s Lost”

    Friday, August 09, 2013

    Rachel Dratch talks about starring in the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park musical production of “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” along with Michael Friedman, who wrote the songs. The King and his best friends decide at their five-year college reunion to swear off women, but when four cute, clever girls from their past show up, they’re forced to reconsider. “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” is playing at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park through August 18.

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    Guest Picks: Rachel Dratch

    Friday, August 09, 2013

    Rachel Dratch was on the Leonard Lopate Show, along with Michael Friedman, to talk about her role in Shakespeare in the Park's musical adaptation of "Love's Labour's Lost." She also told us what she's a fan of -- and no, we weren't expecting it.

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    Michael Friedman Sets Shakespeare To Song In 'Love's Labour's Lost'

    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. 

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    “Choir Boy”

    Thursday, August 01, 2013

    Jeremy Pope and Wallace Smith discuss their roles in “Choir Boy,” a new play with gospel music. Pharus (played by Jeremy Pope) wants nothing more than to take his rightful place as leader of the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys’ legendary gospel choir, but can he find his way at the institution if he sings in his own key? “Choir Boy” is playing at Manhattan Theatre Club through August 11.

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    The Accidental Education of an Unintentional Director: Jack O'Brien

    Thursday, August 01, 2013

    Director Jack O’Brien talks about the history of American regional theater and how he became a director. In Jack Be Nimble: The Accidental Education of an Unintentional Director he explains that he didn’t intend to become a director, or to direct some of the most brilliant—and sometimes maddening—personalities of the age, but that’s what unexpectedly happened.

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    Theater Director Jack O'Brien; Orson Welles Recordings; "Choir Boy"; Voting Rights in NC; Saving Florida's Oranges

    Thursday, August 01, 2013

    Jack O’Brien talks about his unexpected career, directing Broadway shows like “Catch Me If You Can” and operas at the Metropolitan Opera. Then, film historian Peter Biskind on newly found recordings of conversations between Orson Welles and fellow director Henry Jaglom. Jeremy Pope and Wallace Smith discuss their roles in the off-Broadway play, “Choir Boy.” Ari Berman takes look at a North Carolina bill that would change the state’s voting laws. And we’ll find out how genetic modification could save Florida’s oranges.

    John Gallagher Jr. On 'Newsroom' Dialogue And Staging Green Day

    Monday, July 29, 2013

    In addition to playing a cable news producer on Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama, Gallagher is a Tony Award-winning Broadway performer. He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross about starring in a punk rock musical and rehearsing Sorkin's Newsroom scripts.

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    Wallace Shawn: From 'Toy Story' Dino To Highbrow Playwright

    Sunday, July 28, 2013

    Shawn has made a living playing comic, downtrodden characters like Rex, the green dinosaur in Toy Story. But in his free time, he has written a handful of intellectually demanding plays. New York's Public Theater is showcasing two of his works this year.

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    King Kong, the Hip-Hop MC

    Saturday, July 27, 2013

    One of the most iconic movie figures of the 1930s is now a hip-hop MC.

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    Guest Picks: David Morse

    Thursday, July 25, 2013

    Actor David Morse  was recently on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about his role in “The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin,” along with co-star Rich Sommer. He told us about his pizza allergy, and a few of the things he enjoys.

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    Guest Picks: Rich Sommer

    Thursday, July 25, 2013

    Actor Rich Sommer was recently on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about his role in “The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin,” along with co-star David Morse. He told us about his love of board games and a few more of his favorite things.

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    “The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin”

    Thursday, July 25, 2013

    David Morse and Rich Sommer talk about their roles in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s world premiere of “The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin.” Tom Durnin (played by Morse) did the time for a white-collar crime and is now determined to win back the respect he believes he deserves, no matter the price. Can Tom find a place in a family that has worked so hard to move on without him? It's playing at the Laura Pels Theatre.

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    The History of the Voting Rights Act; "The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin"; Solar Plane; Indoor Air Pollution

    Thursday, July 25, 2013

    We’ll look at the history of the Voting Rights Act and what last month’s Supreme Court decision means for its uncertain future. David Morse and Rich Sommer talk about their roles in the new play, “The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin.” Dagmara Daminczyk discusses her new novel, The Lullaby of Polish Girls. We’ll find out about the first solar-powered airplane and about how your kitchen could be a pollution hazard.

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    “Buyer & Cellar”

    Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    Playwright Jonathan Tolins talks about his play “Buyer & Cellar,” along with Michael Urie, who stars in it. It’s about a  struggling actor in L.A., who takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a megastar. One day, the Lady Herself comes downstairs. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? It’s playing at the Barrow Street Theater and has been extended through mid-October.

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    Guest Picks: Jonathan Tolins

    Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    Playwright Jonathan Tolins was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, along with actor Michael Urie, to talk about his play, "Buyer & Cellar." It turns out he's a fan of everything from Bach Cantatas to the Real Housewives!

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    Guest Picks: Michael Urie

    Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    Actor Michael Urie was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about starring in "Buyer & Cellar," along with playwright Jonathan Tolins. He also told us about the two unexpected things he's a fan of!

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    Advice for Teachers; NYPL Pres. Anthony Marx; "Buyer & Cellar"; the Future of Fishing

    Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    Veteran teacher Rafe Esquith shares what he’s learned and offers advice for rookie teachers and tenured faculty alike. New York Public Library President Anthony Marx talks about the library’s renovation project and the controversy it’s created. Playwright Jonathan Tolins and star Michael Urie on the off-Broadway play, “Buyer and Cellar.” And we’ll look at what’s happened to the Sea of Cortez when its fish population declined—it took the area’s economy down with it.

    'Love's Labours,' Tuned Up And Playing In The Park

    Tuesday, July 23, 2013

    For the first time since the Tony Award-winning adaptation of Two Gentlemen of Verona in 1972, New York's Public Theater is presenting a brand-new musical as part of the Shakespeare in the Park series. The team behind the hit Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson have adapted Love's Labour's Lost.

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