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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Higher Plane

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.

The Leonard Lopate Show

"The Old Man and the Old Moon"

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.

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"Disgraced" at Lincoln Center

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

25 Years of the Irish Rep

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.

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"Wild with Happy"

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.

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"Grace" on Broadway

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.

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The Greene Space

Norbert Leo Butz, Katie Holmes and cast of Dead Accounts give us an "Inside Look"

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.  

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tracy Letts and Amy Morton talk about their roles in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.” They face off as George and Martha, one of theatre’s most notoriously dysfunctional couples. “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” playing at the Booth Theatre.

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Brían F. O’Byrne on Stage

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.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New Season: Theater

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

David Cote, theater editor for Time Out New York, previews the fall theater season, including a revival of "Annie." Theater fans, what shows are you looking forward to? Post your picks here!

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Radiolab

Brain Fodder Vol. 3

Monday, October 15, 2012

On the brains of Radiolabbers this week: pillow lava, pale ale, and an intense soundtrack.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Daisy and Hallie Foote on "Him"

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.

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Studio 360

Oskar Eustis: Putting the Public Back in Theater

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 ...

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Features

A Broadway Mystery Worthy Of 'Rebecca'

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A musical adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's Gothic novel Rebecca was set to come to Broadway — until the existence of its major investor came into question. New York Times theater writer Patrick Healy discusses the mystery on All Things Considered.

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Features

George Takei Takes Story Of Internment To The Stage

Saturday, September 01, 2012

The actor was born in 1937 to a Japanese-American family that, after Pearl Harbor, was sent to live in internment camps for the duration of World War II. His experience growing up in the camps inspired a new musical, Allegiance, which Takei also stars in.

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Studio 360

They’re Made Out of Meat

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 ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Peter and the Starcatcher

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.

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WNYC News

In The Theater Of Politics, Staging Is Everything

Thursday, August 23, 2012

As the party conventions approach, elaborate theatrics on the part of presidential candidates are at the forefront. NPR critic Bob Mondello takes a look at the ways campaigns frame their candidates to make them stand out like Broadway stars.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

"The Accidental Pundette"

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Nancy Giles, CBS Sunday Morning contributor, talks about her one-woman show, "The Accidental Pundette," part of the Summer Shorts series at 59E59 theater.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Amy Adams and Denis O'Hare on "Into the Woods"

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.

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