Michael John LaChiusa’s First Daughter Suite & More Tapped for Public Theater Season
View Comments The Public Theater has announced its 2015-16 off-Broadway season, which will include the world premiere of First Daughter Suite, a new musical by Michael John LaChiusa, featuring Rachel Bay Jones, Mary Testa and more. Also in the season lineup is Stew and Heidi Rodewald’s previously announced The Total Bent, Robert O’Hara’s Barbecue and Sarah Burgess’ Dry Powder.The season kicks off on September 4 with a musical adaptation of Homer’s The Odyssey written by Todd Almost. Lear deBessonet will direct the Public Works production, which will run through September 7 at the Delcorte Theater in Central Park.The world premiere of O’Hara’s Barbecue will run from September 22 through November 1. The play follows the O’Mallery family as they stage an intervention for their drug-addicted sister Barbara. The event takes a harsh turn as familial stereotypes and politics collide. Kent Gash will direct.After his 1993 musical First Lady Suite at the Public, LaChiusa will present his follow-up work First Daughter Suite, featuring a cast that includes Jones, Testa, Barbara Walsh, Theresa McCarthy, Isabel Santiago and Carly Tamer. Kirsten Sanderson will direct the tuner, which explores the complex relationships between First Ladies Particia Nixon, Roselyn Carter, Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush and their daughters. Performances will run from October 6 through November 15.The Gob Squad returns to the Public for Before Your Very Eyes from October 17 through November 29. The show has been created over the past two years by kids ages eight-14. The show puts audiences behind the safety of one-way mirrors as performers live out seven lives in fast forward: from teenage angst to elder years.Thomas Kail will direct the world premiere of Burgess’ Dry Powder, which will run from March 1, 2016 through April 10. The comedic drama follows Rick, the owner of a private equity firm who finds himself in a PR nightmare after he throws an extravagant engagement party immediately after his company faces extreme layoffs. His two managing directors have various schemes to either save the day or drive the company to bankruptcy.The New York premiere of Head of Passes will run from March 15, 2016 through April 24. Tina Landau directs the Tarell Alvin McCraney drama in a co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre. In the contemporary parable inspired by the Book of Job, Head of Passes follows a family reunion at the mouth of the Mississippi River that turns into a test of faith and love.The Total Bent, featuring a book by Stew and a score by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, will begin performances on May 10, 2016. The show was originally slated for the 2014-15 season, but was replaced with Buzzer. Directed by Joanna Settle, the tuner explores the passions that divide a gospel star and his songwriting son as they make their music and make their choice between salvation and selling out. Performances will run through June 19, 2016.The season will also include two Mobile Shakespeare Unit tours: All’s Well That Ends Well (November 2 through November 22) and Romeo and Juliet (May 10, 2016 through May 29). Additionally, the twelfth annual Under the Radar Festival will kick off in January 2016, and will include Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort’s Germinal, which features four performers on an empty stage as they attempt to construct the world (including physics, philosophy, music and language) from scratch.
ION Expands 3D Seismic Data Offshore Mexico
ION Geophysical has expanded its 3D multi-client reimaging program offshore Mexico. Based on the success of both the Campeche and Mexican Ridges 3D reimaging programs, ION is extending its data in a lesser explored area further to the north, the company informed.The Perdido South 3D reimaging program consists of over 16,000 sq km across six surveys in the southern part of the Perdido area, believed to have prolific hydrocarbon potential.“We are pleased to be collaborating on another large project offshore Mexico, where we anticipate strong client demand in upcoming license rounds,” said Brian Hanson, ION’s president and CEO. “Our approach to reimage the raw data using the most advanced imaging technology into a seamless data set will jump start exploration efforts in this largely untested basin.”The data will be delivered in phases over the next 10 months, with initial deliverables available in May, to accelerate subsurface knowledge and inform upcoming bid round decisions.
Sahil Dey wins silver in Malaysian International Chess Festival
Our Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Assam Chess Prodigy Shahil Dey bagged silver medal in the Under 12 Rapid category of the 15th Malaysian International Chess Festival 2018 held at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia today. Shahil scored 5.5 points out of 6 rounds and finished joint first. However, he had to settle for the silver medal on the basis of a tie-break score.Shahil along with Dhrupad Kashyap and Nandan Buragohain of Assam Chess Club are also participating in the Open Category of the 15th edition of the championship which is now in progress at Kuala Lumpur. The competition would be concluded on August 26.
Demerara Harbour Bridge reopens to light vehicular traffic
…maritime traffic halted…more damages discovered as work continues – General ManagerThe foreign firm that owns the barge which slammed into the Demerara Harbour Bridge will have to stand the expense for the repairs to the structure. This is according to General Manager of the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation (DHBC), Rawlston Adams, who, at a media briefing Tuesday, stated that works are ongoing at the bridge to ensure that operations there return to a state of normalcy.He explained that repairing the damages to the bridge is proving costly. However, the costs incurred for those necessary repairs will have to be paid by the owners of the foreign vessel that caused the destruction.Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation (DHBC) General Manager Rawlston Adams“We are still looking and we are still discovering so we cannot put a number…we will assess what is the cost but for now, it will be premature for me to be calling any numbers. But what I know for sure is that the owners for the vessel, that cost would be transferred to them (vessel owners),” Adams said.Light trafficOn Tuesday afternoon at approximately 14:00h, the bridge was reopened to light vehicular traffic, but repairs are still ongoing. According to Adams, engineers have discovered that there are more damages from the incident than they initially assessed.Passengers disembarking boats at the Georgetown Stelling on Tuesday morning after being forced to use the waterways following the shutdown of the Harbour Bridge on Monday“What we realised is that a lot of the buoys, some of them got punctured, and at that point they started taking on water and not showing until later down in the morning. And some locations where we thought that the anchorage was okay, it was not what we have seen, and we have never seen this. The vessel was able to drag a lot of those anchors, those anchors are 15 ton anchors, so what it says it most likely hooked in the chain and it just dragged it on the bed, and that posed a difficulty for us”.No marine trafficThe DHBC General Manager pointed out that in relation to marine traffic, there is no definitive time frame as to when ocean-going vessels will traverse the waters, utilising the services of the bridge.He added that engineers are looking at the realignment of the bridge.Adams further stated that on Monday, when the incident occurred, three vessels were prevented from passing one section of the waters to the other, and on Tuesday, another three suffered the same fate.A usual retraction period of one and a half hours would allow three vessels to pass, but in light of the situation, the DHBC would have to allow five (or more) vessels to travel when the bridge is open to maritime traffic.Chaos at ferry stellingsAn employee of the DHBC conducting repairs to the Harbour BridgeOn Monday, notices were sent out that the structure would be closed for emergency works and the only alternative to cross the Demerara River was via the speedboat service, operating at Georgetown and Vreed-en-Hoop Stellings.When Guyana Times arrived at the Vreed-en-Hoop Stelling in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), the area was cordoned off from the Vreed-en-Hoop junction and persons had to walk to the docking area of the dilapidated Stelling as Police ranks tamed the situation. School-aged children hurried to make it into the next available boat as they feared reaching late on the very first day of school. Several boats were lined up as a swarm of passengers trickled into the vessels amid the confusion.Over at the Georgetown Stelling, a similar scenario was observed as multiple boats loaded. Persons complained about the deplorable and deteriorating stellings and were worried for their safety.Officials of the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) fixed themselves to organise the crowd in orderly lines. Police Commissioner Leslie James was present on site, along with other senior ranks, as he positioned that the situation was brought under control.On Tuesday, the situation was less chaotic and better systems were in place to accommodate the huge influx of passengers.Crew and bargePublic Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, at that time, had told the media that preliminary investigations revealed that the barge was beyond its anchorage location. After the vessel started drifting, a distress call was sent out but no one on-board spoke English. The crew members were detained as investigations continued.