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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Sept. 10, 2015

A world premiere play opens in Bethesda and a short film festival returns to D.C.

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Lives Displaced By Central Park Take Center Stage In New Play

The land that became New York City's Central Park was once home to Manhattan's first-known community of African-American property owners. A new play explores how eminent domain forced them out.
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Women's Voices Theater Festival Highlights Dozens Of Female Playwrights

As D.C. gears up for what's being called the largest ever collaboration to produce original theater by female writers, two local playwrights discuss the climate for women in today's theater world.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Sept. 3, 2015

You can have a laugh while watching a 20th-century comedy, or see a new play … or dozens of them. 

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New Play On Incarceration Has The Fingerprints Of Real-Life Prisoners

Whorl Inside A Loop, a new play opening in New York, looks at six inmates in a medium security prison and the actress who agrees to teach them how to tell their stories — as she steals those stories for her own use. The play really did get its start behind bars.
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Larry David's First Time On Broadway: 'It's Not So Easy!'

The comedian wrote and stars in Fish in the Dark, a play about rivalries and dysfunction when a family patriarch dies. Originally broadcast March 5, 2015.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Aug. 27, 2015

You can go to a free dance party that won’t bother the neighbors or see a musical about learning the power of compassion.

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'Waitress' Serves Dark, Funny Fare With A Musical Twist (And A Side Of Pie)

The musical was adapted from a 2007 indie film starring Keri Russell. It follows a diner waitress who pours her churning emotions about her abusive marriage into creatively named pies.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Aug. 19, 2015

Hip hop is performed live on stage in a multimedia production. You can see a play about a woman torn between her two dreams: romance and success.

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Lesbian Cartoonist Alison Bechdel Countered Dad's Secrecy By Being Out And Open

The musical and graphic novel Fun Home describe Bechdel's coming out, and her dad's closeted homosexuality. She says, "In many ways ... my professional career has been a reaction to my father's life."

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