Episode #523

Kushner, Quixote, Zoo Story

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Saturday, June 05, 2004

Kurt Andersen and his guest, the playwright Tony Kushner, talk about how an artist knows his work is finally, completely, done. A theater fan fights with her hero, Edward Albee, about revising one of his greatest plays, The Zoo Story, 44 years after he first wrote it. And we hear the strange tale behind Orson Welles's unfinished film version of Don Quixote — and why the Spanish government finished the movie after his death.


Tony Kushner

Special Guest: Tony Kushner

Tony Kushner is one of the greatest living American playwrights. His plays like Angels In America, Homebody/Kabul, and Caroline, or Change, have earned him numerous accolades including a Pulitzer and multiple Tony nominations and awards. In December of 2003 HBO presented a 6 hour version of Angels in ...


Albee & Me

This year, when Edward Albee added a whole new act to his classic play The Zoo Story — he horrified one of his diehard fans. Sarah Lemanczyk tracked down the playwright to ask him how he could make such a drastic change to her favorite play, which he wrote 44 ...


Finishing Don Quixote

The legendary perfectionist Orson Welles spent 30 years on his epic film of Don Quixote, but he never finished. So what exactly happened to it? Gregory Warner tried to find out.


Completing the Record

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Deliverance on a Canoe

In Austin, Texas a movie theater called the Alamo Drafthouse has figured out a dreamy summertime way to screen its movies — an all-day canoe ride. Michael May joined the audience members as they paddled canoes down the Colorado River on their way to watch the movie Deliverance, ...


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