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This combination photo shows, from left, Lynn Nottage, Lydia R. Diamond and Regina Taylor, who are contributing microplays for the “Theatre for One: Here We Are” project, all written and directed by Black, indigenous and women of color. Performances will begin on Aug. 20 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET and will be held each subsequent Thursday through Sept. 24. (AP Photo)

The always intimate Theatre for One goes online

Aug. 10, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus hasn't stopped the world's smallest theater. “Theatre for One,” where one audience member sees one short play performed by a single actor in a portable theater, has now gone online. “The experience is unique to Theatre for One. And in that sense, I...

FILE - In this March 21, 2009 file photo, Italian actress Franca Valeri attends Italian State RAI TV program

Italy's pioneering comic actor, Franca Valeri, dies at 100

Aug. 9, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Franca Valeri, an elegant, ironic and versatile actor who pioneered female comic roles in Italy's post-war years and helped the nation laugh at its foibles, has died at 100. The Corriere della Sera newspaper quoted her daughter, Stefania Bonfadelli, an opera singer, as saying that Valeri died...

Hallie Chewing, 19, a rising junior at Liberty University serves customer, Kora Mayo, 6, a cookie dough with rainbow sprinkles cone at Blue Cow Ice Cream on July 13, 2020, in Roanoke, Va. Owner Carolyn Kiser said she’s seen an increase in job applications, although Blue Cow hasn’t needed to hire as many workers as usual. She said the ice cream shop typically employs a lot of students. (Stephanie Klein-Davis/The Roanoke Times via AP)

Virginia teens see pandemic-related shifts in summer jobs

Aug. 9, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Teenagers were not spared from the dwindling job opportunities that pervaded the nation due to COVID-19. Restrictions on pools, day cares and food services made many typical summer jobs for students impossible this year. According to a June report from Challenger, Gray & Christmas...

Madison Elliott and Madeleine Scott choreograph elements of the next Headlights Theater performance on Tuesday, July 28, in a parking lot in Sioux Falls, S.D. (Erin Bormett/The Argus Leader via AP)

Sioux Falls Park and Art pop-up shows blend ballet, music

Aug. 8, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The founder of South Dakota’s first professional ballet company wanted to thrust her group into the spotlight this year with a black-tie gala and performances by some of the world’s top dancers. But the light went out on Madeleine Scott’s plans. Her group,...

Police: Train fatally hit Missouri man in western Nebraska

Aug. 6, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — A Missouri man has died after being hit by a train in western Nebraska's Scottsbluff, police there said. The incident happened early Wednesday morning, when police were called to railroad tracks where a man had been hit be a westbound train, the Scottsbluff Star-Herald reported....

Chairman Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., left, speaks with Acting U.S. Park Police Chief Gregory T. Monahan, prior to a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on actions taken on June 1, 2020 at Lafayette Square, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Bill Clark/Pool via AP)

The Latest: China's Xinjiang region has 28 new cases

Aug. 2, 2020 10:45 PM EDT

BEIJING — Numbers of new COVID-19 cases in China’s far northwestern region of Xinjiang are continuing to fall, with 28 reported on Monday. China reported 43 new cases nationwide, seven of the imported and eight in the northeastern province of Liaoning. No new deaths were reported, leaving...

This July 25, 2020 photo shows Amy Micallef posing with her craft creations at her home. While Broadway stages remain dark due to the pandemic, Broadway workers are concentrating on side hustles. Micallef, a Broadway seamstress who has worked in the wardrobe departments of “Hamilton,” “Waitress” and “Frozen,” makes gleeful representations of COVID-19 for sale, complete with a pair of eyes and faux fur. (Amy Micallef via AP)

Plush toys, jewelry, dance lessons — Broadway's side hustles

Jul. 30, 2020 8:55 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway seamstress Amy Micallef hasn't put her talent on hold while theaters are shut. She's been making plush toys — unusual plush toys. Micallef, who has worked in the wardrobe departments of “Hamilton,” “Waitress” and “Frozen,” makes...

FILE -David Hare attends a special screening of

Writer David Hare turns his COVID-19 into a theater piece

Jul. 29, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar-nominated writer David Hare says he’s turned his COVID-19 illness into a stage monologue about enduring “this quite extraordinary disease.” “Beat the Devil” will open in London as soon as officials deem it safe for theaters to get back into...

This image released by IFC Films shows Gemma Arterton, background, and Lucas Bond in a scene from

Review: A sweet tearjerker in WWII film ‘Summerland’

Jul. 29, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

“ Summerland ” might look like something you’ve seen before: A scenic story about a schoolchild who must leave London during the war and take up shelter with a reluctant caregiver. But while it is comfortingly familiar in many ways, and a little cliche and overwrought in others, it also has a...

La Scala general manager Dominique Meyer poses at the end of a press conference to present the fall 2020 program of concerts and ballets, in Milan, Italy, Monday, July 27, 2020. The presentation marks the reopening of one of the world’s most renown theaters following the coronavirus lockdown as well as support of artists who were left without work during the shutdowns.(AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

La Scala announces fall season as cultural life resumes

Jul. 27, 2020 9:26 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The famed La Scala opera house on Monday announced a fall program of concerts and ballets aimed as a signal of confidence that European cultural life can resume in full following the coronavirus lockdowns, and in support of artists who were left out of work during the shutdowns. La...