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Two Stars Share The Stage, And The Roles, In 'Little Foxes'

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:05:00 -0400

"Great parts are meant to be played; they're not meant to be owned," says Laura Linney. So she and Cynthia Nixon have agreed to switch roles for each performance of Lillian Hellman's 1939 melodrama.



Hijabi Artist Channels Beyoncé For Debut Of Her 'Resistance Music' And Video

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 04:01:00 -0400

Mona Haydar calls her music "resistance music" because it celebrates diversity and calls for women to be "unapologetic about who they are."



From D.C. Theater To '24': The Rise Of Actor Corey Hawkins

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:51:00 -0400

Hawkins auditioned for his first acting gig at the Kennedy Center when he was 9 years old. Now he's the star of the action drama series 24: Legacy, and he's also appearing in a Broadway play.



Hey You, Prestige Television Fan: Here's Why You Should See A New Play

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:18:00 -0400

While musicals have good pop-culture presence in many cases, plays tend not to. But in an environment that has embraced idiosyncratic and complicated TV, there's no better time to change that.



Composer Tim Minchin Brings 'Groundhog Day' To Broadway

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:30:00 -0400

Composer Tim Minchin brings his musical adaptation of the film, Groundhog Day, to Broadway. It's the story of a cynical weatherman who is forced to relive the same day over and over again.



'Smart People' Asks Hard Questions About Racism In America

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 18:16:19 -0400

Smart People is a thought provoking play that examines the difficulties of talking about race. Playwright Lydia R. Diamond discusses the genesis of the play.



John Leguizamo Plays Professor In 'Latin History For Morons'

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:32:00 -0400

John Leguizamo has been in over 90 films and written and starred in six one-man shows. His latest project is called "Latin History for Morons," which tells the story of his search for an understanding of Latin history. NPR's Audie Cornish sat down with Leguizamo at the Public Theater in New York to talk to him about the process of learning Latin history.



Prince Contained Multitudes, New Book Confirms

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 04:01:00 -0400

Prince on defining his music: "The only thing I could think of, because I really don't like categories, but the only thing I could think of is inspirational."



The Nuyorican Poets Café, A Cauldron for Poetry And Politics

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 04:01:00 -0400

It embodies the belief that anyone can take the stage and interpret one of the most accessible art forms and "reveal poetry as a living art."



Clint Smith: What Do We Risk If We Don't Speak Up?

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 08:59:14 -0400

Clint Smith is a poet and doctoral candidate at Harvard. As a high school English teacher, he taught his students the dangers of staying quiet and the importance of finding their voice.



Wrestling Icon The Undertaker Retires In Wake Of Wrestlemania 33 Defeat

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 16:33:00 -0400

After nearly 30 years in the ring, pro-wrestler The Undertaker has retired. Or, at least, that's what fans believe, after he laid down his iconic hat and overcoat at Wrestlemania 33 last weekend.



Gary Austin, Founder of the Groundlings Improv Group, Dies

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 18:21:00 -0400

Austin, relatively unknown outside of entertainment circles, taught and inspired many big names in comedy.



We Are All Martha: Alison Wright On How Her 'Americans' Character Became A Hit

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:45:35 -0400

Wright plays an FBI secretary who falls in love with an undercover Russian spy. She says Martha is "who we would all most likely be" if we found ourselves in the world of The Americans.



Kevin Breel: What Can Depression Teach Us About Comedy?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:09 -0400

The image of the "sad clown" can seem like a cliche. But for Kevin Breel, it's very real. He describes how he struggled with depression while performing as a stand-up comedian.



Sandi Toksvig: Can Social Change Start With Laughter?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:09 -0400

When comedian and TV host Sandi Toksvig came out as gay in the early 1990s, she used humor to recover from the onslaught of vitriol.Today, she says, humor can help bring about social change.