Theater & Musical Theater

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Charles Randolph-Wright

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Director

Charles Randolph-Wright talks about directing Lynn Nottage's play Ruined at Arena Stage. [29:39]

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Howard Shalwitz

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Artistic Director, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington, DC

Howard Shalwitz talks about the theater company’s production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Bruce Norris, Clybourne Park. [22:47]

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Linda Murray

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Artistic Director, Solas Nua, Washington, DC

Linda Murray talks about her organization Solas Nua, the only organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to contemporary Irish arts. [29:01]

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Anna Deveare Smith

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Theater Artist

Playwright, actor, and activist Anna Deveare Smith talks about her extraordinary career and her current one-woman show, Let Me Down Easy. [31:01]

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Molly Smith

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Artistic Director, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, Washington, DC

Molly Smith talks about American theater, including the often-overlooked musical, her commitment to new play development, and her vision for the newly-renovated Arena Stage at the Mead Center. [27:16]

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Parker Esse

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Choreographer

Choreographer Parker Esse talks about his experience creating new choreography for Arena Stage's revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical Oklahoma!. [26:29]

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Jeffrey Sweet

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Playwright/Author

Jeffrey Sweet talks about the revitalization of theater in Chicago through the Second City and other theater companies, as well as his own experience as a playwright and the art of theater and musical theater.  [26:50]

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David DiChiera

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NEA Opera Honors recipient

The only general director to found and lead two opera companies (Michigan Opera Theatre and Opera Pacific), David DiChiera talks about his career, bringing opera to Detroit audiences, and composing his first opera in his 60s. [32:30]

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Ed Herendeen

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Founder and Producing Director, Contemporary American Theater Festival Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Ed Herendeen talks about founding and sustaining a theater festival committed to supporting bold, daring new works for the stage. [18:27]

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U Street NW

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Washington, DC

Josephine Reed talks with a collection of local experts about the history and revitalization of U Street, NW in Washington, DC. Once known as the "Black Broadway," U Street is again a vibrant cultural place in the city, as evidenced by Arena Stage's smash production of Sophisticated Ladies at the historic Lincoln Theatre. [25:57]

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