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He Couldn't Stop Painting Rocks — And Now He Has Inspired A Play

Tonight, a new play by Athol Fugard opens off-Broadway. It's based on the story of Nukain Mabuza, a poor farm laborer in South Africa who was obsessed with creating a garden of painted rocks.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, May 6, 2015

Think you know what “Jewish music” sounds like? The 2015 Washington Jewish Music Festival shakes off stereotypes. But first, a politically-minded poet converts a stage into a field of F-bombs.

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Getting To Know The Real Story Was Key To Broadway's 'King And I' Revival

The musical's heroine was inspired by an English-Indian governess who really did travel to the king of Siam's court. The revival, directed by Bartlett Sher, has received nine Tony nominations.
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Director Julie Taymor Steers A 'Grounded' Portrait Of A Drone Pilot

The political, one-woman play starring Anne Hathaway seems to be the opposite of what Taymor — the creative force behind Broadway's The Lion King and Spider-Man musical — is known for.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 23, 2015

You can see young musicians perform at a local venue this weekend or snag tickets for plays that will focus on violence against women.

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Actors' Equity Implements $9 Minimum Wage For LA's Small Theaters

Less than a week after union members in LA overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to make small theaters pay their performers minimum wage, Actors' Equity decided to go ahead and implement it anyway. Many say the move could force many 99-seat theaters in LA to close.
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Broadway Passes The Bechdel Test With 'Fun Home'

Alison Bechdel's bestselling graphic novel memoir about growing up gay with a closeted father doesn't seem like an obvious choice for a musical, but it's coming to Broadway. NPR's Neda Ulaby reports.
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From Harpies To Heroines: How Shakespeare's Women Evolved

In her new book Women of Will, Tina Packer traces Shakespeare's maturation — and, she argues, the corresponding transformation of his female characters from caricatures to fully-realized humans.
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'Grand Illusion' Exhibit Lifts Curtain On The Secrets Of Setting The Stage

An exhibit at the Library of Congress is devoted to the art of theatrical design. Drawings, sketches, watercolors, posters and scale models reveal how magic and spectacle are achieved before our eyes.
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Bill Nighy And David Hare Team Up Again In 'Skylight' Revival

"Our paths haven't crossed — we've beaten a path towards each other," says playwright David Hare. "Bill is my favorite leading man." Nighy is now starring in a revival of Hare's Skylight on Broadway.

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