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

International negotiation goes virtual

first_imgWhen Harvard announced that the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester would be completed online, educators were pressed to alter their carefully-crafted curricula for the digital sphere. For Arvid Bell, lecturer on government at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, virtual lectures ​in lieu ​of in-person meetings was not a viable option. His course on “Post-Soviet Conflict” is not for the passive learner in the back row of the auditorium. Three Saturdays during the semester, students in Bell’s course come prepared to Harvard’s campus ready to negotiate complex conflicts in the Eurasian sphere through immersive simulations. Yet, the question remains, can a virtual simulation offer a meaningful learning experience for students?Invigorated by the challenge, Bell and his team at the Negotiation Task Force (NTF) of Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies reconstructed the course’s capstone exercise so it may be run remotely in a virtual universe that features digital delegation headquarters, shared work spaces, a negotiation plenary room, as well as sidebar meetings. To add to the complexity of this case, students from the course faced external participants in their negotiations who submitted applications to take part in the virtual event. These additional negotiators came from around the world and many already had work and research experience under their belts relating to international conflict to give the Harvard students a formidable challenge for their capstone assignment.Adapting a physical simulation for the virtual sphere is no small feat. Each negotiator in the “Post-Soviet Conflict” course for an in-person simulation receives a packet of materials in advance, including general briefing instructions as well as unique negotiator background information and a flurry of strategy memos. The teaching team was tasked with organizing and disseminating over a hundred unique documents in a digital format to the 32 negotiators for the capstone exercise titled “The Future of Georgia,” which challenges negotiators to assume the roles of international actors, including the U.S. and Russia, to agree on a political future for this post-Soviet country.A strength of in-person simulations is that students are free to leave the negotiating table and conduct unstructured one-on-one talks away from the delegations they represent during the full-day exercise. While Zoom has “breakout room” capabilities, which allow instructors to place students in private virtual spaces, this format does not give students the freedom to move around the virtual simulation universe at will. Instead of one Zoom room for all participants, the Negotiation Task Force team set up 13 Zoom rooms to mirror the physical space in digital form. On a Saturday morning, 32 participants convened on Zoom. After a brief introduction and role call, negotiators left the main lecture room to conduct private internal talks with their delegations in their virtual “headquarters.” Despite coordinated efforts and passionate pleas, these negotiators were ultimately not able to come to a consensus about Georgia’s political fate at the final bell. In “real life,” negotiations are complex affairs that do not take any one format. With strategic planning and the coordination of a team, it is possible to carry out a complex and meaningful simulation in the digital sphere. And in times when even heads of states convene online for crisis negotiation meetings, preparing learners to become more effective conflict managers in the virtual world is more important than ever.last_img read more

Audra McDonald, Harvey Fierstein & More Join Drama League Gala to Honor Hedwig’s Neil Patrick Harris

first_img Star Files The annual event will benefit the Drama League’s educational initiatives for promising young artists. In addition to McDonald and Fierstein, performers just announced for the evening include Anthony Rapp, Krysta Rodriguez, Malcolm Gets, Mary Louise Wilson, Tony Vincent and Karen Ziemba. They will join Constantine Maroulis, Cady Huffman, Katie Finneran, Tim Gunn, Mark Kudisch, Norm Lewis, Kal Penn, James Barbour, Becky Ann Baker, Bryce Pinkham, Kate Jennings Grant, Aaron lazar, Eddie Korbich, Lisa O’Hare, Lauren Worsham and more! Audra McDonald View Comments There’s a starry night in store! Tony winners Audra McDonald and Harvey Fierstein join the previously reported 2014 Drama League’s Musical Celebration of Broadway honoring Hedwig star Neil Patrick Harris. Hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and co-directed by Michael Mayer and Johanna McKeon, the gala will be held February 3 at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. The event will include tributes to the Emmy winner by dozens of stage and screen stars. Neil Patrick Harrislast_img read more

Mini Summit

first_imgA group of scientists from China, Taiwan and Japan traveled to south Georgia this week to share their work with University of Georgia researchers during the Seventh Annual Mini Summit on Food, Policy and the Environment. Cultural differences and thousands of miles separate the group, but they are unified in their primary concern — the safety of the world’s food supply.The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Office of Global Programs hosted the 15 scientists for the summit, a partnership between UGA, Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Sciences (SAAS), Shanghai Ocean University (SHOU) and National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU). Each year, one of these institutions hosts the summit.“We brought the group to Tifton because it’s a very important part of the state of Georgia where agriculture is concerned,” said CAES Dean and Director Scott Angle. “California is running out of water and that’s where most of (America’s) fruits, vegetables and wine grapes are grown. A lot of the agriculture from that part of the country is moving to this part of Georgia.”During the summit, held Oct. 13–15 on the UGA campus in Tifton, the Asian scientists shared their latest research on novel ways to control diabetes through natural supplements, improve the quality and safety of blue mackerel sashimi, keep ready-to-eat foods at safe temperatures and more. In turn, UGA scientists shared new methods for removing pesticide residues from fruits and vegetables, improving the safety of bean sprouts and controlling pathogens in farm-raised fish, as well as many other projects.“We are looking for more ways to work together and find funding for new research opportunities,” said Angle of why the summit is held. “We want to reduce barriers and better export products to their countries. Georgia grows a large percentage of the pecans in the United States and some years, most of the crop is exported to Asian countries, especially China.”Food scientist Guo-Jane Tsai of National Taiwan Ocean University said the safety of the world’s food supply is the reason the summit was first organized. NTOU will host the next summit in Taiwan.“Food safety is an international issue because of global trade. Communication and establishing a platform are urgently needed,” Tsai said.“The theme of the summit this year focused more on sustainability in food production as a cornerstone to build a better world for the future,” said Yifen Wang who represented Shanghai Ocean University. “Attendees come from all over the world from revered universities. (The summit) provides young scientists, students and policy makers a chance to exchange scientific information. In this era of global change and turbulence, we value strong academic exchange to achieve a safe food supply for all people.”A professor of biosystems engineering at Alabama’s Auburn University, Wang is no stranger to the U.S. He also earned a master’s degree from University of Washington and PhD from Washington State University. Wang is currently teaching food engineering classes at Shanghai Ocean University and developing an academic exchange program between Auburn and SOU.The visiting Asian scientists rounded out their visit to Georgia by attending the Sunbelt Agricultural Expo in Moultrie and meeting with UGA agricultural scientists on the main campus in Athens.For a complete list of the research projects discussed at the summit and more on global programs at UGA, go to www.global.uga.edu/minisummit.last_img read more

Governors Urge House to Pass Additional $1 Billion for LIHEAP Funding

first_imgGovernor Douglas and Coalition of Northeastern Governors Urge House to Pass Additional $1 Billion for LIHEAP FundingWaterbury, VT-The Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG) yesterday (May 29, 2008) urged House leaders to support an additional $1 billion for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), as originally proposed by the Senate, in the FY2008 supplemental appropriations bill.CONEG, which is chaired by Governor Jim Douglas, is requesting that the House support allocating these funds equally between the regular LIHEAP block grant and emergency contingency programs, and that such funds are released in a timely manner to address the needs of the most vulnerable low-income households in the upcoming cooling and the heating seasons.”Thanks to financial commitments made by Governor Douglas and the Vermont legislature, our state provides the most generous LIHEAP benefit in the country, averaging approximately $1169 per household. However, we absolutely need the continued support of our federal partners to ensure this program is able to provide relief to the nation’s vulnerable, low-income households faced with dramatically increasing home energy bills,” said Cynthia D. LaWare, Secretary of the Agency of Human Services.”Approximately 23,000 households in Vermont receive home heating assistance through LIHEAP. This additional funding is vital to supporting our efforts to ensure all eligible Vermonters receive the significant benefit we have been able to provide,” added Pam Dalley, Fuel Assistance Program Chief at the Department for Children and Families.LIHEAP funding is targeted to low-income households that are especially hard hit by high home energy costs. The demand for this highly effective program continues to increase, but the steady rise in prices for home heating fuels has lessened the purchasing power of the LIHEAP dollar. As a result, the average LIHEAP benefit nationwide has decreased since 2006.last_img read more

Marches reflect our democracy in action

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionBack in the early ‘70s I joined in the biggest protest marches the country had ever seen. After serving in Vietnam, I did what a lot of vets did. I got an education with the GI Bill, got divorced, got a job, and went to Washington D.C. to protest against the war.Let’s fast-forward about 50 years. I’m protesting again. The Women’s Marches have been positively inspirational. In the ‘70s, I didn’t know what to expect — a bunch of angry hippies with signs? Nope. I was marching next to grandmothers who arrived by the busload, parents worried about their sons, students, hippies (not so angry), and veterans (angrier). Everyone was enthusiastic and willing to express themselves. And all shared a single goal — to end the war.The Women’s March goals are many — gender inequality, human rights and immigration reform, environmental protections, LGBT rights, opposition to misogyny and patriarchy, with a degree of protesting our president (You should see those signs.).The marchers themselves are the chronological reflection of the marchers of the ‘70s. The grandmothers that I marched with then are replaced with grandfathers now (me).Marchers today have kicked the sign-making up a notch; though I did see this, “War is not healthy for children and other living things.” Remember that? (It was the original logo for Another Mother for Peace, founded in 1967.)The biggest differences are that there are a lot more women marching today and the numbers dwarf any of the anti-war protests of the ‘70s. The biggest similarity is citizens of a representative democracy again exercising their right to peacefully protest in opposition to governmental policies that they don’t agree with to effect change. Come to think of it, that’s how this crazy country of ours began.Paul DonahueNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Plenty of potential for future development of Brisbane home

first_img16 Landsborough Pl, Forest Lake.The family, who own a cabinetry making business, have added some special touches to the property.“It’s got some of our work throughout it,” Mrs McPherson said.She said her mum moved from Westlake to Forest Lake 16 years ago. “It was a new build at the time,” Mrs McPherson said. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019“Mum enjoyed the yard, she liked gardening.” 16 Landsborough Pl, Forest Lake. 16 Landsborough Pl, Forest Lake.A beautifully kept Forest Lake home, once owned by Patricia McPherson’s mum, will be taken to auction later this month. Mrs McPherson’s mum passed away in September and the family have made the decision to sell the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 16 Landsborough Place on April 29. 16 Landsborough Pl, Forest Lake.While Mrs McPherson said she had a sentimental attachment to the home, she said she hoped another family would buy it.She said the home offered an exciting opportunity for buyers looking to design downstairs. With the foundations already in place, and only requiring the owner’s design and undertaking, there is plenty of potential for future development.Located in a private cul-de-sac, the property is a short distance to Forest Lake Shopping Centre, schools and public transport.Mrs McPherson said the home had a really warm and welcoming feel to it. “It’s got that homely touch,” she said. 16 Landsborough Pl, Forest Lake.Mrs McPherson said the family worked with the builder to create a reproduction style home. She said the home, on a 640sq m block, looked as good as it did 16 years ago when it was built.“It’s testament to that age, it’s got a timeless style,” she said.“Mum really loved this home, you can see it in the photos.”last_img read more

Lille coach admits to rising tensions over Man Utd target

first_img Loading… Lille boss, Christophe Galtier, has revealed that there is “tension” appearing between midfielder Boubakary Soumare and the Ligue 1 club. “Under these conditions, I therefore decided to work on two other options this week [Cheikh Niasse and Onana). “I found it interesting what Onana could do.” The result left Lille in fourth, two points ahead of fifth-placed Monaco in the French top flight. In other news, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed loan signing Odion Ighalo to impress in his short stint at the club. Ighalo was signed on deadline day from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua to cover for Marcus Rashford’s back injury and Solskjaer has said that he hopes the Nigerian can stake a claim for a permanent deal in the summer. Read Also:Lille set price for Liverpool, Real Madrid target Osimhen The manager said: “If it’s permanent, or if it’s a loan, if you impress as a player, if you impress as a person, if you can help this group improve, of course there’s a chance we’ll look at extending things and signing.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime Soumare, 20, has impressed this season with 29 appearances so far and his form led to interest from across Europe in January, namely the Premier League. Manchester United and Chelsea were heavily linked with a move for the France international, before Newcastle boss Steve Bruce revealed that the Magpies had an almost club-record bid rejected for his services. Soumare was a surprise omission from Lille’s clash with Marseille on Sunday, however, with Galtier opting to give Jean Emile Onana, 20, his Ligue 1 debut. Lille lost 2-1 and as such, Galtier was asked about his reasoning behind keeping Soumare out of the team. The manager told a press conference [via L’Equipe]: “There is a situation at the club that I do not comment on. “In seasons, there can be tension between a player and his club. We’ll settle this internally and find a solution.last_img read more

Moyes starts work at United

first_img Moyes drove into the vast complex in a sponsored Chevrolet at just after 8am, stopping briefly to wait for security barriers to be raised before heading into work. It marks the start of a new era for the Red Devils after Ferguson ended his 26-year tenure in May. Press Association In a sign of the changing nature of life at United, within minutes of Moyes’ arrival the club were confirming another regional partnership – this time with leading Thai telecommunications company True Corporation Plc. As True will be an associate match sponsor for United’s opening tour match against Singha All Stars in Bangkok on July 13 – Moyes’ first in charge – it will be part of a significant day in Red Devils’ history. Before that, Moyes has a few issues to deal with. Although the majority of his players are not due in until Wednesday, it is thought Moyes plans to talk to Wayne Rooney on Tuesday amid speculation the England striker has decided his future lies away from Old Trafford. Moyes would prefer to keep the 27-year-old but if Rooney is set on leaving, it will be interesting to see whether he makes the tour squad when it leaves for the Far East on July 10. It is also assumed the former Everton boss will return to his old club to make another bid for England defender Leighton Baines, which in itself is a heavy hint that Patrice Evra may be destined for Monaco. In addition to Baines, Barcelona midfielder Thiago, PSV’s Dutch international Kevin Strootman and Benfica defender Garay have all been strongly linked with a switch to Old Trafford. center_img David Moyes has arrived at Manchester United’s Carrington training ground to officially begin work as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor.last_img read more

Talented and promising – Makeda Harding a remarkable squash and hockey player

first_imgFIFTEEN-year-old Makeda Harding credits her ability to hold her own under great pressure as the buoy that keeps her afloat when the demands as a student athlete gets just a little too much.It’s a trait that has served the Marian Academy third former well, as she juggles life as a dedicated student, and a national junior squash and hockey player.Harding takes it all in stride by ensuring that she has her plan all mapped out.“The first part of the year I mostly focus on squash, and coming down to the middle is when I have to push more, and then the second half is when I can ease off and play more hockey. Yea, there are some parts of the year when it’s really hard, but I have the ability of being able to cope well under pressure,” the Sports Personality-of-the-Week said.The four-time ‘Most Outstanding Girl’ squash player most recently copped her sixth and seventh national junior title, in just four years, due to her entering in multiple categories of the tournament over the years.Playing in the Girls’ Under-19, Under-17 and Under-15 categories this year, Harding ended with both the Girls Under-17 and Under-15 titles at last month’s Woodpecker Products Ltd Junior National Squash Championships. She finished second in the Under-19.“I like playing in multiple categories, it pushes me more, knowing that I can beat this person or get really close, and it builds my confidence,” Harding noted of her achievements.“I like my accomplishments because I like to use them to build myself against people, people who say I’m not good at anything, or who try to bring me down.”Her most recent squash accolades add to the ‘Most Promising Female Player’ award that she copped in hockey at last year’s GTT National Indoor Championships where she played for her Spartans team.Harding had been involved in hockey since she was 10 years old, encouraged to follow in the footsteps of her sister, Micaela. But it was in late 2011 when she got involved in squash. Makeda started out in a developmental programme held by the Guyana Squash Association (GSA) that offered one-hour training on Saturdays.The keen eyes of national coaches Garfield Wiltshire and Carl Ince picked up that Makeda was just a diamond in the rough, and were eager to see this talent developed.Wiltshire first offered Makeda training outside of the Saturday programme, and before long so did Ince, and she began to grow in the sport, gradually of course, but showed growth nonetheless.By 2013 she made it all the way to a third place finish in the Girls’ Under-13 category at the national junior tournament, and the GSA was confident enough to give her a spot on the national team for the Junior Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) Championships, which was held in Trinidad that year.Makeda did not disappoint. Despite finishing only seventh in the Girls’ Under-13 category, she was instrumental in gaining Guyana’s eighth consecutive Girls’ team title, and ninth consecutive overall team title.She’s been a fixture of the national team, at the annual event, ever since, each year improving just a little bit more in the individuals. When she returned in 2014 she was fifth after another year in the Girls’ Under-13 category.In 2015 she was in the Girls’ U-15 category and made her first final, but was cut down by Barbados’ Megan Best, their leading junior Girls’ player. Last year she ended third, after being stopped by Cayman Islands’ Jade Pitcairn in the semis.This year she’s facing another tall order as she enters the Girls’ U-17 category, where Best will again be joining her. Best is now a junior and senior Caribbean champion, after she won the women’s title at Senior CASA last year.last_img read more