View Comments Tickets are now available to see A Wilder Christmas off-Broadway courtesy of the Peccadillo Theater Company. The evening of two rarely seen Thornton Wilder one-acts, The Long Christmas Dinner and Pullman Car Hiawatha, will begin previews on December 3. Opening night is set for December 8 at Theatre at St. Clement’s.Directed by Dan Wackerman, the cast of A Wilder Christmas includes James Beaman, Victoria Blankenship, Brad Fryman, Michael Sean McGuinness, Kristin Parker, John Pasha, Jeremy Russial, Gael Schaefer, Anna Marie Sell, Rafe Terrizzi, Barbra Wengerd, Giselle Wolf, Merissa Czyz, LaMar Giles, Lawanda Hopkins and Barbara Salant.The Long Christmas Dinner traverses 90 years in the life of a single American family as they gather around the dining room table for a holiday celebration. As generations appear, have children, wither and depart, the patterns of behavior within this comically extended family are revealed as well as the essential values in every generation.Pullman Car Hiawatha follows a diverse band of characters bound for Chicago during the 1930 holiday season. No ordinary train, this Pullman car allows us to eavesdrop on the thoughts and feelings of its many passengers, creating a cacophony of self-absorbed humanity. Notable for its use of the “Stage Manager” character several years before Our Town, conventional time is suspended in this free-wheeling comedy in which people of all ages, classes and backgrounds are brought together for one unforgettable train ride.The production will feature scenic and lighting design by Harry Feiner, costume design by Marianne Custer, sound design by Quentin Chiappetta and choreography by Shea Sullivan.
Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 Skeleton Crew Tickets are now available to see Broadway alum Jason Dirden and more in Dominique Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew off-Broadway. Helmed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, the Atlantic Theater production will begin previews on January 6, 2016 and officially open on January 19. The limited engagement is scheduled to play off-Broadway though February 14 at Atlantic Stage 2.Along with Dirden, the production will feature Wendell B. Franklin, Lynda Gravatt and Nikiya Mathis. Adesola Osakalumi takes on double duty as performer and choreographer.In Morisseau’s third play in her Detroit trilogy, a makeshift family of workers at the last exporting auto plant in the city navigate the possibility of foreclosure. Power dynamics shift and they are pushed to the limits of survival. When the line between blue collar and white collar gets blurred, how far over the lines are they willing to step? Related Shows View Comments
Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos & Lin-Manuel Miranda in ‘Hamilton'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Hamilton Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Hamilton’s Non-Stop Billboard SuccessSimply everyone wants to be in the room where it happens! After sweeping the 2016 Tony Awards, Hamilton broke into the Billboard 200’s top 10 this past week, peaking at number three. The cast album of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit tuner is one of only three to make the top 10 in the past 50 years and is the first since The Book of Mormon in 2011.Monopoly: The Musical in the WorksIf it’s working for SpongeBob! Monopoly: The Musical is aiming for Broadway, thanks to a deal between Hasbro and the Araca Group, a Main Stem producing company. No word yet on the creative team or other projects the two organizations will be collaborating on—other Hasbro properties include My Little Pony…Could a Prince Musical Land on Broadway?A Prince musical may be Broadway-bound. Representatives of the late singer’s estate told the New York Post that there could be a Great White Way tuner featuring his songs, or a Cirque du Soleil show. We will keep you posted!Arlene Phillips to Take the Reins on 27Saturday Night Fever’s director / choreographer and British national treasure Arlene Phillips is to helm the world premiere of new rock musical 27. Written and co-directed by Sam Cassidy, the production will explore the theme of music legends such as Hendrix, Joplin, Cobain, Morrison and Winehouse, whose lives were tragically cut short at 27. The tuner will run September 8 through October 22 at London’s Cockpit Theatre.P.S. Check out Stage favorites Kerry Ellis, Ramin Karimloo, Norman Bowman and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt as they give us a sneak peek of what we can expect of London’s Murder Ballad below. Related Shows View Comments from $149.00
Star Files Darren Criss Audra McDonald View Comments There’s a reason it’s called a political “party”! The Great White Way’s brightest gathered together to support presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on July 27 at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. Audra McDonald, Adrienne Warren, Ben Vereen, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Darren Criss, Idina Menzel, Kristin Bell, Lena Hall, Stephanie J. Block and Tyne Daly were among the Main Stem stars who performed the chart-topping “What the World Needs Now Is Love.” The Broadway community originally gathered together to record and perform the single following the attack on Orlando. “What the World Need Now Is Love” joins the viral cover of Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” in Clinton’s roster of DNC anthems. Watch the full performance (from 1:15) below!
Photo: Department of Horticulture, UGA CAES Reeves will help you diagnose what’s wrong with your plants. He’ll show how to avoid insect damage, diseases and deer in your garden, too, with tips on growing healthy trees, shrubs and flowers. Gardening personality Walter Reeves will tell “How to be Sherlock Holmes in Your Garden” in a community gardening seminar Sept. 7 in Griffin, Ga. For more information, call Susan Varlamoff at (770) 229-3367. Reeves is an Extension Service horticulture educator with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He has taught homeowners about gardening for more than 25 years. His weekly column, “Garden Tips,” has appeared in the Atlanta Journal/Constitution since 1991. He also hosts the weekly GPTV show, The Georgia Gardener, and Atlanta’s top-ranked Saturday morning radio show, “Lawn and Garden.” It promises to be an entertaining evening. The seminar begins at 7 p.m. in the Stuckey Auditorium at the University of Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin. The program is free and even includes refreshments after the seminar.
Marchis National Agriculture Month. Zoo Atlanta, the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences andthe American Dairy Association are holding a special celebrationfor Georgia families.”Agriculture is the number one industry in Georgia,”said Janet Rodekohr, CAES public affairs manager. “To showGeorgia families the exciting advancements in Georgia agricultureand to celebrate agriculture’s contributions to the Georgia economyand quality of life, we are partnering with Zoo Atlanta for aday of family fun and education.”A to Z: Agriculture at the Zoo, March 24 from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m., will feature education exhibits, fun events and entertainmentfor the whole family. Scientists from CAES, agricultural commoditiesand agribusinesses will showcase the latest in agricultural researchand improvements.Just for kids, the exhibit area will feature hands-on scienceexhibits and environmental protection displays. 4-H club membersfrom around the state will have displays on their own projectwork in agriculture and the environment.For adults, the event will showcase antique tractors, a plantdoctor exhibit by Georgia Master Gardeners and the latest developmentsin the diverse fields of agriculture.Walter Reeves, host of GPTV’s Gardening in Georgiaand WSB 750-AM’s Lawn and Garden Show, will make an appearanceto give gardening advice and answer gardening questions.”We think this day will be very exciting, because it offersyoung adults, adults and children a chance to learn more and seemore about the Georgia dairy industry and the nutritional importanceof dairy to today’s diet,” said Louis Hogue, area manager,Southeast United Dairy Association. SUDIA is co-sponsoring thisyear’s event with the American Dairy Association and the GeorgiaMilk Producers Association.Visitors to the event don’t want to miss the Got Milk? truckfor free milk samples and your own milk mustache photo.A to Z: Agriculture at the Zoo is free with admissionto the zoo. For Zoo Atlanta tickets for March 24, contact yourcounty Extension Service office, Zoo Atlanta’s web site at www.zooatlanta.orgor purchase tickets at the gate.
Celebrating by continuing to giveAcross the state, Master Gardeners will conduct special programs to celebrate the day, he said. In keeping with their mission, Master Gardeners in Gwinnett, DeKalb, Cobb, Forsyth, Cherokee, Hall and Clarke counties will be giving their expertise at plant clinics in area Home Depot and Lowe’s stores. To see if your county offers the Master Gardener program, call the UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1. To learn more about the program, visit www.georgiamastergardener.com. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaMaster Gardeners across the state donate their time to help fellow gardeners in their areas. That time is considered priceless by the University of Georgia county agents who rely on them, but you can put a dollar value on it, says the program’s coordinator.Master Gardeners are a corps of volunteers, each trained by experts with UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to help other gardeners and answer their questions as needed year-round.”The training component is essential as the volunteers use their new expertise to help with a variety of gardening-related projects,” said Marco Fonseca, a UGA horticulturist and coordinator of the program. “Without the training, they wouldn’t be prepared to answer questions from gardeners who either call or come into their county agent’s office.”More than $3 million donated last yearLast year, 2,644 Georgia Master Gardeners donated 192,854 hours of their time to help UGA Extension agents help gardeners in their counties. “The federal government estimates volunteer hours to be worth $17.60 per hour,” said Fonseca. “Using this figure, the Master Gardeners’ time is valued at $3.4 million. When you figure in the value of their time and travel, Georgia Master Gardeners donated nearly $4 million last year.”To honor their service to the state, Gov. Sonny Perdue declared March 15 Master Gardener Day in Georgia.”Our Master Gardeners do everything from presenting plant clinics to speaking to garden clubs and writing newspaper articles,” said Fonseca. “Master Gardener volunteerism creates a far reaching ripple effect across our state, and once a year we stop to give them a special day of recognition.”
By J. Scott AngleUniversity of GeorgiaOver the past year, news stories and editorials have clearly told the story of budget woes at Georgia’s public schools, colleges and universities. These funding cuts come at a time when more of Georgia’s college-bound students are staying in state to make the most of their own college funds. That creates a serious challenge for Georgia’s public colleges and universities to provide adequate faculty to meet the demand of students we are charged by our very charters to educate.It creates a challenge for parents and students, too. They must carefully choose areas of study that will offer rewarding careers with ample employment opportunities when the students graduate. Getting a clear picture in this up-and-down economic haze isn’t easy.Tops in jobsWhile we welcome a new class of students to campus this week, many parents, students and high school counselors across Georgia are beginning to study which schools, degree programs and careers offer the best opportunities in the marketplace and society. Agriculture is not only first alphabetically on many lists but also is at the top of the heap of good opportunity.At spring graduation, fewer College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ students were still looking for jobs as they received their diplomas than those from other University of Georgia colleges and schools. A UGA Career Center survey showed that less than six percent of CAES graduates said they were still seeking employment, compared to numbers as high as 31 percent in other UGA colleges. The median percentage of UGA students still seeking employment at graduation was 13.46 percent among the 12 colleges.This year, a study from the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development showed that through 2016 there will be twice as many agricultural jobs available in Georgia as students graduating from all Georgia colleges in agriculture-related programs to fill them. We expect those employment opportunities to continue to skyrocket. Growth aheadMany sources say with relative certainty that world population growth will demand food production double by 2050. How we meet that demand on the same limited acres for agricultural production will largely be answered in the classrooms, research facilities and Cooperative Extension programs at American land-grant universities. Keeping these vital programs moving at the necessary pace against the currents of dwindling budgets will be a challenge. I am confident we and our colleagues at Fort Valley State University and across the country are up to the challenge. For the more than 25,000 people in our world who die from malnutrition every day, our success is a matter of life and death.One of the most important variables in that equation is recruiting, educating and training a strong agricultural workforce to fuel the industry and attract more agribusinesses to Georgia. UGA continues to draw the brightest minds from across the state, nation and world. We want to make sure those incoming students know about the opportunities available in agriculture.Many students come to our college following family tradition and dedication to an agrarian way of life. Others choose agriculture as an extension of their curiosity about basic science or the ever-growing fields of environmental science, biotechnology and biomedical research. Still others find agricultural careers to be the answer to an altruistic calling to help their fellow man. Tops in scholarship, salariesNo matter why they choose agricultural careers, the future is bright. And, the rewards for those who are up to the challenge are great. Our students continue their education in graduate programs in record numbers. CAES tops all UGA colleges in the percentage of students attending graduate school with 34 percent seeking advanced degrees. Those entering the workforce find financial rewards in agriculture. Their starting salaries including bonuses are second among UGA colleges behind only the Terry College of Business. Plus, agriculture tends to remain more stable than most industries during tough economic times because we produce the only goods consumed by 100 percent of the world’s population. People may become more careful about how they spend their food budget, but there will always be a need for an affordable food supply and jobs for those who produce it.U.S. policy changes precipitated by a growing need to provide an abundant, safe world food supply and to increase economic opportunity in developing countries will continue to escalate opportunities for students pursuing careers in agriculture. Meeting that demand for food, fiber and fuel will help our students leave a lasting legacy in the world that stretches far beyond the dinner table. (J. Scott Angle is dean and director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
Broiler chickens, perennially Georgia’s most valuable commodity, top the list again with $4.7 billion in value.Franklin, Jackson and Madison counties produced the largest amount of poultry and eggs.Cotton was the highest valued field crop in Georgia with $1.3 billion. Colquitt, Dooly and Mitchell counties were the top three cotton producers for 2012. The value of the state’s peanut crop, Georgia’s third largest commodity, grew from $586.4 million in 2011 to $891.9 million in 2012. Early, Mitchell and Decatur counties were Georgia’s top producing peanut counties in 2012. For a preview of Georgia’s 2013 production numbers and a preview of the 2014 growing season, register today for the center’s AgForecast series at www.caes.uga.edu/events/agforecast. For more information about the 2012 Farm Gate Value Report visit the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development’s website at www.caes.uga.edu/center/caed. The overall value of Georgia’s agricultural commodities increased by $931.2 million, 7.2 percent, in 2012 to $13.99 billion. Georgia’s most valuable commodities continue to be broilers, cotton and peanuts, but other commodities — like beef, vegetables and ornamental horticulture products — saw strong increases this year. “Overall, 2012 was a really good year for agriculture in Georgia,” said Kent Wolfe, director of the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, which publishes the annual study. While row crops like cotton, peanuts and corn still make up the bulk of Georgia plant commodity value; farmers grew more vegetables this year. The total value of the veggie crop, which is based in south Georgia, grew 19.8 percent to $935.6 million. The biggest increases were seen in snap beans, watermelons and sweet corn. Colquitt, Echols and Tift counties led production of vegetables in the state. The most valuable vegetable crop in Georgia in 2012 was the Vidalia onion crop with $163 million of onions produced. Beef farmers also saw marked increases in the value of their livestock holdings, across all categories, from $409.6 million in 2011 to $537.6 million in 2012. Other highlights of the newly released 2012 Farm Gate Value Report include:
More than 100 of the state’s mayors, city council members and city officials donned their sneakers early Monday morning, June 23, at the Active Georgia Walk to highlight the importance of physical activity among Georgians. The event was sponsored by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) along with University of Georgia Extension’s Walk Georgia, The Coca-Cola Company, Grady Healthcare and Local Government Risk Management Services, Inc., and was part of the annual GMA conference, held last weekend in Savannah. “Georgia’s city administrators are a key partner in promoting health and wellness statewide,” said Dr. Deborah Murray, associate dean for Extension and Outreach. “Their participation in the Georgia Municipal Association’s Active Georgia Walk shows their deep commitment to combating obesity in the state. Through implementation of Walk Georgia in their communities, as both a worksite wellness program and a community-wide initiative, it’s our hope that we can work together to make Georgians more physically active.” The three-mile Active Georgia Walk started on River Street and led city administrators in a loop along Bay and River streets. Area 4-H volunteers with Walk Georgia, along with volunteers from sponsoring agencies and organizations, also took part in the event by registering event participants and guiding them along the course. Walk Georgia, run jointly by UGA Extension and the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, is a free, Web-based program that allows Georgians to track their physical activity. Because local Extension agents in Georgia’s counties administer Walk Georgia, the program reaches state residents at the most local level. Through a $1 million, three-year gift from The Coca-Cola Foundation, Walk Georgia aims to reach 100,000 Georgians and to decrease the number of physically inactive people in all of Georgia’s counties by 5 percent over the next few years. Walk Georgia will debut an updated version of its website this fall, complete with customizable profiles, goal-setting capabilities, personalized calendars and the ability to join groups. The website should open at www.WalkGeorgia.org beginning this September. If you’re interested in being part of this summer’s pilot phase of Walk Georgia, visit pilot.WalkGeorgia.org beginning July 1. For more information on Walk Georgia, visit www.WalkGeorgia.org or visit the program’s blog at blog.extension.uga.edu/walkgeorgia/. For more information on the UGA Obesity Initiative, see obesity.ovpr.uga.edu.