In Washington, D.C., the newly expanded Arena Stage has established a program that provides playwrights a few basics — including housing, a salary, and health benefits — so they can focus on their work.
Michael Kahn began directing plays as a child, and since then has become one of the most respected directors in classical theater. He formerly taught at New York's famed Julliard School. Now he's celebrating his 25 years leading the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. He speaks with Michel Martin about casting more actors of color, boosting culture in Washington and causing trouble as a college student.
An oft-debunked notion about the authorship of Hamlet, Macbeth and the rest is at the core of a new political thriller from director Roland Emmerich. Screenwriter John Orloff tells Renee Montagne that he's less interested in historical fact than in dramatizing "the process of creativity."
Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Henry Hwang's new play Chinglish opens on Broadway after a sell-out run in Chicago. Author of the hit play M. Butterfly, Hwang is back to exploring the complexities of the clash of Asian and American cultures.
They rose to fame 40 years apart, but Rita Moreno and John Leguizamo say they both faced some of the same hurdles in a town that sometimes just sees brown — and they both got over them with a signature sense of humor.
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