Directed by Mark Brokaw, Too Much Sun tells the story of Audrey Langham, a celebrated actress who unravels completely while preparing for a new production of Medea. With nowhere else to go, she descends upon her married daughter for a summer by the sea. She is not, however, greeted with confetti and champagne. Her arrival sets off a chain of events alternately hilarious and harrowing. The world premiere of Nicky Silver’s Too Much Sun will extend its run at the Vineyard Theatre. The play, which stars Tony winner Linda Lavin and begins performances on May 1, will now run through June 22, as opposed to its originally scheduled final performance on June 8. Opening night is set for May 18. In addition to Lavin, the cast of Too Much Sun includes Tony nominee Jennifer Westfeldt, Richard Bekins, Matt Dellapina, Ken Barnett and Matt Dickson. Linda Lavin Too Much Sun Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 22, 2014 View Comments Star Files
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Spend Christmas With Adam JacobsIt’s a whole new world for Aladdin’s current headliner Adam Jacobs. The Broadway fave’s debut solo album, Right Where I Belong, featuring a compilation of songs by Tony and Oscar winner (and Aladdin scribe) Alan Menken, will drop on December 13. Numbers covered include “Go The Distance” (Hercules), “Santa Fe” (Newsies), and “Suddenly Seymour” (Little Shop of Horrors, in duet with Jacobs’ sister Arielle Jacobs). Music direction and arrangements for the album were provided by James Abbott. The perfect stocking stuffer for any discerning Main Stem fan!Real Men to Depart Off-BroadwayReal Men: The Musical, Nick Santa Maria’s off-Broadway tuner about men juggling their balls every day, will close prematurely on December 12; the production had been set to run through January 2, 2016 at New World Stages. Directed by David Arisco, the 90-minute romp will officially open on December 10. Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges.Anika Noni Rose & Forest Whitaker Set for RootsStage fave Anika Noni Rose, the Broadway-bound Forest Whitaker and more, will join the previously reported Tony and Emmy winner Laurence Fishburne in a remake of Roots. According to TV Line, names additionally boarding the A+E Networks’ event series include Anna Paquin, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Mekhi Phifer and James Purefoy. The adaptation of Alex Haley’s 1976 novel and reinterpretation of ABC’s 1977 miniseries follows the history of an African slave sold to America and his descendants. Roots will bow next year.Oona Laurence’s New TrailerFormer Matilda star Oona Laurence’s career continues to hit new heights. After the honorary Tony winner’s big starring role opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw, comes the below trailer for her next project, Ross Partridge’s Lamb. Based on the novel by Bonnie Nadzam, the road trip film premiered at SXSW 2015 and will open theatrically in the Big Apple and Los Angeles on January 8, 2016, followed by VOD on January 12. In case you were wondering, Oona is 13 years old. Anyone else wondering what on earth they’ve been doing with their time?! Adam Jacobs View Comments Star Files
Two Donegal schools have had their appeals for staffing levels upheld.Joe McHugh TDThe schools are Glenmaquin National School in Knockbrack, Letterkenny and also Gartan National School.The Department of Education and Skills issued the update after the second meeting of the Primary Staffing Appeals Board in relation to the staffing levels of primary schools for the 2014/15 school year. Deputy Joe McHugh said he welcomed the announcement.“ The challenges facing small schools are an issue I have been raising continuously, calling for the Department to acknowledge that small schools in rural areas are facing different challenges from those in heavily populated areas and their unique positions need to be taken into consideration,” he said. TWO DONEGAL SCHOOLS WIN THEIR BATTLES ON STAFFING LEVELS was last modified: June 18th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:deputy joe mchughdonegalGartan NSGlenmaquin NSschools
The show aims to make a positive impact towards the growth and development of South Africans by profiling and showcasing the achievements of ordinary individualsAs South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy, a truly inspiring TV series titled Play Your Part debuts on SABC 2 on Sunday, 15 June. Hosted by Kabelo Mabalane, the exciting series aims to inspire and ignite South Africans to take action and make a difference in their communities.The TV series, which will feature thirteen 48 minute episodes, has been created by Brand South Africa and will be screened weekly on Sunday nights from 15 June onwards. Episodes will first be screened on SABC 2 at 9pm, with a repeat show on an alternative SABC channel.“Brand South Africa is pleased to be a part of this initiative aimed at creating a spirit of active citizenship, pride and patriotism in our country,” says Brand South Africa strategic marketing and communications director Wendy Tlou. “We have much to be proud of during our last 20 years of democracy, but it is time for us all to coalesce around our National Development Plan, Vision 2030, which aims to ensure South Africa’s economic and social growth and development. “Active citizenship, pride and patriotism will be crucial in driving the implementation of the Vision 2030 by all stakeholders.”POSITIVE IMPACTThe show aims to make a positive impact towards the growth and development of South Africans by profiling and showcasing the achievements of ordinary individuals across a broad spectrum of disciplines, who inspire the notion of active citizenship in our country especially over the last 20 years and how their continued efforts, have contributed to our now 20 years of democracy.Each 48 minute episode will explore the remarkable journeys of struggle, obstacles, successes, triumph, sometimes tragedy and ultimately finding solutions and creating legacies.Extensive research, archive footage and interviews have been used on the show to tell the story of our transformation and unification as a young democracy. Stories of individuals that fight corruption, build safer communities, reform public service, improve health care and the quality of education, training, innovation and continue promoting active citizenry will take centre stage in the 13 part TV series.At the end of each episode there will be a cohesive message and challenge to the viewers to “Play Your Part” through a call to action.“I am of the conviction that ordinary South Africans doing extraordinary work should be profiled for the sole reason of inspiring others that they too can make a difference and play their part in moving the country forward,” says show presenter Kabelo Mabalane.
He is less than five-and-a-half feet tall, but that didn’t come in the way of Sunil Manohar Gavaskar taking on the fearsome West Indies pace quartet on his debut in 1971. With just a soft hat between his head and the 150-kph leather missiles aimed at him, Gavaskar redefined batting,He is less than five-and-a-half feet tall, but that didn’t come in the way of Sunil Manohar Gavaskar taking on the fearsome West Indies pace quartet on his debut in 1971. With just a soft hat between his head and the 150-kph leather missiles aimed at him, Gavaskar redefined batting not only for India but for the whole world. The first batsman to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket, his name has a long list of firsts attached to it. The first cricketer in India to create an agency to manage players’ business interests, the little master was also one of the first glamour boys of Indian cricket.And then there’s the other SG, who took the reins of the Indian team when even the most die-hard fan had given up hope. The match-fixing scandal in 2000 had many star casualties, including Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja. But there was no stopping the feisty Sourav Ganguly, as he transformed a bunch of no-name youngsters into world-beaters. Undeterred by failure and uncaring about protocol, the most important thing for him was victory, even if that meant annoying a certain Steve Waugh. Bengal Tiger or Lord Snooty, call him what you will, but his shirtlessness at Lords remains the iconic image of the resurgence of Indian cricket.The two SGs played in contrasting eras. While Gavaskar represents an era where cricket was a slow-paced, leisurely game, far away from the corporate world, Ganguly belongs to a time when the entire nation eats, drinks and sleeps cricket, dissecting every move its icons make in the middle, and off it. There is money everywhere, and the pressure of being successful is relentless. Here is how they see it.advertisementQ. Do you remember your first prize from the game of cricket? What was it? How did you feel?”Colonel C.K. Nayudu promoted Indian tea, Farokh Engineer did a Brylcreem ad much before I did my first commercial.”- Sunil Gavaskar**********************************”I got Rs 400 when I started playing for Ranji Trophy. In my first tour of Australia in 1991-92, I got Rs 30,000 for the entire series.” – Sourav GangulyGavaskar My first prize from the game of cricket was for the tennis ball cricket games that we played in our building compound in Mumbai. It was a bottle of lemonade shared by the eight players in the team that won the game. My uncle, the late Pramod Pandit, would offer that as an incentive to the team he captained. It was barely a sip or two but it still brings back great memories.Ganguly I think I got a man-of-the-match award in Orissa in an under-15 level game. They gave me a cricket bat for it. Obviously getting a cricket bat in those days and at such an age was very special.Q. When you played professional cricket for the first time, how much did you earn? How much did players earn as match fees in your time?Gavaskar Since we were employed by corporates we never actually earned a professional income. It was called allowance by the BCCI. I played for Mumbai at Rs 15 for a match and when I graduated to playing for India, I think, it was Rs 1,000 for the entire tour of the West Indies.Ganguly I got Rs 400 at the Ranji level when I started playing professional cricket. In my first tour of Australia in 1991-92, I got Rs 30,000 for the entire series.Q. What was the match fee you earned from your last match?Gavaskar The last Test I played in 1987 got me Rs 5,000 as match fee plus Rs 4,000 that went into the players’ benevolent fund.Ganguly I got Rs 4 lakh in the last Test I played two years ago.Q. Do you remember the first news published about you? How did you feel?Gavaskar The first time my name appeared in print as G. Sunil: 30 not out, for St. Xavier’s High School. I was a bit disappointed since there were plenty of Sunils and I wanted my surname to appear too. I guess it was a forerunner of things to come since even now, after so many years in the game, people still mispronounce my name.Ganguly I got a hundred against Orissa because of which my name appeared in a newspaper for the first time. I really felt on top of the world that day.Q. Was it easy for cricketers to get jobs during the time you were playing?Gavaskar If you were a good enough cricketer then you were likely to be picked by a corporate or a public enterprise like airlines, banks or the railways since there were plenty of inter-company tournaments. I struggled to get a job till I played for India and then Associated Cement offered me one.advertisementGanguly For both the questions my answer is yes. I was recruited by Tata Steel and the company offered me a top managerial position.Q. Did cricket help you in exploring other sources of income? If yes, how?Gavaskar Using players to promote a brand was a very new concept when I played for India but yes that came as extra income. Later, other opportunities like writing columns for newspapers and magazines and live commentary on television came along.Ganguly It surely helped in getting me endorsement deals for various products.Q. Do you think the media has played a big role in making the game of cricket a very lucrative profession?Gavaskar Yes, both print and electronic media have played a huge role in making cricket popular. The Hindi and local language commentary spread the game to the interiors of the country and we are reaping the rewards of that with so many players from non-metros playing successfully for India now.Ganguly I would say it has helped only partly. Another important factor is the performance of the national team as cricket is widely followed in India.Q. You were one of the earliest Indian cricketers to be featured in a commercial. Why do you think you were chosen to endorse the brand?Gavaskar The popular perception is that I was the first cricketer to be used in a commercial. Actually, Colonel C.K. Nayudu promoted Indian tea and Farokh Engineer did a Brylcreem advertisement much before I did my first commercial. I don’t know why they chose me.Q. How much did you earn from your first endorsement? And from your last endorsement during your playing career?Gavaskar It’s hard to remember but I think I received Rs 2,000 for my first commercial. The last commercial I did when I was playing got me less than Rs 10 lakh.Q. How many endorsement deals did you get during your playing career?Gavaskar Maybe less than a dozen and they were not in the same year.Ganguly I have endorsed about 30 brands during my playing career.Q. In 1985, you created PMG, India’s first sports marketing company. Why? How has it changed Indian sports?Gavaskar PMG came into being when my then partner Sumedh Shah, who was a director in an advertising company, approached me to do a commercial. I was too shy to tell him how much money I wanted. Shah said to me, “If you, even after being the Indian captain, are so shy, how will the other players behave?” He then asked me if I had heard of IMG, the managers/agents for players like Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, and who negotiated on behalf of these players. He thought that there was scope for something similar in India and that’s how PMG came into being. There are many more organisations like PMG now and they have helped the players to concentrate on their game while leaving commercial matters in their agents’ hands. Apart from PMG, my organisation Champs Foundation has been giving monthly cheques since 1999 to more than half a dozen sportspersons who have hit hard times.advertisementQ. Do you think easy money has spoilt new generation cricketers?Gavaskar I don’t think so. Maybe those who know their limitations as players may not work as hard as those who have ambitions to be recognised as top cricketers.Ganguly No, not at all. Otherwise, how is India doing so well in recent times?Q. Indian cricketers were not paid enough during your time. But do you think even the current players are paid enough, considering the amount of money the Indian cricket board makes annually?Gavaskar The players today get a 26 per cent share of the revenue from the bcci and that is a handy sum as can be seen by the latest gradation contracts and match fees announced by the BCCI recently.Ganguly I think the term enough is always debatable.Q. If advertisements and corporate involvements are banned, do you think cricket will still remain the craze as it is today in this country?Gavaskar Yes it will for even in the days when there were no advertisements and corporate involvement, the game was still very popular across the country.Ganguly Why should it be banned in first place? I believe cricket would have been as popular as it is now even if there was no corporate involvement and product endorsements by cricketers.Q. Sunny, you acted in a couple of films. What prompted you to flirt with the glamour world? The acting bug or the potential money?Gavaskar I grew up in a locality where we used to stage plays during festivals. The guys from the locality along with the elders would actually construct the temporary stage with props and sound design and also act in them. So when there was a long break between internationals and the film offers came along, I took them as they did not clash with any match or training session. They were guest roles in the films so the money was either nothing or peanuts.Q. Sourav, you judged a dance reality show and are currently hosting a quiz show. What attracts you to tv? Ganguly The quiz show is very exciting but the dance reality show wasn’t at all, as I have no idea about dance. There are certain quality programmes going on in television, that’s the reason I was drawn to the medium.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool striker Firmino: I play at Christmas for the fansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Roberto Firmino is happy playing through the Christmas period.Firmino admits he wants to do it for the fans.He told the Mirror: “For me, Christmas in England is very different from the one I lived in Brazil, for lots of reasons – on the pitch and off it.“But I’ve been here since 2015 and I’ve already got used to playing on these dates.“When I played in Germany the league stopped, but here it is played so the fans can enjoy Christmas better.“I don’t mind that at all it because we play for them.”
Liverpool defender Lovren receives one-match Croatia banby Ansser Sadiq9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren has received a one game international ban.The player is under fire because of comments that he made on social media.He posted a video on Instagram after a game against Spain in November, where he insulted the team and Sergio Ramos.According to UEFA, Lovren acted in a way that was not compliant with the body’s disciplinary rules.UEFA can punish anyone “whose conduct is insulting or otherwise violates the basic rules of decent conduct”.Lovren will miss his nation’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Azerbaijan. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
New Florida basketball coach Mike White inherits a Florida program that has been very strong over the last few decades, but he has some work to do to lock down the 2015 recruiting class built by Billy Donovan. Four star Noah Dickerson of Monteverde Academy had been one of the cornerstones of the Gators’ class, but according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, he is looking to reevaluate his college options with Donovan out of the picture.Florida signee Noah Dickerson told ESPN he has asked for his release.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 13, 2015Dickerson committed to Florida back in August, and has offers from Connecticut, Georgetown, LSU, N.C. State, Ohio State, Virginia, and numerous other programs, including much of the SEC. It should be noted that last night, he retweeted a message in support of White getting verified on Twitter.Maybe Florida still has a chance to finish with Dickerson’s commitment. Either way, he is well within his right to want to reevaluate things after the departure of the coach that he had committed to. We should find out where he will end up fairly soon.