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Suzan-Lori Parks (right), and the cast of Plays for the Plague Year. Parks, a prolific playwright, is doing something new with this play — she's acting. Joan Marcus hide caption

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For playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, theater doesn't just reflect reality – it creates it

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When a regional theater got millions to remake itself, it focused on racial healing

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Dallas Theater Center on Oct. 4, 2022. The play "Trouble in Mind" is about racism in a white theater company in the 1950s. JerSean Golatt for NPR hide caption

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Without more federal money, what will regional theaters do?

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The company of this production of 1776 is multi-racial and trans, female and nonbinary. Joan Marcus/Roundabout Theatre Company hide caption

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In the Broadway musical '1776,' the revolution is in the casting

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Rosalía performs at the YouTube theater on Oct. 7, 2022 in Inglewood, Calif. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images hide caption

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Playwright Terry Guest poses for a portrait on Sept. 28, at the Alleyway Theater in Buffalo, N.Y. Malik Rainey for NPR hide caption

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Where will the next 'Hamilton' come from now that so many playwrights are in TV?

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Angela Lansbury's acting career extended over an extraordinary seven decades. She is pictured above in Los Angeles in 2014. Casey Curry/Invision/AP hide caption

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Angela Lansbury, a beloved star of the screen and stage, has died at 96

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Bridgette Burton (left) Stephanie Ybarra and Rachael Erichsen all work at Baltimore Center Stage. Sydney J. Allen for NPR hide caption

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Working in theater is a grind. But it doesn't have to be

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Playwright Tom Stoppard was in his 50s when he learned of his Jewish heritage. Almost 20 years after that discovery, he engages with with his family history and identity in the play Leopoldstadt. Joan Marcus hide caption

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Tom Stoppard brings his Jewish identity to the stage – decades after he learned of it

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Nataki Garrett stands inside the Allen Elizabethan Theatre in Ashland, Ore. She recently programmed her first full season but not everyone has embraced her new approach. Michael Sullivan for NPR hide caption

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival focuses on expansion – but is not without its critics

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To mark the 75th anniversary of this uniquely American cultural movement, NPR is traveling across the country for a look forward in our series "The Next Stage." Kristen Uroda for NPR hide caption

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Across the U.S., regional theaters are starting to transform. Here's why

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A poster advertising "The Phantom of the Opera" is displayed on the shuttered Majestic Theatre in New York on March 12, 2020. Broadway's longest-running show is scheduled to close in February 2023. Kathy Willens/AP hide caption

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San Francisco Opera prompter Matthew Piatt sits in the prompter's box at the War Memorial Opera House. Chloe Veltman/NPR/Chloe Veltman/NPR hide caption

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The hidden world of an opera prompter

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Hear all of Lee Cataluna’s monologue, “Things My Mother Told Me”

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Mary Rodgers and Jesse Green, co-authors of Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers Courtesy of the Rodgers-Beaty-Guettel family; Earl Wilson/New York Times hide caption

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Published 8 years after her death, Mary Rodgers' memoir is a true tell-all book

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Emily Bear, left, and Abigail Barlow accept the award for best musical theater album for The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on April 3. Chris Pizzello/Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP hide caption

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