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Alice Ripley on XM Ch28 'Downstage Center' This Weekend

The American Theatre Wing and XM Satellite Radio proudly present an interview with actress Alice Ripley, on their weekly theatrical interview show, "Downstage Center," on XM's On Broadway (XM Channel 28).

Ripley will appear as the special guest on Friday, February 29 at 6PM. The show will repeat on Saturday, March 1 at noon, Sunday, March 2 at 7PM, and Wednesday, March 5 at midnight.  The program becomes available as streaming audio and podcast from beginning Monday afternoon, March 3.

Alice Ripley, star of the new musical Next to Normal at New York's Second Stage Theatre, talks about the challenge of playing the emotionally disturbed mother of a "typical" American family and describes how the show's music drives both the character and her performance.  She also talks about her parallel career as a rock singer and songwriter, her Broadway debut in The Who's Tommy, the remarkable experience of appearing as one-half of the conjoined Hilton Sisters in Side Show, the unique style of James Joyce's The Dead, and the difficulty of playing a role while being doused by audience-wielded water guns in The Rocky Horror Show.

Each new "Downstage Center" is regularly broadcast at 6PM on Fridays, Saturdays at noon, Sundays at 7PM and Wednesdays at 12AM. (all times EST). Following the initial run on XM, each program is made available for free, on-demand, internationally as both streaming audio and podcast on ATW's Web site,

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