Amanda Peet’s The Commons of Pensacola, Starring Blythe Danner & Sarah Jessica Parker, Extends Off-Broadway


first_img The Commons of Pensacola centers on Judith (Danner), a woman who has been divested of her assets and forced to leave her luxurious New York life after her husband’s Wall Street scam became headline news. When her daughter Becca (Parker) pays Judith a visit to the one-bedroom condo Judith now occupies in Pensacola, Florida, everyone’s motives are called into question. Related Shows The Commons of Pensacola View Comments In addition to Parker and Danner, the cast of The Commons of Pensacola features Michael Stahl-David, Zoe Levin, Ali Marsh and Nilaja Sun.center_img The production includes scenic design by Santo Loquasto, costume design by Tom Broecker, lighting design by Jason Lyons and sound design by Jill BC Du Boff. Manhattan Theatre Club’s presentation of Amanda Peet’s new play The Commons of Pensacola has extended its off-Broadway run at New York City Center — Stage I through February 9, due to popular demand. The show was initially scheduled to run through January 26. Directed by Lynne Meadow, the play stars Emmy winner Sarah Jessica Parker and Tony winner Blythe Danner. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 9, 2014last_img read more

Chile under Fire


first_imgBy Augusto Scarella Arce/Diálogo February 02, 2017 Chile has been ravaged by a series of wildfires since January 11th, with 142 disasters declared in different regions of the country’s center and south to date. Chile’s president, Michelle Bachelet, responded by issuing decrees declaring several states of emergency, which under the country’s constitution set in motion a set of measures aimed at overcoming the public disaster besetting a large swath of the country. From the beginning of this emergency, General Arturo Merino Núñez, director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (EMCO, per its Spanish acronym), has continuously deployed units from the Emergency Operations Center to maintain precise control and coordination of the defensive measures employed to combat the wildfires. “This effort by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, with the direct consultation of the Ministry of Defense, will remain available 24 hours a day for as long as needed,” Gen. Merino said. National response More than 8,000 members of the Armed Forces are providing emergency assistance, having fought 77 wildfires to date. Of the total wildfires, covering nearly 300,000 hectares, 51 have been brought under control and 14 have been extinguished. Almost 300 vehicles, including all types of tanker and transport equipment, have been flown to the affected areas by the Chilean Air Force. Additionally, 25 planes have been brought in by the Chilean Armed Forces, which together with 18 other government organizations are working to assist members of the National Forestry Service (CONAF, per its Spanish acronym) brigades and firefighters. The national defense is also fighting fires directly through the Army Forest Fire Reinforcement Brigades, with units that provide nationwide coverage and that enjoy autonomy in deployment and logistics. Minister of Defense José Antonio Gómez made another visit to the affected areas on January 25th, accompanied by Rear Admiral Jorge Rodriguez Urria, EMCO’s chief of Operations and Joint Administration, to coordinate the military’s actions on the ground. The minister was clear and quite specific about the aid from military institutions: “They will work night and day to restore conditions that will allow rebuilding from the destruction caused by a fire of an intensity never before seen in this country.” Partner nations step in with support On January 26th, authorities met at the airport with a group of 29 Colombian brigade members who voluntarily came to help. The United States also responded very rapidly to the difficult situation Chileans are experiencing. The U.S. Agency for International Development, through its Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) donated $100 million to the non-governmental organization Caritas Chile for the local acquisition and delivery of firefighting equipment, such as power saws and weather monitoring tools requested by the Chilean National Forestry Service. “A team from the U.S. Forestry Service and USAID/OFDA is being deployed in Chile. It is made up of emergency personnel and staff with technical expertise in fighting forest fires,” said Nicole Gallagher, spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Chile. On January 27th and 28th, fire brigade members from Mexico also arrived. There is a total of 609 firefighters from Argentina, Colombia, the United States, Panama, Peru, and Mexico, among other countries, fighting the flames with their Chilean counterparts. For its part, on January 29th, Brazil’s Air Force (FAB, per its Portuguese acronym) deployed two C-130 aircraft to support Chile in combatting the forest fires. Operated by the First Troop Transport Group, the aircraft arrived in Chile with 28 service members on board. “The crew follows the guidelines provided by ONEMI [Chilean Ministry of Interior’s National Office for Emergency], and the CONAF [National Forestry Corporation], who are responsible for coordinating the international aid, and it will be distributed to the place they will operate from,” explained FAB Colonel Paulo Cesar Andari, military attaché for the Brazilian Air Force in Chile, according to information from FAB. Likewise, the Peruvian Air Force transported 55 firefighters from the Civil Defense Institute and a 212 Bell helicopter aboard an L-100-20 Hercules and a C-27J Spartan aircraft from the Eighth Air Group, to help Chile fight the forest fires, according to information from defense news website Defensa.com.last_img read more

Seaton kicks off Guyana’s participation in World Aquatics Championships with PB in 50M fly


first_imgLEON Seaton splashed off Guyana’s participation in the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships with a personal best in the 50M butterfly on Sunday (Saturday night Guyana time) in Gwangju, South Korea.Seaton, the youngest of a three-swimmer team, clocked 28.54s.The 15-year-old finished second in Heat 3; unfortunately, due to the high level of competition at the meet, he did not qualify for the semi-finals. Overall, he finished with a better time than 17 swimmers at the meet.Prior to the swim, the teen’s best time in the 50M fly was 28.73s.Beside Seaton, top senior swimmers, Andrew Fowler and Jamila Sanmoogan, are also at the meet, along with Chairman of GASA’s Technical Committee, Sean Baksh, who travelled as Manager/Coach, and GASA President, Ivan Persaud.Persaud is at the Championships to attend the General Congress of FINA and other pertinent meetings.Fowler, 23, who is attending the Spire Institute in Ohio, will swim the 100M freestyle and the 50M freestyle on July 24th and 26th (South Korea is 13 hours ahead of Guyana). Also, this week Sanmoogan, 22, who is on a scholarship in Colombia, will swim the 50M butterfly and the 50M freestyle, while Seaton will compete in the 50M backstroke.Seaton, who got past swimmers from Sudan, Benin, Solomon Islands, Palau, Rwanda, Cameroon, Djibouti and Yemen in Heat 3 in the butterfly, was praised by his coach.“His start was excellent, his reaction time was very good, he is ranked with the fastest starters,” Baksh told Chronicle Sport after the race.“He will go far, he’s only 15 and he’s matching his skills with the best in the world.”last_img read more