Sweat Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage will pen the book, Tony winner Duncan Sheik will write the music and Tony nominee Susan Birkenhead will write lyrics for a musical version based on Sue Monk Kidd’s novel and the 2008 film The Secret Life of Bees, directed by Tony winner Sam Gold, as part of the Vassar Powerhouse summer season. The workshop of the new musical will take place July 27-29. The Secret Life of Bees takes place in 1964 South Carolina and focuses on 14-year-old Lily Owens, a girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother.Vassar Powerhouse, the breeding ground for Pulitzer winners Hamilton and The Humans, and 2017 Pulitzer finalists A 24-Decade History of Popular Music and The Wolves, will also present the new musical Stilyagi, based on the Russian movie musical The Hipsters. The tuner, featuring music by Peter Lerman and lyrics by Tony winner Lisa Kron and direction by Michael Mayer, will be presented June 23-25.Hedwig and the Angry Inch collaborators Stephen Trask and Peter Yanowitz will pen the music and lyrics for This Ain’t No Disco, a new musical with a book by Rick Elice, taking place in New York nightclubs in 1979. Trip Cullman directs the work that will run June 30-July 2.Josh Radnor’s new comedy Sacred Valley, which focuses partly on hallucinogens, will receive a full staging June 29-July 9. Tony nominee Sheryl Kaller directs. The work was featured in a reading at Vassar in 2016.Kevin Armento’s Good Men Wanted, about female fighters in the Civil War, will run July 20-30, also in a full staging. Jaki Bradley directs with Ani Taj as choreographer. Lynn Nottage(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Comments
Los Angeles Times:If you don’t believe in horoscopes, you’re in step with science. But that’s not the same as saying the season of your birth cannot affect your fate. Hundreds of studies, published in peer-reviewed journals, have suggested that the month a person is born in is associated with characteristics such as temperament, longevity and susceptibility to certain diseases.Scientists say that even though some of these findings are probably spurious — if you dig around in data, you will eventually find correlations just by chance — other effects are very likely real, triggered not by the alignment of the planets but by exposures during prenatal and early postnatal lives.Read the full story: Los Angeles Times More of our Members in the Media >
An official of the Basilan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) confirmed late Wednesday afternoon that four personnel of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) when the helicopter they were riding in crashed during bad weather in Lantawan, Basilan on Wednesday.Authorities inspect the site where a Philippine Air Force rescue helicopter carrying four airmen crashed in Lantawan, Basilan. (Photo courtesy Isabela DRRMO / MANILA BULLETIN)Basilan PDRRMO Head Nixon Alonzo said the chopper crashed in a rubber plantation in Barangay Manggas in Lantawan town at around 12 noon.“Witnesses told us that before the crash, they saw smoke coming out of the chopper and they said the helicopter was not flying normally,” Alonzo told the Manila Bulletin in a phone interview.“According to the witnesses here, there was an explosion after the crash,” he added.A police report obtained by the Manila Bulletin identified one of the fatalities as Airman 2nd Class Benedicto Leal. The three other fatalities remain unidentified.READ MORE: Female pilot, 2 airmen killed in PAF chopper crash in BasilanThe police report stated that the crash occurred at the rubber plantation owned by Lantawan Vice Mayor Nasser Abubakar. The crash reportedly occurred due to bad weather condition in the area.The chopper, according to the police report, came from Zamboanga City.Alonzo said that when they went to the area, they saw the bodies of four people inside the chopper. He said that based on their observation, it appeared that it was impossible for anybody to have survived the crash.He described the helicopter as having white and blue color. But he said the chopper was wrecked.“Based on what we saw, there were no survivors. They were all burned beyond recognition,” said Alonzo.Alonzo said military personnel already proceeded to the crash site and recovered the four bodies. SIGN UP TO DAILY NEWSLETTERCLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP
TUSCALOOSA – As the Alabama football team prepares for its final games of the season, the senior class hopes to secure its legacy with the Crimson Tide.The 24-member group has an opportunity to leave as one of the most productive in Alabama history.However, it’s what these players have done off the field that will be more of an impact than wins and national titles.“We feel very, very fortunate to have such a fine group, not only as a lot of good football players but really an outstanding group of people,” coach Nick Saban said. “They’ve provided a lot of leadership through the years. They’ve been very unselfish in the way that they’ve set a good example and cared for others and taken time to influence other people and be a role model. This is a group that I’m really, really proud of. This team has been a really fun team to coach.”These seniors have won at least 10 games every year for a 48-5 record with two national titles. If they win out, they would pass the 2012 Alabama senior class for the most wins in a four-year span by a major conference team.They would also match the 2012 Alabama and the 1997 Nebraska senior classes for the most national titles with three.“I’ve been here for so long,” senior safety and Prattville native Nick Perry said. “It just feels like it’s part of me. And it’s kind of sad that it’s winding down. These past couple games and the next games coming up should be the best games. Just can’t wait to finish it on a high note.”The Crimson Tide cites the leadership of this senior class as the reason for the team being ranked No. 1 headed in the Sugar Bowl semifinal against Ohio State. And that’s beyond playing.Only nine of the them are every-down starters. Several rotate into games to play a role.“I think the best thing about this team, the best thing about our seniors is they’re all really well-liked by their teammates and that really starts with the fact that they care,” Saban said. “They care about other people on the team and are willing to spend time to help the other people on the team, and I think that’s made the team chemistry on this team really good.”Quarterback Blake Sims, receivers DeAndrew White and Christion Jones and offensive linemen Austin Shepherd, Arie Kouandjio and Leon Brown are the mainstays on offense.Inside linebacker Trey DePriest, outside linebacker Xzavier Dickson and Perry are the core on defense.Important and vocal leadership comes from fullback Jalston Fowler, tight end Brian Vogler, defensive lineman Brandon Ivory and safety Jarrick Williams as part-time players.“Some of the guys who are doing a really, really good of that, without me mentioning any names, are actually guys who struggled maybe early on being able to do those types of things,” Saban said. “When it was their turn to take a leadership role, regardless of what their role was on the team, they really did it in a first-class way. That’s been very helpful to the team chemistry.”These seniors are the ones who brought the players together in the offseason. They were part of the disappointing finish in 2013 with two straight losses.They experienced the cliques on the team and wanted to break down the walls between the positional units and reached out to freshmen.“Everybody is comfortable with each other from the seniors to the freshmen,” Jones said “Everybody has a good vibe. We haven’t had any problems on the team amongst each other or any outcasts. Everyone gets along with each other.”Jones remembers this type of feeling from the 2011 national title team he was on, and wanted to bring it back this year.He followed the leaders when he was a freshman in an open, nurturing environment. Jones feels it worked again.“This year everybody is so tight,” junior cornerback Cyrus Jones said. “It’s a well-knit group. There’s no cliques on the team. Everybody has everybody’s backs. Once you have that cohesiveness, especially with the leaders, it trickles down to everyone else. I think this team is on the right track.” (1) ALABAMA VS. (4) OHIO STATE WHAT: College Football Playoff semifinalWHEN: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 1WHERE: Sugar Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New OrleansRECORDS: Alabama (12-1), Ohio State (12-1)ON THE AIR: TV — ESPN; Radio — WXFX-FM 95.1, WDXX-FM 100.1, WTLS-FM 106.5, WTLS-AM 1300LINE: Alabama by 91/2 Alabama senior linebacker Xzavier Dickson tries to sack Missouri Tigers quarterback Maty Mauk during the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome.