which may reflect the experience of
their author. They're also about people
dealing with rather extreme circum-
stances, They move around a lot, and
there are ambiguities."
On The Air
Sagal got involved with his NPR radio
program through a friend recommend-
ing him as a panelist. He took on the
host slot in 1998.
With the weekly show based in
Illinois, Sagal moved to Chicago with
his family. He and his wife have two
young children and a third on the way.
"The program has been a tremendous
opportunity and a lot of fun," says Sagal,
who has had Denial produced in 20 the-
aters around the country. "Radio has
provided a very stable way of making a
living for my family, but it has taken a
tremendous bite out of my writing."
Calling himself very undisciplined
about his theater projects, Sagal
recently has been making 'time to work
on a play, which is an adaptation of
another work, with a friend.
As for Denial, "I started thinking
about Holocaust deniers because of
Schindler's List and people walking
around saying that it didn't happen,"
explains Sagal, whose brother is a rabbi.
"What interested me was not so
much why they were saying it but why
it was so bothersome. The people who
are afraid and dislike Jews feel this is
the best way to annoy Jews, and
they're right. I wanted to explore this
"I feel compelled to write about
things that I have questions about, not
things that I have answers to. I want
to explore them through various char-
acters and actions in specific plays." ❑
Denial runs Feb. 26-March 30 at
the Jewish Ensemble Theatre in
the West Bloomfield Jewish
Community Center. Performances
are 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and
Thursdays; 8 p.m. Saturdays; and
2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. There
also will be matinees 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 12, and 2 p.m.
Wednesday, March 19. Cost: $18-
$30, with discounts for students
and seniors. Student performances
($10) are at 10 a.m. Tuesdays,
March 4 and 11. (248) 788-2900.
Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me can be
heard 3-4 p.m. Saturdays on Ann
Arbor's WUOM-FM (91.7). The
program is heard on other
Michigan stations listed at npr.org.
02/03 urns winter season
The Vienna Philharmonic makes its first appearance in the metro-Detroit
Detroit Opera House • Detroit
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performance of two staples of the repertory: Schubert's Symphony No. 4 and
1988. Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in a special
Dvor'Cik's "New World" Symphony, originally written to celebrate the 400th
Schubert Symphony No. 4
anniversary of Columbus's encounter with the Americas.
Symphony No. 9 ("New World")
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