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In 'Straight White Men,' A Play Explores The Reality Of Privilege

One of the hottest playwrights in American theater right now is 40-year-old Young Jean Lee. The Korean-American dramatist talked to NPR's Neda Ulaby about her new play opening this week off Broadway.

What's The Line Between Stereotyping, Celebrating Culture?

Playwright and performer Sarah Jones has a chameleon-like ability to change personas. Through these personas, she explores the fine line between stereotyping and celebrating different ethnic groups.

How Can First Impressions Mislead Us?

Artist Hetain Patel toys with race, identity, language and accent — and challenges us to think beyond surface appearances.

Veterans Voices Multitracked, Overdubbed, Amplified Through An Actor

A new multimedia stage production, led by a Juilliard composer and an Iraq veteran who took up acting, hopes to help struggling soldiers battle post-traumatic stress disorder.

Actor's Calendar: 'Girls,' 'Star Wars,' Taking Theater To The Military

Adam Driver is famous for his role in HBO's Girls and his major (and mysterious) part in the next Star Wars film. Less famous: The former Marine's nonprofit organization, Arts in the Armed Forces.
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D.C.'s Arena Stage Marks 65 Years of Dramatic Devotion

As Arena Stage celebrates its 65th anniversary season, we hear from the artists who helped the pioneering company become a theatrical powerhouse.

'Little Dancer' Musical Imagines The Story Behind Degas' Mysterious Muse

Ballerina Marie Van Goethem started modeling for Edgar Degas around 1878 and inspired his statue Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. But history lost track of her after she left the Paris Opera.

El Teatro Campesino's Mission Remains As Its Stages Grow

The California theater company was born on the picket lines of the United Farm Workers Movement; its mission is to dramatize the struggles of everyday people and bring the stories to a wider audience.

Play, Ball: A Theatrical Look At The 'Beauty And Brutality' Of Football

In the new play Colossal, a former football player, paralyzed after taking a bad hit during a game, reflects on his glory days and his struggles as a gay man in the macho culture of football.

Broadway Veteran Marian Seldes Dies At 86

Seldes was a distinctive presence on Broadway performing in the works of Tennessee Williams, Samuel Beckett and Edward Albee among others. She won a Tony Award in 1965.