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Kabuki Actor's Technique | Japanese Culture

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Shozo Sato describes Kabuki acting technique and the training that Kabuki performers, traditionally all male, go through in order to learn how to play male, female, young, and old characters. He demonstrates vocal inflections and actual movements—walking, how the head is held, poses—of various Kabuki characters, including the differences between male and female characters. He also demonstrates the transformation of a female character from her teens to her 30s.

Kabuki Fan Symbolism | Japanese Culture

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In this video, Kabuki master Shozo Sato discusses the origin of fan use in Kabuki theater and demonstrates the common usage and symbolism of the various fan movements, using the fan to represent a tray, a sunrise, the wind, rain, cutting with a knife, drinking, and other items and ideas.

A Raisin in the Sun Revisited: Beneatha’s Place Introduction

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In this clip from A Raisin in the Sun Revisited, author Kwame Kwei-Armah explains why he wrote Beneatha’s Place to add to the conversation on race initiated by Bruce Norris’s 2010 play Clybourne Park. Kwei-Armah describes how he identified with Beneatha’s character from A Raisin in the Sun and her intellectual fascination with the emerging African independence movement that was occurring at the time.

Teachable Moment: Prosthetics | Fast Forward

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One of the keys for creating zombie illusions is the use of prosthetics. We find out what they are, and how they’re used in television.

Shadowlight Production: Theater (Shadow Puppetry)

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, follow puppet master Larry Reed as he and the Gamelan Sekar Jaya orchestra prepare for a performance. Wayang kulit, or Balinese shadow puppet theater, is a tradition that has been passed down through generations for more than 1,000 years. Mythic tales and archetypal characters are played out, blending high drama, improvisation and slapstick comedy. 

Music and Theater: Pamela Z | Spark

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, follow performance artist Pamela Z as she creates a multimedia performance that explores her primary instrument, her voice.

Sha Sha Higby: Performance Art

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, get a glimpse of Sha Sha Higby's creative process, a process that has wandered through time, leaped over oceans and slowly grown by accretion. Each individual costume that is used in performance can take years to make and is informed by a lifetime of experience. The semi-abstract nature of Higby's costumes allows viewers to color the experience with their own imagination -- one might end up in a place far away that the artist herself may not have imagined. With her art, Higby has found her journey and achieved her escape.

Explosion of Comedy with Donald Lacy

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Go backstage with comedian Donald E. Lacy Jr. at the AfroSolo Arts Festival: An Explosion of Comedy. Lacy tours nationally and internationally and has appeared on comedy programs on the BET and HBO networks. In addition, he founded the LoveLife Foundation in 1997 to provide at-risk Bay Area youth with supportive opportunities such as mentoring, multimedia training, and career development.

Middle River Community Theatre: Middle River, MN

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The Middle River Community Theater in Middle River, Minnesota is the very definition of small town, community theater. The theater was renovated and built inside an old train depot. It's a cozy atmosphere inside and a new production occurs during Goose Festival days in September.

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Shakespeare as Musical Theatre | Shakespeare in the Schools

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Each fall, Shakespeare in the Schools performs in about 50 schools throughout Montana. These productions feature a professional company performing a 75-minute production of a Shakespearean play, complete with ornate costumes and scenery, followed by a Q&A session between the actors and students and a full complement of workshops. A Midsummer Night's Dream was the 2014 presentation and was captured on video by a student at the annual Elise Event fundraiser. PBS is using that student's work to provide a similar opportunity for other schools, including resources for four workshops.

Neo-Classicism: Tartuffe Scene 1

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Tartuffe is an example of satire. This segment shows two scenes, performed in reader’s theater style, from this 1664 play by Moliere. Moliere (1622-1673) was a premier playwright of satire and comedy. In the first scene, Mariane and Dorine discuss Mariane’s upcoming marriage to Tartuffe, a dishonest and conniving man who has been befriended by Mariane’s father Orgon. In the second scene, Cleante, Orgon’s brother-in-law enters the action. After Orgon has kicked his son Damis out of their house because he disagrees with Mariane’s marriage to Tartuffe, Cleante confronts Tartuffe.

Jay Leno's Acceptance Speech | Mark Twain Prize

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Jay Leno thanks his audience at the 2014 Mark Twain Prize. He recounts many of his past experiences leading up to his successful career as a comedian and host of the Tonight Show.

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Brings Back Beloved Characters and Record Ticket Sales | PBS NewsHour

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Discuss the factors that make the "Star Wars" franchise such a success with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from December 17, 2015.

Experiencing Shakespeare

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Experiencing Shakespeare makes Shakespeare come alive for students. Through television, the web, and social media, students explore the Folger Shakespeare Library, a leader in teaching Shakespeare, and home to the world's largest Shakespeare collection. Experiencing Shakespeare reveals the genius of Shakespeare, inspires students to read Shakespeare's works, and empowers them to understand his language. They'll travel backstage with professional actors rehearsing for a Shakespeare performance, see original documents relating to Shakespeare's life and times, and enjoy special behind-the-scenes access to the Folger. Folger experts answer questions about Shakespeare that were submitted by students during the live webcast.

Don Knotts

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Trace the movie and television career of actor Don Knotts.

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