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Hard Life Of Pullman Porters Gets Stage Debut

In the 1930s, working as a Pullman porter was one of the few good jobs available to African-American men, even though the pay was low and racism was a daily fact of work life. Cheryl West's new play tells the story of three generations of Pullman porters. Marcie Sillman, of member station KUOW, talked to the playwright and a former porter about the job and how West presents it on stage.
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Studio's Lab Series Tests New Plays On A Budget

D.C.'s Studio Theatre has found a way to test out brand new plays in front of an audience, without risk of breaking the bank. The "Lab Series" operates outside Studio's subscription season, and offers scaled-down productions of world-premiere plays at only $20 a ticket.

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Racial Issues, Far From 'Invisible' On D.C. Stage

An adaptation of Ralph Ellison's landmark novel The Invisible Man is electrifying audiences in the nation's capital. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to the writer, director and star about bringing a complicated story to the stage.
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A Broadway Mystery Worthy Of 'Rebecca'

A musical adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's Gothic novel Rebecca was set to come to Broadway — until the existence of its major investor came into question. New York Times theater writer Patrick Healy discusses the mystery on All Things Considered.
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Shorts Inspire Music In 'Sounding Beckett' Trilogy

Samuel Beckett, the author of Waiting for Godot, is known for the spare, modern rhythms of his plays. Now, as Jeff Lunden explains, the off-Broadway show Sounding Beckett brings together three of the playwright's short works with new pieces of contemporary music they inspired.
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Red Hot Patriot: Kathleen Turner

Oscar-nominated actress Kathleen Turner stars in a one-woman show on the life of firebrand Texas journalist Molly Ivins.

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In New York, Two Big Arts Institutions Go Small

Lincoln Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music recently opened new, smaller theater spaces designed by architect Hugh Hardy. There, new works can be performed without the financial pressure of filling a large theater — and with cheaper tickets, they can attract the younger generation, too.

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