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'Pippin' Star Patina Miller Soars On Broadway

Actress Patina Miller made a splash on the theater scene in 2009 as the star of Sister Act. This year, she won a Tony Award for the Broadway revival of Pippin. She portrays Leading Player, the circus artist who guides a young prince in finding meaning and magic in his life. Miller speaks with host Michel Martin about the intense physical training and personal sacrifices that went into recreating Pippin.
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Bread And Puppet Celebrates 50 Years Of Paper Mache And Protest

Bread and Puppet Theater has been a familiar presence at political demonstrations since the anti-war protests of the 1960s. Its giant puppets and raucous brass band also marched against wars in Central America, Afghanistan and Iraq. The troupe marks its 50th anniversary this year.
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Broadway Star 'Comfortable' With Album Of Intensely Personal Songs

Tituss Burgess gained fame as the outrageous character D'Fwan on 30 Rock. But he's also a Broadway singer who's recorded two albums. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Burgess about his latest album Comfortable.
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Playwright August Wilson In 'Another League'

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson was best known for a series of 10 plays - one for every decade - depicting African-American life in the 20th century. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to director Kenny Leon and actress Phylicia Rashad, about breathing new life into the series.
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'One Night In Miami', More Than Clay Beats Liston

A new play tells the story of the night Cassius Clay, who changed his name to Muhammad Ali, beat Sonny Liston to take the world heavyweight title. It takes place in a hotel room after the fight where Clay, Sam Cooke, Malcolm X and Jim Brown talk about their lives, and their hopes for the future.
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African Diaspora International Film Festival

The 7th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival returns to D.C. with films highlighting the experience of people of African descent and people of color around the world.

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Fear Of Clowns: Yes, It's Real

Clowns are terrifying — that's pretty much a given. Even children, to whom they're supposed to appeal, are said to dislike them instinctively. Writer Linda McRobbie says darkness has always been a part of clowning.
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John Gallagher Jr. On 'Newsroom' Dialogue And Staging Green Day

In addition to playing a cable news producer on Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama, Gallagher is a Tony Award-winning Broadway performer. He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross about starring in a punk rock musical and rehearsing Sorkin's Newsroom scripts.
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Wallace Shawn: From 'Toy Story' Dino To Highbrow Playwright

Shawn has made a living playing comic, downtrodden characters like Rex, the green dinosaur in Toy Story. But in his free time, he has written a handful of intellectually demanding plays. New York's Public Theater is showcasing two of his works this year.
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Preserving Balanchine's Ballet Legacy, 30 Years Later

Legendary choreographer George Balanchine's work came to define ballet for much of the 20th century. He died in 1983, but his work survived thanks to his disciples who have taken his dances to ballet companies around the world.

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