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Storytelling With The Moth And Story District

Long before humans created the written word, stories were passed down from one generation to the next orally. We consider the ancient and modern art of storytelling and what it takes to keep an audience rapt.

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After Decades On Stage, Arthur Miller's Works Defy The Final Curtain

The great American playwright was born a century ago Saturday. An activist as much as he was a writer, Miller challenged social ills in playscripts — and set a new standard for the citizen-artist.
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O Romeo, Romeo, What The Heck Are You Saying?

Wherefore art "thou"? Why not "you" instead? The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is making an ambitious — and controversial — attempt to rewrite the Bard's plays into modern-day English.
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Hasan Minhaj Of 'Daily Show' On Prom, Indian Dads And White Folks At Desi Weddings

Homecoming King is the comedian's absorbing tale about the first-generation American experience and the NBA (New Brown America).
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'Spring Awakening' Returns To Broadway — In Sign Language

The hit musical only closed six years ago, and now it's back, in a well-reviewed revival featuring hearing and deaf actors, who sing and sign during the performance.
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Dick Van Dyke: "Keep Moving"

Dick Van Dyke has been charming audiences for generations. In a new memoir, the actor explains how he stays in touch with his inner child and why life gets better the longer you live it.

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Deluge Contaminates And Destroys Ballet School

The South Carolina flood has left the Columbia Classical Ballet Company without not just its costumes and scores but its building.
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In Argentina, Where Culture Is 'A Right,' A Free New Arts Center Opens

Argentina's newest tourist attraction is housed in a repurposed century-old Beaux Arts Central Post Office building. The Centro Cultural Kirchner is one of the largest cultural centers in the world.
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Michelle Dorrance: 'I Just Knew I Would Never Stop Tap Dancing'

Dorrance was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship on Tuesday. For her, tap dance is the ultimate art form. "To be able to be a dancer and a musician at the same time — there's nothing like it," she says.
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From Ingenue To Antigone: Juliette Binoche Discusses Acting, Aging And Family

The Oscar-winning actress plays Antigone in a new translation of Sophocles' 2,000-year-old tragedy. "It's a very powerful play," Binoche says. Sophocles "still is bringing so much truth in our lives."

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