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Ep. 54 The World Only Spins Forward by Isaac Butler and Dan Kois — The Stacks Book Club (Ben Blacker)

Ben Blacker is back and we're talking all things theatre and oral history today on The Stacks, as we breakdown The World Only Spins Forward by Isaac Butler and Dan Kois. The book is an oral history of Angels in America, a classic American play about the AIDS crisis by Tony Kushner. We discuss government funded art, human rights, and so much theatre geek goodness. Plus, no spoilers. Listen and enjoy.

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George C. WolfeAngels in America (Mike Nichols, 2003)Justin KirkBen ShenkmanMeryl StreepAl PacinoTake Me Out by Richard GreenbergDamn Yankees (Stanley Donen, George Abbott, 1958)Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare"How Outrage Built Over a Shakespearean Depiction of Trump" ( Michael Paulson and Sopan Deb, New York Times)"A Universal Heart, Pounding With Hope" (Ben Brantley, The New York Times)Dear Evan Hansen (Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, 2016)Tootsie (Sydney Pollack, 1982)Cats (Andrew Lloyd Webber, 1982)Wicked (Stephen Schwartz, 2003)Robert MapplethorpeThe Nederlander OrganizationLin Manuel MirandaRENT (Jonathan Larson, 1994)When We Rise by Cleve JonesThe Names Project: AIDS Memorial QuiltEmile HirschInto the Wild (Sean Penn, 2007)The Normal Heart by Larry KramerAnd the Band Played On by Randy ShiltsSpring Awakening by Steven Sater and Duncan SheikBook of Mormon (Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Robert Lopez, 2011) Emma ThompsonDebra MessingMary-Louise ParkerMarcia Gay HardenElia KazanZoe KazanAdam DriverBurn This by Lanford WilsonJeffery WrightBasquiat (Julian Schnabel, 1996)Hunger Games (Gary Ross, 2012)Westworld (HBO)Nathan LaneStephen SpinellaAndrew GarfieldEllen McLaughlinAmerican Conservatory TheaterRuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)Ben Brantley8th Grade (Bo Burnham, 2018)

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