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Remembering Vaclav Havel

Andrew Nagorski | Posted 02.20.2012 | World
Andrew Nagorski

Looking back at my encounters with Havel, I'm struck by three dominant character traits: his moral courage, his ability to recognize and live with the contradictions of human behavior, and his sense of the absurd.

'We Were Born To Attract Attention And We Loved It'

| Charity | Posted 11.28.2011 | Home

This is a regular column featuring original fiction by and for high school students, provided by, an online community writing site for you...

Exclusive Documentary Clips Reveal Playwright's Painful Past

Turnstyle | Posted 11.15.2011 | Home

Originally published on, a digital information service surfacing emerging stories in news, entertainment, art and culture; powered ...

Blockbuster Shakespeare Exhibition To Open Before London Olympics

Telegraph | Roya Nikkhah, Arts Correspondent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

London 1612: Shakespeare's Theatre of the World, will open in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics and will explore the role of the capital as an em...

ART ED: 10 Nonprofits Teaching Arts Education To Kids Across The Country

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

With ever-increasing budget cuts negatively affecting US schools, it has been up to independent nonprofits to step in and make up for the deficit in a...

Why Are US Literary Laureates Only Poets? Why Not a Dramatist?

Lauren Gunderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lauren Gunderson

The country that invented musical theater should have a representational dramatist in its highest official center of literature.

New Stage Production Explores Black Church Arsons

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) -- For playwright Marcus Gardley, the theater is his pulpit and plays are his sermons. His...

Franketienne: Haiti's First Nobel Laureate - Hopefully

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jim Luce

As a cultural area studies graduate, seldom do I feel over my head culturally. Standing in the home of possibly the next Nobel Prize recipient for Li...

THEATER: 'After The Dance's' Bright Young Things Party On In London | BEN BRANTLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

I spent the better part of Wednesday night nursing a hangover. (Vicariously, I mean. I have had exactly two martinis -- oh, all right, and one bloody ...

Wherefore Theater? Why Is the Ancient Art Still Here?

Lauren Gunderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lauren Gunderson

With every kind of digital distraction, and ever cheaper and more convenient ways to entertain oneself, what is theater doing here? Wherefore bother with theater?

Tom Stoppard Fears Loss Of Printed Page, Thinks Educational Focus Has Shifted Away From Humanities

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Playwright Sir Tom Stoppard has spoken of his fear that the "printed page" is being lost in a "world of technology"....

Exclusive: A Tony Nominee Quartet Reflect on the Coming Night

Brad Balfour | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Brad Balfour

With the Tony's almost upon us, here's a quartet of short interviews garnered at a recent press event from stars nominated for various awards in both musicals and dramatic plays.

Screenwriter John Patrick Shanley on "Ups and Downs," Taking Moonstruck to Broadway and the Plays That Inspired Him

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jon Chattman

Late last year, as part of the American Theater Wing's book The Play That Changed My Life, Shanley spoke out on those that inspired him throughout his career.

Life As An Artist

Wallace Shawn | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Wallace Shawn

I've always somewhat hated being "me" and only me. I wrote my first play at the age of 10, 55 years ago, and I've always found it a fantastic relief to imagine I know what things would be like from other points of view.

Gender Bias in Theatre -- Digging a Little Deeper

Melissa Silverstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Melissa Silverstein

Anyone who says they are not producing a woman because her play won't make money can no longer get away with it. The argument is gone and should be unmasked as what it is -- sexism.

Art Knows No Race

Sherman Yellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Sherman Yellen

We are so blessed by our capacity to get beyond our own skins, our own sexuality, and our own fortunes, that all of us can enter into the world of the other and find that their world is our own world, after all.

Third Screen: David Henry Hwang on Defining Yourself in a Shifting World

Vickie Karp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Vickie Karp

DHH: Theater is uniquely positioned to address issues of community simply because it's not mass media. I do some work in theater. I do some work in film and television.


Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jayne Lyn Stahl

Harold Pinter once said, "Being thrown out of the U.S. embassy in Ankara with Arthur Miller, a voluntary exile, was one of the proudest moments of my life."

Some of His Best Friends

Jennie Blackton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jennie Blackton

A bouquet of eulogies for the playwright and actor, George Furth, who died at 75 last week. These titles are simply the way George would surely introduce us to each other.