The Late Elizabeth Swados’ Runaways Set for Encores! Off-Center

first_img View Comments Runaways, the innovative 1978 musical by the late Elizabeth Swados, will return to New York as part of City Center’s Encores! Off-Center 2016 season. The announcement comes just two days after Swados’ passing; she was 64.Sam Pinkleton will direct the summer production, with Ani Taj as choreographer. Both were students of Swados’ at NYU Tisch. Additional information, including exact dates, will be announced later.“When I came to Encores! Off-Center, Runaways was at the top of my list of shows to present,” said Artistic Direcotr Jeanine Tesori in a statement. “I have always wanted to honor Liz’s work and thank her for the extraordinary contributions she made as a theater artist. She was a woman to look up to and made room for other artists like myself.” She added, “Since we can’t do Runaways with her, we’ll now do it for her.”Much like how Swados assembled a team of creators and performers from actual runaways, Tesori, Pinkleton and Taj cast the new production from an open call to high schoolers in New York.The original production featured 28 teens, who told their personal stories through songs, monologues and spoken word pieces. The revue was nominated for five Tony Awards: one for Best Musical and four for Swados, who directed and choreographed in addition to penning the book and score.last_img read more

Vermont Yankee expects to have contract by Friday, House Energy Committee passes clean-up costs bill

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,Entergy Vice President Jay Thayer told the House Natural Resources Committee last Friday that Entergy will have a proposal for the Vermont utilities by the end of this week. Thayer had previously told the Legislature that a contract proposal would be presented before the break for Town Meeting in early March. Legislative leaders have indicated that lawmakers would not take up a bill to extend the Vermont Yankee contract beyond 2012 until Entergy presented a contract. Even now, the leaders are skeptical that a bill would move forward so late in this year’s session.Also on Friday, the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee passed a bill protecting Vermont taxpayers from Vermont Yankee clean-up costs by requiring the owner of the plant to fully fund the facility s decommissioning.”Vermont taxpayers need to know that they won t have to pick up the tab for cleaning up the Vermont Yankee plant if it doesn’t continue to operate beyond 2012,” said House Speaker Shap Smith. “Entergy needs to live up to its obligation to clean up after itself, which is what this bill ensures.”The bill requires Vermont Yankee s parent company to make installment payments to fill the decommissioning fund if the plant does not continue to operate past 2012. If the plant closes in 2012, the owners will be required to make payments to fill the fund in 2011, 2012, 2018 and 2020.”Now more than ever, given the economic crisis and the instability on Wall Street, we need to ensure Vermonters and Vermont businesses don t have to pay upwards of a billion dollars to clean up the nuclear plant if it ends operation in 2012,” said House Natural Resources and Energy Chair Tony Klein.The committee vote was 8-2-1.last_img read more

Yemen rebels free 290 detainees

first_imgA Yemeni detainee is greeted by his relative and friends after his release from a prison controlled by Houthi rebels, in Sanaa, Yemen on Sept. 30, 2019. AP The International Committee of the RedCross said the Iran-aligned rebels, known as Houthis, freed 290 detainees. SANAA – Yemen’s rebels on Mondayreleased scores of detainees they had rounded up and held for years inrebel-controlled territory, a development that raised hopes of reviving stalledpeace talks between the warring sides.center_img Franz Rauchenstein, the ICRC’s chief inYemen, said the Red Cross facilitated the release following a request from theHouthis. He expressed hope this would open the door to “further releases tobring comfort to families awaiting reunification with their loved ones.” (AP)last_img read more