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The uproar over the New York Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar has spread to other cities. And it appears to be only because they are companies with the word "Shakespeare" in their name. Staff at Shakespeare Dallas have received death threats, even though the company isn't performing Shakespeare at the moment.
Author: Hady Mawajdeh
Posted: June 23, 2017, 8:32 pm
A production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar has drawn the ire of conservatives for its depiction of President Trump as the ill-fated Roman politician.
Author: Vanessa Romo
Posted: June 18, 2017, 11:00 am
George Orwell's dystopia returned to bestseller lists after the inauguration. "It's quite something to bring it to New York now, in this political climate," says adaptation co-author Duncan Macmillan.
Author: Jeff Lunden
Posted: June 17, 2017, 12:15 pm
This week, we talk about the superhero smash Wonder Woman, and we talk about Dear Evan Hansen, Oslo and some of the other big winners from Sunday night's Tonys.
Author: Linda Holmes
Posted: June 16, 2017, 3:00 pm
A new musical seeks to present a different side of the emperor, known best for fiddling while Rome burned. But some historians object to what they see as the commercialization of Roman heritage.
Author: Sylvia Poggioli
Posted: June 16, 2017, 9:05 am
Is depicting the president as Julius Caesar fair game, or over the line?
Posted: June 13, 2017, 3:18 pm
Delta pulled its sponsorship of New York City's Public Theater over a production of Julius Caesar that seems to depict an assassination of President Trump.
Author: Jeff Lunden
Posted: June 12, 2017, 8:38 pm
A New York production's Caesar has blond hair, a fondness for long ties and a wife who speaks with a Slavic accent. Delta said the assassination tale "crossed the line on the standards of good taste."
Author: Laurel Wamsley
Posted: June 12, 2017, 5:14 pm
Off in the wings, stage managers coordinate cast and crew, calling hundreds of cues during Broadway performances. They may not win Tony Awards, but without them, not even the curtain would go up.
Author: Jeff Lunden
Posted: June 11, 2017, 12:12 pm
NPR's Michel Martin speaks with director Rachel Chavkin and actress Denée Benton of Broadway's Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, which retells Tolstoy's War and Peace with a diverse cast.
Author: Maquita Peters
Posted: June 10, 2017, 9:51 pm
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