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Theater Artist Anne Basting Named MacArthur Fellow

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.
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Fresh Air Remembers Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Edward Albee

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.
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Missouri Theater Embraces Ferguson Echoes In 'Antigone' Production

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

"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.
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Actress And Broadway Star Kristin Chenoweth Plays Not My Job

We've invited Chenoweth, who is 4 feet 11 inches, to answer three questions about 6-foot-1 model and actress Brigitte Nielsen.
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'Come From Away' Musical Tells Story Of Resilience After 9/11

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

This year's AfroPunk Festival in Brooklyn features artists who are expanding the universe of punk and ideas about who belongs there.
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Glen Miller Hit, 'Chattanooga Choo Choo,' Marks Its 75th Anniversary

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.
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'OSLO' Tells The Surprising Story Behind A Historic Handshake

A new play chronicles the secret negotiations that brokered the 1993 Palestinian-Israeli peace accord. It's a thriller, says playwright J.T. Rogers: "The ticking clock is the dramatist's friend."
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At The Portrait Gallery, Students Tell The Stories That Pictures Can't

Washington, D.C., teens get into the spirit of historical figures and tell visitors what the portraits miss. In one instance, a student imagines a private talk between Richard Nixon and his wife.

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