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Episode 514. Streamlining ‘Julius Caesar’

Chicago’s Writers Theatre opened its first full season in its award-winning new performance space with a glorious and timely production of Julius Caesar. Actor, co-director, and adaptor Scott Parkinson discusses the process of streamlining this classic by focusing on its dual protagonists, finding echoes … Continue reading

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Episode 513. Writing Crime Novels

Novelist Russel McLean (right) talks about his new novel And When I Die and reveals both surprising influences and his fascination with extended families with dark secrets. Featuring Glasgow’s answer to the Corleones, shifting perspectives, early submission problems, the similarities between crime novelists and … Continue reading

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Episode 505. Retracing Shakespeare’s Steps

University of Warwick doctoral candidate Ronan Hatfull returns to discuss the journey he made with his father David along the Shakespeare Walk, the path we think William Shakespeare might have made as he walked from Stratford to London. Featuring an excellent … Continue reading

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Episode 500! Playwright Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig (right) is the prolific American comic playwright responsible for such Tony- and Olivier-award winning shows as Lend Me a Tenor, Crazy For You, Moon Over Buffalo, Shakespeare In Hollywood, Baskerville, and almost two dozen more plays and musicals that have been … Continue reading

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Episode 499. On Political Correctness

James Finn Garner is the author of the classic satire Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, its various companion volumes, and the Rex Koko Private Clown series of comic mysteries, and he talks about the values of political correctness in both life and art. … Continue reading

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