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Julius Caesar Production Closes, But Debate Over Art And Politics Likely to Rage On

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0400

A production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar has drawn the ire of conservatives for its depiction of President Trump as the ill-fated Roman politician.

'1984' Comes To Broadway And 'It's Not An Easy Evening'

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 08:15:39 -0400

George Orwell's dystopia returned to bestseller lists after the inauguration. "It's quite something to bring it to New York now, in this political climate," says adaptation co-author Duncan Macmillan.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Wonder Woman' And The Tony Awards

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:00:28 -0400

This week, we talk about the superhero smash Wonder Woman, and we talk about Dear Evan Hansen, Oslo and some of the other big winners from Sunday night's Tonys.

Atop Ancient Ruins, A Rock Opera About Emperor Nero Leaves Some Romans Unimpressed

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:05:00 -0400

A new musical seeks to present a different side of the emperor, known best for fiddling while Rome burned. But some historians object to what they see as the commercialization of Roman heritage.

The Unkindest Cut: Theater, President Trump And The Politics Of Performing Arts

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:18:30 -0400

Is depicting the president as Julius Caesar fair game, or over the line?

Sponsors Pull Support For 'Julius Caesar' That Seems To Depict Trump

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:38:00 -0400

Delta pulled its sponsorship of New York City's Public Theater over a production of Julius Caesar that seems to depict an assassination of President Trump.

Delta, BofA Drop Support For 'Julius Caesar' That Looks Too Much Like Trump

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 13:14:00 -0400

A New York production's Caesar has blond hair, a fondness for long ties and a wife who speaks with a Slavic accent. Delta said the assassination tale "crossed the line on the standards of good taste."

Stage Managers: You Can't See Them, But Couldn't See A Show Without Them

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 08:12:00 -0400

Off in the wings, stage managers coordinate cast and crew, calling hundreds of cues during Broadway performances. They may not win Tony Awards, but without them, not even the curtain would go up.

'The Great Comet': 'Hits All Of The Checkmarks' Of A Broadway Experience

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 17:51:00 -0400

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with director Rachel Chavkin and actress Denée Benton of Broadway's Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, which retells Tolstoy's War and Peace with a diverse cast.

Mozart After Midnight: Pianist Simone Dinnerstein's Cuban Journey

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 11:20:35 -0400

How a late-night recording session brought an American pianist and a Cuban youth orchestra into an unusual collaboration.

This Play Was Inspired By A Real Refugee's Shakespearean Dilemma

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 07:32:00 -0400

Shedrick Yarkpai escaped war-torn Liberia under an assumed name, which he kept as he started a new life in Australia. Objects in the Mirror follows Yarkpai's struggle to reclaim his identity.

In NYC, Activism Begins With Lessons In Theater

Wed, 31 May 2017 15:28:00 -0400

Wielding techniques that the global Theatre of the Oppressed movement used to train activists, one group challenges people to think beyond labels.

Why A Theater Director Made A 'Color-Conscious Choice' In 'Virginia Woolf' Casting

Wed, 31 May 2017 13:58:00 -0400

A small theater in Portland, Ore., cast an African-American actor in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? But the Albee estate wouldn't grant the rights to produce the 1962 play.

Cole Porter's Pro-Immigration Ballet Gets A Trump-Era Revival

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Within the Quota criticized the restrictive immigration laws passed by Congress after World War I. Now the Princeton University Ballet has brought the show back — with a few updates.

Dina Merrill, Actress, Heiress And Philanthropist, Dies At 93

Tue, 23 May 2017 04:09:00 -0400

Merrill, the daughter of Wall Street broker E.F. Hutton and cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, went on to become a leading lady in movies. She died Monday at her home in East Hampton, N.Y.