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A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake - Theatre as a Tool to Heal Social Conflict
Can we forgive the past to survive the future? This was the question Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu asked of the South African people after a brutal half-century of Apartheid. For a moment in time, the country said yes. From…
Hamilton: One Shot to Broadway
The remarkable story of how a group of inspired mavericks made an unlikely marriage of hip-hop and history the biggest musical show in America...and are getting ready to conquer the world! Featuring interviews with Lin Manuel Miranda, as well as…
Try To Remember: The Fantasticks - A Legendary Broadway Show
Eight times a week, from 1960 to 2002, the Sullivan Street Playhouse in New York City's Greenwich Village played midwife to a musical theater ritual that attracted theater-goers from across the globe. That show was the legendary and beloved Fantasticks,…
Spettacolo - A Theater Tradition in Tuscany
Once upon a time, villagers in a tiny hill town in Tuscany came up with a remarkable way to confront their issues - they turned their lives into a play. Every summer, their piazza became their stage and residents of…
Dear Mr. Shakespeare - Blackness, Race, and Immigration in Othello
A reinterpretation and exploration of William Shakespeare's intentions when writing Othello . The film examines the play's racial themes in a historical and contemporary setting, while drawing wider parallels between immigration and blackness in the UK today. Nominated for the…
Larry Kramer: In Love and Anger - The Life and Work of an Extraordinary Playwright, Author and LGBT Activist
Author, playwright and AIDS activist Larry Kramer takes center stage in this candid portrait that examines the monumental effect of one of the most important – and controversial – figures in contemporary gay America, a political firebrand who gave voice…
Everything is Copy - Nora Ephron: Scripted and Unscripted
EVERYTHING IS COPY profiles the life of Nora Ephron, the writer/director who was known for her acerbic wit and whose films include such cultural touchstones as Silkwood , When Harry Met Sally , and Sleepless in Seattle . Written and…
Janey Makes a Play - A Small Town Theater Production
Follow 90-year-old Janey as she writes and directs her latest original, socially relevant community theater production for the small town in which she lives. Battling through the current recession, the colorful troupe of faithful townspeople cope with their own struggles…
The Cockettes - The Rise and Fall of a Legendary Theatrical Troupe
The Cockettes, a flamboyant ensemble of hippies decked out in outlandish gender-bending finery, created a series of legendary, LSD-fueled midnight musicals in early 1970s San Francisco. A diverse mix of genders and races, The Cockettes were an immediate sensation and…
Fame High - The Talented Students at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts
From the nail-biting freshman auditions to the spectacular year-end performances, FAME HIGH captures the in-class and at-home drama, competition, heartbreak, and triumph during one school year at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). Talented teenagers reach…
My Voice My Life - Musical Theater Education in Hong Kong
Oscar -winning documentary filmmaker Ruby Yang follows an unlikely group of students from four Hong Kong middle and high schools cast in a musical theater performance. Brought together to sing, dance, and act, the students question their own abilities and…
Kings of Baxter - Can Twelve Teenage Offenders Conquer Macbeth?
In this moving documentary, one of Australia's leading theatre companies, Bell Shakespeare, enters one of the country's largest juvenile justice centres. KINGS OF BAXTER explores the challenging and emotional journey of the young offenders and their teachers as they attempt…
She's the Best Thing In It - Portrait of a Character Actress
Mary Louise Wilson is the most accomplished character actor you've never heard of. While teaching skeptical young students in her home town of New Orleans, she examines whether her life has been successful. Featuring Frances McDormand, Melissa Leo, and Valerie…
La Comédie-Française - The Oldest Repertory Company in the World
LA COMEDIE- FRANCAISE is the oldest continuous repertory company in the world, founded in Paris in the late 17th century. This is the first time a documentary filmmaker has been allowed to look at all the aspects of the work…
Between Fences - Israel's African Refugees and the Theater of the Oppressed
Holot (Hebrew for "Sands") is a detention center in the middle of the Israeli desert that was built to quickly address an influx of African asylum seekers, mostly refugees from Eritrea and Sudan. The migrants in Holot have no legal…
Call Me Marianna - Portrait of a Transgender Woman
Unable to deny the intense feelings of her true gender identity any longer, middle-aged Marianna began the transition from man to woman. The risk of estrangement from her wife, children, and parents became her reality. Homeless for three winter months,…
Still Dreaming - Retired Broadway Entertainers on Stage
At The Lillian Booth Actors Home just outside NYC, a group of long-retired Broadway entertainers dive into a production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and find that nothing is what it seems to be. With a play that is…
Angelica [A Tragedy] - An Insightful Look Into the Process of a Performance Artist
Angelica Liddell's dramaturgy is considered one of the most avant-garde in contemporary European theater. As Liddell starts working on her new play, director Manuel Fernandez-Valdes decides to capture her rehearsal process on camera. The hallmarks of Liddell's autobiographical work are…
Theater Of War
Filmmaker John Walter artfully captures Meryl Streep groping for - and then seizing the character in her unforgettable portrayal of Mother Courage in Tony Kushner's adaptation of the Bertolt Brecht masterpiece Mother Courage and Her Children. THEATER OF WAR is…
Making War Horse
Making War Horse is the story of how Michael Morpurgo's children's novel became one of the most popular and acclaimed productions in the National Theatre's history. From its early development in the NT Studio, see how Handspring Puppet Company created…