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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

'A Strange Loop,' finally, comes to Broadway by Ari Shapiro

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Michael R. Jackson, a composer, playwright and lyricist who won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for his musical A Strange Loop. The musical is opening on Broadway Tuesd…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 06:54PM
Friday, September 20, 2019

With 'Slave Play,' A Young Playwright Provokes His Way To Broadway by Ari Shapiro

Jeremy O. Harris, 30, started writing a sexually explicit, transgressive and comic work as a graduate student at Yale. It proved a surprising smash hit, and will soon open on a much bigger s…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 07:33PM
Thursday, July 11, 2019

'Pose' Choreographer Creates A Safe Space — On The Runway by Ari Shapiro

Twiggy Pucci Garçon got her start competing at drag balls — now, she's the runway routine choreographer for the FX show Pose, which celebrates ball culture in New York City in the '80s an…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 08:24PM
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Asylum-Seeking Student Says Nothing Can Stand Between Him And Poetry by Ari Shapiro

Allan Monga of Portland, Maine recently won the right to compete in the national Poetry Out Loud festival. He was initially barred because he's an asylum seeker and not a U.S. citizen.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 11:12PM
Sunday, October 29, 2017

She Watched Bootleg Episodes Of Seinfeld, Now The Indonesian Comic Performs Stand-Up by Ari Shapiro

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 fundam…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:06PM
Friday, March 10, 2017

Patton Oswalt Explains How Pop Culture Gets Grieving All Wrong by Ari Shapiro

Nevermind the superhero stories; after his wife died, Oswalt wasn't motivated to channel his loss into fitness or crime fighting. He says so far push-ups have not been a part of his grieving…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 07:32PM
Thursday, December 24, 2015

Encore: Among Santa And Mistletoe, A British Christmas Includes Comedy by Ari Shapiro

For many people in the United Kingdom, the Christmas season includes a visit to a pantomime or a silly comedy musical. This story originally aired on Dec. 25, 2014 on All Things Considered.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 08:38PM
Monday, January 5, 2015

The Theater Company Is 1927, The Technology Is Cutting Edge by Ari Shapiro

The British troupe 1927 has used vintage style and distinctive animation to make a name for itself in London and beyond. Its latest play is Golem.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 03:33AM
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Why Are Theater Tickets Cheaper On The West End Than On Broadway? by Ari Shapiro

In London, a matinee ticket for Matilda costs about $60; in New York, it's $137. What's going on? The West End has weaker unions and subsidized theater, while Broadway has amenities.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:24PM