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Fresh Air Remembers Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Edward Albee

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Missouri Theater Embraces Ferguson Echoes In 'Antigone' Production

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Albee, shown here in 1995, won Pulitzer Prizes for A Delicate Balance, Seascape and Three Tall Women and Tony awards for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? Jack Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

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Playwright Edward Albee, Who Changed And Challenged Audiences, Dies At 88

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Actress And Broadway Star Kristin Chenoweth Plays Not My Job

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People participate in the annual Afropunk Music festival on August 27, 2016 in New York City. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images hide caption

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AfroPunk Acts To Free Your Mind And Your ... Ears

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Glen Miller Hit, 'Chattanooga Choo Choo,' Marks Its 75th Anniversary

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Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (left) and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat (right) shake hands at the White House in front of President Bill Clinton in September 1993. The new play OSLO is a dramatization of events that led to a historic agreement. David Ake/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'OSLO' Tells The Surprising Story Behind A Historic Handshake

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Daja Moorer performs an original monologue acting as the Hull House founder Jane Addams at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Moorer chose to portray Jane Addams for Portraits Alive! because of the mysterious nature of the portrait. Ruby Wallau/NPR hide caption

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Zelda Fichandler co-founded Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Tom Fichandler, and drama teacher Edward Mangum. She is seen here with her husband in 1971. Courtesy of Arena Stage hide caption

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Remembering Zelda Fichandler, Matriarch Of American Regional Theater

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Singer and actress Heather Headley (center) returns to Broadway after 15 years to wow audiences in her role as Shug Avery in a revival of The Color Purple. Matthew Murphy/Matthew Murphy hide caption

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Second Acts: Heather Headley Is Back On Broadway — After A '15-Year Intermission'

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Real life father and daughter Jonathan and Phoebe Pryce as Shakespeare's Jewish moneylender Shylock and his daughter Jessica, in a new production of The Merchant of Venice. Robbie Jack/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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New 'Merchant Of Venice' Recasts Shylock As A Sympathetic Everyman

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Hadestown — a retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus -- is one of two off-Broadway shows director Rachel Chavkin has running right now. Above, from left, Shaina Taub, Lulu Fall, Damon Daunno, Nabiyah Be, Amber Gray, Chris Sullivan and Jessie Shelton. Joan Marcus/Matt Ross Public Relations hide caption

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Rachel Chavkin Loves Chaos, And With 3 Shows In The Works, It Shows

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Remembering Hollywood 'Ghost Singer' Marni Nixon

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