An Idea So Old, It's Completely New

As far as glamour goes, you can't get much lower than a radio play. So why have MERYL STREEP, Peter Dinklage and Hope Davis signed up for one? Because Charlie Kaufman asked them to. The Oscar-winning screenwriter made his directing debut with Hope Leaves the Theater, a play with many characters but just three actors. "The nonvisual aspect of it appealed to me," says Kaufman, who has Streep voicing a parody of herself and a black teen, among others. The play had short runs in New York City and London, and will go on to Los Angeles and Sirius radio. Could...

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