Academy Award-winner Helen Hunt plays the Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder's classic, Our Town, directed by MacArthur Fellow David Cromer, now at the Broad Stage. Anthony Byrnes spoke with Hunt and Cromer in front of a live audience on Sunday, January 15, 2011. (This is an extended interview, a portion of which aired on KCRW during All Things Considered on Tuesday, January 17.)
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