Character-Building Experience: "It's a kind of alchemical process," says actor John Lithgow about the process of creating a role. "Some of it is you, and some of it is pure calculation." WVIZ/PBS ideastream hide caption

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Re-Election Or Bust: In the American premiere of Vaclav Havel's Leaving, Oscar-nominated actor David Strathairn plays a retired head of state who has trouble letting go of the perks of office. Jim Roese hide caption

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The Columbus Symphony Orchestra is one of the Ohio arts organizations that has turned to CAPA -- the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts -- for help with finances and fundraising. Courtesy of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra hide caption

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In The Burnt Part Boys, teenagers Chet (Andrew Durand), Jake (Charlie Brady), Pete (Al Calderon) and Frances (Molly Ranson) all set out for the mines that killed their fathers -- some meaning to destroy them, others to prevent their destruction. Joan Marcus hide caption

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Gail Lumet Buckley (left) and her mother, Lena Horne, at an awards ceremony in 1987. Buckley's book, The Hornes: An American Family, charts her family's roots. G. Paul Burnett/AP hide caption

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Maurice Hinds with John (at left) and Leo Manzari, from the Arena Stage production of Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies at the Lincoln Theater in Washington, D.C. Scott Suchman hide caption

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Gustavo Dudamel rehearses with the L.A. Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Ben Bergman/NPR hide caption

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The cast of the Broadway revival of Promises, Promises includes Sean Hayes (center) in the role originated by Jerry Orbach in 1968. Joan Marcus hide caption

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Lynn Redgrave made her Broadway debut in Black Comedy on Feb. 5, 1967. AP Photo hide caption

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Lynn Redgrave paid tribute to her actress mother, Rachel Kempson, in a solo show titled Rachel and Juliet. Mig Dooley/Folger Theatre hide caption

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