Theater

5:58am

Mon May 19, 2014
The Race Card Project: Six-Word Essays

Six Words: 'You've Got To Be Taught' Intolerance

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 5:46 am

Actors John Kerr and France Nuyen in a scene from the 1958 film South Pacific. The interracial romance between the onstage pair unsettled some audiences.
20th Century Fox Getty Images

NPR continues a series of conversations about The Race Card Project, where thousands of people have submitted their thoughts on race and cultural identity in six words. Every so often, NPR Host/Special Correspondent Michele Norris will dip into those six-word stories to explore issues surrounding race and cultural identity for Morning Edition.

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5:48am

Wed May 7, 2014
Theater

Dancers Find A Second Act At Palm Springs Follies

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 9:45 pm

With their matching blue wigs, the dancers in the Palm Springs Follies chorus (they're called the "long-legged lovelies") give a whole new meaning to the cliche "blue-haired old ladies."
Ina Jaffe NPR

The Palm Springs Follies is an old-fashioned musical revue designed for an audience who remembers when this sort of entertainment wasn't old fashioned. But it's not only for older people — it's by older people. The dancers range in age from 55 to 84.

The show, an institution in Palm Springs, is getting ready to wrap up its 23rd and final season in May.

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5:24am

Thu January 30, 2014
Arts & Life

Cowboys In Love: 'Brokeback Mountain' Saddles Up For Opera

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 12:38 pm

Tom Randle (left) and Daniel Okulitch in the opera Brokeback Mountain.
Javier del Real Courtesy of the artist

In 2005, the film Brokeback Mountain broke ground as a major motion picture portraying a love story about two men: a pair of young cowboys, Ennis and Jack, in the 1960s.

They fall in love during a summer spent tending sheep in the isolation of a fictional mountain in Wyoming. They spend the rest of the film — and their lives — grappling with a love that they have to keep secret.

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6:47am

Thu January 23, 2014
Arts District

'The Whipping Man' Is Emblematic Of Curious' Approach To Theater

The challenges of life after the Civil War are explored in 'The Whipping Man,' currently on stage at Curious Theatre Company. Pictured are actors Laurence Curry and Sean Scrutchins.
Michael Ensminger, courtesy of Curious Theatre.

On the heels of the 150th anniversary of the emancipation proclamation, Curious Theatre Company has mounted The Whipping Man, a play that looks at the painful legacy of slavery in post-Civil War Richmond, Va.

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6:53am

Fri January 3, 2014
Theater

Don't Call Him Theo: Malcolm-Jamal Warner On Life After 'Cosby'

Malcolm-Jamal Warner plays Dr. John Prentice in Arena Stage's production of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.
Amy Ta NPR

Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner is best-known for the role he played in the '80s, as Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show. He's so well-known for that role, in fact, that even now — at age 43 — he still gets called by the wrong name.

"People kind of have a misconception, because when someone calls me Theo and I correct them, say, 'No, my name is Malcolm,' they think I have an attitude about it and I don't want to be associated with the show," Warner explains to NPR's David Green.

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