MCC’s Lost Girls, which reunites Small Engine Repair playwright John Pollono with director Jo Bonney, is gearing up to play the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Here’s a quick peek into the rehearsal room at the company: L-R: Meghann Fahy, Piper Perabo, playwright John Pollono, director Jo Bonney, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Lizzy DeClement, Josh Green and Tasha Lawrence. Catch this hard-hitting drama about a missing teen and her now-divorced parents starting on October 21. View Comments
Tickets are now available to see Tony winner Linda Lavin in the New York premiere of Our Mother’s Brief Affair. Directed by Lynne Meadow, performances will begin on December 28 at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Opening night is set for January 20, 2016.Written by Richard Greenberg, Our Mother’s Brief Affair follows Anna (Lavin), who, while on the verge of death (again), confesses to her grown children about an affair from her past. Anna fights for her legacy as her family attempts to distinguish fact from fiction.Additional information, including further casting and creative team, will be announced later. Our Mother’s Brief Affair Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 6, 2016
The legendary Al Pacino officially opens in David Mamet’s China Doll on December 4. Directed by Pam MacKinnon, the play is running for a limited engagement of 97 performances at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.To celebrate the world premiere of the two-hander, which follows a billionaire who just bought a plane for his fiancé to celebrate his imminent retirement, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch. There’s Pacino as businessman Mickey Ross, Christopher Denham as his assistant, Carson, and a model of *that* plane…Broadway.com wishes the China Doll team a safe flight and happy opening! View Comments China Doll Related Shows About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 31, 2016
Related Shows As Barbara Cook prepares to return to the New York stage in Barbara Cook: Then and Now at off-Broadway’s New World Stages this spring, we have a first look at the incandescent Tony winner. Cook’s new show, which will kick off on April 12, was conceived by James Lapine and directed by Tommy Tune, so you know you’ll be in good hands when you settle in for an evening of personal stories and signature songs. After all, it’s not every day that you have a chance to be entertained by a living legend. Barbara Cook: Then and Now officially opens on May 4 and runs through June 26. Barbara Cook(Photo: Andrew Eccles) Barbara Cook: Then and Now View Comments from $110
After leaving that big tip, Amy Schumer is not throwing away her mop shot to ride the Hamilton wave. In the upcoming fourth season of Inside Amy Schumer, the Emmy winner pitches her own hip-hop retelling of American history to Lin-Manuel Miranda himself. That’s right: The certified genius isn’t the only one who can spit rhymes about the Colonial era. What’s her name, man? Betsy Ross, and there’s a million things she hasn’t sewn. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly what Miranda had in mind, and he does, in fact, find a way to say no to this. Take a look at the clip from Entertainment Weekly below. Related Shows View Comments from $149.00 Hamilton Lin-Manuel Miranda Amy Schumer & Lin-Manuel Miranda Star Files
View Comments Derek Hough & Martin Short(Photos: Caitlin McNaney) Don’t change that channel, because this casting is timeless to us! Derek Hough and Tony winner Martin Short are on board to star in NBC’s Hairspray Live!. The duo of Emmy winners will play Corny Collins and Wilbur Turnblad, respectively. They join the previously announced Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein, who take on the roles of Motormouth Maybelle and Edna Turnblad. The telecast is set for December 7 on the Peacock network.This is kismet for the Broadway-bound Hough, who told Broadway.com exclusively in March that he would “love” to take part in the live event. “I think it’s wonderful that musicals are being brought to television,” Hough said.Additional casting, including the lead role of Tracy Turnblad, will be announced at a later date. The telecast, helmed by Kenny Leon and with live TV director Alex Rudzinski, will air from Los Angeles. This is a first for NBC: Their recent musical events, The Wiz, Peter Pan and The Sound of Music, were shot in New York.Hough is a six-time winner of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and took home two Emmy Awards for his choreography on the show. He is set to star in Broadway’s Singin’ in the Rain next year, having previously performed its title number in Radio City Music Hall’s New York Spring Spectacular. His additional credits include Burn the Floor on Broadway, Footloose in the West End and Nashville on the small screen.Short, who starred on Broadway last year in It’s Only a Play, won a Tony Award for his performance in Little Me. He won an Emmy with John Candy, Andrea Martin and more for their writing on SCTV and one for AFI’s Lifetime Achievement tribute to Mel Brooks. He also appeared on Broadway in Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me and The Goodbye Girl. His screen credits include Father of the Bride, Mars Attacks!, Three Amigos and Saturday Night Live.The tuner features music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan. Hairspray follows plus-sized teenager Tracy Turnblad in 1960s Baltimore as she attempts to become a cast member of The Corny Collins Show, a popular local dance TV series. Tracy soon finds herself leading a civil rights campaign to integrate the show.Hairspray, based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name, opened on Broadway on August 15, 2002 and ran for 2,642 performances. The Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur-led show took home eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It was subsequently made into a movie, starring John Travolta and Nikki Blonsky, in 2007.
Photo: Sharon Omahen To be certain children have a safe trip to school each day, try these safety tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Make sure children get to the stop on time, wait far away from the road and avoid rough play. Teach your child to ask the driver for help if he drops something near the bus. If a child stoops to pick up something, the driver can’t see him. Then he could be hit by the bus. A book bag or backpack helps keep loose items together. Make sure clothing has no loose drawstrings and backpack straps are short, so they don’t get caught in the handrail or bus door. If you think a bus stop is in a dangerous place, talk with your school office or transportation director about changing the location. Following SchoolBus? Obey Laws,Protect Children Other motorists pose the greatest threat to children traveling to school. Most children are injured at bus stops by cars illegally passing the bus. Never pass a school bus until the “stop” sign in put down and the bus begins to move forward. Children are killed every year by drivers passing the bus as they cross the road. Help Children GetOn, Off Bus Safely Teach your child to get on and off the bus safely: When getting on, stay away from the danger zone near the bus and wait for the driver’s signal. Board the bus single file. When getting off, look before stepping off the bus to be sure no cars are passing on the shoulder. Move away from the bus. Before crossing the street, take five “giant steps” out from the front of the bus, or until the child can see the driver’s face. Wait for the driver to signal that it’s safe to cross. Look left_right_left when coming to the edge of the bus to make sure traffic is stopped. Continue to watch for traffic when crossing. Drivers coming to a school bus from either direction must stop when the bus displays flashing red warning lights and extends the stop-signal arm. These signals show that children are getting on or off the school bus. Don’t pass until the flashing red lights and signals are turned off. Drivers traveling in the same direction as the bus are always required to stop. In some states, drivers moving in the opposite direction on a divided roadway are also required to stop, but not in Georgia. Never pass on the right side of the bus, where children enter or exit. This is illegal and can have tragic results. For more information, call the NHTSA Auto Safety Hotline (1-888-DASH-2-DOT) or visit the NHTSA Web site www.nhtsa.dot.gov>
Volume XXVIII Number 1 Page 8 By Mike Isbell University of Georgia Sometimes I have to go digging through the books on my bookcase to prove things to people. Such was the case when my friend Willie dropped by to see me.The big question”Mike, when I have a question about something, you’re very good at helping me come up with the answer,” he said. “I got to arguing with a fellow about a tomato. He says he learned in school that a tomato is a fruit, and I told him it’s not — it’s a vegetable.””Well, Willie,” I said, “I’m afraid he’s right — it is a fruit.””Now, I always believe what you tell me,” Willie said. “But you’re wrong this time.””Let’s see what old Webster says,” I said as I pulled my dictionary off the bookshelf. But the dictionary definition didn’t do anything but confuse me and Willie both.So I pulled my “Georgia Master Gardener Handbook” off the shelf and looked up “fruit.” That was a mistake, too. The fruits it mentioned were the ones Willie expected: apples, peaches, plums, grapes, blueberries — everything but tomatoes.I was losing Willie’s confidence in me really fast.Finally, I saw “The Wise Garden Encyclopedia” among the scores of books on the shelves. And I looked up “fruit” in it.And this is what it said: “Botanically and strictly, fruit is the ripened ovary of a flower, including its contents and any closely adhering parts. Examples are cucumber, pepper, tomato, apple, plum, raspberry.”Yes!A social conundrumBut that wasn’t good enough for Willie. He launched into a tirade of the problems you would have if you called a tomato a fruit.”Now, Mike,” he said, “if you go into a restaurant to get some tomato soup and you say, ‘Give me some of that fruit soup,’ they’re going to tell you, ‘This isn’t fruit soup — this is tomato soup’ and look at you like you’re crazy!”Or, if you’ve got a little child, and he asks you for a piece of fruit, you’re going to give him a piece of apple, or a pear, or a grape — not a piece of pepper!”After several minutes, Willie finally said, “Mike, let’s say you’re standing in a food buffet line, they’ve got all the meats — the chicken, pork chops, meat loaf — they got all that together. And then you get to the vegetables — the potatoes, turnip greens, carrots — they got all that together.”And then you get to the fruits,” he said. “You ain’t going to find tomatoes!”
For directions or to learn more about the program, the researchor the research and education farm, call George Boyhan at (912)681-5639 or Randy Hill at (912) 565-7822. Or e-mail them at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. University of GeorgiaThe annual Vidalia Onion Field Day will March 27 at theUniversity of Georgia’s Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research andEducation Farm near Reidsville, Ga.The event will begin with a sponsored lunch at noon. Visits toresearch plots will follow from 1 to 3 p.m. Farmers will be ableto see firsthand the results of UGA research on: Weed management in onions.Variety trials.CO2 and translucent scale.Insect management.Onion scouting.Soil-borne onion diseases and fungicide trials.Onion fertility and direct-seeded onions.Technology for onion inspection.Onion curing.
By Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaAnyone who’s ever watched an ant farm or beehive knows that some insects are social creatures.In fact, “a lot of insects are social,” said University of Georgia entomologist Michael Strand. “They’ve evolved societies in which different individuals have different functions. They’ve also evolved completely different body shapes and behaviors.”That means that, despite the fact that they begin with essentially the same genetic material, some individuals develop into queens that reproduce while others develop into soldiers or workers that defend and maintain the colony.This ability for something with the same genetic material to look and behave differently is called phenotypic plasticity. Examples of phenotypic plasticity are also known to occur in many other animals, yet scientists do not understand very well how this occurs at a cellular or molecular level.However, recent UGA studies have shed new light on this question by finding that caste formation in a unique type of wasp is strongly influenced by whether individuals possess a specialized type of cells called germ cells. The study, published in the July 6 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also reveals a previously unknown role for germ cells in development according to Strand, one of the authors of the study.Doubl[ing] agentsThe wasp used in the study is “a particularly elegant model [for this research] because its eggs develop clonally to produce genetically identical offspring,” Strand said.So, in much the same way human identical twins are formed from one egg, each egg laid by this wasp produces roughly 2,000 identical sibling wasps.Yet despite each wasp in a colony being genetically identical, individuals develop into two distinctly different castes: soldiers and queens.The question addressed in the UGA study was what determines at a cellular and molecular level whether a given offspring develops into a queen or soldier. The answer is germ cells.Germ cellsGerms cells are determined very early in the development of mammals as well as insects.“Germs cells are formed very early in the embryogenesis of wasps, long before any individuals develop into a soldier or queen,” Strand said. In humans as well as insects, the main function of germ cells is to give rise to reproductive cells (sperm and eggs) that will produce offspring in the next generation. Germ cells usually remain dormant in humans and other animals until they reach maturity and are able to reproduce.In the wasps used in this study, however, germ cells were parceled out to some embryos and not others. The embryos that inherited germ cells went on to develop into queens, while embryos without germ cells developed into soldiers.“These results indicate that germ cells are not only important for gamete formation but also influence how individuals look and behave,” Strand said. The next step for the UGA research team will be to uncover how germ cells modulate the activity of other cells and genes that regulate growth, development and behavior.The full text of this study can be found at the PNAS Web site: www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abract/101/27/10095 (Cat Holmes is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)