‘All the Way’ to A.R.T.

first_imgFor award-winning director Bill Rauch ’84, returning to Harvard this summer was “emotional and wonderful.” Rauch, the co-founder and longtime artistic director of the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles and artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), directs “All the Way” — a powerful examination of President Lyndon B. Johnson, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., and the critical events leading up to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1964 — which opens the American Repertory Theater’s (A.R.T.) 2013-14 season. The show premiered at the OSF last year.Rauch talked to the Gazette about his years at Harvard, the new production, and why the politics of a half-century ago still matter:GAZETTE: You’re back on your old stomping grounds. Tell me about your time at Harvard. Did you direct while you were here, and what did you expect to do when you left?RAUCH: I wanted to be a director, you bet. I directed 26 shows when I was an undergrad, so it was very much my calling at the time. I directed my first play in the Loeb X in the spring semester of my freshman year, Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s “The Visit,” and that was it. It was life changing, directing that play. We found a way to tell the story very theatrically, and it just felt — sometimes as an artist you feel like you really nail it and sometimes you don’t, and that was one where we really nailed it.Joanne Green, now Breuer, was on staff here at the A.R.T., and she was the faculty adviser for students working at the X. She was my mentor. It was just a thrilling time, to discover that I loved directing, to be seeing productions here at the A.R.T. It was the A.R.T.’s first season when I arrived, in the fall of 1980, so it was a new era here on campus.Rauch staged plays all over campus as an undergraduate, parading one from the Kennedy School to the steps of Widener Library to the Science Center.RAUCH: Even in the theater in the basement of my dorm, Adams House. The corner of the basement that we used is still called the Kronauer Space, after the master who was there when we did it. I was just back there and I couldn’t believe that the corner still had the same name we’d given it 30 years before.Dean Norris ’85, who co-stars in the TV series “Breaking Bad” with Bryan Cranston, was a friend of Rauch’s at Harvard, and played in that first basement production in Adams House.RAUCH: It was something I’ve worked on four times in my life, including last year: “Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella” — Euripides, Shakespeare, and Rodgers and Hammerstein, all done at the same time on the same stage. I keep going back to it.GAZETTE: The performing arts aren’t usually the first thing people think of when they hear “Harvard,” but there seems to be a thriving theater scene here.RAUCH: Absolutely, an incredibly vibrant community. I’ve taught a lot in programs that are much more structured than Harvard’s [at the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Southern California; California State University, Los Angeles; and the University of California, Irvine], and I’ve come to appreciate that a lot of what I learned here, I learned from being able to do it. When I was there, there was no theater major, so we learned by doing. I’ve come to appreciate that more and more. …I think you have a high number of creative, ambitious, self-motivated people [at Harvard], and you have the inspiration of a leading professional theater company with the A.R.T., and by not having a theater major, all the theatrical activity is extracurricular, so the people who do it really love the art form. There’s a lot happening. … Today there’s a more formal celebration of the arts at Harvard, but certainly when I was here in the ’80s it was a very vibrant scene.After graduating, a few years out, I founded a theater company, Cornerstone Theater, and nine of the 11 founding members were Harvard grads. And I met my husband, Christopher Liam Moore [’86, who plays Walter Jenkins in “All the Way”], at Harvard; we started going out when we were students. … Harvard completely shaped my life: my husband, my first theater company, many of my closest friends.GAZETTE: Is that the typical Harvard experience, or are you just lucky?RAUCH: Some of both. I talk to people who have no connection to their alma mater, and I think my goodness, my life was so shaped by my Harvard experiences, and continues to be. I think I was lucky and it was this school; it was a combination of the two.GAZETTE: For “All the Way,” you have a Pulitzer-winning playwright in Robert Schenkkan, and Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad,” who’s everywhere right now. This production seems gilded.RAUCH: At the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Alison Carey [’86] runs American Revolutions [a 10-year program commissioning new plays], which was inspired by Shakespeare’s history plays. We wanted to look at American plays that illustrate significant moments in the United States’ past. She reached out to Robert, and he was very clear from the beginning that he wanted to write about LBJ. He did, and I got to direct it at the OSF. It was insane. It opened right before the national conventions and it closed two days before the elections.There were many theaters that were interested in producing the play next, and Robert and I settled on the A.R.T. for a lot of reasons, one of which was my connection here and one of which was my respect for Diane Paulus, who was a freshman at Harvard when I was a senior. Once it was clear it was coming to the A.R.T. and it fell in the middle of OSF season, we knew we’d need a new cast. We wanted a great actor to play LBJ, [and] we reached high with Cranston. We met with him at his home, and he knew the series would be ending and he wanted to do a play. … We’re just so unbelievably grateful that he said yes.The entire cast is amazing. Starting with Bryan, but every single cast member is an unbelievably strong actor, transformational, deep. … Sixteen of the 17 cast members are different in this production, so they’re going to bring all of their insights, their impulses. Also we’re building on the platform, the foundation of that first production, so as a director I feel like I’m able to go a little deeper into the work because we’ve already solved the logistical things to tell the story. Now we can focus on nuances.“[Paulus and Rauch] wanted a great actor to play LBJ, [and] we reached high with Cranston. We met with him at his home, and he knew the series would be ending and he wanted to do a play. … We’re just so unbelievably grateful that he said yes,” said Rauch (right) with American Repertory Theater artistic director Diane Paulus and actor Bryan Cranston. Courtesy of the A.R.T.GAZETTE: “All the Way” fits a huge amount of history into the confines of a three-hour play.RAUCH: Robert is a brilliant playwright. He took all the history and dramatized it and condensed it and conflated certain events, and made a very strong dramatic arc. But it was also very collaborative. Working on the production last year he continued to improve the script and I’m sure he will make, not a lot, but some changes for the production here at the A.R.T. …Right now we’re completely focused on this being the best production for the Cambridge and Boston audiences. I believe in this play very strongly, and I want it to have a long life. I want to do everything I can with this production to make it lead to lots of other productions. What I care about is that this story continue, because I think it’s an urgent, timely story.[With the Supreme Court’s recent decision to gut the Voting Rights Act of 1964,] we’re in a commemorative year to look at these events that changed our country. The events of “All the Way” depict how the modern political landscape was created in 1963–64, what that did in terms of the South shifting from Democratic to Republican power. In many ways the polarized political landscape we have today has all its seeds in those events, so it feels timely and even urgent to look at how the government functioned 50 years ago, and what happened that created the environment that we are now in. GAZETTE: I think Roy Blount Jr. called Johnson “a man of boom and bathos.”RAUCH: He’s a hugely Shakespearean character, and Robert’s play is a Shakespearean canvas. Enormous ambition and appetites, huge contradictions in actions, hero and villain rolled into one. And then every other character, no matter how small the linage, is compelling and vivid. Language is really central to the event. Whether it’s Johnson’s inspiring rhetoric or salt-of-the-earth profanity, language is really central to the play.You don’t see casts this size any more except in musicals. It’s an epic canvas. I think it’s important to contribute to the canon of new American plays, plays that are epic in scale. So many new plays are so tiny: two actors, three actors, four actors, and that’s it. Some stories are well told with four actors, but some need 17 actors playing 60-something parts, and this is one of them.Rauch and Moore’s sons, Liam, 13, and Xavier, 8, came east with their fathers and stayed with their grandmother in Peabody, Mass., while Rauch and Moore worked on the play. Rauch said he would return to Oregon right after opening, while Moore would stay in Cambridge through the play’s close, but the boys would head home earlier.RAUCH: They go back to start the school year without their dads, which is scary, and then after we open I’ll race right back to be with them while Chris finishes the run on Oct. 12. There’s poetic justice in that hard close. I’m a professional director, and I have to close so that the students here can have the same opportunity that I had when I was an undergrad to work in that space.“All the Way” runs Sept. 13-Oct. 12 at the A.R.T., 64 Brattle St., Cambridge, starring Bryan Cranston as Lyndon Baines Johnson, Brandon J. Dirden as Martin Luther King Jr., Michael McKean as J. Edgar Hoover, and Reed Birney as Hubert Humphrey. Tickets start at $25; call the Loeb Drama Center, 617.547.8300.last_img read more

New Wonder Lawn

first_img“The improved root system of these tall fescues helps them withstand the high heat andhigh drought-stress conditions we have,” he said. There is such a grass: tall fescue. And new cultivars that will grow well throughoutGeorgia are on the horizon, said Ronny Duncan, a University of Georgia turf breeder atthe Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin. “The (grass) will persist and stay there 365 days a year,” Duncan said. The UGA research to refine this grass now produces a dark green turf with anintermediate leaf texture. Many Georgians dream of a lawn that doesn’t require constant attention: little watering,very little mowing; a grass that grows equally well in sun and shade — even deep shade –and stays green all year. Almost anyone can plant tall fescue, even into a lawn that’s already established. “Thebeauty of these new Georgia-adapted types,” Duncan said, “is that little or no renovationis necessary.” Duncan has developed a tall fescue type that will live with very little water during thesummer. “This is unheard of, particularly for tall fescue,” he said.center_img Georgians can overseed tall fescue grasses right into the warm-season grass alreadygrowing. Preliminary studies in Bermuda, zoysia, centipede and St. Augustine show thatoverseeded tall fescue will grow and thrive. It flourishes even in dark shade where noother grasses will grow. In ’96, Georgians bought $35 million worth of sod and sprigs for their home and businesslawns and gardens. Business has blossomed for turf and sod, greenhouse products andtrees and shrubs, their value nearly doubling to $240 million in just five years. Tall fescue won’t be cheap. Although it will first be available as seed, Duncan figures theprice will be near the cost of tall fescue cultivars already on the market. But the advantageof the new cultivar is clear. “It’s the best shade type we have,” Duncan said. “We’ve evaluated in areas where onlymoss would grow previously. This is the first time we’ve been able to grow grass in someof these high-shade areas.” Unfortunately, you do have to wait until at least next year to get this dream grass. Duncanexpects seed companies to have it available in 1998 or ’99.last_img read more

Okemo Mountain Resort Announces Staff Promotions & Additions

first_imgTim and Diane Mueller, owners ofOkemo Mountain Resort are pleased to announce staff promotions andadditions at Okemo Mountain Resort.Michael Kraatz has been named Director of Planning andPermitting. In his new position, he will oversee all aspects of Okemo’sreal estate planning and development. Michael came to Okemo in 1985 andwas formerly Manager of Rental/Repair and oversaw Okemo’s retail and foodand beverage operations. Michael will also serve as a Division Manager atOkemo. Michael replaces Dan Petraska, Okemo’s VP of Resort Developmentand Planning. Dan has been with Tim and Diane Mueller for the past 30years and will be retiring in the Fall.Ethan Mueller has been promoted to the position of Assistant Directorof Operations where he will oversee Okemo’s Cutting Edge Learning Center,Racing and Mountain Services departments. Ethan has worked in many phasesof Okemo’s operations including grooming, snowmaking, lift operations,rental/repair and culinary services.Jay Beardsley has been promoted to the position of Director ofFacilities Maintenance. He has been with the Okemo since 1990 and mostrecently served as the Assistant Facilities Manager. Jay will oversee allaspects of the resort’s four-season building and condominium maintenance,along with all of the base facilities and on-mountain buildings.Tom Spelas has been promoted to the position of Exterior AssistantFacilities Manager. Tom came to Okemo in 1985 and has served as theTraffic Control Supervisor and most recently as the Solitude VillageProperty Manager. Tom brings his extensive experience in carpentry andproperty management to his new position.Kristi Richardson has been promoted to the position of InteriorAssistant Facilities Manager where she will oversee all interior aspectsof the Building Maintenance Department, as well as the new Jackson GoreInn. Kristi has been with Okemo since 1990 and has held the position ofAdministrative Assistant Facilities Director since 1993.Rick Alexander has been promoted to the position of FacilitiesManager at Okemo’s new Jackson Gore Inn. Rick has working in severaldifferent departments including Mountain Operations, Snowmaking, LiftOperation and most recently as the Manager of Okemo’s Rental and RepairShop. Rick also serves as Okemo’s Safety Director.Richard Goodrich has been promoted to the position of NightFacilities Manager. He will oversee all aspects of the eveningmaintenance of the buildings and condominiums. He has worked in theFacilities Department since 1996.Chris Saylor has been named Snow Stars Manager and will overseeOkemo’s children’s ski and snowboard program. Chris previously worked asa Snow Stars Supervisor and brings his experience with children andteaching to the Snow Stars Center.Additions:Chris Doyle has been hired as Okemo’s Advertising/MarketingManager. He brings experience from resort and agency operations to hisnew position.last_img read more

They asked to join the board, but you have to hunt for most new directors

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » CUES member James Sackett wanted to be involved in his community in some way. He had always known about and loved the idea of credit unions. So, when he moved to Minneapolis and joined a credit union in nearby Burnsville, he reached out and started the process of joining his CU’s board.Similarly, CUES employee Kari Sweeney wanted to volunteer in her local Wausau, Wisconsin, community, for a mission she’s passionate about. She loves reading, so when a seat opened up on her county’s library board and a friend encouraged her to check it out, she made an initial call and then followed up six months later.Now Sackett is the volunteer vice chair of the board at $1.3 billion Firefly CU and Sweeney is the volunteer vice president of the Marathon County Board of Trustees and a director of the broader Wisconsin Valley Library Service. Professionally, Sackett is a senior director at UnitedHealth Group and Sweeney is CUES’ director of supplier relations.Both of these self-starters called their respective volunteer organizations to express their interest in serving. But it’s safe to say that most directors don’t come to board service that way. In a recent CUES podcast, How to Recruit, Retain and Engage Millennial Directors, Sackett—a millennial—describes some key places to look for young directors, including local colleges or universities. Oftentimes, he says, a professor or other school official is very happy to recommend a student or recent graduate for a possible volunteer role.last_img read more

Local heroes or local zeros?

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101-year-old waterfront home set to go under the hammer

first_imgEnough to make any pioneers heart flip.A LARGE circa 1916 riverfront home has hit the market with an effortless grandeur that’s made it timeless.The house called Riverview – at 1154 Yandina Coolum Rd, Maroochy River, on the Sunshine Coast – has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a three car garage and a pool and sits on 6ha of prime waterfront land.It was restored to showcase VJ walls, soaring ceilings, polished timber flooring and multiple french doors. What a spot to entertain some friends.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoOne bedroom also connects to a study. A second study is nearby and has a built-in floor-to-ceiling bookshelf.Three more bedrooms occupy the opposite side of the house, including one with an abundance of built-in wardrobes. The main bedroom overlooks the Maroochy River and has a large walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite with a double vanity and glass shower. The family bathroom has a shower bath and is near a laundry with external access and connecting cellar. The home is a sight to behold by the water.“Riverview has something for everyone, from luxurious living spaces and farming potential to open play areas and a serene river atmosphere,” Mr Anderssen said.“There is excellent potential here to create a thriving business, beloved residence or both.” Inspections are by appointment, with the auction scheduled to be held on site at 11am on Friday October 13. Heritage elements including floorboards have been restored to former glory.Bi-fold and french doors open from the lounge room to a wraparound timber deck with river vistas and stairs down to the back yard. The side veranda connects to an in-ground saltwater pool. The property also has a three-bay machinery shed, 200,000L of water storage, two dams, a separate one-bedroom demountable and a private pontoon and boat ramp.About 25 minutes from Maroochydore, the residence offers rural tranquillity along with convenient access to Sunshine Plaza shopping centre and Cotton Tree Beach. Agent Ben Anderssen of Harcourts Solutions called the home an iconic riverfront property offering amazing proportions and modern livability. The ceilings in all rooms are high.A long driveway leads to the house, which has a triple-gable facade with a covered entry porch, flag pole, stone stairway and established gardens. Double doors lead into the house, which is centred on an expansive open-plan dining and lounge room with leadlight windows, ceiling fans and decorative lighting. An adjoining country-style kitchen features timber benchtops, a corner pantry, large double hung windows and high-quality appliances.Two bedrooms with veranda access are to one side of the house, divided by a shared ensuite. last_img read more

Finland’s Mandatum Life eyes international growth with acquisition

first_imgFinnish insurer Mandatum Life has acquired almost 20% of Crescit Asset Management, a Swedish alternatives manager, as part of an international growth strategy.The transaction will be carried out as a direct share issue. Neither parties would be drawn on the monetary value of the 19.9% share deal.Lauri Vaittinen, senior vice president for investment solutions at Mandatum, said the company was able to offer other institutional investors, such as corporate pension funds, attractive solutions through club arrangements.“There is great demand for alternatives where Crescit fits in well, complementing our capabilities,” he said. Jonas Granholm, CEO and founder of Crescit and former global pension head at Skanska, said the alternatives manager was an entrepreneurial company with a strong ownership network that would be strengthened further by the Mandatum deal. Lauri Vaittinen, senior vice president for investment solutions, Mandatum LifeCrescit was launched in 2013 by Granholm and two of his former Skanska colleagues, Hans Biörck and Gustav Lundeborg. The trio are majority owners of Crescit together with Swedish property and venture capital investor Lennart Grebelius.Mandatum Life has had a presence in the Swedish and Danish institutional markets for some time: it has 50 clients in Sweden and between 10 and 20 in Denmark.Beyond the Nordics, Mandatum Life has experienced demand from Germany, Switzerland and Luxembourg. Vaittinen said Swiss pension funds in particular were keen on the Scandinavian credit markets.In Germany, Vaittinen said Mandatum’s assets under management had grown by 20-30% a year. “We expect this to continue over the next few years and do not see any capacity issues arising at this pace,” he said.last_img read more

Bros arrested over murder rap

first_imgThe court recommended no bail bond forthe their temporary liberty./PN Officers of the Himamaylan City policestation served the warrant issued by Judge Walter Zorilla of the Regional TrialCourt Branch 55 in Himamaylan City dated Jan. 13, 2020. The suspects were detained in thelockup facility of the city’s police station. The 53-year-old resident RenatoTorrecampo and 49-year-old resident Ronnie Torrecampo were caught on thestrength of an arrest warrant around 10:42 a.m . on Jan. 17, a police reportshowed. BACOLOD City – Charged with murder,two brothers were arrested in Barangay Libacao, Himamaylan City, NegrosOccidental.last_img

County Officials Plan Caucus To Replace Sheriff

first_imgRipley County Sheriff Tom Grills announced that he will retire eight months before his second term is set to end. Due to state statute for elected officials, he had to submit a resignation letter rather than simply announce a retirement. His last day in office will be Tuesday, April 1.Now, Ripley County Republican Chairman Ginger Bradford will organize a caucus to select a replacement that will fulfill the duties of the office until December 31.The caucus will be held between April 13 and April 18, Bradford indicated.The timing of Grills resignation puts an interesting spin on the course of events, as the May Primary is scheduled just a month and six days after his last day in office. There are five candidates running for sheriff, including three republicans and two democrats.Grills was elected as a Republican candidate, therefore, a member of the same party must replace his seat in office.Bradford is unsure if one of the three republicans running for sheriff in the primary election would be elected through the caucus. It would appear as if the party is endorsing a candidate, which is a situation Bradford would like to avoid.She added that if someone from outside of the office would be elected through the caucus, they could likely be out of a job on December 31.County officials are seeking individuals to file for candidacy for the April caucus. If interested, contact Bradford at (812) 756-0778 at least 72 hours before the caucus is held.last_img read more

Caira throws 1-hitter as SU splits series against Pittsburgh

first_img Published on May 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm SoftballThe Syracuse softball team split a doubleheader with Pittsburgh Saturday, winning the first game 8-0 before losing the second 4-0. Sunday’s rubber match was rained out.Pitcher Jenna Caira was in command of game one for the Orange (28-21, 10-8 Big East). She threw her fourth one-hitter of the year, striking out 13. A bunt-single by Pittsburgh’s Ashley Amistade in the third inning was the lone hit for the Panthers (25-21, 9-9). Caira extended her scoreless inning streak to 19, as she moved into second place among Big East pitchers with 16 wins on the season.Veronica Grant led the way for the Orange bats in game one, going 3-for-4 with two RBI, a stolen base and a run scored. Stacy Kuwik hit 1-for-3 with a two-run double, the only extra base hit for the Orange in game one. Five different SU players drove in runs.The win gave the Orange its second-longest winning streak of the season, only to see it snapped in the next game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoth Syracuse and Pittsburgh had seven hits in game two, but the Orange failed to convert on its chances. Stacy Kuwik took the loss for Syracuse, as SU was shut out for just the third time all season.Stephanie Watts went 2-for-3 from the leadoff spot for the Orange in the loss. It was her second straight series hitting from the leadoff spot. She was the only Syracuse player with multiple hits in game two.The Orange finishes up its nonconference schedule Tuesday with a doubleheader at Canisius. It wraps up the Big East regular season this weekend when it hosts DePaul in a three-game series.Track and fieldAt the Big East men’s and women’s championships this weekend at Cincinnati, the Syracuse track and field team earned seventh- and eighth-place finishes.Junior Jarret Eaton, freshman Darryl White, and graduate students Michael LeBlanc and Antoine Clark teamed up to win the 400-meter relays with a time of 40.63 seconds. Eaton was victorious in the 110-meter hurdles with a personal best, an NCAA Regional qualifying time of 13.85. LeBlanc earned two top-five finishes on the day, with a first-place finish in the 100-meter dash (10.47) and a fifth-place finish in the 200-meter dash (21.61). Both Leblanc and Clark earned All-Big East honors over the weekend.Graduate student Bernard Bush kept up with LeBlanc in the 100-meter dash long enough to take fifth with a time of 10.80. The men’s seventh-place finish is the best for SU since 2007, when the team finished fourth. The 66 points earned on the weekend placed the Orange between Cincinnati and South Florida.The women, led by two-time defending Big East pentathlon champion Uhunoma Osazuwa, saw a four-spot improvement from last year. With the exclusion of the 800-meter run, Osazuwa finished in the top three in every event in the heptathlon.Sophomore Ieva Staponkute joined LeBlanc and Eaton to earn All-Big East honors with a second-place finish in the triple jump. She set her season best with a 12.24-meter jump.Syracuse continues its championship season at the ECAC/IC4A Championships in Princeton, N.J., starting Friday.— Compiled by The Daily Orange sports staff  Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more