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Reimagining "Porgy and Bess"

Reimagining "Porgy and Bess"

Today we’re talking about the American Repertory Theater’s adaptation of Porgy and Bess, which is premiering in Cambridge. In 1935, the Gershiwns' "Porgy and Bess" premiered in Boston—and with it they gave America’s operatic songbook hits like "Summertime". Nearly 75 years later, the A.R.T. has breathed new life into "Porgy and Bess", but not without controversy. Though their adaptation boasts big names and even bigger voices, it’s a scaled down affair. With this pruning we see characters we can sympathize with; we see a love story that’s present and profound. Some say this adaptation nails it. Others—including Stephen Sondheim-- say that ain’t so- tampering with the Gershwins original is nothing short of blasphemy.

GUESTS:
Emmett Price, Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Northeastern University
Carol Oja, William Powell Mason Professor of Music and the History of American Civilization at Harvard University
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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

GUEST:
  Walter Mosley: writer

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