It did not escape director Rebecca Frank's notice that the show she chose to mount a month shy of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is centered around a massive storm. "The Tempest," her favorite of Shakespeare's plays, resonates in New Orleans, she said — but not for that reason. On a crowd-funding page that eventually raised more than $6,000 to pay both Equity and non-union actors fairly, she explained:. "Although our play doesn't take place in New Orleans, it is of the city insomuch as we who are putting it on are of the city. It is a valentine to my neighborhood, and to the experience that I have had living in this city that I love so much for over a decade now. It is impossible to ignore that 10 years ago a massive storm slammed into the Gulf Coast, and changed this city forever. "The Tempest is about a very different storm," she wrote, "under very different circumstances, but what speaks to me now after all these years is not so much what occurred, but rather how we dealt with and are continuing to deal with the aftermath. One of the aspects of the New Orleans creative scene in recent years that speaks to Frank is the neighborhood's evolution into the kind of place she hopes will become a destination for the kind of theater that's been traditionally hosted at Tulane... The other is the kind of warm collaboration in the local theater scene that made "The Tempest" possible: both of those two companies contributed to the production. Shakespeare's "The Tempest" Produced by Promethean Theatre Co. & In Good Company. Directed by Rebecca Frank. When: 7:30 p. m. July 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17 & 18. Where: Old Iron Works, 612 Piety St. Tickets: $15 at tempestnola. brownpapertickets. (Monday, July 13 is pay-what-you-will for walk-up guests. 20 regularly priced tickets are available for purchase) "Tons of Tulane alumni and students helped," she said. "They opened the costume shop, the scene shop. We have chairs from one theater, lights from another. " The assistance and teamwork helped Frank check off a lot of items on her wishlist, including, notably, bringing in two accomplished actors from Atlanta: Frank's former teacher and native New Orleanian Kathleen McManus (who had never performed in... For Frank, who had spent a third to. Source: www.nola.com
One, as Burton, R-Colleyville, demonstrated, is tacking on your legislative priorities as amendments to other bills. Burton resorted to that tactic when longtime state Rep. Tom Craddick , R-Midland, killed some of her bills after she led efforts to block his proposal that would have banned texting and driving statewide. With her legislation facing little hope, Burton got some of her ideas to Abbott’s desk as amendments, and Senate staff dubbed one bill with several Burton amendments the “Konnibus bill. ” That effort demonstrated the freshman’s “ability to maneuver legislatively with the best of them,” according to Burton’s chief of staff, Art Martinez de Vara. In an emailed statement, Burton said it’s “amazing what you can accomplish when you don’t care who gets the credit. “We were able to pass our legislation and kill [Craddick’s], seems like we got what we wanted, and what is best for the people of Texas without playing the political gamesmanship that dominates the Capitol,” Burton said. The one bill Burton passed established a pilot program to recycle unused prescription drugs. Hall, meanwhile, garnered a “Furniture” award in Texas Monthly ’s ranking of lawmakers, a designation given to those whose “participation in the legislative process was indistinguishable from that of their desks and chairs. Huffines’ predecessor — whom Huffines beat in a GOP primary — called him “the least effective of all 31 senators. “To serve his constituents, he’ll need to temper his strict Libertarian and Tea Party views and better understand what it is to be a legislator,” former state Sen. John Carona said in a statement. “Scorecard results mean nothing if Donald can’t work with his colleagues to get things done. Hall, R-Edgewood, and Huffines, R-Dallas, did not respond to requests for comment. But in the view of conservative groups, all three senators had a strong session. The three ranked in the top four of the Empower Texans 2015 Fiscal Responsibility Index. In a blog post titled “Freshmen Lawmakers Deliver Results,” the group noted that Huffines “blazed a conservative trail” and Hall “validated the grassroots effort that supported his election. The group also wrote that there’s little chance Texans could “find a stronger fighter” than Burton, who replaced Wendy Davis , the Democrat who unsuccessfully ran for governor. The three senators got. Source: www.texastribune.org
DOBSON — The first day of the candidates’ filing period for the 2015 Mount Airy municipal election Monday resulted in five people tossing their hats into the ring. Included are three incumbent members of the city board of commissioners. another commissioner who is the city’s acting mayor and is seeking Mount Airy’s top elected office on a full-time basis. and a former mayoral candidate vying for a board seat. “I’m going to try it again,” said Gene Clark, who ran for mayor in the 2009 election and this year is mounting a bid for the at-large commissioner post now held by Jim Armbrister. Clark said concerns over how a new Mount Airy Redevelopment Commission has been handled are prompting his candidacy. Armbrister also filed for re-election Monday. The former city police lieutenant, now completing the unexpired term of late Commissioner Scott Graham which he was appointed to last year, will be seeking his first four-year term as Mount Airy’s at-large commissioner. Also filing Monday were Dean Brown, who is seeking his third term as a North Ward councilman. Shirley Brinkley, a South Ward commissioner vying for her second term. and Steve Yokeley, the city’s other South Ward board member who has been serving as mayor pro tem since the resignation of Deborah Cochran in March. Yokeley, the other South Ward commissioner whose post is not up for re-election until 2017, will run for Cochran’s unexpired term to end that same year. The filing period ends at noon on July 17. Clark concerns. Clark said Monday he has been monitoring the progress of the Mount Airy Redevelopment Commission since it was formed in 2014, mainly to facilitate the revitalization of the former Spencer’s Inc. industrial property downtown which is now owned by the municipality. Some in the community are supportive of that group’s mission to bring more jobs and growth to the city. Yet others fear its powers — including the right to take property by eminent domain — could threaten longtime property owners in a “blighted” area targeted for redevelopment which includes more than just the Spencer’s site. Clark, who is one of the owners affected — of a site on Franklin Street — said Monday he is aware of the positives and negatives associated with the process. “I just thought there was a better way to handle that from the beginning as far as being more inclusive of the ones who are affected,”. Source: mtairynews.com
We have chairs from one theater, lights from another." The assistance and teamwork helped Frank And a great deal is done with music, too, in partnership with the versatile multi-instrumentalist Ratty Scurvics. The unusual magic that infuses "The
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“We were able to pass our legislation and kill [Craddick's], seems like we got what we wanted, and what is best for the people of Texas without playing the political gamesmanship that dominates the Capitol,” Burton said. The one bill Burton passed
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