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Playwright Edward Albee, Who Changed And Challenged Audiences, Dies At 88

"All art should be useful," Albee said. "If it's merely decorative, it's a waste of time." The Pulitzer-winning playwright of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? died Friday following a short illness.

Actress And Broadway Star Kristin Chenoweth Plays Not My Job

We've invited Chenoweth, who is 4 feet 11 inches, to answer three questions about 6-foot-1 model and actress Brigitte Nielsen.

'Come From Away' Musical Tells Story Of Resilience After 9/11

As the extent of the 9/11 attacks became known, 38 planes were rerouted to Gander, Newfoundland. More than 6,000 passengers and crew were taken in by families there. Their story is the subject of a new musical called, Come From Away, which runs at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C., in September and October before heading to Broadway.

Glen Miller Hit, 'Chattanooga Choo Choo,' Marks Its 75th Anniversary

On 8/21/41, the movie "Sun Valley Serenade" had its world premiere and featured the song, "Chattanooga Choo Choo." Playwright Murray Horwitz tells NPR's Scott Simon why the song became a monster hit.
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The Local Legacy Of Theater Legend Zelda Fichandler

Washington's theater legend, Zelda Fichandler died last week at the age of 91. We talk about her life, legacy and the outsized mark she left on regional theater in our region and beyond.


'OSLO' Tells The Surprising Story Behind A Historic Handshake

A new play chronicles the secret negotiations that brokered the 1993 Palestinian-Israeli peace accord. It's a thriller, says playwright J.T. Rogers: "The ticking clock is the dramatist's friend."

At The Portrait Gallery, Students Tell The Stories That Pictures Can't

Washington, D.C., teens get into the spirit of historical figures and tell visitors what the portraits miss. In one instance, a student imagines a private talk between Richard Nixon and his wife.

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.

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".

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.