Two Broadway shows with origins at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) cleaned up at the Tony Awards on Sunday night. “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” and “Once” took home 10 awards in total, including the prizes for best musical revival and best musical, respectively.“This was an extraordinary night for the A.R.T. and for the activity of the arts at Harvard,” said Diane Paulus, the theater’s artistic director, who developed and directed the “Porgy” adaptation last fall in the lead-up to its Broadway debut in January.“Porgy,” which was nominated in 10 categories, also scored a best actress award for Audra McDonald’s wrenching performance as Bess in the classic American opera. “Once” — which was developed at the A.R.T. last year by John Tiffany, a 2010-11 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study — took home a whopping eight awards of the 11 for which it was nominated, including best direction for Tiffany and best sound design of a musical for Clive Goodwin, resident sound designer and engineer at the A.R.T.The awards were an affirmation of the A.R.T.’s work and “the kind of dialogue we provoke,” Paulus said, perhaps both in spite of and because of the experimental theater’s distance from Broadway. The adaptation of “Porgy” was “so informed by our relationship with Harvard — everything from the course I taught with Professor Marjorie Garber to the Harvard student interns who worked all summer on the show when we were mounting it in Cambridge,” Paulus said. “This recognition is just a great moment for the A.R.T. and for Harvard and for the Boston audience.”Indeed, “Porgy” producer Jeffrey Richards gave a shout-out to the adaptation’s Cambridge roots in his acceptance speech for best musical revival.“We want to thank the Gershwin estates, who gave permission for us to do this show and permission to bring ‘Porgy and Bess’ into the 21st century,” Richards said. “We did that because of a visionary director, Diane Paulus, who gave us a great home to incubate this show at the American Repertory Theater — that’s A.R.T., at Harvard.”The opera beat a revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies” for the award, an ironic touch given Sondheim’s early criticism of the A.R.T.’s adaptation of “Porgy and Bess” (which, though he had not yet seen it, he dubbed too radical). Paulus insisted she didn’t dwell on the competition.“Being nominated is the greatest honor, and part of that honor is the company you’re in,” said Paulus, who was also nominated for best direction of a musical alongside her colleague, Tiffany. “When we won [for best] revival, it was just an emotional relief for the production and an amazing moment for our story.”“Once,” Tiffany’s directorial debut on Broadway, was another against-the-odds success at the awards. The show is based on a low-budget 2006 Irish film. Though its quiet story of two musicians’ romance made it an Academy Award-winning fan favorite, it wasn’t exactly obvious material for a big-budget Broadway production.But the play, which workshopped at the A.R.T. last fall, won more Tony Awards than any other this year, including prizes for best actor in a musical (Steve Kazee), best scenic design of a musical (Bob Crowley), best book of a musical (Enda Walsh), best orchestration of a musical (Martin Lowe), and best lighting design of a musical (Natasha Katz).The production also provided a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Goodwin, who took on his routine sound duties at the A.R.T. for “Once” during its unannounced two-week run at Oberon.“I loved the show so much, and they liked me enough to want to keep me on and take me with them to the next stages,” said Goodwin, who had never before worked on Broadway. Tiffany was receptive to Goodwin’s ideas for a production that looked and sounded “as natural as possible,” with carefully hidden headset mics and speakers.“He steers everybody so gently, so beautifully, that it gets the best out of people without any difficulties, without any stress,” Goodwin said of the director. “The show is something to be proud of, and I’m immensely proud of my small part in it.”Tiffany (along with some members of his Tony-winning design team) will return to the A.R.T. next season to helm Tennessee Williams’ classic drama “The Glass Menagerie,” which opens next Feb. 2. Though the British director was already known for his work with the experimental National Theatre of Scotland, Paulus admits she was lucky to lure him to Harvard before “Once” put his name in lights.“We were talking pretty early on about what John might want to do if he came back” to the A.R.T., Paulus said. “I asked him, ‘What’s your dream project?’ and he said ‘Glass Menagerie,’ and I said, ‘Let’s do it.’ It’s exciting to have an artist of his caliber coming back next year.”
Over the winter break, members of The Chorale, The Undertones and the Liturgical Choir went on their winter tours and showcased their music to audiences across the country.The Chorale, the official concert choir of Notre Dame, began their Winter Tour on Jan. 9 and will conclude Jan. 15 in Chicago. According to their website, The Chorale sings a variety of songs from the Renaissance to present day.“I was really pleased with how it went,” Carmen Casillas, senior and tour manager of Chorale, said. “There were a lot of freshmen who came on tour, which is always incredibly exciting, and I really believe that we sounded the best that we ever have.”According to Casillas, their performance on tour included songs from their Fall Concert as well as Christmas music. The Chorale practiced with when they arrived back on campus with a long rehearsal and also practiced for half an hour before each concert.“My favorite song to perform on tour is always the Alma Mater sung directly into the fight song because we invite any alums and current students to join us to sing it, but this year it was almost eclipsed by our performance of Silent Night,” Casillas said.The Undertones, Notre Dame’s 13-man a cappella ensemble, toured five cities on their winter tour in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.“We had a great time and were blessed with incredible hospitality from Notre Dame Clubs across the Southeastern United States,” Stuart Streit, junior and president of The Undertones, said.Daniel Pedroza, sophomore and communications director of The Undertones said that one of his favorite moments included recording an EP with five songs from the past semester. Pedroza also said the 13-member group had enough free time on tour to go kayaking through the Everglades.“It’s an experience that you wouldn’t get normally,” Pedroza said. “To get to tour with 12 of your best friends is great … it’s a lot of singing in the car.”The Notre Dame Liturgical Choir went on their a Texas tour and sang for one high school and five parishes in Dallas, San Antonio and Austin.“It was a wonderful way for the choir to get to know each other better and share our music with parishes throughout Texas,” Patricia Bartlett, junior and treasurer of Liturgical Choir, said.Liturgical Choir’s performance during their Texas tour consisted of 17 pieces that the choir had learned throughout the year. While on their tour, members of Liturgical Choir were welcome into the homes of Notre Dame’s alumni clubs of Dallas, Austin and San Antonio.Jimmy Kelly, president of the Liturgical Choir, said that his favorite moment on tour was when he and other choristers sang the Notre Dame Alma Mater in Austin under the dome of the Texas State Capitol.“Circled around the Lone Star Seal adorning the capitol floor, we joined together in harmony as one family [and] one voice,” Kelly said.
This Wednesday, the arts at Notre Dame will come together at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC) for the second year in a row at Art Attack, a two-hour event that will showcase the various opportunities for involvement with performance, visual and creative arts at Notre Dame.Arts at Notre Dame will be the primary hosts for the event, along with representatives from other groups such as the College of Arts & Letters, Shakespeare at Notre Dame and the Snite Museum of Art.Leigh Hayden, director of external relations for the performing arts at DPAC, has been a part of the collaborative effort on campus to increase the engagement with Notre Dame’s performing and visual arts entities.“Art Attack was conceived of two years ago as a significant effort … to introduce new students to ‘that big building’ on south campus, as well as attract returning students who may realize how much the center and the arts have to offer in terms of quality of campus life,” Hayden said.Hayden said Art Attack is an excellent opportunity for Notre Dame’s artistic community to throw its doors open to the entire student population, especially the freshmen.“An objective is certainly to attract first years — particularly seeing as 50 percent of the class of 2019 was involved in the arts in high school,” she said. “At the same time, if a returning student is a frequent visitor or has never set their foot inside this building before, even for a class or event such as the recent talk by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, we want them here, too. We hope they’ll see DPAC and the arts in a new and different way.”Stacey Stewart, outreach specialist for the film, television and theatre department, said despite the abundance of artistic talent at Notre Dame, much of it tends to go unnoticed or under-appreciated.“I’m excited to see a wide range of artistic disciplines represented this year — music, dance, musical theatre, film, and visual art — all together under one roof,” Stewart said. “I hope both students and faculty will feel welcome in our campus artistic community, whether they see themselves as artists or as audience members.”Senior Jon Olansen, executive producer of Pasquerilla East Musical Company (PEMCO), said Art Attack aims to attract people who may still be unsure about which club or organization they should join.“Fine arts challenge people, especially students, to think creatively and with open mind, a skill that is vital in many ways throughout life,” Olansen said. “I hope that those who do not know yet if it is right for them find themselves a place in the arts at Notre Dame.”Hayden said there are many resources available to students, but many are still unaware of what exactly is being offered to them.“That’s why the Arts at Notre Dame group came together, to fill the gap in information and connectivity,” Hayden said. “Art Attack is our biggest effort to address that opportunity.”Hayden said the arts on campus are “alive and well” and the arts in college are a low-risk, high-return proposition.“While there may be many different departments and centers involved, we are unified in our effort to make what we have to offer students a memorable part of their Notre Dame experience,” Hayden said. “Show up. We all know how to put on a great event.”Tags: art attack, arts at ND, DPAC, PEMCo
Vice President Joe Biden and former Speaker of the House John Boehner will jointly receive the Laetare Medal at Notre Dame’s 2016 Commencement, the University announced in a press release Saturday.The Laetare Medal is awarded each year to American Catholics “whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the Church and enriched the heritage of humanity,” according to the press release.University President Fr. John Jenkins commended both men for their dedication to the nation and for their civility. “While both have been loyal and committed partisans, they were leaders who put the good of the nation ahead of partisan victory, seeking through respectful dialogue honorable compromise and progress,” Jenkins said in the press release. “Speaker Boehner’s resistance to a simple reductionism made him suspect in his own party; Vice President Biden reminded his fellow Democrats that those in the other party are ‘our opponents, not our enemies.’”According to the press release, Vice President Biden has served two terms in the Obama administration, and oversaw the $840 billion stimulus package in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and leads the Ready to Work Initiative.Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990, former Speaker Boehner served as chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee where he authored several reforms, including the Pension Protection Act and a school choice voucher program for low-income children in Washington, D.C., according to the press release. “In recognizing both men, Notre Dame is not endorsing the policy positions of either, but celebrating two lives dedicated to keeping our democratic institutions working for the common good through dialogue focused on the issues and responsible compromise,” Jenkins said in the release. Boehner and Biden join the ranks of past Laetare Medal recipients President John F. Kennedy, Dorothy Day, Walker Percy, Martin Sheen and many others.The University’s 171st Commencement will be held May 15. Tags: Commencement, Joe Biden, John Boehner, Laetare Medal
15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Jim Nussle, president and CEO, Credit Union National AssociationWith data breaches continuing to happen left and right, we need a bill that would establish a national data security standard. Thankfully, that’s exactly what Reps. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) and John Carney’s (D-Del.) legislation, the House Data Security Act of 2015, would do. H.R. 2205 would require all entities that deal with consumers’ personal information to develop and maintain an effective information security program tailored to the complexity and scope of its operations and the sensitivity of its data.It is simple: Those who accept card payments need to be held to the same standard as those who issue cards for payment. This is not an attempt to crush small business, as Mr. French portends (“Bank-style rules for small business are wrong approach to data security,” June 1). Neugebauer and Carney’s bill will actually protect consumers.Merchants have little incentive to adopt stronger security measures on their own because the cost of their data breaches are passed on to credit unions and banks. Holding these retailers accountable is not only good logic, it is sound policy. continue reading »
Troopers tell us the cause of the crash is still under investigation. The call came in just before 8:30 p.m. Saturday at 2479 Route 26. 12 News crews on the scene say there is visible damage to the home and to the car. State police tell 12 news the home was unoccupied at the time of the crash. TOWN OF MAINE (WBNG) — New York State Police say a driver was treated for minor injuries after a car crashed into a home in the town of Maine. Stay with 12 News as we continue to learn more about this developing story.
Bryson DeChambeau five strokes behind early leader Paul Casey at The Masters after an opening-round 70 at Augusta National; Tiger Woods three back after starting title defence with a four-under 68; Watch live on Friday from midday on Sky Sports The Masters. Last Updated: 12/11/20 10:01pm To put the round together after that start, when he clearly wasn’t 100 per cent out there, and get himself back in the event, says an awful lot about him. There’s more to him than just being a long hitter, although we like to see golf being played with more than just five golf clubs. 2:44 Watch how Bryson DeChambeau racked up a double-bogey seven on the par-five 13th, his first par-five of the week DeChambeau’s strategy could cost him in the future and I think sometimes, when the rhythm isn’t there, he needs to do what Woods has done through the years and get the ball in play to give himself a chance.He’s so powerful that it doesn’t matter if he gives up 40 or 50 yards off the tee, as he’s still going in with a medium to short iron. If he’s trying to knock the cover off the ball then there’s going to be times where he doesn’t recover, and that’s enough to give somebody else a chance of winning. It says a lot about DeChambeau that he managed to knuckle himself down, given the fact that he had loaded a tremendous amount of pressure on his shoulders with the almost ridiculous expectations that he sets himself. – Advertisement –
The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) questioned Grace Veronica Sompie, the daughter of the Law and Human Right Ministry’s former immigration director general, Ronny Sompie, on Tuesday regarding the Djoko Tjandra graft case.AGO spokesperson Hari Setiyono announced that Grace had been questioned in a written statement. She was one of five witnesses questioned by the AGO on Tuesday.The AGO also questioned Usin, head of the Immigration Inspection Office (TPI) under the Immigration Directorate General, and Danang Sukmawan, head of management and reporting at the Directorate of Immigration Information Systems and Technology. The two other witnesses questioned by the AGO were PT Indo Mobil Trada Nasional director Darwin Yohanes Siregar and Essence Darmawangsa Apartment manager Djoko Triyono.Djoko Tjandra, who was convicted in the high-profile Bank Bali corruption case, was arrested in Malaysia on July 30 after 11 years on the run.He fled the country a day before the Supreme Court sentenced him to two years in prison and ordered him to pay Rp 546 billion (US$54 million) in restitution.In addition to Djoko Tjandra, the AGO has named two other suspects in the case. One of the suspects is prosecutor Pinangki Sirna Malasari, who allegedly received a US$500,000 bribe from Djoko to help him secure a Supreme Court acquittal.Last Wednesday, the AGO named NasDem politician Andi Irfan Jaya a suspect in the case for allegedly serving as a middleman in Pinangki’s case. (nal)Topics :
Healthcare, Press Release Today, Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order to afford health care practitioners protection against liability for good faith actions taken in response to the call to supplement the health care provider workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic.During the course of the pandemic and the disaster declaration associated with it, the Wolf Administration has used its authority under the declaration to suspend a significant number of regulations and regulatory statutes to supplement the health care workforce, including facilitating the deployment of retirees and out-of-state health care professionals, expanding scope of practices and relaxing supervision requirements for numerous health care licensees, bringing in health care professionals who have not previously maintained liability coverage, and calling upon health care providers to perform acts they would not perform in the ordinary course of business.“As the COVID-19 pandemic has required the Wolf Administration to take broad action to respond to and prepare for Pennsylvanians’ critical health care needs, so too has it required our health care providers to broaden their professional responsibilities and experiences like never before,” Gov. Wolf said. “This Executive Order to Enhance Protections for Health Care Professionals serves to protect the individuals serving on the front lines of the disaster response.”The executive order:Grants immunity to any individual who holds a license, certificate, registration or certification to practice a health care profession or occupation in Pennsylvania and who is engaged in providing COVID-19 medical and health treatment or services during the COVID- 19 disaster emergency response. Immunity does not extend to acts or omissions that constitute a crime, gross negligence, or fraud, malice, or other willful misconduct;Extends immunity to those medical professionals in Pennsylvania that provide services in any health care facility as defined by the Health Care Facilities Act, as well as any nursing facility, personal care home, assisted living facility or any alternate care site, community-based testing site or non-congregate care facility used for the purpose of conducting emergency services activities or the provision of disaster services activities related to the Commonwealth’s COVID- 19 disaster emergency response;Affirms immunity for any person, organization or authority allowing real estate or other premises used for emergency services without compensation in the case of death, injury, or loss or damage to the property of any person who is on the premises for the purpose of those emergency services; andSuspends or removes a host of regulatory barriers that would otherwise impede or prevent out-of-state, retired or other qualified practitioners from providing services where needed in the Commonwealth.The order was written in response to stakeholders requesting civil immunity for health care practitioners practicing with good judgment under very challenging circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic. The executive order also is in line with actions neighboring states have taken and is responsive to the needs and requests of the health care community.This order is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the disaster emergency.Read the full order here.View this information in Spanish. Gov. Wolf Signs Executive Order to Provide Civil Immunity for Health Care Providers SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 06, 2020