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Christopher Marlowe Credited As Shakespeare's Co-Author On Henry VI Plays

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:28:00 -0400

True authorship of Shakespeare has been debated for centuries. Now, the New Oxford Shakespeare edition will list Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe as co-author on the three Henry VI plays, part one, two and three. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Florida State University professor Gary Taylor, one of the general editors of the new volume.

Manic And Depressed, 'I Didn't Like Who I Was,' Says Comic Chris Gethard

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:38:00 -0400

Gethard tells stories of hitting rock bottom in his new one-man off-Broadway show, which is billed as a comedy about "suicide, depression, alcoholism and all the other funniest parts of life."

Justice Ginsburg Will Make Her Operatic Debut — Sort Of

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0400

The Supreme Court justice is set to play a nonsinging role on opening night of the Donizetti opera "The Daughter of the Regiment" at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

'It's Very Lonely': Kathleen Turner Stars As Joan Didion In 'Magical Thinking'

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 07:26:04 -0400

Turner appears in a new production of The Year of Magical Thinking, based on Didion's 2005 memoir. In one year, Didion's daughter fell into a coma and her husband of 40 years had a fatal heart attack.

John Slattery Gushes About His Role In Revived Broadway Classic 'Front Page'

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 07:49:35 -0400

John Slattery, best known for his role in Mad Men, plays Hildy Johnson in the new Broadway production of The Front Page. He tells NPR's Scott Simon "it's a fantastic part in a fantastic play."

A Guilt-Ridden Winner Takes Center Stage In Peter Brook's 'Battlefield'

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 08:29:49 -0400

The theater director's latest production was inspired by the civil war in Syria. It tells the story of Yudishtira, a prince who is overwhelmed by guilt after he wins a bloody war.

'The Encounter' Brings The Sound Of The Amazon To Broadway

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 16:37:00 -0400

In 1969, an explorer and photographer named Loren McIntyre was dropped into the Amazon rainforest to try and make contact with a tribe called the Mayoruna. Now his story is headed to Broadway. The show uses binaural audio to play sounds of the rainforest in 3-D.

Theater Artist Anne Basting Named MacArthur Fellow

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:33:44 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers interviews Anne Basting, a theater artist and educator at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, about being awarded the MacArthur fellowship this year. She describes her work with people with cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer's and dementia, using improv theater and storytelling techniques to improve their lives.

Fresh Air Remembers Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Edward Albee

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:54:00 -0400

Albee made his debut as a Broadway playwright in 1962 with Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, which went on to win a Tony Award. He died Friday at the age of 88. Originally broadcast in 1984.

Missouri Theater Embraces Ferguson Echoes In 'Antigone' Production

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 08:45:00 -0400

Some TV stars will perform Sophocles' Antigone on stage in Ferguson, Mo., tonight. The ancient Greek drama is expected to resonate with its theme of an individual's struggle against the state.

Playwright Edward Albee, Who Changed And Challenged Audiences, Dies At 88

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:19:00 -0400

"All art should be useful," Albee said. "If it's merely decorative, it's a waste of time." The Pulitzer-winning playwright of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? died Friday following a short illness.

Actress And Broadway Star Kristin Chenoweth Plays Not My Job

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0400

We've invited Chenoweth, who is 4 feet 11 inches, to answer three questions about 6-foot-1 model and actress Brigitte Nielsen.

'Come From Away' Musical Tells Story Of Resilience After 9/11

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 16:37:00 -0400

As the extent of the 9/11 attacks became known, 38 planes were rerouted to Gander, Newfoundland. More than 6,000 passengers and crew were taken in by families there. Their story is the subject of a new musical called, Come From Away, which runs at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C., in September and October before heading to Broadway.

AfroPunk Acts To Free Your Mind And Your ... Ears

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:40:29 -0400

This year's AfroPunk Festival in Brooklyn features artists who are expanding the universe of punk and ideas about who belongs there.

Glen Miller Hit, 'Chattanooga Choo Choo,' Marks Its 75th Anniversary

Sat, 20 Aug 2016 08:17:00 -0400

On 8/21/41, the movie "Sun Valley Serenade" had its world premiere and featured the song, "Chattanooga Choo Choo." Playwright Murray Horwitz tells NPR's Scott Simon why the song became a monster hit.