Podcasts

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Tony Kushner

Photo by Gloria Wegner

Playwright and 2012 National Medal of Arts Recipient

In part 1 of a two-part interview, Tony Kushner talks about his early attraction to theater and writing Angels in America. [28:50]

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Mary Zimmerman photo

Photo courtesy of Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Director

Mary Zimmerman discusses her approach to creating a play. [30:38]

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Bonnie Fogel

Photo courtesy of Imagination Stage

Founder/Executive Director Imagination Stage

The founder of a young people's theater organization discusses the critical need children have for theater and arts education. [29:40]

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Meredith Monk

Photo by Jesse Frohman

Composer, Choreographer, Performer

Meredith Monk reflects on her 45-year career as a performance artist. [41:35]

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John Conklin

Photo courtesy of Boston Lyric Opera

2011 NEA Opera Honoree

Stage Designer John Conklin discusses opera as a collaborative event. [29:48]

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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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U Street NW

Photo courtesy of Lincoln Theatre

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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Rita Moreno

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National Medal of Arts recipient

Star of stage and screen--and winner of just about every performance award--Rita Moreno talks about her life as a performing artist. [28:06]

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