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Arthur Mitchell was the founding director of the Dance Theater of Harlem, the country's first black ballet company. He died Wednesday at the age of 84.
Author: Karen Grigsby Bates
Posted: September 20, 2018, 9:07 am
Linus Vlatkovich, longtime "Prop God" of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, has retired.
Posted: September 15, 2018, 12:26 pm
Actress Marin Mazzie has died of ovarian cancer at age 57. Mazzie had a three-decade career, with her breakout role playing Clara in Stephen Sondheim's Passion in 1994. She was in Ragtime, Kiss Me Kate and The King and I, among other plays.
Author: Jeff Lunden
Posted: September 14, 2018, 8:26 pm
The high-school sci-fi musical got middling reviews when it premiered in New Jersey. Then teenagers on social media got a hold of it.
Author: Jeff Lunden
Posted: September 11, 2018, 11:00 am
Mexico's immigration battle with the U.S. plays out in the news daily, but a more subtle tension over cultural identity took center stage this week: foreigners taking leading roles in Mexican theater.
Author: Emily Green
Posted: September 8, 2018, 12:04 pm
Taylor, who died Wednesday, began dancing when he was 22 and worked with some of the world's most renowned choreographers before establishing his own dance troupe. Originally broadcast in 1987.
Author: Terry Gross
Posted: August 31, 2018, 5:45 pm
Among the most prolific and influential choreographers of 20th century movement, his movements were often inspired by everyday people doing everyday things. He died Wednesday at age 88.
Author: Andrew Limbong
Posted: August 30, 2018, 9:22 pm
Two friends, one black, one white, produced a short play about Carolyn Bryant, the white woman who accused Emmett Till of whistling at her. Since his murder, racial tensions exist six decades later.
Author: Karen Grigsby Bates
Posted: August 28, 2018, 8:57 am
The writer behind hits like The Odd Couple and Barefoot in the Park, known for his zany characters and comic dialogue, won over two dozen nominations for Tonys, Emmys and Oscars.
Author: Jon Kalish
Posted: August 26, 2018, 4:37 pm
Designer Billy Reid hosts his annual "Shindig" in his hometown, Florence, Ala. It's a celebration of design, music, food and art that Reid hopes will showcase the soul of the Shoals region.
Author: Debbie Elliott
Posted: August 26, 2018, 12:46 pm
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