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From Streets To Stage, Two Dance Worlds See Harmonization And Chaos

When a San Francisco-based choreographer decided to take turf dancers off of the streets and trains of Oakland and put them on stage with ballet dancers, chaos ensued. Until she let them all improv together.
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In 'Sweat,' Adapting To Change Is The Hardest Work Of All

Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage spent two years visiting Reading, Pa., to research her new play. Sweat explores how industrial decline affected workers in the former steel and textile town.
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Alyson Cambridge - A Local Opera Voice Reaches An International Audience

Internationally-acclaimed operatic soprano Alyson Cambridge is returning to her native Washington, D.C. for a one-night performance of a special program, "In Her Voice" -- created for her hometown. She joins us to discuss the music she'll perform with Washington Performing Arts, as well as her new album, "Until Now," an eclectic lineup of standards and classics that highlight her vocal range.

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'Glory Of The World' Is More Wacky Birthday Party Than Traditional Play

The play celebrates Catholic monk Thomas Merton's 100th birthday. But it isn't really about Merton — it's about human complexity, and at times the action resembles the film Animal House.
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'Fiddler' Songwriters Discuss Putting Themselves In The 'Soul Of The Characters'

Together Sheldon Harnick and the late Jerry Bock wrote the songs for the Broadway show Fiddler on the Roof. Both men spoke to Fresh Air in 2004; Harnick spoke to Fresh Air again in 2014.
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George Takei: From 'Star Trek' To Social Media Stardom To 'Allegiance'

George Takei found stardom through his role as Hikaru Sulu on the original "Star Trek" television series. But today many people know of him through his (often humorous) online presence.

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'60s 'Dish' Maggie Smith Says, 'That Was Never Me'

"It must be lovely to be beautiful, but that's a really difficult thing to lose," says Smith, now 81. Best known in the U.S. for her role in Downton Abbey, she's now starring in The Lady in the Van.
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Years After Its Curfew Killed Theater, Ghana Gets A Second Act

Back in the '80s, Ghanaian theater went dark under military curfew. Now, a dapper businessman-turned-playwright is leading an onstage revival — and doing it with a sense of humor.
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Why Do Theater? Every Year, International Festival Looks For Answers

Organizers of Under the Radar regularly search the globe for cutting-edge theater that is urgent and relevant. This year's festival features works from Rwanda, the U.S. and Japan.
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75 Years Of 'Pal Joey'

Penguin Classics has published a 75th Anniversary presentation of the John O'Hara novel, and the libretto and lyrics of the musical. Scott talks to Thomas Mallon, who wrote the book's forward.

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