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August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand - Full Film

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American Masters
PBS


The film premieres Friday, February 20 on PBS to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Wilson’s birth, the 10th anniversary of his death and Black History Month. Unprecedented access to Wilson’s theatrical archives, rarely seen interviews and new dramatic readings bring to life his seminal 10-play cycle chronicling a century of African-American life. Wilson won two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Continue


The Lovers Untangled

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Shakespeare Uncovered
PBS


The mixed-up story of the young lovers Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius, and Helena in Shakespeares’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream can be quite confusing. This two-minute animation sums up what you need to know. Continue


August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand, Panel Discussion

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American Masters
PBS


After showing highlights from August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand on February 9, 2015, the film's director and producer, Sam Pollard, moderated a panel with actors Phylicia Rashad and Ruben Santiago-Hudson; Constanza Romero, Wilson’s widow and costume designer, and Rich Blint, Ph.D., of Columbia University. Co-presented by THIRTEEN and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Continue


Romeo and Juliet with Joseph Fiennes

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Shakespeare Uncovered
PBS


Fiennes has a unique perspective on Romeo and Juliet. He played Shakespeare – both writing and performing as Romeo – in the film Shakespeare in Love. Now he wants to examine why it remains the most-performed of all Shakespeare plays. Continue


Joseph Fiennes on Romeo and Juliet's Famous Balcony Scene

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Shakespeare Uncovered
PBS


The balcony scene is probably one of the most popular scenes known to general audiences. Joseph Fiennes, Professor Laurie Maguire and Professor Jonathan Bate dissect the famous lines that come with this scene... "Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" Continue


Kim Cattrall on Shakespeare's Performance Space

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Shakespeare Uncovered
PBS


Kim Cattrall visits a recently completed copy of the Blackfriars, a space where was thought that Shakespeare and his company performed. Cattrall meets with the Globe's artistic director, Dominic Dromgoole for a tour. Continue


W. S. Merwin reads 'Rain Light'

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


W. S. Merwin reads his poem "Rain Light" from his home in Hawaii. For more Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/ Continue


Othello with David Harewood

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Shakespeare Uncovered
PBS


Astonishingly, David Harewood was the first black actor to play the great Moorish Venetian general Othello at London’s National Theatre, triumphantly taking on the role—but not until 1997. Now he returns to the play to discover how the centuries have changed our views of it. Continue


A Writer's Workshop

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The Open Mind
PBS


A 1993 graduate and now Director of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop Lan Samantha Chang considers the contemporary teaching of prose and poetry and the central dilemmas facing the next generation of aspiring artists. Continue


Nigeria's new literature prize boosts African writers

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Here's a story that isn't dominating the headlines, but deserves a close look: Three African authors are nominated for a relatively new fiction literature prize, and the finalist will walk away with £15,000 and a continental book tour. The Etisalat Prize is funded by  Dubai-based Etisalat, a prominent telecom company in Africa, with the goal of Continue


August Wilson on the Dialogue in His Plays

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American Masters
PBS


August Wilson describes how dialogue comes to him and guides his character development and the plot. This film excerpt from August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand includes a dramatic reading of the opening scene of "Two Trains Running" (Broadway premiere 1992). Continue


Scott McCloud tackles mortality, love, art in 'The Sculptor'

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Cartoonist Scott McCloud, best known for the “Understanding Comics” series, talks about “The Sculptor,” his first graphic novel and his first work of fiction in over 30 years. For more Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/ Continue


August Wilson's Youth

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American Masters
PBS


August Wilson and two of his sisters recall his early school days, when he showed an early love of language and learning, and suffered daily insults for being black at a primarily white school. Wilson describes an instance when he timed his response to a bully to the words of the Pledge of Allegiance. This excerpt is from American Masters - August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand. Continue


Antony and Cleopatra with Kim Cattrall

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Shakespeare Uncovered
PBS


Cattrall has played Cleopatra twice. Now she explores the real character of the great Queen of Egypt, and travels to Rome, ironically Marc Antony’s city, in her quest to find out more about the historical Cleopatra. She also meets with her director, Dame Janet Suzman, who herself made an iconic Cleopatra at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1973. Continue


Joseph Fiennes Visits a Class on Iambic Pentameter

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Shakespeare Uncovered
PBS


Joseph Fiennes listens in on a Shakespeare session at a South London evening class. Bruce Wall has taught Shakespeare across the world. His students include city bankers, Broadway actors and several thousand prisoners. In this class, he's teaching the group how to think in Iambic Pentameter, the classic five stress rhythm of Shakespearian text. Continue


Kim Cattrall Discusses Playing Cleopatra's Character

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Shakespeare Uncovered
PBS


Kim Cattrall joins The Globe actors while they are rehearsing a scene from Antony & Cleopatra. Cattrall and the actors discuss Celopatra's wildly fluctuating mood swings and her variety of moods. Continue


David Harewood on the Racial Prejudice in Othello

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Shakespeare Uncovered
PBS


David Harewood discusses how Othello's black character brought racial prejudices. He also shares his experience on being the first black actor to play Othello. Continue


Morgan Freeman Discusses Shakespeares take on the Shrew

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Shakespeare Uncovered
PBS


The shrew is the oldest comic role for women. It goes back to medieval plays and persists into the late 20th century. The traditional shrew tales make a mockery of the woman, but the one in Shakespeare's play is different. Continue


Christopher Plummer on Shakespeare's Dramatic Storm Scene

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Shakespeare Uncovered
PBS


Christopher Plummer examines the different adaptations of Shakespeare's dramatic storm scene in King Lear. Continue


Nigeria's new literature prize boosts African writers

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Here's a story that isn't dominating the headlines, but deserves a close look: Three African authors are nominated for a relatively new fiction literature prize, and the finalist will walk away with £15,000 and a continental book tour. The Etisalat Prize is funded by  Dubai-based Etisalat, a prominent telecom company in Africa, with the goal of Continue


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