Tuesday, November 20, 2012
On today’s show: Futurist Ray Kurzweil discusses how the brain functions, and how human minds might be merged with intelligent technology. Austin Pendleton and Ethan Hawke tell us about their new production of “Ivanov.” Then, we’ll preview an upcoming performance of Bach’s Magnificat, performed with period instruments. Also, historian Kenneth T. Jackson talks about how our city has recovered from previous disasters.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Ryan Melia, who plays the lead in “The Old Man and the Old Moon,” Dan Weschler, who plays a variety of roles, the accordion, and was involved in composing the music and writing the script; and Lydia Fine, set, costume, and puppet designer, discuss the PigPen Theatre Co.’s Off-Broadway play, which features PigPen’s signature blend of original music, shadow puppetry, live action, and lighting effects. “The Old Man and the Old Moon” is playing through January 6, 2013 at The Gym at Judson.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Playwright Ayad Akhtar talks about the play “Disgraced,” along with actor Aasif Mandvi, who plays the lead role. The play tells is the story of a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his cultural roots. When he and his wife Emily, a white artist influenced by Islamic paintings, host a dinner party, what starts out as a friendly conversation escalates into something far more damaging. “Disgraced” is playing at Lincoln Center Theater and has been extended through December 23.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Cara Seymour, who stars as Lily in Brian Friel's “The Freedom of the City,” talks about the Irish Repertory Theatre’s new production of the play and the Irish Rep’s 25thanniversary season. She’s joined by Ciaran O’Reilly, the producing director, and Charlotte Moore, the Irish Rep’s artistic director. “The Freedom of the City” is playing at the Irish Repertory Theatre through November 25, then January 2-20.
Friday, November 09, 2012
Playwright Colman Domingo discusses his play “Wild with Happy,” in its world premiere at the Public Theater. Gil, an actor, finds his worlds colliding when his mother dies and he decides to have her cremated. But where should he scatter the ashes? And can he make a fairytale ending for her in the one place that made her wild with happy? “Wild with Happy” is playing at the Public Theater through November 11.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Michael Shannon and Ed Asner talk about their roles in the play “Grace,” on Broadway. It’s a gripping dark comedy, written by Craig Wright, that asks: are we in control of our lives or is there something else at work? The story follows a wide-eyed young couple as they start a new life in sunny Florida, with big plans to open a chain of Gospel-themed motels.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The Greene Space took an Inside Look of DEAD ACCOUNTS, a new comedy about families and felonies starring Norbert Leo Butz, Katie Holmes, Judy Greer, Josh Hamilton and Jayne Houdyshell--soon to hit Broadway.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Jake Gyllenhaal and Brían F. O’Byrne discuss the Roundabout Theatre Company’s new Off-Broadway production of “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet,” a new play by Nick Payne. It’s about a regular family stuck somewhere between knowing what the problem is and doing something about it. Fifteen-year-old Anna's weight makes her a natural target for bullies, but when her mother transfers Anna to the school where she teaches in order to protect her daughter, it only makes things worse. As Anna gets suspended for retaliating against a bully, her estranged uncle Terry, a heartbroken drifter, arrives unannounced and reaches out to Anna in a way that no one ever has.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Daisy Foote talks about writing the play “Him,” which stars her sister Hallie Foote. “Him” explores the institution of the American family. Two siblings struggling to keep the family store afloat must decide which is a priority: their father’s final wishes or their financial stability. It’s playing at Primary Stages through October 28.
Friday, September 28, 2012
New York is the epicenter of American theater, but it's not just because of Broadway. A mid-size theater complex downtown is arguably the most important incubator for new theater today: The Public Theater. Oskar Eustis is The Public’s artistic director, and a fierce advocate for his art form ...
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Saturday, September 01, 2012
By NPR Staff
Friday, August 31, 2012
We humans are pretty hot stuff — the most highly evolved species on the planet, or so we like to think. Terry Bisson’s science-fiction parable “They’re Made Out of Meat” suggests otherwise. To some space aliens who think they’ve seen it all, we’re not just primitive. We’re gross ...
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Celia Keenan-Bolger, who stars as Molly in “Peter and the Starcatcher” and director Roger Rees talk about the Broadway production. In the play, based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, a company of 12 actors plays more than a hundred characters, all on a journey to answer the question: How did Peter Pan become the Boy Who Never Grew Up? It’s playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
By Bob Mondello
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Amy Adams, who stars as the Baker’s Wife, and Denis O’Hare, who stars as the Baker, talk about their roles in the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine’s “Into the Woods.” The production is part of the 50th Anniversary season at The Delacorte, home of Shakespeare in the Park.