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Joe Papp in Five Acts
Joe Papp
Joe Papp, founder of The Public Theater, Free Shakespeare in the Park and producer of groundbreaking plays like "Hair," "A Chorus Line" and "for colored girls," created a 'theater of inclusion' based on the belief that great art is for everyone.
Premieres: 6/3/2022
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Baayork Lee on becoming a Broadway star at age 5
On January 17, 2001, actress and dancer Baayork Lee discussed landing her first role on Broadway at age 5, working with Richard Rodgers and other Broadway greats, and her passion for choreography. Interview conducted for "American Masters: Richard Rodgers: The Sweetest Sounds" (2001), directed by Roger Sherman.
Premiered: 5/25/2022
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I. M. Pei on sculpture
On July 24, 1997, architect I. M. Pei shared his thoughts on the relationship between sculpture and scale, including why abstract sculpture has no limit to scale compared to the lifelike elements of sculptures scaled to the human figure. Interview conducted for "American Masters: Alexander Calder," directed by Roger Sherman.
Premiered: 5/18/2022
S36 Ep3
Waterman – Duke: Ambassador of Aloha
Narrated by Jason Momoa, discover the inspiring story and considerable impact of five-time Olympic medalist Duke Kahanamoku. He shattered swimming records and globalized surfing while overcoming racism in a lifetime of personal challenges.
Premiered: 5/10/2022
Streaming until: 6/16/2022
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Gloria Steinem on the legacy of Marilyn Monroe
Gloria Steinem
On February 21, 2006, Gloria Steinem spoke about Marilyn Monroe's lasting legacy, what she represented to women and men, and how the advent of the women's movement could have provided her the support she desperately needed. Interview conducted by Gail Levin, director of "American Masters—Marilyn Monroe: Still Life."
Premiered: 3/24/2022
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Laura Linney on mastering acting at Juilliard
Laura Linney
On March 7, 2000, Laura Linney discussed her time at the prestigious and notorious Juilliard and how it helped shape her as an actor. "I was just lucky that Juilliard accepted me because it was the right program for me. It's not right for everyone, but I was really, really lucky to get in." Interview conducted for "American Masters: Juilliard" (2003), directed by Maro Chermayeff.
Premiered: 3/17/2022
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Gloria Naylor on the American dream
Gloria Naylor
On June 28th, 2000, novelist Gloria Naylor spoke about the illusion of the American dream and the role it plays in Nella Larsen's "Passing." She discussed the motivations behind the characters of the critically acclaimed novel in this extended outtake from the American Masters Digital Archive. Interview originally conducted by Michael Epstein, director of Novel Reflections on The American Dream.
Premiered: 2/25/2022
S36 Ep2
Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands
Discover an international singer who captivated royalty in Europe and defied the conscience of 1939 America. Watch rare archival footage and hear audio recordings exploring her life and career from the Metropolitan Opera to the State Department.
S36 Ep1
Ailey
Discover the legendary choreographer Alvin Ailey whose dances center on the Black American experience with grace, strength and beauty. Featuring previously unheard audio interviews with Ailey, interviews with those close to him and an intimate glimpse into the Ailey studios today.
Premiered: 1/11/2022
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