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Performing Arts

Costume Designer Rachel Healy: Classics Connect Us to Our Humanity

Rachel Healy amid her creations, costume and puppet design, for "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane," at The Chicago Children's Theatre. (Charles Osgood Photography)
Rachel Healy amid her creations, costume and puppet design, for "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane," at The Chicago Children's Theatre. (Charles Osgood Photography)

Practitioners involved with the classical arts respond to why they think the texts, forms, and methods of the classics are worth keeping and why they...




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