Celebrating 30 Years of Off-BroadwayMay 21, 1985 On May 20, the Obies celebrate their 30th birthday. This special supplement, with selections from 30 years of the Voice and reminiscences by many of the major figures of the American theater, is dedicated to the artists of Off- and Off-Off-Broadway. GENE FRANKEL: I was sitting at a café on the Champs Elysées on August 3, 1959. Opposite me was Stefan Brecht, the sole controller of the American rights to his father’s plays. “I am interested in mounting an Off-Broadway production of Mother Courage,” I told him. “Not available.” “What about Chalk Circle or Good Woman?” “Not available.” “What about Puntila? Zero Mostel and Edward G. Robinson are both interested in playing the lead.” (I lied.) “Okay.” I lit up like a Roman candle. “I require $10,000 in advance royalties.” I deflated like a ruptured inner tube. “Stefan, this is … [Read more...] about “Fuck the Curtain”: An Oral History of Off-Broadway
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In this extended transcript of his interview with correspondent Tracy Smith for "Sunday Morning," broadcasting giant Howard Stern opens up about his parents and wife, psychoanalysis, apologizing for his past interviews, the freedom of being on SiriusXM satellite radio, and the art of the interview which, he says, is disappearing. Howard Stern: My mother said to me, I said, "Oh mom, tomorrow I'm talking to 'CBS Sunday Morning.'" She goes, "Why don't you tell me you're on TV?" I go, "No, no, no." I'm trying to explain to her that it's taped in advance. (LAUGHS) Tracy Smith: So, your first two books were best sellers, they set records. Stern: They did. Smith: And now you're saying, "Throw 'em away"? Stern: Yes, yes, that's the message in the new book. First of all, I didn't expect to write a new book. You know, I was done with books, the world of books. They're torture. They take a lotta time and I actually put a lotta thought into these things. But I looked at my last two books … [Read more...] about Extended transcript: Howard Stern
Produced by Clare Friedland, Lourdes Aguiar, Elena DiFiore and Shoshanah Wolfson [This story previously aired on July 15, 2017. It was updated on Dec. 29, 2018.] Matt Herren still struggles to make sense of what happened the night of Oct. 12, 2012, when his close friend, Ryan Poston, was killed. "I think about him every day," Herren said. "You don't think something like that is ever going to happen to someone you know." "Is there something I could've done that could've prevented that? And I know a lot of people in his life had to have felt the same way," Herren told "48 Hours" correspondent Peter Van Sant. How did things spiral so out of control between Ryan and his girlfriend, Shayna Hubers, that she shot him to death -- insisting it was to protect herself? "What was lost when your friend was shot and killed?" Van Sant asked Herren. "He's the type of person that you want in your life," he replied. "Not just a friend, but a loving son, a protective, adoring older brother." "He had … [Read more...] about New murder trial for Shayna Hubers: Why did she shoot Ryan Poston six times?
Marty Roney Montgomery Advertiser Published 4:34 PM EST Nov 30, 2018 It was early December in 1983. I was 17. I somehow talked my mother into allowing me to decorate the Christmas tree that year. Growing up in Selma, there was really only one Christmas tree offering, the eastern red cedar. And growing up in the Black Belt we had plenty of cedars to choose from. I found the perfect specimen on a farm south of Orrville. Without too much trouble I had the tree set up in the den, and the door closed. I admit, I had pre-worked the decorations. The first element to go in was the strings of pre-"Brady Bunch" lights. These things were an orangey-red and had bulbs the size of juice glasses. When you plugged them in, the rest of the lights in the house dimmed. And touch them by accident? They would raise a blister on you in an instant. How we got through all those Christmases without the house burning down I’ll never know. The rest of the decorations were a tribute to my outdoors … [Read more...] about O Tannenbaum: How lovely are your … shotgun shells?
BLACK VOICES 10/02/2018 11:22 pm ET Season 3, Episode 8: Issa literally and figuratively unpacked three seasons' worth of bulls**t in one episode. It was a lot. By Taryn Finley and Julia Craven The “Insecure” finale was haunting. Not in the Friday the 13th way. But in the way you’re forced to look at yourself in the mirror and purge the things that are no longer serving you ― even those things closest to your heart. It’s Issa’s 30th birthday. After deciding to put her block party planning on hold, she’s vowed to have a drama-free celebration. Molly (Yvonne Orji) brings Issa (Issa Rae) to meet Kelli (Natasha Rothwell) at an outdoor screening of “The Last Dragon.” All of black L.A. is there, including the ghosts of dating past. Lawrence (Jay Ellis) spots Issa, and they have a cute moment before he gifts her a box of Raisinets, a nod to the fact that he forgot her birthday in Season 1. Meanwhile, Molly spots Jared … [Read more...] about Issa, Molly And The Toxic Ghosts Of ‘Insecure’ Season 3