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'Spring Awakening' leads Tony nods with 11

NEW YORK, May 15 (UPI) -- "Spring Awakening," the off-Broadway hit musical that moved to New York's Great White Way, captured 11 Tony Award nominations, the most of any play this year.

Charity sketch collection raises millions

LONDON, May 7 (UPI) -- More than 25,000 artists thus far have donated money and art to a British project dedicated to raising funds for Oxfam and Save the Children.

University of Texas acquires Mamet papers

AUSTIN, Texas, April 18 (UPI) -- The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas has acquired the papers of playwright David Mamet, it was announced Wednesday.

EU faulted in Darfur violence

BERLIN, March 24 (UPI) -- Europe's literati denounced the nations of the European Union for failing to bring about peace in the Sudan's war-torn Darfur region. In a letter to 27 EU leaders gathered in Berlin for a weekend of events celebrating the single market that began 50 years

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Today is Monday, July 3, the 184th day of 2006 with 181 to follow.
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Garden sets stage for 'Humble Boy'

NEW YORK, June 20 (UPI) -- It isn't often that the set is the most talked-about aspect of a new play, but the lovely English garden with a sculptural beehive that is the setting for Briti

Film review: Rob Reiner's 'Alex & Emma'

LOS ANGELES, June 19 (UPI) -- The tepid romantic comedy "Alex & Emma" pairs Kate Hudson, the daughter of Goldie Hawn and quasi-stepdaughter of Kurt Russell, with Luke Wilson, the brother of
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Video of the Week: 'The Pianist'

LOS ANGELES, May 26 (UPI) -- Although "The Pianist" was the second biggest winner at the Academy Awards -- taking home Oscars for Best Director, Actor, and Adaptation -- Roman Polanski's Ho
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Film of the Week: Polanski's 'The Pianist'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Although it's one of the frontrunners in the scramble for Oscar nominations, Roman Polanski's Holocaust drama "The Pianist" is actually a movie of surprisingly
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Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

Miramax honcho Harvey Weinstein is getting support from a surprising source -- DreamWorks co-head Walter Parkes. "Harvey and I have a strangely good relationship, personally," Parkes explained to reporters in New York. Weinstein, who is the boss of Drea
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Stoppard 's fate of Russian Utopianism

LONDON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Stoppard 's fate of Russian Utopianism
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Tom Stoppard
NYP2002120251 - NEW YORK, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Tom Stoppard poses for pictures at the "Mr. Abbott" Award Gala Ceremony at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers in New York on December 2, 2002. lc/Laura Cavanaugh UPI

Sir Tom Stoppard OM, CBE, FRSL (born Tomáš Straussler 3 July 1937) is a British playwright, knighted in 1997. He has written prolifically for TV, radio, film and stage, finding prominence with plays such as Arcadia, The Coast of Utopia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Professional Foul, The Real Thing, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. He co-wrote the screenplays for Brazil and Shakespeare in Love and has won one Academy Award and four Tony Awards. Themes of human rights, censorship and political freedom pervade his work along with exploration of linguistics and philosophy. Stoppard has been a key playwright of the National Theatre and is one of the most internationally performed dramatists of his generation.

In 1939, Stoppard left Czechoslovakia as a child refugee, fleeing imminent Nazi occupation. He settled with his family in Britain after the war, in 1946. After being educated at schools in Nottingham and Yorkshire, Stoppard became a journalist, a drama critic and then, in 1960, a playwright. He has been married twice, to Josie Ingle (1965–1972) and Miriam Stoppard (1972–1992), and has two sons from each marriage, one of whom is actor Ed Stoppard.

Stoppard was born Tomáš Straussler, in Zlín, a "Shoe Town", in the Moravia region of Czechoslovakia. He was the son of Martha Beckova and Eugen Straüssler, a doctor with the Bata shoe company. Both parents were Jewish, though neither practising. Just before the German occupation of Czechoslovakia, the town's patron, Tomáš Baťa, helped re-post his Jewish employees, mostly physicians, to various branches of his firm all over the world. On 15 March 1939, the day that the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia, the Straussler family fled to Singapore, one of the places Bata had a company.

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