Patina Miller portrays Leading Player in the Broadway revival of Pippin. Joan Marcus hide caption

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Bread and Puppet Theater performs during a protest in New York in June 1982. AP hide caption

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In Season 2 of The Newsroom, Jim Harper (John Gallagher Jr.) goes on the 2012 campaign trail. Melissa Moseley/HBO hide caption

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Wallace Shawn (from left), Larry Pine and Deborah Eisenberg make up the cast of The Designated Mourner. Written by Shawn and directed by Andre Gregory, the Public Theater show is a product of one of the longest collaborations in the history of the American theater. Joan Marcus/Courtesy The Public Theater hide caption

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Daniel Breaker, a Juilliard-trained actor who's earned praise for roles as varied as Donkey in Shrek the Musical and the protagonist Youth in Passing Strange, gets to play a king in a new musical adaptation of Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost. Tammy Shell/The Public Theater hide caption

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The Long Walk, Brian Castner's memoir of PTSD and a difficult homecoming, will soon be an opera. YouTube hide caption

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Krysta Rodriguez played Ana Vargas in the recently canceled backstage-on-Broadway TV series Smash, and Zachary Levi earned a fervent following in the title role of NBC's Chuck. Both performers have backgrounds in the theater, and they'll be together on Broadway this summer in the premiere of the musical comedy First Date. Matthew Murphy hide caption

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Exorcistic, a rock parody inspired by a certain 1971 novel and the William Friedkin film made from it, showcases Merlin as a rapping priest inspired by Max von Sydow's Father Merrin. Above, the show poster for the musical's Los Angeles fringe production. David Haverty /Hollywood Fringe hide caption

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Sucks to be them? Avenue Q's Trekkie Monster (with puppeteers Jennifer Barnhart and Christian Anderson) became a Broadway star, but he got his start off-Broadway after a summer workshop at the O'Neill Theater Center. AP's decision to cut coverage of such feeder venues means a grimmer future for promising art and artists, writer Howard Sherman says. Carol Rosegg/via AP hide caption

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Mary Theresa Archbold (left), Anita Hollander and Tiffan Borelli star in Bekah Brunstetter's Gorgeous, part of Theater Breaking Through Barriers' initial Some of Our Parts Festival in 2011. A third round of new short plays runs through June 28 at New York City's Clurman Theatre. Carol Rosegg/Theater Breaking Through Barriers hide caption

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