Williams, as the ghost of a captive tiger, grapples with existential quandaries in his Baghdad Zoo cage. Carol Rosegg/ hide caption

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In 1969, Lanford Wilson co-founded the Circle Repertory Company, where many of his works had their premieres. The theater was a New York landmark until it closed in 1996. Marty Reichenthal/Associated Press hide caption

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Two Houses, Both Alike: In a scene that fuses two moments across two centuries, 19th-century math prodigy Thomasina (Bel Powley, left) and her tutor Septimus (Tom Riley) flank the central table of Arcadia's set, joined in the center by the present-day Valentine (Raul Esparza) and Hannah (Lia Williams). Carol Rosegg hide caption

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The Ensemble ACJW, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle (center), features musicians from the Academy, sponsored by Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School. The violist to the right of Rattle is Nathan Schram. Jennifer Taylor/Getty Images hide caption

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Brian Bedford in his dressing room, preparing to play Oscar Wilde's Augusta Lady Bracknell. Melanie Burford for NPR hide caption

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As the star of The Diary of a Madman, Geoffrey Rush discovered threads of modern absurdism in Nikolai Gogol's writing. Heidrun Lohr/Brooklyn Academy of Music hide caption

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The surreal Terwilliker Institute, featuring a 5,000-key piano, is the backdrop of Seuss' zany cult classic. Columbia Pictures hide caption

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Academy students work three days a week, 30 weeks a year, on the very highest musical level and performing on one of Carnegie’s stages with the likes of conductor Sir Simon Rattle. Jennifer Taylor hide caption

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A stained glass window in the Notre Dame de la Paix (Our Lady of Peace) basilica in Yamoussourkro, Ivory Coast. Sia Kambou/Getty Images hide caption

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The Manganiyar Seduction opens by slowly lighting up a stack of boxes in which 36 musicians play a variety of Indian instruments. Roysten Abel hide caption

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