John Patrick Shanley & More Complete Vassar’s 2016 Powerhouse Theater Season

first_img View Comments Tony, Oscar and Pulitzer Prize-winning scribe John Patrick Shanley will join Vassar and New York Stage and Film’s 2016 Powerhouse Season of new works with his latest comedy The Portuguese Kid. He joins previously announced festival participants Santino Fontana, Josh Radnor, Michael Mayer and John Slattery. Academy Award nominee José Rivera, Alexa Junge and Joanna Murray-Smith will complete the roster.Shanley’s Vassar return with The Portuguese Kid will be part of the Readings Series, which will also feature Stephen Belber’s We Are Among Us, Jocelyn Bioh’s Nollywood Dreams, Dan LeFranc’s Rancho Viejo, Stephen Nathan’s The Ways of Necessity, and Tim Blake Nelson’s Socrates. Debra Messing, Jason Alexander, Andy Karl and Anna Camp participated in a reading of the play at Manhattan Theatre Club in March.A workshop of Rivera’s Another Word for Beauty with music and lyrics by Grammy winner Héctor Buitrago and direction by Steven Cosson will receive its East Coast premiere following an acclaimed world premiere engagement at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. Set during a beauty pageant at Colombia’s notorious Buen Pastor prison, this new musical inspired by true stories is a soulful portrait of women who fight to transcend their dire circumstances.Two Inside Look workshops will include the new play Fingersmith by Alexa Junge, an adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel about a female pickpocket set in squalid and sexy Victorian England, with direction by Bill Rauch; and the return of Joanna Murray-Smith to Powerhouse, with her newest play Fury with direction by Mark Brokaw.The 32nd annual festival is scheduled to run from June 24 through July 31. John Patrick Shanley(Photo: Bruce Glikas)last_img read more

BroadbandVT.org to use crowdsourcing to identify unserved areas of state

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin unveiled a new website today, BroadbandVT.org, a one-stop information resource and interactive tool for Vermonters to use in the quest to obtain statewide, universal availability of broadband service. ‘I think we are all well aware that some Vermonters are without broadband service today,’ the Governor said. ‘We have federal, state and privately funded projects in progress to build more broadband connections. As we achieve the broadband build out, we need to identify those remaining unserved areas down to the location level.’He said one of the important features of BroadbandVT.org is it allows Vermonters to participate and tell us where ‘ down to their individual home addresses — they know service is missing.   ‘But the site does more than tell us where service is not — it also tells us about the types and speeds of broadband already in use,’ said Karen Marshall, Chief of ConnectVT.  ‘For those Vermonters who are fortunate and already enjoy high speed access, the site identifies service options at any residence, business, or address in the state, as well as detailed information about the service providers. It also works on a dial-up connection, and can direct visitors to the nearest location offering public, high speed Internet access.’ BroadbandVT.org was designed as a neutral, broad based and singular resource for all things broadband.  The  central element of the site is the coverage map ‘ which is continuously updated to reflect the data input from visitors ‘ a process known as ‘crowdsourcing.’  The map includes various overlays that identify areas without service, existing broadband service speeds, and public facilities, such as libraries, that offer broadband service. The map is updated on a 24-hour cycle to reflect the information recently gleaned from Vermonters visiting and providing data to the site. ‘Key projects by Sovernet, VTel, FairPoint, Cloud Alliance, EC Fiber and others are building fiber connections deep into our communities, and beginning to create a canopy of wireless broadband in many areas of the state. We are coordinating with the Department of Public Service and providers to keep people informed as to when service will be available,’ said Marshall.   ‘I encourage all of our residents to visit BroadbandVT.org and let us know where and how you get broadband. This information will be invaluable as we aim to complete our broadband infrastructure together, by 2013,’ Shumlin said. Source: Governor’s office. 5.12.2011last_img read more