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On Second Thought introduces a new series of conversations with influential Georgians with Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon. Long before he made it to Broadway and the silver screen, Leon made a deep impression on Atlanta's arts and culture scene. As the first African-American artistic director at the Alliance Theatre, Leon staged premieres of Pearl Cleage's "Blues for an Alabama Sky" and Elton John and Tim Rice's musical "Aida." In 2002, he founded Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta, which is still active today. 


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Today we're talking about one of the biggest sensations in the history of American theatre: "Hamilton: An American Musical." Composer, lyrisict, and preformer Lin-Manuel Miranda was inspired to create "Hamilton" after reading Ron Chernow's 800-page biography of Alexander Hamilton. 

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On this edition of “Two Way Street,” we’re talking to Tony-award winning director, Kenny Leon, about his Broadway revival of the play, “Children of a Lesser God.”

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It’s unclear how many protesters we’ll see at Donald Trump's inauguration. Some estimates say as many as 200,000 will attend the Women’s March on Saturday, and it’s just one of several planned protest events. Others are choosing not to attend the inauguration as a form of silent protest. More than 40 theatre companies, including three in Atlanta, are hosting readings of a play by Atlanta-native Lauren Gunderson.

At Emory University, the Law School conducts classes you expect — contracts, torts — but it also offers one you might not: Drama. The professor behind it — and before it — is Janet Metzger.  We talked with her and law student Prasad Hurra about the class as part of our series, “Lessons from Left Field."

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Savannah is known as one of America's most haunted cities. So it fits that the Savannah Voice Festival would commission an opera about ghosts. "Alice Ryley" is about the first woman hanged in Georgia. The ghost opera will return to the Savannah Voice Festival stage Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Westin Savannah Harbor Ballroom.

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For years, a theatre company in rural Fulton County has gone to extreme measures to change the look and feel of professional theatre. Serenbe Playhouse offers outdoor productions in settings that are as authentic as you can get to the storyline, and it recently expanded  to Atlanta. On Second Thought producer/reporter Sean Powers paid a visit to Serenbe to catch a recent production of “Charlotte's Web.”

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This month marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. Over the weekend, students at Emory  University in Atlanta paid tribute to the playwright with a 12-hour celebration of his work. GPB’s Sean Powers got a front row seat at some of the performances.