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For Opera Powerhouse Dolora Zajick, 'Singing Is Connected To The Body'

The mezzo-soprano discovered opera as a 22-year-old pre-med student. She took "a crack at a singing career" and has been at the Metropolitan Opera for 25 years. Originally broadcast March 14, 2014.
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Black Girlhood Takes Center Stage In A Work That's Serious About 'Play'

"Black girls playing; black girl joy" — that's what choreographer Camille Brown says her new show is all about. She's taking Black Girl: Linguistic Play to stages, schools and prisons around the U.S.
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Wildfire Smoke Can Be A Show Stopper At Oregon Shakespeare Festival

With wildfires raging across the Pacific Northwest, festival organizers must frequently assess the air quality for the safety of the audience and performers. Six shows have been canceled so far.
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Set In Los Angeles, Greek Tragedy 'Medea' Gets A Modern Twist

The Greek tragedy Medea has been rewritten for the modern age. Mojada: A Medea, running in LA, is set in Southern California and involves a border crossing, a garment worker and a straying husband.
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Monty Python's John Cleese, Eric Idle Reunite In 'Together Again At Last'

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to comedians John Cleese and Eric Idle of Monty Python about their new show, Together Again At Last...For The Very First Time, which begins its U.S. tour in October.
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Harvard's Hasty Pudding Club Considers Adding 1st Female Performers

Women auditioned for the Harvard musical theater group, Hasty Pudding, this weekend, which has never had a female member in the troop.
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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Frank D. Gilroy Dies At 89

Gilroy also won a Tony Award and a Drama Critic's Circle Award for The Subject Was Roses, a play about a World War II veteran returning home from war. He died Saturday.
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Women's Voices Theater Festival

More than 50 of the region's professional theaters have joined together this season to highlight the range of work by women. We speak with an artistic director, a playwright, and a participating theater director about the festival.

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Lives Displaced By Central Park Take Center Stage In New Play

The land that became New York City's Central Park was once home to Manhattan's first-known community of African-American property owners. A new play explores how eminent domain forced them out.
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Larry David's First Time On Broadway: 'It's Not So Easy!'

The comedian wrote and stars in Fish in the Dark, a play about rivalries and dysfunction when a family patriarch dies. Originally broadcast March 5, 2015.

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