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Catherine Foster, Sahr Ngaujah and Nicole de Weever perform Bill T. Jones' choreography in Fela! Monique Carboni hide caption

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While actor Hal Holbrook is best known for his portrayal of Mark Twain, he has starred in scores of films and television programs. Ana Gilbert hide caption

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Emma Thompson starred in HBO's adaptation of Tony Kushner's play Angels in America. Stephen Goldblatt/AP/HBO hide caption

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The American Repertory Theater's production of Porgy and Bess emphasized musical theater over opera. Michael J. Lutch/Courtesy of the American Repertory Theater hide caption

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Dressy And Juicy: Jan Maxwell plays socialite and former showgirl Phyllis Rogers Stone, one of four deeply unhappy characters at the show's center. Joan Marcus hide caption

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In Ghost Light, a director deals with his father's death while staging a version of Hamlet. Jenny Graham/Oregon Shakespeare Festival hide caption

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Recording artists Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson attend the Alvin Ailey Opening Night Gala Performance at the New York City Center in 2009. Ashford died from throat cancer Monday. He was 70 years old. Jason Kempin/Getty Images hide caption

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Wendy Wasserstein in 1985, beneath a poster for her play Isn't It Romantic. Wasserstein's plays examined the place where the upheaval witnessed by the baby boom generation met the demands of family and professional life. Ed Baily/AP hide caption

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Aziz Ansari, who stars in the new film 30 Minutes or Less, says his comedy is about life and personal anecdotes. Colin Patrick Smith hide caption

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Kennedy Center fellow Reem Kassem recently used her Kennedy connections to help organize an outdoor arts festival in Alexandria, Egypt. Kennedy Center hide caption

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