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Great Expectations, And Some Hope Of Meeting Them

Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang has written extensively on Asian immigrants' assimilation into American culture. The American dream, he says, is defined by the ability to imagine a future, and then have hope of fulfilling it.
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Ephron: From 'Silkwood' To 'Sally,' A Singular Voice

Nominated for multiple Oscars, the director and screenwriter gave us two of the most indelible scenes in contemporary cinema — and they're startlingly different.
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Fresh Air Remembers Broadway's Richard Adler

Richard Adler, who co-wrote the musicals The Pajama Game and Damn Yankees with his partner, Jerry Ross, died Thursday at his home in Southampton, N.Y. He was 90. Fresh Air remembers the composer and lyricist with excerpts from a 1990 interview.
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Shirley Clarke's 'Connection': Will It Click At Last?

When it was released in the early '60s, Shirley Clarke's controversial film about heroin addicts got shut down by New York police after two screenings. Now, a half-century later, audiences get a second chance to see the newly restored movie in theaters.
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On This Stage, Jesus Is A Robber; The Devil's A Rapist

The Angola Prison Drama Club performed a play unlike any other in the prison's experience. Seventy inmates took part in The Life of Jesus Christ. For the untrained actors, this production held special meaning, as they saw pieces of their own lives revealed in the characters they played.
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50 Years Later, Still Free, Still Battling The Weather

This summer marks the half-century anniversary of Central Park's Delacorte Theater, home of the free annual Shakespeare in the Park. Jeff Lunden looks at the theater's beginnings and how it continues its work today with a new production of As You Like It.
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The Stage On Which Juliet First Called Out For Romeo

Archaeologists have found the remains of the Curtain Theatre, where Shakespeare first staged some of his most famous plays. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Chris Thomas, who dug up the theater.
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'Old Jews' Take Jokes To The Stage

In the off-Broadway comedy Old Jews Telling Jokes, doctors, business owners, lawyers and mothers, all of "a certain age" tell jokes and one-liners such as, "Why don't Jewish mothers drink? They don't want to dull the pain." Producer Daniel Okrent and star Marilyn Sokol talk about Jewish humor.

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