View Comments Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington has made good on his word and will return to the boards this year! The original Albert Narracott in War Horse will headline Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus this spring. Directed by Jamie Lloyd, the London premiere of Colin Teevan’s adaptation of the classic will begin previews on April 9 and officially open on April 25 at the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre.Along with War Horse, Harington has appeared on the London stage in Laura Wade’s Posh. He is best known as the very possibly dead Jon Snow in HBO’s Game Of Thrones.With Teevan’s darkly comic scenes replacing the extant middle acts (widely believed not to have been written by Marlowe), the story of this 400-year-old play will be transported to a celebrity-obsessed society of greed and instant gratification, offering a fresh perspective that chimes with our times. Faustus makes a pact with the Devil, selling his soul in return for the ability to perform anything he pleases with the power of black magic. This fatal decision catapults him into an intoxicating world of celebrity, as he becomes a world-renowned conjuror, international heartthrob and friend of the rich, famous and powerful. But what is the cost of his insatiable thirst for wealth and fame?The production will be designed by Soutra Gilmour, with lighting by Jon Clark, and music and sound by Ben and Max Ringham. Full casting will be announced later.The limited engagement will run through June 4. Next stop Broadway?
Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 View Comments Laura Michelle Kelly, Tony Yazbeck & the cast of ‘Finding Neverland'(Photo by Carol Rosegg) Dapper triple threat Tony Yazbeck has grown a beard, brused up his Scottish accent and stepped into the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning musical Finding Neverland. See the pics of the star, who replaced original headliner Matthew Morrison this week, as J.M. Barrie. Barrie, as you probably know, was the mastermind behind the beloved story of Peter Pan, and Finding Neverland examines the inspiration for the iconic story. Take a look at the pics, then see the show at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Finding Neverland Star Files Related Shows Tony Yazbeck
‘In the Secret Sea’ View Comments This is some creative team that’s been put together for an off-Broadway production! Tony winner Martin Charnin (Annie) will direct In The Secret Sea, a new American play by Cate Ryan. Tickets are now available for the show, which is scheduled to run April 15 through May 21. Opening night is set for April 21 at Theatre Row’s Beckett Theatre.The production, wait for it…will feature scenic design by Tony winner Beowulf Boritt (Act One) and Alexis Distler, lighting design by Tony winner Ken Billington (Chicago) and costume design by Suzy Benzinger.In the play, a newly married couple and their parents confront a life and death decision. The outcome will change all of their lives forever.Casting will be announced later. In the Secret Sea Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 21, 2016
‘Freaky Friday’ We’re freaking out in the best possible way right now! Broadway favorites Heidi Blickenstaff and Emma Hunton are set to star as mom and daughter in the world premiere production of Freaky Friday at Virginia’s Signature Theatre. Directed by Christopher Ashley and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo, the previously reported Disney musical will run from October 4 through November 13 in Signature’s MAX Theatre. Further casting and creative team members will be announced later.Based on the 1972 novel by Mary Rodgers and hit Disney films, the tuner will feature a book by Bridget Carpenter, music by Tom Kitt and lyrics by Brian Yorkey. Set in the present day, the show follows Katherine (Blickenstaff) and Ellie Blake (Hunton), an overworked mother and her teenage daughter who magically swap bodies and have just one day to put things right again before mom’s big wedding.Blickenstaff comes directly from the Broadway company of Something Rotten! where she originated the role of Bea. Other Broadway credits include [title of show], The Addams Family, The Little Mermaid and The Full Monty.Hunton’s credits include the Broadway production of Spring Awakening, as well as the off-Broadway production of Rent; she appeared as Elphaba in the first National Tour of Wicked and Natalie in the first National Tour of Next to Normal.The title was developed by Disney expressly for theatrical licensing via Music Theatre International so at present there are no plans for it to end up on the Great White Way. View Comments
Kinky Boots Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 View Comments Todrick Hall Come on, land of Lola, let’s get sickening! YouTube star and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars judge Todrick Hall returns to Broadway this fall to headline Kinky Boots, but first, he must prove himself to the Supermodel of the World herself. Hall, decked in full Lola drag, performed a lip sync to “The Land of Lola” (as performed by Tony winner Billy Porter) in front of Ru, as well as judges Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, Ross Matthews and…Todrick Hall (trippy). Gag over the clip below, and catch Hall at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre beginning November 1. Star Files Todrick Hall Related Shows
Howard Davies(Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images) View Comments Olivier Award-winning director Howard Davies died on October 25 at the age of 71. His death, which followed a brief battle with cancer, was confirmed to BBC News by his family.Davies won Olivier Awards for directing The Iceman Cometh, All My Sons and The White Guard. On Broadway, he received Tony nominations for his work helming Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Iceman Cometh (a transfer of the aforementioned Almeida Theatre Company production) and the 2002 revival of Private Lives.Born Stephen Howard Davies on April 26, 1945 in Durham, England, Davies studied at both Durham and Bristol Universities. In the early 1970s, he began his directing career with the Bristol Old Vic and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre before going on to serve as an associate director for the Royal Shakespeare Company and—beginning in 1988—the Royal National Theatre. At the latter, he directed 36 productions over the past 28 years.After making his Broadway debut with Piaf in 1981, Davies went on to helm <>Good, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Translations and My Fair Lady and—most recently—A Moon or the Misbegotten in New York.Davies’ final production, The Plough and the Stars (co-directed by Jeremy Herrin), concluded its run at the National Theatre earlier this week. Davies was also scheduled to helm Michael Frayn’s Wild Honey at Hampstead Theatre this December.In 2011, Davies was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire. He is survived by his wife, actress Clare Holman.
The last drop of hope may have trickled from some Georgia dairy farmers at the end of April with the failure of Senate Bill 420 to become law.The bill would have allowed Georgia dairy farmers to join the Southern Dairy Compact, an attempt to duplicate the Northeast Interstate Dairy Compact in 12 Southeastern states. The measure passed both houses of the Georgia General Assembly, but died with the governor’s veto. “This is definitely a setback for the Georgia dairy industry,” said Bill Thomas, an extension economist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “We don’t know if it’s a permanent or temporary setback,” he said. “There are indications that the bill will be reintroduced next year. Several legislative leaders who supported the compact this year said it would be a top priority next year under a new administration.” The compact would set a minimum price that milk handlers could pay dairies for fluid milk in Southern states. At the same time, though, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is moving to lower minimum prices nationally and let market forces set dairy product prices. The compact would establish a commission to set a minimum fluid milk price to farmers. Each state would name three to five members of the commission. Georgia members would include at least one consumer, dairyman, processor and school food services representative. In his veto statement, Gov. Zell Miller said the Georgia Supreme Court ruled a similar arrangement, the Milk Control Board, unconstitutional in 1951. The ruling said, “Before the General Assembly can authorize price fixing without violating the due-process clause of our Constitution, among other requirements, it must be done in a business or where property involved is affected with a public interest, and the milk industry does not come within that scope.” The ruling was upheld in 1967. One of the governor’s strongest oppositions to the compact was the possibility that it would raise milk prices. That would be “counterproductive after we have removed the sales tax off groceries in Georgia,” he said. Based on what has happened with the Northeastern Dairy Compact, prices probably would rise. “However,” Thomas said, “the price increase Gov. Miller quoted is higher than the increase I expect.” The compact still must pass in Congress to keep farmers’ hopes churning. It could be 1999 before the compact prices milk. So Georgia could pass the compact again before the compact price is set. Farmers may not lose out. “But even if it passes, there is the question of the constitutionality of the compact in Georgia,” Thomas said. “It would have to be tested in court. And it likely will be, because ultimately it will raise the price of milk somewhat.” For some Georgia farmers, it’s all too little, too late. The cream has already curdled. “Georgia dairy farmers aren’t making a lot of money. We will continue to lose farmers,” Thomas said. “The price has already started falling this year. It will drop almost 20 cents per gallon by summer, just when it costs the most to produce milk in Georgia.” Dropping prices and rising production costs keep forcing Georgia dairies out of business. Another 10 percent to 20 percent could close this year. In 1985, Georgia had 854 dairies. At the end of 1997, that number slipped to 442. Today, the state has just 430. And Thomas said about 400 of those are family farms, and many are on the verge of closing down. “Unfortunately, the dairy compact was a long-term solution, not something that was going to help us this year,” Thomas said. “A lot is unknown about federal reform and the compact. Dairy farmers are facing a lot of uncertainty as they try to make decisions for the future.”
Children and teens are always looking for role models. Fashion magazines, athletes, movie stars, popular kids at school and even you are influencing the standards they set for their appearance and behavior. American culture can sometimes send the message that how a person looks is how a person is valued. With this message, many feel their body is the enemy and they must fix it, dress it up, deprive it and try to improve it. In the extreme, these negative attitudes can lead to eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. While it‘s fashionable to blame the media for these self-defeating attitudes, parents often contribute as well. When was the last time you said something positive or negative about your own body? Have you said something negative a lot more recently than you said something positive? Similarly, when was the last time you said something positive about your son or daughter’s body? It doesn’t have to be related to appearance. Instead you could say, “I’m really impressed that you are strong enough to carry in those groceries” or, “you seem to be getting better hand-eye coordination when you play basketball.” The goal is to appreciate the function of the body over its appearance. People tend to think criticizing their bodies will shame them into a dramatic change in eating or exercise habits. While many people could be more fit, rarely does bad-mouthing result in a beauty queen figure or an elite athlete body. In fact, if we feel bad about ourselves, we usually just sit more on the couch and eat larger amounts of comfort food to escape our unhappy thoughts. To begin to change your family’s body image, start with yourself. Focus on what your body does well, not where it is deficient. Instead of always saying bad things about your body, make positive statements such as, “my body feels great after taking a walk” or “my skin looks so much better when I get enough sleep.” Don’t feel uncomfortable doing this. You are not bragging, just stating a fact. Many people suffer from negative self-centeredness. In reality, no one pays much attention to anyone else for more than a few seconds. Can you remember what your friend, spouse or children were wearing today? Often, we think people are much more interested in us than they really are. Don’t let body shape prevent you or your family members from participating in fun physical activities because you think you look bad in a swimsuit, sports uniform or exercise outfit. You’ll never look better if you sit at home worrying about how you look.
Planting pansies is one of the easiest ways to add color to your landscape. There are several things to do to keep them looking bold and beautiful throughout the fall and winter months. Start with good, quality plants. This time of year, pansies can be found at many home and garden stores. Select plants that are healthy with no insects. Look for plants that have dark green leaves and compact growth of stems, leaves and flowers. Avoid leggy plants or ones that are already root-bound in their containers. Buy larger plants for longer bloomingPansies are sold in many different sizes. Generally, if you are planting very early, the smaller ones will have time to establish their roots. For longer bloom times, buy slightly larger plants that already have larger root systems and will bloom earlier and longer. Plant your pansies at the right time in a well-prepared bed. That’s Sept. 15 – Oct. 1 in north Georgia, Oct. 1 – Oct. 15 in middle Georgia and Oct. 15 – Nov. 1 in south Georgia.Pansies hate wet feet, so make sure to plant them in a bed that has good drainage. A bed elevated 6 to 8 inches above the existing grade provides good drainage and can also improve the visibility of the color display in your landscape. Remove old vegetation and old mulch from existing beds to minimize disease carry-over. Work in additional organic materials to improve the soil. At this point, you should consider getting your soil tested. Soil tests are available through your local UGA Extension office. Pansies do best in soils with a pH in the range of 5.5 to 5.8.Feed and deadheadApply the right fertilizer; pansies have definite feeding preferences. Avoid using the slow-release ammoniacal nitrogen fertilizers commonly used on summer annuals. This may cause pansies to become leggy during the fall and make them susceptible to cold injury during the winter. Instead, look for a pansy-specific, high-nitrate formula fertilizer and consult the label for recommended application rates.Pansy maintenance is easy. Deadhead pansies (remove spent flowers) on a regular basis to encourage more blooms and reduce the chances of fungal blight diseases. When cold weather arrives, pansies will naturally wilt and turn gray-green during freezing weather as a defense response. Healthy plants can survive short periods of single-digit weather. During long cold snaps, add a layer of pine straw for protection.For more information, see the University of Georgia Extension publication “Success with Pansies in the Winter Landscape” at www.caes.uga.edu/publications.
Reynolds spent last semester creating the proposal, and hopes to have the tractor running on biodiesel by the end of May. He said the best part about this project is getting to work with his professors. “They’re all characters, and I’m blessed to get to be in their classes every day,” he said. The UGA Campus Sustainability Grants Program chooses proposals based on UGA’s 2020 Strategic Plan, which has the goal of conserving resources, educating the campus community, influencing positive action and providing research. The program began in 2010, and since that time it has awarded $130,000 to 37 student-initiated projects. The UGA Office of Sustainability’s mission is to coordinate, communicate and advance sustainability initiatives at UGA in the areas of teaching, research, service and outreach, student engagement and campus operations. Two College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) students are using their academic experiences to affect lasting change on the University of Georgia’s Athens Campus. Crop and soil sciences doctoral candidate Chase Straw, of Frankfort, Kentucky, and Mitch Reynolds, a senior from Stone Mountain, Georgia, studying environmental economics and management, received grants from the UGA Office of Sustainability to tackle on-campus projects. Straw will use his $5,000 grant to create site-specific management plans for some of the campus’ lawns and intramural sports fields in order to reduce the use of water and other inputs for large grass areas while still maintaining these landscapes. Reynolds is using a $2,921 grant to build a biodiesel processor for a tractor to be used at the UGArden, a student-run farm on campus. These projects are two of 11 funded this year through $43,000 from the UGA Office of Sustainability. Smarter turf managementAs part of his project, “Development of a Site-Specific Management Plan for Campus Grass Areas and Campus Intramural Athletic Fields,” Straw is hoping to use the technology and research pioneered by the UGA turf sciences team to improve the management of UGA’s fields and lawns. The goal of his proposal is to develop a site-specific management plan for large grass areas on campus that will reduce water and energy inputs. This will be accomplished through the use the Precision Sense 6000, which works like a slow-moving lawn tractor. The PS6000—equipped with a myriad of sensors—allows for rapid sampling of turfgrass sites for measurements of soil moisture, soil compaction and plant performance, all while using GPS to create a map of location samples. UGA has one of only two functional PS6000s in the United States—the other is used on commercial golf courses and sports fields around the nation. The map will allow them to create a plan, “focusing inputs only where, when and in the amount needed to reduce time, labor and costs, and also for a more sustainable approach to turfgrass management,” Straw said. Straw hopes that, “by focusing on improving the troubled turf areas, that UGA students have a more enjoyable experience while on campus, whether it be studying in a grass area or playing sports on the IM (intramural) fields.” Straw said the take-home message of his project is “that ‘blanket’ applications aren’t always necessary to achieve high quality turfgrass.” He expects to begin the PS6000 data collection at the end of April, once the grass is fully out of dormancy. Originally from Kentucky, Straw became interested in turfgrass management while getting his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky. “I got a summer job on the sports turf crew at the University of Kentucky,” said Straw. “After working that summer on all of UK’s sports fields and being around all the teams, I decided turfgrass was what I wanted to pursue as a major.” On-farm fuelingReynolds’ project, which involves converting used cooking oil to biodiesel in order to power a tractor at UGArden, would reduce the carbon footprint of the farm and provide another learning opportunity at UGArden, which is used for student learning and community demonstration purposes. “Running farm equipment off of used cooking oil reduces the university’s carbon footprint [and] reduces the amount of waste that goes to a landfill or processing facility,” said Reynolds. Reynolds hopes this project can set an example for other farmers. “I’m really excited about setting up a model for farmers around the state to do the same thing with their equipment. A lot of little changes like that can go a long way,” said Reynolds.