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Songwriter David Yazbek knew he wanted to write a musical that fused his two cultural backgrounds and avoid the tired stories about tribal conflict.
Author: Jeff Lunden
Posted: November 11, 2017, 1:07 pm
Groff says his work on HBO's Looking changed his life: "It's one of my favorite things I've worked on, the most personal thing I've worked on." He now stars in the Netflix series Mindhunter.
Author: Terry Gross
Posted: October 31, 2017, 7:33 pm
Director Julie Taymor took an unconventional tack in adapting the animated film for the big stage. Even 20 years on, she finds the musical's social themes evolve and resonate with audiences worldwide.
Author: Michel Martin
Posted: October 30, 2017, 3:29 am
Sakdiyah Ma'ruf grew up watching bootleg videos of Roseanne Barr and Jerry Seinfeld. Now she is breaking ground as a stand-up comedian who wears a hijab while openly mocking religious fundamentalists.
Author: Ari Shapiro
Posted: October 29, 2017, 10:23 pm
During a recent visit to Vancouver, NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talked with American comedian Erik Griffin about what performing stand-up has been like during the Trump administration.
Posted: October 29, 2017, 12:07 pm
Irish playwright Duncan Macmillan's latest work follows an actress who goes into rehab after coming unhinged onstage. It's an unsentimental take on addiction and recovery that offers no easy answers.
Author: Jeff Lunden
Posted: October 28, 2017, 12:00 pm
A rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes made comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh uneasy about performing live. Then she remembered a childhood experience that helped her regain her footing.
Author: Zahra Noorbakhsh
Posted: October 24, 2017, 6:14 pm
Te Ata is about the true story of Mary Thompson Fisher, a Chickasaw storyteller who was born and raised in the Chickasaw Nation. She became one of the greatest Native American performers ever.
Posted: October 21, 2017, 9:55 pm
For decades, Johnny Fox has been a beloved figure at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Even as he battles serious health problems, Fox is back on stage this fall, thanks to support from friends.
Author: Tara Boyle
Posted: October 15, 2017, 12:12 am
The Siege is one of a number of plays depicting a Palestinian point of view that has been cancelled after pressure from American Jewish groups. One esteemed theater in New York reportedly planned the play, then quietly dropped it from the schedule. Now, it's finally getting its U.S. premiere.
Author: Neda Ulaby
Posted: October 12, 2017, 9:08 pm
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