North Carolina mandates that all elementary school students have equal access to art instruction, but enforcement of the law appears inconsistent across the state. Special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on two elementary schools’ different approaches to arts education and the effects on student performance. Continue reading
Real-life drama in Washington isn’t popular in the polls, but it does provide plenty of fodder for modern storytellers. Jeffrey Brown speaks with a few who have found inspiration: Beau Willimon, co-creator of the series "House of Cards," Jay Roach, director of the comedy "The Campaign," and novelist and critic Thomas Mallon. Continue reading
Mysticism, spirituality, racism and redemption are major themes of “every tongue confess,” a new work by playwright Marcus Gardley that saw its world premiere at the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.
NBC’s television drama “Friday Night Lights,” shows football as the raison d’etre for the small, fictional community of Dillon, Tx., but its residents also learn that life is about much more than touchdowns.
At military bases around the nation, performances of Greek drama are linking ancient and modern warriors in an understanding of war’s pain and mental agony. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading
After establishing herself as a star of the silver screen, Annette Bening has returned to her roots as a stage actor with a modern interpretation of Euripides’ classical Greek play, “Medea.” Continue reading