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This edition: "A Doll's House, Part 2" and "Anastasia"

Episode Details

Original tape date: April 21, 2017.

First aired: May 27, 2017.

We focus on the TONY-nominated play "A Doll's House, Part 2" in a conversation with playwright Lucas Hnath along with its TONY-nominated lead actors Laurie Metcalf and Chris Cooper. The play picks up 15 years after the end of the classic Ibsen drama "A Doll's House." Nora returns to the home she once shared with Torvald and events take an unexpected turn, in a theatrical work that also surprises audiences in both its style and tone.

Next up we discuss the new Broadway extravaganza "Anastasia" with librettist Terrence McNally joining actors Christy Altomare and Ramin Karimloo. Adapted from the popular 1997 animated film, the new musical's score by Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty includes beloved songs from the film as well as many new ones. McNally, however, dumped the film's script, including characters Rasputin (dead 16 years before the story takes place) and Bartok, a talking bat. Instead he has written a libretto that evokes the pre-revolution overindulgence of Russia's ruling class that led to so profound a political upheaval, as well as the austere and menacing ambience of the post-revolution Soviet Union, which came from it.

Guest List

Christy Altomare Actress, “Anastasia”

Chris Cooper Actor, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

Lucas Hnath Playwright, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

Ramin Karimloo Actor, “Anastasia”

Terrence McNally Librettist, “Anastasia”

Laurie Metcalf Actress, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”