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Indian Pride | Treaties and Sovereignty | Part 3

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Sister Betty Jean of the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut tells the story of a Mohegan elder who made a basket as a gift for a relative. On the way, he needs to quench his thirst and asks a farmer for some cider. When the farmer tries to deny the elder some cider by trying to trick him, the elder uses resources around him to teach the farmer a lesson about respecting elders and avoiding violence in conflict resolution.

The Muppet Show | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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Discover how the Muppet Show got it's start in 1976 in this exerpt from In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. This biography of Henson shows how the weekly variety format starring Kermit the Frog became the #1 show in America. Jim Henson's growing cast of characters of both puppets and humans became a sensation.

The Muppet Movie | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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Learn about the box-office success of the first Muppet Movie in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. After the success of the first two Muppet movies, Henson creates "The Dark Crystal." Thought the "Dark Crystal" fell short in ticket sales, Henson continued to push the boundaries of feature films and worked with animators for recognition as an artist and not simply an entertainer.

Primetime Puppets | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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Discover how Jim Henson's puppet work on "Sam and Friends" in college influenced his creation of Kermit and the Muppets in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. Henson meets his future wife and fellow puppeteer Jane Nebel. As Henson's television career takes off in the spring of 1956, his brother Paul dies of injuries suffered in a car accident.

The Rehearsal Process: Heartbreak House

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Producing Director Jon Jory and Dramaturg Michael Dixon, formerly of Actors Theatre of Louisville, open the segment with a discussion of playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) and his play Heartbreak House. Then, actors in the Actors Theatre production of the play read a scene, rehearse it, discuss character development and motivation, and perform the scene in costume and on the set.

The Power of Storytelling

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Storyteller Anndrena Belcher discusses the relevance of storytelling today. She explains why people should learn their family stories.

Female Student's Winning Solo

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In her winning performance featured in this video from Broadway or Bust, Elizabeth Romero combines musical and dramatic elements in a way that makes her performance compelling. Although the song “Disneyland” from the musical Smile is not long, the performer gives a full sense of the character’s journey and what is important to that character.

Shakespeare Meets Kabuki: Scene Introduction | Japanese Culture

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In this segment Shozo Sato explains why he created "American Kabuki" to help Americans understand and appreciate this art form and why he chose to use Shakespeare to introduce Western audiences to Kabuki theater. He also introduces the scene from Macbeth that two actors will perform.

What Is Kabuki? | Japanese Culture

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In this video Shozo Sato, a Kabuki master, presents students with an overview of Kabuki, pointing out major characteristics such as male actors, stylized acting, and audience. He also discusses the distinction between Kabuki and Noh theater, the other classical Japanese theatrical style.

Toni Morrison's Beloved, On Stage

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NewsHour Correspondent Jeffrey Brown reports on a stage production of Toni Morrison's acclaimed novel Beloved.

Shakespearean Actors and Experts Discuss the Bard

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Shakespeare experts and actors who have performed in his plays discuss what's special about the bard and how interpretations of his work have varied.

Teachable Moment: Chroma Key | Fast Forward

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Also known as “Green Screen,” Chroma Key isn’t just used by TV weather people. It’s also a great tool for creating special effects in movies and television shows.

Fox Theatre | Fast Forward

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What makes the fabulous Fox Theatre so fabulous? Great question! And that’s just what we ask the folks who work at the Fox. They answer by giving us an exclusive backstage tour, as well as an on-stage tour, and even an under-the-stage tour. And we tell the “theatrical” story as you’d expect—in 3 acts. By the way, it turns out that part of what makes the Fox so fabulous is their air-conditioning system and their LED lights, both of which we cover in our Teachable Moments.

A Raisin in the Sun Revisited: Chapter 1

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The Show Opening provides a summary overview of the program: how three potent plays, A Raisin in the SunClybourne Park and Beneatha’s Place, all advance the discussion of race in America. It alludes to how America has changed – and not changed – when it comes to this highly charged issue. Author Kwame Kwei-Armah talks about the enormity of what they are about to do and why he wrote Beneatha’s Place to add to the conversation initiated by Clybourne Park and how he identifies with Beneatha’s character from Raisin in the Sun and her intellectual fascination with the emerging African independence movement.

Ledoh Salt Farm: Performance Art (Butoh)

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, the dancers of the Salt Farm Butoh Dance Company and their artistic director Ledoh work on a new piece called "River of Sand," an exploration of Ledoh's birthplace, Burma. As participants in the HCA's resident artist program, the Salt Farm members have been working on the costuming, set design, lights and music and sharing the activities of their daily lives.  

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