The Threepenny Opera, Starring Michael Park, Opens Off-B’way

first_imgMack the Knife is sneakin’ ‘round the corner! Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera celebrates its opening night on April 7 at the Linda Gross Theater off-Broadway. The production, directed and choreographed by Martha Clarke, stars Emmy winner Michael Park, Tony nominee Laura Osnes and Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham. The Atlantic Theater Company recently announced that the production will extend its run and play through May 11. Michael Park The Threepenny Opera is based on John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera. Adapted by Marc Blitzstein, the show centers on the scoundrel Macheath and his criminal exploits in 19th century London. In the tuner, Macheath, or Mack the Knife as he is known, marries the impressionable and innocent Polly Peachum, much to the displeasure of her father and mother. Throughout his marriage and a series of arrests, he maintains a strong relationship with his mistress, Pirate Jenny. Laura Osnes View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on May 11, 2014center_img Related Shows The Threepenny Opera Star Files Additional cast members include Sally Murphy, Lilli Cooper, Rick Holmes, Mary Beth Peil, John Kelly, Sophie Bortolussi, Jon David Casey, Timothy Dale, Lindsey Dietz Marchant, Christina Spina and John Watkins.last_img read more

Hogan named chairman of Trustees at Vermont College of Fine Arts

first_imgMT Anderson, Chris Graff, Governor Madeline Kunin and Bill Schubart also join boardVermont College of Fine Arts, a graduate school for visual art and writing based in Montpelier, Vermont, today announced that Cornelius ( Con ) Hogan has been named chairman of its Board of Trustees.Hogan, a well-known figure in Vermont, has served on the Board of Trustees since 2007. He is currently a senior fellow with the Center for the Study of Social Policy, and he is recognized nationally for his work in public and human service, including engagements with the Annie E. Casey and Robert Wood Johnson foundations and the National Center for Children in Poverty.   Hogan has been a director of Fletcher Allen Health Care and secretary of Vermont’s Agency of Human Services.  We are so honored as a community that Con has agreed to chair this board, said Thomas Christopher Greene, president of Vermont College of Fine Arts. He brings tremendous wisdom, leadership and experience to this task, and I look forward to working closely with him to realize our vision of a national center of fine arts in Montpelier.In addition, four other renowned individuals have joined the VCFA Board of Trustees: M.T. Anderson, Chris Graff, Governor Madeline Kunin and Bill Schubart.M. T. (Tobin) Anderson is a New York Times bestselling writer of young adult novels. Anderson taught in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults program from 2001 to 2006, and he served as chair of the program for four years. His book The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Volume 1: The Pox Party (2006), the first in a two-part novel, won the 2006 National Book Award for Young People, the Boston Globe Horn Book Award, as well as a Printz Honor in 2007. His latest book, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves, was just awarded the Printz Honor for literary excellence in young adult literature. Anderson lives in Boston.Chris Graff is vice president of National Life Group, a financial services company based in Montpelier, Vermont. Graff is a former journalist with The Associated Press and is the author of Dateline Vermont, a memoir of his 30 years in journalism. For 15 years, Chris hosted Vermont This Week, a public affairs program on Vermont Public Television. He is a contributing editor of Vermont Business Magazine and a member of the Council on the Future of Vermont. Graff resides in Montpelier, Vermont.Madeleine Kunin is the first female Governor of Vermont, 1985 1991, and the fourth female governor elected in the U.S. In the Clinton administration, she was Deputy Secretary of Education, 1993 96, and Ambassador to Switzerland, 1996 99. In 1991 she founded The Institute for Sustainable Communities and is a Marsh Professor at the University of Vermont. She is the author of Pearls, Politics and Power, How Women Can Win and Lead (2008), Living a Political Life (1994), and The Big Green Book (1975). Kunin s commentaries can be heard on Vermont Public Radio and she has a blog on the Huffington Post. Kunin lives in Burlington, Vermont.Bill Schubart, a writer who cofounded Philo Records and Resolution, Inc.,  recently published a book of stories called Lamoille Stories. Schubart writes and speaks extensively on the media and other civic issues and is currently a commentator for Vermont Public Radio. Schubart has previously chaired the boards of the Vermont Arts Council, Vermont Folklife Center, Vermont Board of Libraries, Vermont Bicentennial Commission, Circus Smirkus, Vermont Public Radio, and Fletcher Allen Health Care. Schubart lives in Hinesburg, Vermont.In addition to the above five directors, the VCFA Board of Directors includes:Robert H. Atwell (Sarasota, FL and Stowe, VT), former President of the American Council on Education and former president of Pitzer College in Claremont, California.Tami Lewis Brown (Washington, DC), an 06 graduate of the MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults program, a published novelist, and an attorney.Dr. Letitia Chambers (Lighthouse Point, FL), Managing Director with Navigant Consulting, Inc., and former chair of the New Mexico higher education system. Kathleen Dolan (Woodstock, VT), a 95 graduate of the MFA in Visual Art program, founder and director of Purple Crayon Productions, and member of the Dolan Family Foundation. Gail Gregg (New York, NY), a 98 graduate of the MFA in Visual Art program, and a New York City artist, writer, and arts educator.Joan Grubin (New York, NY), a practicing artist and 03 graduate of the MFA in Visual Art program.   Mary Hooper (Montpelier, VT), the mayor of Montpelier and a Vermont State Representative.  Sydney Lea (Newbury, VT), a Pulitzer prize nominated poet who taught at VCFA s MFA in Writing program.Susan M. Newbold (Fairfield, CT), an artist and educator who graduated in 00 from the MFA in Visual Art program. Katherine Paterson (Barre, VT), author of more than 30 books, including Bridge to Terabithia and 14 other novels for young people. Peter Richardson (Charlotte, VT), president of Housing Strategies, Inc.Richard H. Saudek (Montpelier, VT), a distinguished Vermont attorney and principal in the law firm of Cheney, Brock & Saudek.  Peter Smith (Lighthouse Pt., FL), a former congressman from Vermont who founded two colleges: the Community College of Vermont, and the University of California at Monterey Bay.Linda Stillman (New York), an 03 graduate of the MFA in Visual Art program and an artist in New York City.  Trustee Emeritus:Harry Groome (Villanova, PA), an 00 graduate of the MFA in Writing program, and retired chairman of SmithKline Beecham Consumer HealthCare.   About VCFAA nationally recognized graduate school for the arts based in Montpelier, Vermont, VCFA has three low-residency MFA programs in Writing, Writing for Children & Young Adults, and Visual Art. Founded in 2008, Vermont College of Fine Arts is the first new independent college formed in Vermont in 23 years, and the only institution of its kind a low-residency graduate school devoted exclusively to fine arts education. 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Evergreen Featured in The Princeton Review’s 2014 Guide to 332 Green…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Evergreen State CollegeThe Evergreen State College is one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review.  The education services company, known for its influential college rankings, profiles Evergreen in the fifth annual edition of “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges.”“Green thinking is integrated not only in the way we operate our campus, but in everything we do at Evergreen,” said Scott Morgan, director of sustainability at the college.  “Some seventy percent of our curriculum integrates our commitment to the environment and sustainability.  It’s woven into the very fabric of our identity and history as an institution.”The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a survey it conducted in 2013 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges to measure the schools’ commitment to the environment and to sustainability.  The institutional survey included questions on the schools’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.The Princeton Review created its “Guide to 332 Green Colleges” in partnership with the Center for Green Schools (www.usgbc.org) at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).In the guide’s profile on Evergreen, The Princeton Review highlights the college’s free bus pass program, which reduces vehicular pollution; innovative heating and water conservation systems for campus housing; and the student green energy fee, which enables the college to use 100 percent renewable electricity and support hands-on student conservation projects.“We are pleased to recommend Evergreen to the many students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally-responsible choices and practices,” said Rob Franek, publisher of The Princeton Review.Franek noted recent survey findings indicating significant interest among college applicants in attending “green” colleges. “Among 10,116 college applicants who participated in our 2014 ‘College Hopes & Worries Survey,’ 61 percent said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school,” he said.The Evergreen State College is a nationally acclaimed public liberal arts and sciences college, offering outstanding academics at a moderate cost, according to the Fiske Guide to Colleges.last_img read more