32 Greek plays, no waiting

first_imgA 12-hour adaptation tapping all 32 surviving Greek tragedies might sound like a tough sell for audiences. But playwright and director Sean Graney doesn’t think so.The immersive event recaptures the spirit of the ancient daylong festivals where the works were originally presented and used to generate discussions about important topics of the day, said Graney during an interview in his airy office at Radcliffe’s Institute for Advanced Study.“I wanted to create a community,” Graney said of his work “All Our Tragic,” which he has fine-tuned while he has been the 2013-14 Perrin Moorhead and Bruns Grayson Fellow at Radcliffe. “That’s what modern productions [of the Greek tragedies] are missing. … These plays are meant to be in dialogue with one another” and amid the audience, he said.The new production represents something of a shift for the young director, who gravitated toward playwriting and directing when a college professor told him flatly, — and, Graney admits, truthfully — that he was “a bad actor.”Over the past couple of years, the Saugus, Mass., native and founding director of the Chicago theater company The Hypocrites, has turned from wanting to create “high art productions,” like the work he once staged in a type of human terrarium that engulfed the actors on the stage, to works that help create a community of audience members.“My desire to make art that reaches people is stronger than my desire to make art that expresses a deep-rooted meaning that sits within me,” he said.But reaching people through the medium of the Greek classics can prove difficult. For Graney, the plays don’t carry the lyricism of the lines penned by William Shakespeare, and when companies try to approach the roles too realistically, he said, “it doesn’t work well.”“When we look at these classic texts through our contemporary eyes, there’s a disconnect, and I think there needs to be a bridge.”He built that sort of bridge five years ago with his staging of “Ajax” by Sophocles, using just three actors to play all the parts, and substituting the Greek chorus’s heady odes with rock songs he wrote himself. The production was well-received, and he went on to adapt all seven of Sophocles’ plays together. Producers were nervous at the thought, but audiences loved the result.Graney next set his sights on adapting the seven surviving plays of Aeschylus. After adapting two of the works, he decided that doing the entire 32 surviving Greek tragedies wouldn’t be that much more work. “I was already a third of the way there, and thought, ‘How hard could it be?’ ”Working with actors from Harvard’s American Repertory Theater’s (A.R.T.) A.R.T. Institute, Graney has continued to tinker with the production. He ran a theater seminar during the January arts intensives at the space Arts @ 29 Garden, where he worked on staging and directing with Harvard College students using one of his adapted plays. He staged an earlier reading of the full production late last year, after which he trimmed the cast almost in half.“I love tweaking,” said Graney. “I will be changing it up until opening night at some unforeseen production.”He also loves creating a community with his works.“My desire is to re-create the best aspects of the Athenian society … like the importance of talking to each other. When was the last time you were in a room with the same people for 12 hours? I just want people to be together and be inspired to share ideas.”And if people are willing to stick it out for the 12 hours, said the playwright, “I think an actual magic will happen.” <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WfvKzyDMIk” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/0WfvKzyDMIk/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>last_img read more

Mexico arrests ex-governor in case of tortured journalist

first_imgMEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities arrested a former governor on charges that he had a reporter who investigated a pedophilia ring illegally arrested and tortured. On Thursday, Interior Secretary Olga Sánchez Cordero confirmed the arrest of Mario Marín, ex-governor of Puebla, in Acapulco the previous day. Marín was scheduled to appear before a judge in Cancun. Marín, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, governed Puebla from 2005 to 2011. Journalist Lydia Cacho had published a book about a pedophilia ring operated by powerful men. In December 2005, Marín sent police to arrest Cacho in Cancun.last_img

Selecting the Best Garden Varieties

first_imgYour goal when selecting varieties is to find those that will perform best in yourgarden. By using some of these proven techniques, you can make variety selection easy andfun. Begin early. Conduct your own scaled-down variety evaluation. Gardeners enjoy talking about their gardens, especially bragging on the high-yielding, high- quality varieties they’ve discovered. A visit with them in their garden during the garden season can prove especially helpful. See for yourself what looks the best to you. The best time to start selecting varieties for the next gardening season is the previous gardening season. Pay close attention to the varieties you plant, and make notes on their performance. Outstanding varieties this year may well be the best varieties for next year. But you will need records, particularly variety name and the seed source. It’s amazing the number of calls county extension agents get from gardeners saying: “Those beans I planted last year were the best ever, but I don’t remember the name of that variety. Help!” Seed catalogs have pictures of some of the most beautiful vegetables you will ever see. In addition, they offer volumns of variety information. Just remember, some seed companies may be biased toward their own varieties. In searching for the best varieties for your garden, find those varieties that havegood disease resistance, yield well and produce high quality vegetables. With a littleeffort, keen eyes, open ears and an open mind, you can select the very best varieties foryour garden. Make your next garden the best garden ever. Get a head start with the best varieties. Call your local countyextension office.center_img A nearby, unbiased source of information is your county extension office. County agents can provide published information on vegetable varieties. In many cases, they may know from experience some of the best varieties for your area. Check out seed catalogs. One of the best “hands-on” ways to learn about vegetable varieties is to try a few appealing varieties in your garden. If your garden is small, you can dedicate a few feet of row to new, interesting varieties. If you have a large garden, one or more rows can be used for trying out new varieties. Don’t forget, for variety evaluations to be very helpful, you must keep good records. How bountiful will your garden harvest be this spring? You can’t be certain since you can’t predict the kind of growing season we’ll have. Butyou can be certain that the better-adapted the varieties you plant, the better yourchances of reaping a bountiful harvest.Identifying the best varieties for your garden is one of the most crucial gardeningtasks you face. How do you go about selecting the best varieties? First, let’s clarify the terms. Both “variety” and “cultivar” arecommonly seen in print. Although in the strictest botanical sense, cultivar and varietyhave slightly different meanings, they are often used synonymously in the popular press. Because most seed catalogs and gardeners prefer to use “variety,” we willtoo. As used here, variety means a group of plants that are so alike they can be easilydistinguished from other groups of plants within the same species.Varieties may have different maturity dates; fruit sizes, shapes and colors; adapt tospecific environments or other fruit or plant characteristics. Discuss varieties with gardening friends and neighbors. last_img read more

EPL: Newcastle extend barren run against stubborn Burnley

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Foxes attack Burnley EPL: Newcastle set to extend winning streak EPL: Newcastle hammer West Ham away Newcastle United’s barren run of form continued when they largely dominated but still ended up being held to a 0-0 draw by Burnley in a sterile Premier League game at St James’ Park on Saturday. Steve Bruce’s United have now won just once in their last 10 league matches after running into a stubborn Burnley side, who are enjoying their best season in the Premier League era as they moved up to ninth place. The impressive Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle and the returning Jonjo Shelvey all had decent chances blocked by committed Burnley defending in a disappointing goalless first half. Newcastle upped the pace after the break but Gayle’s overhead kick from Miguel Almiron’s cross and a Ritchie piledriver were the closest they came to breaking the deadlock. Chris Wood briefly livened up Burnley’s challenge when he came on as a substitute but the man who had scored the winner in the corresponding fixture at Turf Moor in December was unable to earn Burnley their first league double over Newcastle for 59 years.Tags: BurnleyChris WoodNewcastle UnitedSteve Brucelast_img read more

Florida Begins Phase Two Reopening Process, Except for South Florida

first_imgFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis says Florida’s Phase Two reopening begins Friday which will allow bars to reopen.The order takes effect today but does not include Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.In Florida’s other 64 counties, restaurants can now seat people at a bar, and bars and pubs can open at 50% capacity with social distancing and sanitation.“You’re seated to get served. People go, enjoy, have a drink, that’s fine, We want to kind of not have huge crowds piling in,” DeSantis said.Retail establishments may operate at full capacity, movie theaters and bowling alleys can open at 50% capacity.Florida allowed restaurants and retail shops to open at 25% capacity on May 4 and expanded that later in the month.Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a stay-at-home order, which will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, April 3rd.The order remained in effect until May 1 and closed all non-essential businesses around the state and urged residents to stay home in an effort to fight the coronavirus.last_img read more