Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg Extends Again Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows View Comments Star Files Heisenberg Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 11, 2016center_img Heisenberg, the new show from Simon Stephens, the Tony-winning playwright of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, has extended again off-Broadway. The world premiere, starring Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker and Denis Arndt, will now play through July 18; the production had been set to shutter on July 11.Amidst the bustle of a crowded London train station, Clare (Parker) spots Alex (Arndt), a much older man, and plants a kiss on his neck. This electric encounter thrusts these two strangers into a life-changing game.Mark Brokaw directs the limited engagement at Manhattan Theater Club’s New York City Center—Stage II. Denis Arndt Mary-Louise Parkerlast_img read more

The Fans Have Spoken! Celebrate Angela Lansbury’s Birthday with Her Top 10 Roles

first_imgDame Angela Lansbury will celebrate her 90th birthday on October 16, and that made reflect on her glorious career. From her popular TV show Murder, She Wrote to her five (!) Tony-winning roles, there is so much to choose from. We asked you to rank your favorite Lansbury roles on Culturalist, and you did not disappoint. Find the results below. Now let’s all raise a glass to the unstoppable Ms. Lansbury. Happy birthday to you! Mrs. Potts, Beauty and the Beast Mrs. Lovett, Sweeeney Todd The Dowager Empress Marie, Anastasia Madame Armfeldt, A Little Night Music Jessica Fletcher, Murder, She Wrote View Commentscenter_img Rose, Gypsy Mame Dennis, Mame Miss Price, Bedknobs and Broomsticks Anna, The King and I Madame Arcati, Blithe Spiritlast_img

Odds & Ends: Christina Hendricks Eyes B’way-Aimed Whorl & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Christina Hendricks Eyes Broadway-Aimed WhorlMad Men standout Christina Hendricks will lead an industry reading of the Broadway-aimed Whorl Inside a Loop on April 29. Penned by Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott, Scott starred in a successful run of the show off-Broadway last year. Co-directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer and Scanlan, Whorl follows a well-regarded actress who agrees to teach six inmates how to tell their stories behind the bars of a men’s maximum-security prison. We will keep you updated!Norm Lewis added to Darren Criss’ Mermaid LineupBeyond our wildest dreams! Tony nominee Norm Lewis will reprise his Broadway role as King Triton in the all-star The Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl. The previously announced event, which is set to also feature Darren Criss, Tituss Burgess and Rebel Wilson, has added a third performance, and will now play June 6 as well as June 3 and June 4.Damien Molony Set for No Man’s LandDamien Molony (Ripper Street) will complete the casting of the West End’s No Man’s Land, taking on the role of Foster. Starring the previously announced Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Owen Teale, the production is scheduled to run at the Wyndham’s Theatre September 8 through December 17 following a U.K. tour. Harold Pinter’s classic will be helmed by Sean Mathias.Watch Hamilton Cast’s Sweeney ToddThe company of gargantuan Broadway hit Hamilton took top honors at this year’s Easter Bonnet Competition for transforming their opening number into an homage to Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. Check out Lin-Manuel Miranda’s bloodcurdling portrayal of the demon barber of Fleet Street as his fellow cast members retell the tale below. God, that’s Good! Christina Hendricks(Bruce Glikas)last_img read more

Tim Pigott-Smith to Reprise His Role in King Charles III Screen Adaptation

first_img God save the King! Hot on the heels of the well-received Netflix series The Crown, Tim Pigott-Smith, who was Tony-nominated for his performance in King Charles III, will reprise his portrayal of the titular character in the previously announced TV adaptation of the Tony-nominated play. Deadline reports that shooting is set to begin this month on the 90-minute BBC/Masterpiece drama, which is scheduled to air in 2017.Rupert Goold will once again direct; the show’s playwright, Mike Bartlett, has adapted his work for the screen. Also returning to their roles will be Oliver Chris as William, Richard Goulding as Harry and Margot Leicester as Camilla. Peaky Blinders’ Charlotte Riley has been tapped to play Kate Middleton (replacing Lydia Wilson); Priyanga Burford and Tamara Lawrance have also joined the cast.In the future history play, the Queen is dead, and after a lifetime of waiting, Prince Charles ascends the throne. The controversial play explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family.The show had a successful run at London’s Almeida Theatre in the spring of 2014 before transferring to the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre and Broadway’s Music Box Theatre. View Comments Tim Pigott-Smith in ‘King Charles III'(Photo: Johan Persson)last_img read more

Hairspray Live!’s Maddie Baillio on Which Co-Star Makes Her Geek Out & More

first_imgMaddie Baillio photographed at Beauty Bar(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Comments Age: 20Hometown: League City, TXCurrent Role: Following in the footsteps of Hairspray Tony winner Marissa Jaret Winokur and original film star Ricki Lake, Maddie Baillio adds her own unstoppable beat as Tracy Turnblad, an aspiring Corny Collins Show star who inspires all those around her with her big, beautiful heart and boundless optimism.Stage Cred: Plucked from the halls of Marymount Manhattan College as a sophomore, Baillio has had starring roles in the school’s productions of Once Upon a Mattress (Princess Winnifred) and Frank Wildhorn’s Dracula (Dracula). She was named 2014’s Great American Songbook Youth Ambassador and performed with Michael Feinstein at the Kennedy Center, the Grand 1894 Opera House, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Birdland Jazz Club in 2015. Hairspray Live! marks her superbly starry screen debut.last_img read more

Drop in Cotton Demand

first_imgMix one part consumer demand, a dash of soil and a few drops of water. Gently fold in acomplex international marketing system.That’s a recipe for what Georgia cotton farmers and processors are thinking now.”Nobody needs to panic about the Georgia and world cotton situation rightnow,” said Don Shurley, a cotton economist with the University of Georgia ExtensionService. “Consumers may find some lower prices or sales on cotton clothes and itemsand growers should look for favorable pricing opportunities.”Recent reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture figure the national crop at 18.6million bales. Georgia’s crop is expected to be 2ÿmillion bales, just over 10 percentof the U.S. total.Based on improving weather across the cotton belt, Shurley thinks the national cropcould come in at close to 19ÿmillion bales. Standard cotton bales weigh 480 pounds.But for the first time since 1990, demand for cotton is down.”In the’80s we kept setting consumption records every year,” Shurley said.But higher retail prices and new fabric blends, among other things, slowed down cottonuse.”It’>scertainly fair to say that as farmer prices rose, retail prices went up, too,” hesaid. “But the entire increase didn’t go to the farmer. Because the raw-material cost went up, the cost foreach step it takes to get cotton from the farmer to the store went up, too.”The cotton in a typical pair of denim jeans weighs about two and one-third pounds. At1995 prices of about 73 cents per pound, the farmer got only about $1.83 for the cotton ineach pair. Labor, shipping, processing and marketing make up the rest of the retail cost. For these and other economic reasons, as cotton use went down, so did processing andmilling orders. That cut the time employees worked. Other mills closed completely asprocessors moved overseas, where labor costs were lower.Farmers saw the drop in demand and planted less cotton this year.”The U.S. doesn’t typically import cotton,” Shurley said. But low supplies, due tohigh demand in 1994-95, were a part of the formula that triggered the import of cotton tothe United States.In 1994, a normal production year in the United States but poor in othercotton-producing countries, we imported only 20,000 bales. “That amount is so smallas to be mathematically unimportant,” Shurley said.But the imported amount jumped to 445,000 bales in 1995. And projections for 1996 standat 400,000 bales.Rising cotton imports drive prices down further. And deflated prices, Shurley said,make it harder for farmers to decide whether to plant cotton or crops such as corn orsoybeans, which may return higher profits.Crop prices are cyclical within a season, too, he said. For cotton farmers, the fallingdemand could push the price down into the high-60 cents-per-pound range. But that fairlylow price, Shurley said, could spark demand and drive the price back up above 70 cents,where they are now.Knowing that, some farmers may choose to contract their cotton for higher prices laterin the year. The higher price per pound can more than pay for the cost to store thecotton.In any market-driven economy, retail and wholesale prices follow the law of supply anddemand. “As demand increases, so do prices,” Shurley said. “When supply isgreater, prices drop.”No matter where in the price cycle we are, somebody benefits,” he said.”But before long, someone else in the buying chain will have the advantage.”last_img read more


first_img Since most homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flood damage, it’s important to get supplemental coverage. The best forecast for the 1999 hurricane season predicts 14 tropical storms, the same number as in 1998 (see tracking map), when the U.S. mainland was spared the awesome destruction of Hurricanes Georges and Mitch. While the destruction from tropical storms along the coast is well known, all of Georgia is vulnerable to the power of these storms. This includes metro Atlanta and the mountain counties. You can get flood insurance from the federal government. But don’t wait, since it normally takes 30 days for a flood insurance policy to become active. Contact your insurance agent or the Federal Emergency Management Agency Web site for details. Tornadoes Widespread Threat Along the coast, the storm surge is the major concern. The shape of the Georgia coast makes it vulnerable to very high storm surges — much greater than North Carolina would have for the same strength storm. High winds, tornadoes and flooding due to heavy rainfall are other threats to the coastal region. Later that year, Tropical Depression No. 10 brought high winds, heavy rain, tornadoes and flooding to 13 coastal and southeast Georgia counties. Flooding Imperils Inland Highly respected hurricane expert William Gray of Colorado State University expects an active hurricane season. Gray’s forecast is for 14 tropical storms, with nine reaching hurricane status. Four are forecast to become intense hurricanes with sustained winds above 111 miles per hour. Storm Surge Deadly at Coast Tropical storm-strength winds can reach hundreds of miles from where the storm makes landfall. Hurricane Hugo caused extensive wind damage in Charlotte, N.C., and beyond. As a tropical storm moves inland, tornadoes are common. An outbreak of tornadoes can and does occur before a storm makes landfall. As the storm moves inland, the entire state can become subject to tornadoes. A NOAA weather radio is a good addition to a weather preparedness kit. The sign on the roof says it all. Away from the coast into the piedmont and mountains, flooding is the major concern. Interior flooding can cause more damage statewide than the damage on the immediate coast. All Georgians living along the coast should know their county’s emergency plan, including evacuation routes and the locations of approved shelters. Contact your county emergency management agency now for this important information. Don’t wait until a tropical storm threatens. ATHENS, Ga. – From Lookout Mountain to the Golden Isles, all Georgians need to prepare for hurricane season. The Georgia Emergency Management Agency has a brochure, “Increasing Hurricane Awareness.” You can get it through your county emergency management agency. Contact information for county emergency management agencies is on the Web at Yours is listed in your phone book, too.center_img Ten years ago this September, Hurricane Hugo brushed Georgia while slamming into Charleston and laying waste to South Carolina. (Full-size image) Photo: National Hurricane Center The Federal Emergency Management Agency has several Web pages devoted to weather disaster mitigation and preparedness. You can find valuable information at the FEMA tropical storm site. FEMA also has many tips for hurricane preparedness. Other sites tell how to protect your property from flooding and how to protect your business. Image: National Hurricane Center Since 1990, Georgia has had three Presidential disaster declarations as the result of tropical weather. Hurricane Camille, which hit the Mississippi Gulf coast in 1969, caused massive property damage and the loss of many lives in the mountains of Virginia. In 1994, Tropical Storm Alberto brought torrential rain, high winds, tornadoes and major flooding to 55 counties from southwest Georgia to the southern counties of metro Atlanta. FEMA has a free publication, “Repairing Your Flooded Home” (FEMA-234), on flood mitigation and repair. Another, “Taking Shelter From the Storm” (FEMA-320) suggests how to reinforce your home for high winds. Get these and other publications from FEMA Publications at 1-800-480-2520. Ample information is available on preparing for the tropical storm season. Web Information Sites Hurricane Opal brought high winds, heavy rain and tornadoes to 50 counties, from the west central area to the north Georgia mountains, in 1995. In 1992, Hurricane Andrew showed graphically the destructive power of a major hurricane when it devastated south Florida. Since then, three tropical storms have brought widespread damage to Georgia. The peak months for tropical storms are August and September. As we enter these peak months, all Georgians should have finished their prestorm-watch preparations. 14 Storms in Forecast Photo: National Hurricane Centerlast_img read more

Tracking animals

first_imgTracking system definitely a necessity”When we had our first case of BSE (bovine spongiformencephalopathy), also known as ‘mad cow disease,’ last December,it took six weeks and 500 people to trace the animals. And thereare still more than 20 cows unaccounted for,” said Carter Black,Georgia’s associate state veterinarian.”If this had been foot-and-mouth disease,” he said, “we would bein a world of hurt.”Black said tracking animals isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” activity.”What works in one part of the country won’t work in otherparts,” he said. “In Georgia, we have too many landowners whodon’t own the cattle on their land.”Black said state livestock officials seem to prefer electronicidentification, which uses radio frequency chips. A number ofcompanies make them, but the chips aren’t compatible. “We needone scanner and one type of chip for this system to work,” hesaid. Cattle should be viewed as food”This is a positive change,” he said. “After all, we’re sellingfood, not cattle. Our beef is probably the safest in the world.Proving it may be like taking medicine. It’ll be bad at first butwill benefit us in the long run.”Government dollars must fund the system, said Jim Collins,executive vice-president of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association.”The plan is just a skeleton to build on,” he said. “Now we haveto move forward with something that’s workable.”By this fall, each state must decide how to assign and manage thetags, Collins said. By July 2006, the tagging system should be inplace.Besides cattle, the system will track bison, swine, sheep, goats,equine, poultry, game birds, farmed fish and domestic deer, elk,camelids (like llamas and alpacas) and ratites (like ostrichesand emus).The USAIP Web site ( reports thatthe system’sfirst phase, premises identification by state, should be completethis year.”This program is in the development stage, and it’s a movingvehicle,” said Charles McPeake, a UGA animal scientist helpingdevelop the system for Georgia. “It will be a number of monthsbefore information is concrete.” By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaWhen it comes to protecting animal-based foods, knowing ananimal’s past is essential. And farmers, industry and governmentofficials are developing a way to track it.The U.S. Animal Identification Plan will allow officials totrace all animals and locations potentially exposed to an animalwith a foreign disease within 48 hours of discovery. Once inplace, it will track animals from the farm to the table.The plan requires animals get an identification number at birth.How they’ll be tagged and who will do it was the topic of around-table discussion during the University of Georgia MountainBeef Cattle Field Day in Blairsville, Ga.center_img Too many tags?Cattleman Bud Hill of Hill Vue Farms in Blairsville, Ga., seesthe benefits of tracking. But he isn’t excited about adding morefarm chores and record-keeping.”We’re gonna have tags up the grommet if we’re not careful,” hesaid. Most cows have ear tattoos, an ear tag and a visual tag.The new radio-frequency tracking tag would be yet another tag.”You can buy gas at six different stations in one day and there’sa record of where you’ve been,” he said. “This system should workthe same way.” The added tag shouldn’t be a problem, he said, asmost breeders are already set up for tagging.But “sale barns aren’t set up to tag cattle,” said Eddie Bradley,a Towns County, Ga., cattleman. “But they are the logical placeto tag cattle from small producers.”According to the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, 85 percent ofGeorgia cattle are sold through sale barns.Bradley sees the new tracking system as a way of reassuring thepublic that U.S. beef is safe to eat.last_img read more

UGA Microgin

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaTifton, Ga. — The most modern small-scale reproduction of a commercial cotton gin in the world is ready for researchers to use to help improve the quality of Georgia cotton.Gov. Sonny Perdue, University of Georgia President Michael F. Adams and other state and agricultural leaders officially opened the UGA MicroGin. It’s custom designed and constructed to enable researchers to gin small samples of cotton in a manner that replicates the way cotton is ginned in large, modern gins.”This facility will allow researchers and farmers to improve upon a commodity already well established here,” Perdue said, “and allow them to follow it from the field to the consumer. This will help our cotton farmers better compete globally.”Georgia farmers are penalized about 5 cents per pound of cotton due to fiber quality deductions. Over the past three years, they’ve lost an average of $24.5 million annually due to poor cotton quality, said Don Shurley, a cotton economist with the UGA Extension Service.Farmers deliver their cotton, usually in large modules that can weigh 10,000 pounds, to gins, where it is dried, cleaned and ginned, a process that separates the cottonseed from lint. The microgin produces lint that is like the lint that comes out of a commercial gin.Plans for the facility include cooperative research to improve cotton fiber and textile quality and educational purposes.The microgin is ready to be used for this fall’s cotton harvest.The microgin project was conceived by the Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Cotton and CAES scientists and engineers, with input from the Southeastern Cotton Ginners Association, the Southern Cotton Growers and the private sector.Funding came from the State of Georgia (Traditional Industries Program), U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Cotton and UGA CAES.Georgia’s 1.3 million-acre cotton crop during 2003 produced 2.1 million bales with a farm-gate value of more than $700 million.last_img read more


first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaFor the past year, the Georgia Committee on Agriculture and Food Defense and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension have worked to make sure Georgia’s agriculture industry is as safe as possible.Training classes across the state have helped prepare Georgians to respond to an agrosecurity incident. “Agriculture and food affect every single county in the state,” said Don Hamilton, Homeland Security coordinator for UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Food is distributed in every county through grocery stores, and it’s transported through every county. Agriculture and food span the continuum from farm to fork.”The committee is hoping to have 3,500 people trained by the end of April when the agrosecurity trainings will draw to a close. The last trainings will be held Tuesday, March 28 in Dawson; Thursday, April 6 in Brunswick; Tuesday, April 11 in Thomasville and Thursday, April 13 in Lawrenceville and Marietta.The training is free and open to potential agriculture emergency responders. Other classes may be offered through the end of April depending on demand.“The purpose of these trainings is to get information from the various groups – like farmers and emergency workers – to each other so they will know what the other’s roles are and what each can bring to the table,” Hamilton said.The class teaches those in emergency management and agriculture-related businesses how to recognize an agricultural incident and minimize potential problems through proper training. It is also geared towards responders from local and state governments and volunteer organizations who respond to all types of emergencies.“People generally know their own jobs and do them well,” Hamilton said, “but they don’t necessarily know what others will be doing in the same situation.”For those looking for credit hours, CEUs are available through various agencies. The training is sponsored by the U.S. Office of Domestic Preparedness in cooperation with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Georgia Department of Agriculture, UGA and the USDA.For more information or to register, go to read more