: News

Intermission: The Backstage Hustle

Play associated audio
The musical "HAIR" is playing at the Kennedy Center through Nov. 21.
Joan Marcus
The musical "HAIR" is playing at the Kennedy Center through Nov. 21.

The first act ends. Ideally, the audience thunderously applauds. Then the audience mills about -- maybe moseys to the bar or restrooms.

But behind the curtain, it's not exactly the eye of the hurricane. Stage and production managers have to be ready to handle any situation during the few minutes allotted for intermission. That could mean repairing costumes, fixing sets or even prepping replacements for actors who can't go on.

William Barnes, the production manager for the touring company of "HAIR," says a lot can be taught in 12 minutes.

NPR

No Longer Omar: Actor Michael K. Williams On Lucky Breaks And Letting Go

Over the course of his career, Williams says he's learned to separate himself from his characters (like The Wire's Omar). In HBO's The Night Of, he plays a powerful prison inmate named Freddy.
NPR

#FoodPorn, Circa 1600s: Then And Now, It Was More About Status Than Appetite

A new study of old masters finds that capturing and showing off decadent and expensive meals is a decidedly old-fashioned practice. Like today's Instagrammers, it was all about projecting an image.
NPR

At Democratic Convention Kickoff Breakfast, Outgoing Chairwoman Booed

It's not a good opening for the Democratic National Convention: At a breakfast hosted by the delegation from Debbie Wasserman Shultz's home state of Florida, she was booed before she started talking.
NPR

Verizon Buys Yahoo For $4.8 Billion In Cash, Touting Gains In Mobile

The deal comes more than a year after Verizon paid $4.4 billion to acquire AOL; as part of Verizon, Yahoo will join the same division AOL currently occupies.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.