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For One Man, The Sword Is Mightier Than The Pen

Tony Gangi, aka The Amazing Human Head, is an aspiring sideshow performer from Massachusetts. He gave up a career in publishing to impale himself in a variety of ways, but couldn't have pursued the sideshow arts — including sword swallowing — without support from his loving and still squeamish wife, Suzanne.
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Stephen Sondheim: Examining His Lyrics And Life

In this rebroadcast from 2010, the musical theater legend talks about writing the lyrics and music for several of his productions, including the 1981 musical Merrily We Roll Along, which is currently in the middle of a two-week run in New York City.
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Colonial History, Through The Eyes Of The Colonized

Danai Gurira's play The Convert interrogates the experiences of the indigenous population in 1890s Rhodesia. Jeff Lunden talks with Gurira about her and her family's experiences in Zimbabwe, and the play's relation to the country today.
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New Staging Of 'Yentl' Tells A Transgender Girl's Story

Singer-songwriter Jill Sobule is best known for her hit single "I Kissed a Girl." But today she's taking on a new kind of project: writing original music for a new staging of the play Yentl. Her version shares little with Barbra Streisand's movie musical.
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In Broadway's 'Wit,' A Documentary Of Our Demise

Cynthia Nixon, best known for her glamorous role in Sex and the City, stars in a Broadway revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Wit. Jeff Lunden talks with Nixon — and Wit's playwright Margaret Edson — about depicting disease and pain with humor.
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Ralph Fiennes On Taking Risks With 'Coriolanus'

Ralph Fiennes is known for being a multi-faceted character actor. On film, he's immersed himself in roles as varied as a Hungarian count to one of the most memorable screen villains, Lord Voldemort. But his latest role, as Shakespeare's Coriolanus, may be one of his most challenging, the actor says.
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Is It Ok To Leave A Show After Intermission?

Have you ever gone to a concert or a play and, for whatever reason, just didn't come back after intermission? Some people have no qualms about leaving. Others wouldn't dream of it, no matter how awful the performance.
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Wim Wenders On 'Pina': A Dance Documentary In 3-D

Germany's official entry at the 84th Oscars is Pina, a documentary showcasing the groundbreaking work of the late choreographer Pina Bausch. Director Wim Wenders discusses Bausch, representing dance on screen, and working in 3-D.

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