Daveed Diggs and Suzan-Lori Parks, ‘In the Pines’ and supernumeraries

April 18, 2019

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Daveed Diggs and Suzan-Lori Parks, Kurt Cobain performs on "MTV Unplugged," and supernumerary Iggy Berlin performs in a giant pink yak costume at the Metropolitan Opera.

Daveed Diggs and Suzan-Lori Parks, Kurt Cobain performs on "MTV Unplugged," and supernumerary Iggy Berlin performs in a giant pink yak costume at the Metropolitan Opera House.

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Courtesy of the Public Theater, Tammy Shell, MTV, Rosalie O’Connor

Kurt Andersen talks with playwright Suzan-Lori Parks about “White Noise” along with one of the play’s stars, Daveed Diggs from the original cast of “Hamilton.” Iggy Berlin explains what he does as an extra for operas and ballets, where they’re called supernumeraries. And the rich history of the song “In the Pines,” which many luminaries sang in their signature style, from Kurt Cobain to Lead Belly to Bill Monroe.

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