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Animal: What Makes Us Human
  Are humans animals? The answer to this question is a perfectly confounding Yes and No. From a biological perspective, things couldn't be any clearer. Like all living creatures, we evolved over millions of years. We look like most other species (two eyes over a nose over a mouth), share large parts of our genes with all other mammals (and over 98% with chimpanzees, our closest relatives), and do all the things that characterize earth's fauna (from... Continue Reading >>
Origins of a Sleeping Beauty
By Kim Peter Kovac, Producing Director for Theater for Young Audiences at the John F. Cennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The origin story of the co-commissioning of Sleeping Beauty Dreams goes back to 2005, when playwright Amaranta Leyva came to the Kennedy Center as part of a group of Mexican arts professionals doing some training with Michael Kaiser and the DeVos Institute for Arts Management.  We had an instant rapport, since we both were passionately dedicated to performances for... Continue Reading >>

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