Los Monologos de La Vagina Begins Off-Broadway

first_img Kate del Castillo and Angélica Vale will appear in the show May 6 through June 1. They will be joined May 6 through May 11 by Miriam Colón. From May 14, Vale’s mother, Angélica María, will board the production. Further casting will be announced at a later date. Based on interviews with a diverse group of women—from a Long Island antique dealer to a Bosnian refugee—The Vagina Monologues brazenly explores the humor, power, pain, wisdom, outrage, mystery and excitement hidden in vaginas. The original production played over 1300 performances from 1999 to 2003 at the Westside Theatre. Los Monólogos de la Vagina will be modeled after the current Mexico City production, now in its 14th year. Los Monólogos de la Vagina, a Spanish version of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, begins performances on May 6 at the Westside Theatre, the show’s original off-Broadway home. Opening night is set for May 18. The production is directed by Jaime Matarredona. Los Monologos de la Vagina View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 15, 2014 Related Showslast_img read more

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Paul Chahidi on Hugh Jackman’s Hands & Falling for London’s Shakespeare in Love

first_img The thing about Henslowe is that he does keep going. Very much so. I think he realizes as all of us who work in the theater do that the creation of any work of art in the end remains a mystery. There’s a point at which something will either work or it won’t and when it does, there’s a strange alchemy that comes from a piece resonating with an audience’s imagination. Is Hugh a good high-fiver? He has very large, very soft hands. It must be nice given how special your New York experience was that you have been so busy since returning home to London. An actor’s fear is always that they will never work again—even Judi Dench has said she feels that! My particular worry was that New York had been an extraordinary time and that maybe no one in the U.K. would remember who I was and I would have to kind of remind them. Do you have a favorite moment amid the recent whirligig that has been your life? I did love the way in New York I kept being called a “fresh face”—at age 44! I wish people would call me a fresh face more often! Some people have assumed—wrongly—that your play is a musical. I know, and we have live music on stage and do sing at various points, but this is very much a play, though one with a cast of 28 working alongside the genius of [playwright] Lee Hall, who is a theater animal par excellence and understands how the theater works. He in turn, of course, has a brilliant screenplay by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman to work with, though our play is very much its own thing. Not to take anything away from the film, which I adored, but this is not something being shoehorned into live performance; it sits very well in the theater. We have all the elements people loved from the film—plus more. Did you find that with the pairing of Shakespeare plays that brought you and the company from the Globe to Broadway last season? What was extraordinary there was that I was very hesitant at first about doing Twelfth Night in New York, if only because I had first done it 10 years ago in London and that has been such a defining moment and I thought, “I don’t want to ruin this perfect experience.” Little did I know that I would end up having another perfect experience. Welcome back to the West End, this time in a play not by Shakespeare but about Shakespeare. It’s great to be here, especially in a play that is both a love story and almost a love letter to the theater—there’s the love story between Shakespeare [played on stage by Tom Bateman] and Viola [Lucy Briggs-Owen in the Gwyneth Paltrow role] and then around it are numerous stories about the transforming powers of theater and the degree to which people fall in love with the theater sometimes to their own surprise. You play Shakespeare’s producer, Philip Henslowe. Have you modeled your performance on any real-life producers—Sonia Friedman, with whom you worked on both Twelfth Night and on this, perhaps? [Laughs.] For a start, Sonia doesn’t have a beard and a bald head, before we go any further! I also think Sonia is far more relaxed and calm and composed than Henslowe in the play ever is. Basically, Henslowe is teetering on the edge of the abyss every time you see him, as if something awful is about to happen every time. That said, some of the biggest laughs we’ve had from Sonia have had to do with Henslowe: clearly she understands the producer’s lot!center_img Paul Chahidi stole the spotlight on both sides of the Atlantic with his sublimely funny and commanding turn as Maria in Twelfth Night, the all-male production of Shakespeare’s comedy that stormed Broadway last season, netting the Englishman a Tony nomination in the process. Since that play—and its companion piece, Richard III—closed on Broadway in February, Chahidi has by no means been sitting idle. He returned home to London to appear in James Graham’s dazzling play Privacy and he is now in previews at the Noel Coward Theatre as the comically beleaguered producer Henslowe in Lee Hall’s stage adaptation of Shakespeare in Love—the same part that garnered Geoffrey Rush an Oscar nomination. You interrupted your Shakespeare in Love rehearsals to fly to New York for the Tony Awards. What was that like? I’ve never encountered anything like it in my life. I flew out with my wife on the Saturday morning and went straight out to a party and then dinner with our cast. The next day, we walked through the busy streets of Manhattan to Radio City Music Hall, which even under the awning on the red carpet must have been about 95 degrees. We then went through into the auditorium itself, where I had never been, and it felt like the Colosseum—that’s probably what people in the far-flung Roman Empire felt when they went to the Colosseum. Had you been expecting your nomination? The funny thing is that I was Privacy at the Donmar during all that time, so in my head, I had kind of moved on, and then I started getting emails telling me about the Outer Critics Circle and the Theatre World Award and by the time the Tony nomination came, my phone nearly melted. The truth is that my expectations were so low that it made it all the sweeter when [the nomination] did happen. What are your memories of the ceremony itself? I can die happy because I high-fived Hugh Jackman! I don’t need anything else now; my life is complete. If you had to lose, it must have been nice to do so to a colleague from the same play [three-time Tony-winner Mark Rylance]. Absolutely, yes, and Mark mentioned me and Sam [Barnett] and Stephen [Fry], which was a lovely thing to do. He was delighted for us and kept telling us to just enjoy it. And it really was wonderful to see the way in which he has put Shakespeare’s Globe back internationally on the map; in fact, he’s very keen to maybe come back to Manhattan and do some more classical plays—to do this all again some time. View Commentslast_img read more

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SBA opens temp refinancing program to real estate mortgages maturing after December 2012

first_imgSmall business owners with eligible commercial real estate mortgages maturing after December 31, 2012, will be able to secure more stable, long-term financing through the US Small Business Administration’s temporary 504 refinancing program as a result of a change that will be published in The Federal Register by April 6.In February, SBA implemented a temporary refinancing program enacted under the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, which allowed small businesses facing maturing commercial real estate mortgages or balloon payments before December 31, 2012, to refinance with an SBA 504 loan. The SBA change will lift the date limitation and will allow more small businesses to secure stable, long-term financing and avoid potential foreclosure on mortgages approved before and during the recession that were based on inflated real estate values.‘With the collapse of the real estate bubble, many small business owners have found themselves unable to refinance as a result of inflated real estate values at the time they took out their mortgage,’ SBA Administrator Karen Mills said. ‘SBA’s temporary 504 refinancing program was first made available to those small businesses with the most immediate need. Today’s step opens this critical assistance to more small businesses, giving them the opportunity to restructure their debt and free up capital that will be essential to keeping their doors open and also their future ability to grow and create jobs.’ To be eligible for the temporary 504 refinancing program, a business must have been in operation for at least two years, the debt to be refinanced must be for owner-occupied real estate and have been incurred no less than two years prior to the date of application and the proceeds used for 504-eligible business expenses, and payments on that debt must be current for the last 12 months.The refinancing loan is structured like SBA’s traditional 504 loan. Typically, a 504 project includes three elements: a loan (or first mortgage) secured with a senior lien from a private-sector lender covering 50 percent of the project cost, a second mortgage secured with a junior lien from an SBA Certified Development Company (backed by a 100 percent SBA-guaranteed debenture) covering up to 40 percent of the cost, and a contribution of at least 10 percent equity from the small business borrower.Borrowers are able to refinance up to 90 percent of the current appraised property value or 100 percent of the outstanding mortgage, whichever is lower, plus eligible refinancing costs.  Loan proceeds may not be used for other business expenses. Existing 504 projects and government-guaranteed loans are not eligible to be refinanced.Under the Jobs Act, Congress authorized SBA to approve up to $15 billion in loans under this program ($7.5 billion in both fiscal years 2011 and 2012).  Together with the first mortgage, this temporary program will provide up to $33.8 billion of total project financing.  Additional fees charged to the borrower will cover the cost of this refinancing program and as a result no loan subsidy will be needed from taxpayer funds.  The program is expected to benefit as many as 20,000 businesses.SBA’s traditional 504 loan program is a long-term financing tool, designed to encourage economic development within a community. A 504 loan provides small businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing to acquire major fixed assets for expansion or modernization.With publication in the Federal Register, which is expected by April 6, SBA will begin accepting applications from small business owners with mortgages maturing after December 31, 2012. The program will be in effect through Sept. 27, 2012.last_img read more

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5 reasons why your credit union should use influencers

first_imgIt’s time for your credit union to take advantage of influencer marketing. So what exactly are influencers? We’ll tell you. Influencers are social content creators with a large following who know how to connect with and build digital audiences. They are key assets to marketers. In fact, influencer marketing has become such an integral part of social marketing that it makes up more than 20 percent of the total digital advertising spend in the U.S. Wow!Consumers are no longer looking towards companies to persuade their purchasing decisions, but there’s no need to panic. They’re now simply looking at each other and their favorite online personalities. Think, bloggers, comedians and Youtube stars. Many consumers and personalities are consolidating massive followings on social platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, Youtube, Pinterest and more. This makes them perfect targets for influencing other consumers’ purchasing decisions. The best part? They enjoy doing it. There are many reasons why it’s time for your credit union to cash in on influencer marketing. We’ve outlined a few for you.Trusted communication methodWould you rather have a brand tell you they’re the best? Or a trusted friend? You expect brands to tell you how wonderful they are, but what your friends have to say just carries more weight, right? That’s why there are few things that drive a sale more effectively than a word-of-mouth recommendation. In fact, according to Nielsen, 92 percent of consumers say they trust earned media such as word-of-mouth and recommendations from people they know, above all other forms of advertising. By using an influencer to market your credit union, you’re able to have a personalized, authentic message conveyed by someone people recognize and relate to. continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Visitor Center opened in Makarska

first_imgThe visitor center on a total area of ​​130 m2 will have two info desks and will offer all the information about the heritage and diverse tourist offer of Makarska. From gastronomy, excursions, recreation, accommodation to the presentation of autochthonous Makarska desserts and souvenirs. HRK 600 was spent on the reconstruction and arrangement of the Visitor Center, of which HRK 700 was provided by the Ministry of Tourism, and the rest by the City of Makarska and the Tourist Board. This morning, the Tourist Board reopened the doors of this space, but completely renovated and sophisticatedly equipped. All customers, renters and of course tourists can get all the information about accommodation, but also the sights, wealth, beauty and specialties of Makarska and its surroundings, rich gastronomic offer, accommodation facilities, energy… The area of ​​the Makarska Tourist Board on the Coast of King Tomislav 16 received a new look today after the renovation through a new multimedia center for visitors, reports from the city of Makarska. “We are very proud that with this redevelopment of a truly dilapidated space and unsuitable for a tourist pearl where about a million and a half nights are realized, with this significant project, that has changed forever. Makarska received a representative presentation center” istaknula je Hloverka Novak Srzić, direktorica Ureda TZ grada Makarske.last_img read more

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Property managers reach for the top

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Unai Emery explains why Henrikh Mkhitaryan played at right-back against Rennes

first_imgHenrikh Mkhitaryan played as an emergency right-back against Rennes (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery revealed Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s recent form convinced him he was capable of filling in as an emergency right-back during last night’s shock defeat against Rennes.Arsenal made the perfect start last night through Alex Iwobi’s fourth minute goal, but capitulated after the sending off of Sokratis Papastathopoulos and must now overturn a 3-1 first leg deficit to reach the Europa League quarter finals.Mkhitaryan, who played a key role in the recent wins over Bournemouth and Southampton, was asked to play in a more defensive role in the second half, with Emery ignoring the opportunity to introduce Ainsley Maitlaind-Niles who has regularly filled in at full-back this season.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Metro Sport ReporterFriday 8 Mar 2019 9:04 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Advertisement Arsenal slumped to a 3-1 defeat against Renens last night (Picture: Getty)Explaining his decision, Emery said: Well, first and mostly, because we were coming after the last match in Southampton with a very big performance like this full-back.ADVERTISEMENT‘And after this red card, first I wanted to keep the positioning with the players because in the second half we needed fresh players to help more in offensive moments, to take chances, to take options.‘We really didn’t create a lot of chances to score the second goal, but I think Micki worked very well and with a good performance. I think there is no problem with Micki, and for example, his 40 or 50 minutes playing like a right-back, he played well.‘We only had three changes and we needed to decide what were these changes. Micki, I think, is playing well. If he was not playing well then maybe we could think to do this change.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Unai Emery explains why Henrikh Mkhitaryan played at right-back against Renneslast_img read more

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LGPS should shift to DC accrual, use DB assets for infrastructure – CPS

first_imgThe UK government should consider restructuring England’s local authority funds so that future accrual occurs within defined contribution (DC) schemes, shifting the legacy defined benefit to a pay-as-you-go system (PAYG), a think tank has suggested.Proposing that the current local government pension scheme (LGPS) model could be replaced with accrual in DC funds – such as the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) and its competitors – the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) backed the government’s current model of pooling assets into a limited number of vehicles dubbed British Wealth Funds (BWFs) by the chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.But a paper by research fellow Michael Johnson warned that the scale achieved by pooling would fail to address some of the system’s longer-term challenges, such as the funds becoming cashflow negative.The CPS paper also suggested the BWFs set up after a shift to PAYG could invest in infrastructure, being paid a premium by the Treasury for any projects they fund. “Thus,” Johnson argued, “the chancellor could combine deficit repair with an incentive to invest in infrastructure.“One might expect that, over time, given the Social Premium, the weaker BWFs (i.e. those with larger deficits) would be the more inclined to assume larger asset allocations to infrastructure.”The chief executive of the Pension Protection Fund, Alan Rubenstein, also suggested the idea of paying pension funds a premium for funding infrastructure projects during a presentation last year at the National Association of Pension Funds annual conference.Speaking in a personal capacity, Rubenstein suggested at the time that the bonds could pay a premium of 1 percentage point above the current UK yield.In his paper, Johnson suggested the shift towards a DC model would also allow local authority employees to take advantage of the liberalisation introduced in 2015, enabling the drawdown of pension assets from 55.He suggested, however, that in instances where assets were not drawn down prior to retirement, a new collective LGPS decumulation fund could be set up.The idea is similar to those floated for collective defined contribution by former pensions minister Steve Webb.The idea of shifting LGPS accrual to DC has been suggested by Johnson in the past.In a 2011 paper, he argued that NEST could be used as the basis for new DC pots.last_img read more

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Cardano: Brexit deal failure ‘could see deficits soar by a third’

first_imgHowever, the consultancy forecasted that this would only push up assets by 6% – far less than the increase in liabilities. The UK’s aggregate defined benefit (DB) pension fund shortfall could spike by as much as £219bn (€242.7bn) if the country fails to pass a withdrawal agreement to exit the EU, consultancy firm Cardano has warned.The company analysed potential movements in interest rates, government bond yields and equity markets to forecast assets and liabilities in various Brexit scenarios.A so-called “hard Brexit” – whereby prime minister Theresa May was unable to get parliamentary backing for her withdrawal agreement before 29 March – could trigger a 14% increase in total DB scheme liabilities, Cardano said, as a result of gilt yields and interest rates falling. Such an outcome would also weaken sterling and push up inflation, which would also have an impact on DB obligations.On the assets side, the FTSE 100 index would likely rise as a result of the weakening currency improving conditions for internationally focused constituents. The currency movements would also help schemes’ allocations to global equity and debt, Cardano said. Theresa May discussed the withdrawal agreement with Mark Rutte todayKerrin Rosenberg, Cardano’s UK CEO, said: “As our analysis indicates, the risks to schemes’ funding positions should not be underestimated and we would encourage UK schemes to think critically about the scale and scope of risks that Brexit may present and to act now – before it is too late.”Cardano urged trustees and scheme advisers to hedge out interest rate and inflation risks, ensure they have diversified their portfolio by “aiming to minimise risk in UK assets”, and assessing the impact of Brexit on company sponsors.Theresa May has been meeting with EU leaders today after postponing a parliamentary vote on the withdrawal agreement she struck with the bloc last month. She has met German chancellor Angela Merkel and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte today.Should the agreement be passed by the UK parliament – resulting in what Cardano called a “soft Brexit” – the consultancy predicted a 24% reduction in UK schemes’ combined deficit on a buyout basis, equivalent to a £138bn fall in the shortfall.“With some of the major uncertainties of the UK’s future relationship with the EU removed, a more favourable Brexit would enable growth to improve and with limited slack in the British economy, could increase the pace of [interest] rate hikes, strengthen sterling, push up gilt yields and soften the performance of the FTSE 100,” Cardano said.Rosenberg added: “The runway into 29 March should allow UK schemes and their advisers to prepare for the worst – even if the eventual outcome ultimately surprises on the upside.“As we enter into 2019, Brexit will be just one of a range of risk factors that schemes should be proactively addressing in their portfolio positioning. We have reached inflection points across a number of fronts: the potential impact of monetary tightening, the global growth trajectory and rising protectionism should be front of mind for trustee and their advisers going into the new year.”PPF statistical update pushes UK schemes into the black Separately, the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) reported that UK DB schemes were in surplus in aggregate as of the end of November, following updates to its dataset.The 5,450 private sector DB schemes in the PPF 7800 index had combined assets of £1,580bn and total liabilities of £1,566bn.Following the publication of the PPF’s annual Purple Book of DB statistics, as well as updated actuarial figures. This resulted in an aggregate funding position of 100.9% – the first time the PPF 7800 index had recorded a surplus since the first half of 2011.However, the fund – which compensates DB scheme members when their scheme sponsor goes bankrupt – warned that there was “still significant risk in the PPF-eligible universe”, as more than 3,000 schemes were still in deficit.The PPF calculates DB liabilities and assets on a “section 179” basis, which estimates the cost of insuring schemes to pay PPF levels of compensation.last_img read more

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Riverside residential tower first on peninsula in more than 30 years

first_imgMore from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoPeninsular Residences will consist of 60 two bedroom and two bathroom apartments across nine levels, and will occupy a prime 1518sq m site on a peninsula that connects the Surfers Paradise beachfront with the Gold Coast waterways. The development — due for completion in mid-2019 — is the first Gold Coast venture for Sydney-based property developer and fund manager HCAP Developments and Brisbane-based development management consultancy Marquee Development Partners. Peninsular Residences has a private rooftop retreat which features a gym with outdoor yoga lawn, spa, cocktail terrace, movie theatre and private dining lounge with views across the waterways.The first riverside residential tower to be built on the Surfers Paradise peninsula in more than 30 years has commenced construction, with over 80 per cent of the apartments sold to date. Peninsular Residences, which has 60 apartments across nine levels, will occupy a 1,518sq m site on a peninsula that connects the Surfers Paradise beachfront with the Gold Coast waterways.center_img The first riverside residential tower to be built on the Surfers Paradise peninsula in more than 30 years has commenced construction, with over 80 per cent of the apartments sold to date.HCAP Developments CEO Steve Howell said Peninsular Residences had sold quickly because it was designed with owner occupiers in mind, was being built in a prime location and was well connected to the entertainment precincts of Surfers Paradise. “The Surfers Paradise peninsula is an absolute gem of a location, which has not seen a residential tower with a full complement of resort-style amenities built in more than three decades, so there has been significant pent up demand,” he said. ”Peninsular Residences is located about a five-minute walk from the beachfront which means the heart of Surfers Paradise is easily accessible, but residents can still enjoy the peace and tranquillity of a riverside lifestyle.” Mr Howell said Peninsular Residences had attracted the interest of locals as well as interstate investors, and he expected the final apartments to sell quickly now that construction had commences. The remaining apartment start from $514,000, and are expected to sell to locals.Marquee Development Partners’ CEO Mark Spedding said the apartments had been designed by BDA Architects, with “every space … maximised”. “The bathrooms are akin to a luxury health spa, the kitchens are a chef-style entertaining space with European appliances and the jewel in the crown is the private rooftop retreat exclusive to residents,” he said. There is also a private rooftop retreat which features a gym with outdoor yoga lawn, spa, cocktail terrace, movie theatre and private dining lounge with views across the waterways.last_img read more

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