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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Jewish Center Faces Backlash After Canceling Play Criticized as Anti-Israel by Jennifer Schuessler

The American Jewish Historical Society is facing charges of censorship after it canceled a play and a panel that had been targeted by right-wing activists

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

MacArthur Foundation Names 2017 ‘Genius’ Grant Winners by Jennifer Schuessler

The MacArthur fellowship this year honors 24 artists, scholars, activists and others chosen for exceptional “originality, insight and potential.”

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Hat. Rabbit. Spy Cam? Claims of Skulduggery at a Hot Magic Show by Jennifer Schuessler

The magician Derek DelGaudio has tried to keep his work invisible on the internet. Did another professional secretly film his show?

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Children of ‘1984’: Dystopia Down the Decades by Jennifer Schuessler

George Orwell’s novel has led to adaptations and variations since its publication in 1949, including a coming Broadway version. Here’s an overview.

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With ’1984’ on Broadway, Thoughtcrime Hits the Big Time by Jennifer Schuessler

A British adaptation of George Orwell’s classic arrives on Broadway with Tom Sturridge and Olivia Wilde, bringing contemporary political resonance.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Unknown Edith Wharton Play Surfaces by Jennifer Schuessler

The 1901 script for “The Shadow of a Doubt” turned up in an archive in Texas, where scholars discovered it after noticing a cryptic reference to it in a letter.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Taylor Mac Will Take His ‘24-Decade’ Show to West Coast and Beyond by Jennifer Schuessler

Mr. Mac’s “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” will be performed in San Francisco and Los Angeles, with abridged versions staged elsewhere.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Theater to Commission 38 Modern Riffs on Shakespeare by Jennifer Schuessler

The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Va., is holding a contest to create a “modern canon” of 38 companion pieces to Shakespeare’s plays.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

How Six Degrees Became a Forever Meme by Jennifer Schuessler

A revival of John Guare’s play “Six Degrees of Separation” opens April 25. His enduring title concept has hopscotched through pop culture.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Theater of War Director Named New York City Artist in Residence by Jennifer Schuessler

Brian Doerries, the director of Theater of War, will use classic texts to explore violence, trauma and community at free events at 60 locations around the city

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Taylor Mac Wins Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History by Jennifer Schuessler

Mr. Mac’s marathon “24-Decade History of Popular Music” was praised as “a vast, immersive, subversive, audacious and outrageous experience.”

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A Scholarly Scrapbook for Taylor Mac by Jennifer Schuessler

A newly announced scholarly collection will analyze, and chronicle, Mr. Mac’s epic “24-Decade History of Popular Music.”

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Alexander Hamilton Documents Fetch $2.6 Million at Auction by Jennifer Schuessler

Hundreds of manuscripts and letters held by Hamilton descendants for 200 years — some of them previously unknown — were sold at auction on Wednesday.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

From Hamilton’s Papers, Passionate Love Letters and a Job Offer by Jennifer Schuessler

Before Sotheby’s sells a long-held family trove of Alexander Hamilton’s documents, the public is invited to take a look.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Off Broadway Equity Actors and Stage Managers Win Pay Increase by Michael Paulson and Jennifer Schuessler

After contentious contract talks, the Actors’ Equity Association and the Off-Broadway League have reached an agreement to raise pay for actors and stage managers.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Want Your Own Piece of Hamilton? Head to Sotheby’s by Jennifer Schuessler

A trove of letters and other material held for 200 years by descendants of Alexander Hamilton will be auctioned by Sotheby’s in January.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

In Brooklyn, Hercules’ Battles Inspire Talk on Gun Violence by Jennifer Schuessler

Paul Giamatti, Jeffrey Wright and Ashanti performed in “Hercules in Brooklyn,” a drama by Outside the Wire, which uses ancient texts to look at modern problems.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Translating Shakespeare? 36 Playwrights Taketh the Big Risk by Jennifer Schuessler

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has challenged playwrights to translate Shakespeare into modern English, while hewing to the rule “Do no harm.”

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Elizabeth LeCompte of the Wooster Group Wins the Gish Prize by Jennifer Schuessler

Under her direction, the Wooster Group has created what the prize announcement called “startlingly innovative, collagelike works.”

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

MacArthur Foundation Announces 2016 ‘Genius’ Grant Winners by Jennifer Schuessler

The 23 winners of this year’s fellowships, awarded for “originality, insight and potential,” include writers, visual artists, scientists and lawyers.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Many Faces of Alexander Hamilton, Just in Time for the Fourth by Jennifer Schuessler

After digging deep into their storage rooms, four institutions are showing off what they’ve got related to the country’s new favorite founder.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Shakespeare: Actor. Playwright. Social Climber. by Jennifer Schuessler

Newly discovered documents suggest the playwright cared very much about a coat of arms that reflected his status as a “gentleman.”

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon Are to Trade Roles in ‘The Little Foxes’ by Jennifer Schuessler

The show, set to begin previews on March 29, will have the actresses alternating roles, much like the actors in the 2000 Broadway production of “True West.”

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Monday, May 16, 2016

New-York Historical Society Plans ‘Summer of Hamilton’ by Jennifer Schuessler

Over the July 4 weekend the New-York Historical Society will kick off its "Summer of Hamilton."

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Friday, May 13, 2016

A Fictional Apology to Dred Scott, Born of a Real Family’s Painful Legacy by Jennifer Schuessler

A family descendant of the man who decreed that blacks could not be citizens has written a play exploring that reviled moment in history.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Better Than a ‘Hamilton’ Shout-Out? John Jay Manuscript Surfaces by Jennifer Schuessler

The long-missing manuscript of a Federalist Paper written by John Jay has been found at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Shakespeare. Dead? by Jennifer Schuessler

Theater lovers commemorated the loss of Shakespeare in 1916 too, and long before that.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

ArtsBeat: Ntozake Shange Archive Goes to Barnard by Jennifer Schuessler

“I came of age as a feminist and an artist at Barnard,” Ms. Shange said.

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

‘Hamilton’ and History: Are They In Sync? by Jennifer Schuessler

Scholars are debating whether “Hamilton” over-glorifies the man while glossing over less attractive aspects of his politics.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Scottish Play Book: A First Folio Discovery by Jennifer Schuessler

When you live in a stately manor house stuffed with Old Masters, sometimes editions of Shakespeare from 1623 just turn up.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Thomas Jefferson, Neither God Nor Devil by Jennifer Schuessler

The third president has had a tough time lately, and not just in “Hamilton.” A new book, by a scholarly “dream team,” strives to go beyond hero worship and caricature.

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