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Remembering Zelda Fichandler, Matriarch Of American Regional Theater

When the co-founder of Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., made her theater a nonprofit, hundreds of small regional stages followed suit. Fichandler died July 29 at the age of 91.
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At Kansas City Shakespeare Festival, 'Something Beautiful And Magical'

Shakespeare in the Park — Southmoreland Park in Kansas City. As part of our summer series "The World's a Stage," we visit a rollicking performance of "Twelfth Night".
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Second Acts: Heather Headley Is Back On Broadway — After A '15-Year Intermission'

The actress, who won a Tony in 1997 for her role in Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida, returns to Broadway after 15 years, to play nightclub singer Shug Avery in a revival of The Color Purple.
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New 'Merchant Of Venice' Recasts Shylock As A Sympathetic Everyman

Actor Jonathan Pryce is playing the Jewish moneylender in a new touring production of The Merchant of Venice that reimagines Shakespeare's supposedly-comic villain as a tragic and universal figure.
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Rachel Chavkin Loves Chaos, And With 3 Shows In The Works, It Shows

The avant garde director has two shows running off-Broadway and a musical opening in October. Though she's working on several different projects, she says there's always "a conversation" between them.
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Anacostia Unmapped: Does Art Have A Color?

Spend time in Anacostia, and the G-word often comes up: gentrification. It's the "most loaded word in the English language," says Anacostia Playhouse founder Adele Robey, who sometimes finds herself as the "resident white woman" in community conversations about arts and development.

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D.C. Prepares To Draft A Sweeping 'Cultural Plan' For The City

Can the arts become a bigger part of the overall development agenda for the nation's capital? D.C.'s government and insiders from its arts community want to make the city more attractive to creative people and industries — and they're working on an official plan for it.

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'Ghost' Soprano Marni Nixon, Who Voiced Blockbuster Musicals, Dies At 86

You might not know Marni Nixon's name, but you've probably heard her. Nixon dubbed the voices for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, Natalie Wood in West Side Story and Deborah Kerr in The King and I.
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'I Wanted To Give Voice To Them' — Summer Program Spurs Theater About Race

Stark spotlights illuminate about a dozen teens. They shout out in groups: “I’m Latino, I’m black, I’m a woman, I’m mixed …” They're working on a play for the Paso Nuevo summer theater program, where D.C. youths find their voices on issues that matter to them.

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Colorism Within "Yellowman" And The African American Community

In the play "Yellowman," a dark-skinned woman and light-skinned man fall in love in a community fraught with class and color barriers.

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