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This edition: "Shakespeare in America" and "Mama Rose's Turn"

Episode Details

Original tape date: March 14, 2014.

First aired: June 21, 2014.

Theater Talk focuses on two new books that have captivated our interest. First, Professor James Shapiro of Columbia University returns to discuss his new book SHAKESPEARE IN AMERICA, an anthology of writings about the Bard's impact on our culture. He discusses relevant topics ranging from The Astor Place Riot and Orson Welles' Voodoo MACBETH to King Lear's relationship to the Pullman Strike and Ulysses S. Grant in drag as Desdemona.

Next, we talk to Carolyn Quinn, author of MAMA ROSE'S TURN: THE TRUE STORY OF AMERICA'S MOST NOTORIOUS STAGE MOTHER. She offers us unique insight into the life of Rose Thompson Hovick, the notorious matriarch who was the inspiration for GYPSY, arguably the greatest musical in history.

Guest List

Carolyn Quinn Author/Biographer, “Mama Rose’s Turn”

James S. Shapiro Author/Educator, “Shakespeare in America”

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