Straight White Men is Lee’s traditionally structured take on the classic American father-son drama. When Ed (Pendelton) and his three adult sons come together to celebrate Christmas, they enjoy cheerful trash-talking, pranks, and takeout Chinese. Then they confront a problem that even being a happy family can’t solve: when identity matters, and privilege is problematic, what is the value of being a straight white man? Straight White Men The creative team includes David Evans Morris (scenic design); Christopher Kuhl (lighting design), Chris Giarmo and Jamie McElhinney (sound design), Enver Chakartash (costume design), Faye Driscoll (fight choreography and movement) and Mike Farry (dramaturgy). Related Shows Straight White Men will play at the Public’s Martinson Theater through December 7. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 14, 2014 View Comments The cast for the New York premiere of Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men is complete. As previously announced, Austin Pendelton, Pete Simpson and James Stanley will star in the piece. Gary Wilmes (Chinglish) has replaced the previously announced Scott Shepherd. The production, directed by the author, begins previews at the Public Theater on November 7, and officially opens on November 17.
Broadway legend Patti LuPone will return to the New York stage this spring in Douglas Carter Beane’s Shows for Days opposite Michael Urie and Dale Soules. But before that, the Tony winner is appearing in L.A. Opera’s The Ghosts of Versailles through March 1. From the look of production photos, she makes an entrance fit for the fabulous diva she is…atop a giant pink elephant. Naturally, our immediate reaction was, “What other pink animals can Patti LuPone ride?” As it turns out, she has a varied history of doing just that. Check out the totally untouched photographic evidence below! View Comments
Star Files This CBS pilot has tapped Broadway again—big time! According to TVLine, Great White Way fave Jeremy Jordan will guest star as Winslow “Winn” Schott on Supergirl, joining Tony winner Laura Benanti and more.Rumor has it that this may mean that Jordan could be getting naughty as Schott’s alter ego Toyman (our minds are going in all sorts of directions right now). We can’t wait!Jordan received a Tony nod for his performance as Jack Kelly in Newsies, and has also appeared on stage in Bonnie and Clyde, Rock of Ages and West Side Story. His screen credits include Smash and The Last 5 Years. View Comments Laura Benanti
Sense and Sensibility Related Shows Know your own happiness! Tickets are now on sale to see Bedlam’s production of of Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility off-Broadway. Adapted for the stage by Kate Hamill, the production will play a limited engagement from January 24 through March 6. Opening night is set for February 4 at the Gym at the Judson.You’ve never seen Austen like this! This ingeniously-staged new adaptation follows the adventures (and misadventures) of the Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne—after their sudden loss of fortune. Sense and Sensibility asks: when reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart?Directed by Eric Tucker, the cast will include Hamill as Marianne Dashwood, Laura Baranik as Fanny Dashwood / Lucy Steele, Jessica Frey as Margaret Dashwood, Edmund Lewis as Colonel Brandon, Andrus Nichols as Elinor Dashwood, Jason O’Connell as Edward Ferrars / Robert Ferrars, John Russell as John Willoughby / John Dashwood, Samantha Steinmetz as Mrs. Dashwood / Anne Steele, Stephan Wolfert as Sir John Middleton and Gabra Zackman as Mrs. Jennings.The production will feature scenic design by John McDermott, lighting design by Les Dickert, costume design by Angela Huff and choreography by Alexandra Beller. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 20, 2016
Related Shows Michael Xavier, Siobhan Dillon & Max von Mayerling in ‘Sunset Boulevard'(Photos: Richard Hubert Smith) View Comments Glenn Close is coming home at last (with an Evening Standard Award), and she’s bringing along some of her London co-stars. Michael Xavier, Siobhan Dillon and Fred Johanson have joined the cast of the Broadway return of Sunset Boulevard, reprising their performances from the recent limited engagement at the English National Opera. They take on the roles of Joe Gillis, Betty Schaefer and Max von Mayerling, respectively.Performances of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical are set to begin at the Palace Theatre on February 2, 2017. The semi-staged production, directed by Lonny Price, will feature a 40-piece orchestra. It is scheduled to open officially on February 9 and play a limited run for 16 weeks. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.Xavier received two Olivier Award nominations in 2011 for his performances in Love Story and Into the Woods. His additional credits include The War of the Roses, Assassins and The Pajama Game. Dillon first made a splash in the U.K. as a finalist on the BBC casting competition How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?. She has since appeared in the West End in Grease, Legally Blonde, Ghost and Miss Saigon. Johanson is a Swedish musical theater performer whose previous stage credits include Evita, Les Miserables and Cats.Based on the 1950 film of the same name and featuring a score by Lloyd Webber and a book and lyrics by Christopher Hampton and Don Black, the show follows Norma Desmond (Close), a faded silent film star who seduces Joe Gillis, a struggling screenwriter, into working on the film she believes will put her back into the spotlight.Sunset Boulevard premiered in the West End in 1993, directed by Trevor Nunn and starring Patti LuPone. In a widely publicized upset that resulted in an out-of-court settlement, Close brought the role to Broadway the following year. Sunset Boulevard Show Closed This production ended its run on June 25, 2017
The news is abuzz with reports of “killer mites” wiping out the nation’shoneybees. For Georgia beekeepers, though, the news isn’t all bad.”Most of the news is from crop and garden growers,” said Keith Delaplane, anentomologist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.”For beekeepers here, though, it’s been a pretty good year,” he said.”Honey prices are at a historic high, and the queen and packaged bee business isgreat. This is much more of a crop and grower crisis than a beekeeper crisis.”U.S. beekeepers have battled the microscopic tracheal mites, which feed on blood insidebees’ breathing tubes, since 1984. The newer, more deadly killers are varroa mites.”Varroa mites are external blood feeders and are much larger,” saidDelaplane, who specializes in bees. “You can see them with the naked eye. Colonieswhere you have varroa mites almost always die.”Beekeepers’ losses this year have been high nationwide. The worst were reported innorthern states, where the winter and mites both were brutal. Michigan, Wisconsin and NewYork each lost an estimated 60 percent of their bee colonies or more.Delaplane figures Georgia losses at a more modest 15 percent. Other Southern states setlosses from 20 percent to 50 percent. “I still think my figure is accurate forGeorgia, though,” he said.Beekeepers’ losses were partly offset by higher honey prices.”A year ago they were lucky to get 50 cents a pound,” Delaplane said.”Now the prices are 70 cents to 85 cents a pound. I’ve seen premium sourwood honey atwell over a dollar. So prices have nearly doubled.”Honey prices are higher largely because varroa mites are a worldwide problem. For thefirst time in years, the global honey supply is low, and prices are likely to stay up inthe near future.Georgia’s main bee product, though, isn’t honey. It’s bees.”Georgia has mainly a queen and packaged-bee industry,” Delaplane said.”And their business is booming.”As mites wipe out honeybees across the nation, the demand for Georgia queen andpackaged bees grows stronger. U.S. beekeepers need replacements for their lost colonies.And farmers — mainly vegetable growers — are having to look to beekeepers to replacethe bees the mites are hitting hardest: the wild ones.”There’s no question we’ve had more honeybee losses in the wild,” Delaplanesaid. Honeybees kept in hives can be treated for mites. Wild bees have no such protection.And their numbers have plummeted.”Those were free pollinators,” he said.With honey prices high, beekeepers were reluctant to rent out their hives aspollinators, too. Most crop plants aren’t good honey plants.In Georgia, the crop hardest hit so far has been squash.”I’ve probably had more calls from squash growers than I’ve ever had,”Delaplane said. “They’ve had a hard time getting their crops pollinated.”The wild honeybees’ decline will likely help beekeepers as the demand for pollinatorsgrows in Georgia’s $400 million vegetable industry.”In California, almond growers have to have 100 percent pollination to make a goodcrop,” Delaplane said. “Honeybee rent there is normally $40 to $50 per colony.”In Georgia, though, growers have been very resistant to paying forpollinators,” he said. “Now, though, they’re starting to see that they mighthave to pay, and pay well. Honeybees as pollinators aren’t free. In fact, they’re veryvaluable.”The pinpoint-sized varroa mites attack honeybees. But they’re causing the greatestconcern among farmers whose crops need the bees. People who make their living from beeshave had some losses, but they’ve had some good news, too.”All in all, it’s a good time to be a beekeeper,” Delaplane said.
Come hurricanes, tornados or even Y2K, you can have your eightglasses of water per day, say University of Georgia experts.”Water supplies can be short during any kind of emergency,”said Judy Harrison, a UGA Extension Service food safety specialist.”So it’s smart to always have extra drinking water on hand.”Plan Ahead for EmergenciesIf you’d rather be safe than sorry, you can store water forthose days.”Store at least 1 gallon per person per day for at leastthree days,” Harrison said. “That’s a good estimate.But everyone’s needs will differ, depending on age, physical condition,activity, diet and climate.”A normally active person needs to drink at least 2 quarts ofwater each day. Hot environments can double that amount. Children,nursing mothers and ill people will need even more.”You will need additional water for food preparation andhygiene,” Harrison said.Plastic is Best for Storing WaterIf you’re storing water for any emergency, plastic, glass,fiberglass or enamel-lined metal containers are best. Intact,durable plastic containers, such as soft drink bottles or thoseyou buy water in, are best. You can also buy food-grade plasticbuckets or larger containers.”Never use a container that has held poisonous substances,”Harrison warned. “Tiny amounts may remain in the container’spores.”Be sure, too, that lids don’t have paper components. If that’sall you can get, add an insert or barrier of polyethylene or polyester.To make them easy to use, water containers for personal useshould be no larger than 1 or 2 gallons. Two-liter soft-drinkbottles also work well.Most grocery stores sell a store brand of water packaged ingallon plastic jugs just like milk cartons. “It’s not ascostly as the ‘gourmet’ bottled waters,” she said. Oftenless than $1 per gallon, it likely comes from a municipal watersupply.”If contamination or a leak occurs in a stored container,you will also lose less of your supply by using smaller containers,”Harrison said.Five- or 10-gallon storage drums (intended for water or food)will work well for larger supplies.Use Thoroughly Clean ContainersBefore you begin to store water, thoroughly wash the containerand lid immediately before filling it. Use clean, hot water anddetergent. Rinse well with hot water after washing.”It’s also important to treat water before storing it,”Harrison said.To treat water properly, use a preservative, such as chlorinebleach, to prevent the growth of microorganisms. Use liquid householdchlorine bleach that has 5.25 percent sodium hypochlorite andno soap. Don’t use scented or “color safe” bleachesor bleaches with added cleaners.Read Bleach Container Labels”Some bleach containers warn, ‘Not For Personal Use,'”Harrison said. “You can disregard these warnings if the labelstates that sodium hypochlorite is the only active ingredientand if you use only the small quantities in these instructions.”Add four drops of bleach per quart of water and stir. Sealwater containers tightly. Label them (“Purified DrinkingWater”), date them and store them in a cool, dark place.For comprehensive information on safe water storage, visitthe UGA College of Family and Consumer Science web page at
By April ReeseUniversity of GeorgiaA University of Georgia scholarship in memory of the late U.S.Senator Paul Coverdell is much closer to reality thanks todonations from two Georgia-based international agribusinesses.During the fourth National Symposium on the Future of AmericanAgriculture in Athens, Ga., last month, AGCO Corporation andMerial Limited donated a sizeable contribution to the Coverdellscholarship fund.Georgia agricultural leaders started the scholarship fund in2000, shortly after Coverdell’s unexpected death. The recentcontribution brings the fund close to the endowment goal.”Senator Coverdell was committed to agriculture and education andthis scholarship is a great way to honor his memory,” said MollyDye, AGCO vice-president and former Coverdell chief of staff.Dye, who has a background in agriculture, said she felt it onlyfitting to use the financial resources of AGCO to supportagricultural education at UGA.”Our company is committed to Georgia and to helping the localagricultural communities,” said Kyle Lathrop, assistant counseland senior director of Merial Limited. “By contributing to thisscholarship, we can show our appreciation for Sen. Coverdell andwhat he did for the industry.”AGCO, headquartered in Duluth, Ga., is a world leader in thedesign, manufacture, development and distribution of agriculturalequipment. The company’s brands include Massey Ferguson, GLEANER,Challenger and AGCO. Its worldwide distribution network is thelargest in the industry.AGCO’s 18 brand names appear on tractors, combines, hay tools,sprayers, forage equipment and implements. The brands aremarketed and sold through 7,350 independent dealers anddistributed in 140 countries.Merial Limited, also in Duluth, provides products that enhanceanimals’ health, well-being and performance. From its globalnetwork of research and manufacturing facilities, including sitesin Duluth, Athens and Gainesville, Ga., Merial has launchedagricultural pharmaceutical products and vaccines such as IVOMEC,EPRINEX and EQVALAN.Coverdell served on the Senate agricultural committee and was anadvocate for agriculture research, extension and teachingprograms. One of his initiatives was the National Symposium onthe Future of Agriculture, which is now an annual event at theUniversity of Georgia.His contributions to Georgia agriculture include helping getresearch funding that led to a formula for containing tomatospotted wilt virus, a disease that costs Georgia peanut farmersmore than $25 million annually.Once fully funded, the Coverdell scholarship will providefinancial backing for a student in the UGA College of Agricultureand Environmental Sciences to participate in the UndergraduateResearch Initiative program. The student’s research must focus onemerging water issues related to agriculture, an area Coverdellstrongly supported.”Sen. Coverdell was probably one of the strongest supporters oftrying to enhance and educate innovation between the rural andurban sectors,” said Gale Buchanan, CAES dean and director. “Hewanted to move the urban sector into an appreciation foragriculture, and if anything is a common tie between the two,water is.” To contribute to the Coverdell Scholarship, contact Louise Hill,CAES director of development and alumni relations, at (706)542-3390.
By Leeann CulbreathGeorgia OrganicsTIFTON, Ga. – A new line of peanut developed here could help Southeastern farmers break into the expanding organic food marketplace.About 50 peanut researchers, growers, economists and processors spoke about the new peanut line and the opportunities and challenges for growing organic peanuts in Georgia at a forum here Aug. 21.The challenge”There is a market for organic peanuts from the Southeast if we can just grow them,” said Corley Holbrook, a peanut geneticist with the United States Department of Agriculture. “Growing organic peanuts in Southern states like Georgia has seemed almost impossible until recently.””Growing an organic peanut crop in Georgia is going to be a challenge for two reasons: weed control and disease control,” said John Beasley, a peanut agronomist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.Holbrook and other scientists with USDA and UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in Tifton, Ga., have developed a new peanut line called C11-2-39 that shows promise for resisting disease and shading out weeds.”I’m amazed at this new (peanut). It’s able to survive and thrive after an attack of fungus. It also spreads out more readily to help shade out weeds,” said Shirley Daughtry, who grew the experimental peanut on her farm near Savannah.But weed pressure, she said, still remains a big production hurdle to overcome.Carroll Johnson, a USDA weed specialist, presented several organically acceptable weed-fighting techniques now under experimentation, including nontoxic herbicides, propane flaming and planting into other crops.But at this point “there’s no way around hand weeding early in the season,” he said. He recommended planting organic peanuts in fields with the least historic weed pressure.Other new peanut lines developed in Georgia and Florida show potential. Several weed, disease and general production experiments are also under way. Researchers at the USDA National Peanut Research Laboratory in Dawson, Ga., are conducting economic research on organic peanuts.The OpportunityDemand for organic peanut products is rising, says Jimmy Wedel of Sunland, Inc., a farmer-owned cooperative in New Mexico that buys and markets organic peanuts.”We’ve turned down orders for 5 million pounds (of processed organic peanuts) this year because supply wasn’t there,” Wedel said.The U.S. organic industry as a whole has been growing 20 percent annually for the past decade, according to the Organic Trade Association, a business group that tracks organic trends in North America.Georgia produces about 40 percent of the nation’s peanuts but no commercially-grown organic peanuts. Most organic peanuts are grown in the Southwest.”There are still plenty of challenges out there for growing organic peanuts in Georgia, but the market opportunity is too great to ignore,” said Alice Rolls, executive director of Georgia Organics, a nonprofit group that promotes organic growing.The forum was sponsored by Georgia Organics, UGA’s Coastal Plain Experiment Station and Nitragin, Inc.More information on organic production in Georgia is available at www.georgiaorganics.org.Sources: Corley Holbrook (229) 386-3176 (firstname.lastname@example.org), John Beasley (229) 386-3006 (email@example.com), Carroll Johson (229) 386-3172 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Shirley Daughtry (912) 728-3708, Jimmy Wedel (505) 356-6638 (www.sunlandinc.com)
By Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaRusty Kidd sat quietly in his wheelchair at the Georgia state capitol, taking notes as University of Georgia scientist Steve Stice detailed the promise of stem cells.A lobbyist for medical groups for more than 30 years, Kidd’s interest in stem cell research intensified when a spinal injury in a 1999 motorcycle accident left the former three sport star athlete a paraplegic.”I don’t think I’m a candidate for surgery today,” said Kidd, who sought out the best doctors after his injury. He got a glimpse of the world of stem cell research from Dr. John McDonald, who was actor Christopher Reeves’ physician.”He had me look through his microscope,” Kidd said. “He said, ‘Rusty, we have the cure. In this dish right here we can grow what we need to grow — a spinal cell, a kidney, a retina. Our problem now is we don’t know which it will grow.'”Kidd listened to Stice’s testimony Feb. 8 before the Georgia General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Health and Human Services. A Georgia Research Alliance eminent scholar, Stice explained the value of stem cells in developing treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and Lou Gehrig’s diseases, muscular atrophy disease and spinal cord injuries. A leading expert on cloning and stem cell research, Stice provided Georgia lawmakers information on where the science is, the future of science and its possible impact on society. Stice’s most recent discovery, announced Jan. 25, provides a way to grow progenitor neural cells that can provide billions of cells for researchers. The breakthrough should speed the research seeking treatments for debilitating diseases and spinal cord injuries.Hot debateBut stem cell research has become a volatile, hotly debated political issue. “Stem cells are actually very nondescript,” Stice said. “But they have great potential to produce wonders in the human body. Stem cells have the ability to differentiate into other types of cells that can restore damaged tissue in the body.”One of the most startling moments in Stice’s testimony came when he showed a slide of a cardiac cell developed from a stem cell that had a visible pulse. “These cells may one day eliminate the need for heart transplants (by) replacing the damaged tissue in the heart,” Stice told the audience of legislators and interested bystanders.While embryonic stem cells seem to draw the most controversy, other forms of stem cells, including amniotic stem cells and umbilical cord blood stem cells, are also valued in research.”They can all do different, useful things,” he said. “There’s no one-size-fits-all cell. They’re all used differently.”Supply sourceThe largest source of embryonic stem cells is fertility clinics. “Usually in fertility treatments, seven or more eggs are fertilized with the hope that all can be transferred,” Stice said. “That doesn’t happen. Some are frozen back while two or three are implanted, hoping one will produce a pregnancy.”Some of the fertilized eggs don’t develop enough and will never be used. These, he said, “are disposed of every day.”Those are the cells Kidd hopes will become more available to researchers. “A lot of research is being done in areas other than embryonic stem cells,” Kidd said. “But none is nearly as good or as promising.”Kidd, who has spent most of his life around politics, said he’s glad the debate has moved away from “an abortion issue.” The cells that scientists like Stice hope to gain access to, he said, are incapable of becoming babies.”You can do one of two things: you can throw them away or use them for research to help people,” he said. “They aren’t holding funeral services for them. They’re just discarded, and you never hear anybody talk about them. But hopefully, in the future, you’ll only hear people talk about how they’re used in research.”