The innovative puppeteer Basil Twist is the focus of a mini-festival in Washington, D.C. this spring. Performances include the underwater Symphonie Fantastique and Arias With a Twist, featuring renowned drag artist Joey Arias. Elizabeth Blair talks with Twist about his singular creations.
"To be or not to be" may be the question, but there's another question that's been nagging Shakespeare scholars for a long time: What did Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet really sound like when The Bard's work was first performed more than four centuries ago?
Edith is a protective 12-year-old who carries around a giant stuffed frog and a rifle. She and her 16-year-old brother Kenny are latchkey kids, growing up in rural America. They are characters in the play Edith Can Shoot Things And Hit Them, by Filipino-American Rey Pamatmat. They play was just named as a finalist for the American Theater Critics Association's Steinberg Award for New Plays.
The word carries "disaster" in its meaning, but this weekend it's the name for a series of stage benefits across the U.S. and around the globe, all to commemorate the first anniversary of the massive Tohoku earthquake and tsunami — and fund relief efforts for Japanese artists.
Director Mike Nichols' story can be traced from Nazi Germany to Hollywood and Broadway. Over more than 50 years in show business, he's done serious (The Graduate), he's done shtick (Spamalot) and now he's doing a revival. Nichols' production of Death of a Salesman opens March 15.
Black ballerina Joan Myers Brown grew up in a time of rigid segregation, both in life and dance. Brenda Dixon Gottschild, author of Joan Myers Brown and the Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina, talks with NPR's Michel Martin about how Brown tackled racial barriers in the ballet world.
Joan Myers Brown is a black ballerina who grew up in a time of rigid segregation, both in life and dance. Host Michel Martin speaks with Brenda Dixon Gottschild, the author of "Joan Myers Brown and the Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina."
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