performing arts

Arts, Culture & Media

West Bank theatre

A theatre has sprung up in the Jenin Refugee Camp in the West Bank, and Matt Gutman reports that one of the playwrights was once one of the most-wanted militants in Jenin.

Arts, Culture & Media


A year ago, New Yorker writer George Packer wrote an article called "Betrayed," which profiled the local interpreters who worked for the U.S. government in Iraq. Although their employment made them marked men and women in their neighborhoods, Packer found the U.S. did very little to protect them. After 16,000 words, Packer wasn't done telling their story, so he turned the article into a play. Produced by Alexandra Poolos.

Conflict & Justice

Passing Strange

This ground-breaking rock musical is about a black teen who leaves LA to find himself in Berlin. Its creator Mark Stewart, known as Stew, talks with Kurt about the autobiographical show; it uses great humor, smart lyrics, and rock n' roll to take on race, identity, and mother-son relationships.

Arts, Culture & Media

From Lieutenant to Lola

To see S. Epatha Merkerson be tough, just turn on a TV and look for "Law and Order"'s Lt. Anita Van Buren. But to see her smile, you'll have to catch her in the Broadway revival of "Come Back, Little Sheba." Jenny Lawton finds out whether Merkerson is a tough cookie or as nice as pie. (With production help from Andrea Silenzi.)