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The Actor and the Minister

In a time when corporate culture has marginalized our artists and those of compassion and vision, two such people merged for a moment at a Boston church. (Shown here, Michael Milligan in his one-man play.)

Posted on Jul 20, 2014 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Eugene Jarecki: The Failed War on Drugs

Chris Hedges, who has written much about prison and also teaches in one, speaks with Eugene Jarecki about his amazing film, “The House I Live In,” the failed war on drugs and the life of human beings behind bars.

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 READ MORE


Wallace Shawn Discusses Playing for Glenn Greenwald

The beloved playwright and actor Wallace “Wally” Shawn just returned from Brazil where he performed his play “The Designated Mourner” for journalist Glenn Greenwald.

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 READ MORE


Bread and Puppet Theater: 50 Years of Art and Resistance

The Bread and Puppet Theater, one of the United States’ most beloved theater companies, is celebrating its 50th anniversary of using monstrous puppets to protest the “horror that happens” on the international stage. “Democracy Now!” spoke with Peter Schumann, the theater’s founder, for a full hour Thursday.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Ted S. Warren

The Play’s the Thing

Maximum-security prisoners in my classroom wrote a visceral and raw drama about life on the streets and inside prison. The bitter truth they told is their song. And now it is my job to make that song heard.

Posted on Dec 15, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Miserables’? More Like ‘Les Middling’

There are times when a cast of dozens, working intensely, is actually superior to a cast of hundreds working routinely.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 READ MORE



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The Performance of Peace

Can theater help heal the wounds of war? With case studies from the Balkans, Uganda, Sri Lanka, India, Israel, Cambodia and others, “Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict, Vol. 1” answers with a powerful “yes.”

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 READ MORE



Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Going Beyond the Tale of a Boy and His Horse

For all the spectacle of thundering cavalry charges, muddy trenches and wartime love and loss, the current popular storytellers of the First World War skip over the conflict’s greatest moral drama by leaving out part of its cast of characters.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE


Netanyahu Responds to Palestinian Bid for Statehood

Less than an hour after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas finished speaking before the United Nations General Assembly about his wish for statehood, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to the lectern to give his side of the story. (more)

Posted on Sep 24, 2011 READ MORE


Kucinich Says Obama Got the Deal He Wanted

Is the president a bad negotiator, or did he get the deal he wanted all along, as Rep. Dennis Kucinich suggests? Also on this week’s Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: the phony Social Security scare, teaching Shakespeare in Iraq and more. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 READ MORE



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Kucinich Says Obama Got the Deal He Wanted

Is the president a bad negotiator, or did he get the deal he wanted all along, as Rep. Dennis Kucinich suggests? Also on this week’s Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: the phony Social Security scare, teaching Shakespeare in Iraq and more.

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 READ MORE



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On Art and Lying

It’s been noted before, by the likes of Marlon Brando and others, that art might be a socially sanctioned form of lying—or confabulating, as neuroscientists might call it. Could this be true?

Posted on Jun 7, 2011 READ MORE



Robin Williams as Atheist Tiger in Baghdad

The comedian and actor best known for his manic motormouth is starring on Broadway in “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.” Williams plays the tiger and, according to The New York Times, he plays it well.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE


Eve Ensler: Bald, Brave and Beautiful

The author of the hit play “The Vagina Monologues” sat down with me last week, in the midst of her battle with uterine cancer, to talk about New Orleans and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ariel Schalit

Theatrical Resistance

It may be obvious to some, but Palestinians aren’t the only people upset about Israel’s settlement activity. More than 60 Israeli theater professionals have joined a boycott against a new West Bank cultural center in Ariel, an Israeli settlement 12.5 miles within Palestinian territory.

Posted on Aug 29, 2010 READ MORE



Worst Popes Edition

Glenn Beck’s Mormon masterpiece theater, why humans sigh, the 10 worst popes (and no, Benedict isn’t among them) and Aaron Sorkin’s response to the Newsweek gay actor saga.

Posted on May 13, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Henny Ray Abrams

On the Fizzled Times Square Bombing Attempt

A smoking Nissan Pathfinder packed with explosive items set New York law enforcement officials on the trail of the alleged Times Square bomber on Saturday, and by Tuesday a self-described lone plotter by the name of Faisal Shahzad had emerged as the sole suspect.

Posted on May 4, 2010 READ MORE


The Man Who Put the Rainbow in ‘The Wizard of Oz’

The 70-year-old film classic bears close watching this year, perhaps more than in any other, for the message woven into the lyrics, written during the Great Depression by Oscar-winning lyricist E.Y. “Yip” Harburg.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 READ MORE


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Eric Lax on Elia Kazan

Whatever one thinks of his politics, Elia Kazan was inarguably one of the 20th century’s greatest Broadway and Hollywood directors. A new book reveals the master at work.

Posted on Aug 28, 2009 READ MORE


Bea Arthur
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Goodbye to a Golden Girl

She had already enjoyed success on the stage by the time she became an even bigger star in midlife, thanks to ground-breaking television roles in “Maude” and “The Golden Girls.” Following the news of her death on Saturday, Bea Arthur was remembered for her distinctive style, her talent and her game-changing performances on stage and screen.

Posted on Apr 25, 2009 READ MORE


Harold Pinter
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British Playwright Harold Pinter Dies at 78

The theater world lost one of its brightest lights on Christmas Eve with the death of playwright Harold Pinter. The 78-year-old British Nobel Prize winner, whose best-known plays included “The Homecoming” and “The Birthday Party,” succumbed to throat cancer on Wednesday.

Posted on Dec 25, 2008 READ MORE


Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘Seagull’ Soars

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” seems, at first, to be merely a skillful and familiar rendition of a masterpiece. But like many great works of art, the power of this production is cumulative.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007 READ MORE


War and Censorship at Wilton High

Students at Wilton High School in Connecticut weren’t allowed to discuss the war, unless it was with a military recruiter, so they wrote a play about it. “Voices in Conflict,” which was quickly banned by the school, has made it to New York where it brought the audience to tears.

Posted on Jun 12, 2007 READ MORE


New York Theater Review:  ‘The Year of Magical Thinking’

In her first Truthdig theater review, actor and writer Eunice Wong takes in director David Hare’s stage production of “The Year of Magical Thinking,” Joan Didion’s haunting memoir about the sudden death of her husband (she would also later lose her daughter) and the heartbreaking mind tricks she used to try to conjure him back.

Posted on May 29, 2007 READ MORE


New York Theater Review:  ‘The Year of Magical Thinking’

In her first Truthdig theater review, actor and writer Eunice Wong takes in director David Hare’s stage production of “The Year of Magical Thinking,” Joan Didion’s haunting memoir about the sudden death of her husband (she would also later lose her daughter) and the heartbreaking mind tricks she used to try to conjure him back.

Posted on May 29, 2007 READ MORE


Theater ad
From the N.Y. Times

The Horror, the Horror! Ads Come to Theater

Just before the start of a theater show in the East Village of New York, a woman on stage extols the virtues of London honeymoons. It’s an advertisment that is itself advertised as the first live theatrical commercial.
Are those the four horsemen of the apocalypse I see yonder?

Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


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