Winter/Spring 2020 Educational and Community Events at Pasadena Playhouse

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Required fields are marked * Click on image to enlargePasadena Playhouse, The State Theater of California, offers a wide variety of educational and community events this winter and spring, beginning with a post- performance talk back with Alfred Molina and the cast of The Father, offering an inside-look at the cast’s process preparing for this production.The Father, written by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Jessica Kubzansky, comes to the Playhouse February 5 to March 1, 2020. The production stars Alfred Molina (Frieda, An Education, Enchanted April) in a tour-de-force performance in perhaps one of the most awarded plays of recent times on two continents – winning the 2014 Molière Award, and nominations for the Evening Standard Theatre Award, Olivier Award for Best New Play, and Tony Award for Best Play.In conjunction with The Father, the Playhouse will also offer a free to the public event on Saturday, February 22 at 3:30 PM: In Conversation: Dr. Paul Stephen Aisen: A discussion of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and the current state of therapeutic research. Dr. Aisen, Director of the USC Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute in San Diego, will discuss issues raised by the play in the context of the neuroscience of dementia and research efforts to develop an effective treatment.Dr. Aisen is the founding Director of the USC Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute (ATRI) in San Diego, an organization with the mission to accelerate the development of effective therapies for AD. Prior to joining the USC faculty, Dr. Aisen had been Professor of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS) from 2007 through 2015. As Director of ATRI, he continues his work on the development, design, and implementation of multicenter trials, collaborating with academic groups and pharmaceutical companies.ATRI is the Coordinating Center for many large studies, including the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), the A4 and LEARN studies, and the Trial-Ready Cohort for Preclinical/Prodromal AD (TRC-PAD). Most recently, Dr. Aisen, along with Drs. Reisa Sperling and Ron Petersen, was awarded the NIA Alzheimer’s Clinical Trials Consortium (ACTC).From March 27 through the 29th the Playhouse will offer a unique educational opportunity with The HERE Summit & Festival, a three day event that weaves together practices and creators working in immersive theater, mixed reality, game design, theme parks, and escape rooms. HERE is the follow-up to the Immersive Design Summit, started by Adventure Design Group, Epic Immersive, and No Proscenium.The Summit’s speaker and instructor lineup includes guests from The Royal Shakespeare Company, Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Dreamscape VR, Meow Wolf, Witness, and producers and performers from the seminal immersive theatre works Sleep No More and Then She Fell. The Festival will include work from rising LA companies like Capital W and The Speakeasy Society, as well as visiting artists such as NYC’s Linked Dance Theatre.April 3-5 marks the return of MACH 33: The Caltech?Pasadena Playhouse Festival of New Science-Driven Plays to the Playhouse. MACH 33 energizes the conversations about scientific, mathematical, and technological questions by staging readings of new, unpublished, unproduced plays. The readings are open to the public and present a discussion with Caltech/JPL scientific panelists after the show. The casts and crews feature professional actors and directors as well as students and members of the Caltech/JPL community. Festival playwrights have the unique opportunity to work with science advisors from Caltech and JPL and dramaturgs from the Pasadena Playhouse.Since 2013, MACH 33 has helped develop exciting new science plays such as Two Degrees by Tira Palmquist, The Surest Poison by Kristin Idaszak, Tesla by Dan Duling, Theory of Nothing by Lolly Ward, Sizzle Sizzle Fly by Susan Bernfield, Out of Orbit by Jennifer Maisel, They Promised Her the Moon by Laurel Ollstein, and The Chisera by Paula Cizmar. Since 2007, Caltech Theater has helped develop new plays such as Mate: The Untouchable Bobby Fischer by Lolly Ward, God Particle Complex by Chris Bell and Josh Zeller, and the trilogy of plays by George Morgan Rocket Girl, Pasadena Babalon, and Capture the Sun.In 2018, MACH 33 began a new collaboration with the Pasadena Playhouse and launched a new national call for plays. Brian Brophy – head of Caltech Theater – is the Artistic Director of Mach 33. Arden Thomas serves as the Associate Artistic Director and Literary Manager; Danny Feldman is the Producing Artistic Director of the Pasadena Playhouse.This year’s plays include: Burst by Rachel Bublitz and directed by Miranda Stewart, Human(E) by Desireé York and directed by Rhonda Kohl, and The Sunrise from the Moon by Hannah Manikowski and directed by Susan Dailian.Pasadena Civic Ballet will present Aladdin, By Diane De Franco Browne, Tania Grafos and Zoe Vidalakis April 17-19. Join Pasadena Civic Ballet and the Nigel Lythgoe/Debbie Allen International Dance Festival for a magic carpet ride full of romance, comedy and enchantment. Follow Aladdin with a cast of 100 lavishly costumed dancers as he tries to win the love of his Arabian Princess and derail the plans of the wicked Grand Vizier. Spectacular animated sets, aerial artistry, a magical flying carpet and an alluring cast bring this fantastical tale to life.Pasadena Civic Ballet (PCB) has been training children and adults in the art and discipline of dance for over 45 years. the Company is committed to presenting original productions to stimulate the development of its students and to enhance the artistic offerings available to our community. Artistic Directors Diane De France Browne, Tania Grafos, and Zoe Vidalakis bring over 60 years of dance training, choreography and performance experience to the school. PCB dance faculty has an acclaimed reputation with backgrounds ranging from American Ballet Theater, Joffery Ballet, New York City Ballet and Hungarian State Ballet. Its faculty members have collaborated with and performed works by George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Twyla Tharp, Martha Graham and Agnes De Mille. Pasadena Civic Ballet Company members have had the honor of performing with many acclaimed artistic organizations including LA Opera, the National Ballet of Spain, and the LA Phil. In addition, PCB has partnered with Kidspace Museum and local school districts in innovative programs integrating dance with science and curriculums.PCB has developed ticket giveback programs to work with the community to raise funds for local schools. Participating schools have earned funding to support arts education with each ticket purchase. PCB is proud to support various schools and charitable organizations including PUSD, LAUSCD, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Door of Hope, Five Acres, Hillsides, Young & Healthy, Foothill Family Services, Cancer Support Community and ChapCare.On April 20, Pasadena Playhouse is proud to participate in the 2020 6th annual National Jewish Theater Foundation Holocaust Theater International Initiative – Remembrance Readings with The Diary of Anne Frank – a reading by the JFed Players presented by the Jewish Federation of Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys. Hosted by Pasadena Playhouse. This play reading commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day January 27th and the week of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) May 1-2 and honors the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. Our collective goal is to keep alive their memories, stories, and must-never-be-forgotten lessons. May the power of live theater serve as a moral compass for future generations.From May 16-23, the Playhouse will host Director Lab West 2020, an 8-day summer intensive for stage directors and choreographers produced by the Steering Committee, in association with Pasadena Playhouse.Emerging from the Director’s Lab at Lincoln Center Theater, Directors Lab West is now in its 21st year and has grown to boast over 600 alumni across the world. Each year, between 40-50 emerging and mid-career directors and choreographers are selected for the intensive which features workshops, panel discussions, rehearsals, investigations, performances with talkbacks, and much more. DLW is funded through the generous support of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.Educational events offered this spring at the Playhouse will be rounded out by the USC New Works Festival 2020 from May 22-23. The thesis plays of the graduating MFA in Dramatic Writing cohort are presented as concert readings with professional actors and directors. NWF Year Three is a partnership with Pasadena Playhouse’s Playworks, a continuation of the theatre’s 100-year commitment to cultivating playwrights and original works. This year’s plays include Lena Passes By by Amanda L. Andrei and Nan by Noa Gardner.The Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing (MFADW) is an intensive, intimate, mentor-based, practicing literary arts program for today’s dramatic writer. The MFADW, centrally housed in the School of Dramatic Arts at USC, an elite research university, is designed to mine the literary potential of the artist, and prepare the artist to engage meaningfully in global society and the professionAbout the USC School of Dramatic Arts – The USC School of Dramatic Arts is a national leader in dramatic arts training, offering an unprecedented range of creative experiences on multiple platforms. Under the leadership of Dean David Bridel, the faculty and administration of the School have begun to reimagine and redefine what it means to train dramatic artists in the 21st Century without losing the rigorous foundational training that has been a hallmark of the School for over 70 years. This flexible and contemporary approach responds to today’s rapidly changing media climate and provides the versatile and cutting-edge skills essential to the contemporary actor, writer, stage manager and designer.About The Pasadena Playhouse – The Pasadena Playhouse is a place where people have gathered for 100 years to experience bold and important theater. It is one of the most prolific theaters in American history with a legacy of profound theatrical impact and courageous new work. In 1937, the Playhouse was officially recognized as the State Theater of California for its contribution and commitment to the dramatic arts. Today it continues that tradition of excellence under the helm of producing artistic director Danny Feldman. Dedicated to enriching lives through theater, community programs and learning initiatives, Pasadena Playhouse is a living force in the community.For more information on these events and all productions at Pasadena Playhouse visit PasadenaPlayhouse.org. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more

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Deportation Raids Split Many Cities, States

first_imgDeportation Raids Split Many Cities, StatesSTATELINE By Teresa WiltzCarmen was sleeping when they came for her and her two children. It was early Saturday morning, Jan. 2, and about a dozen federal immigration officials banged on her parents’ door in Atlanta. The 27-year-old single mother from El Salvador said she had just enough time to throw on some clothes over her pajamas.Carmen, who illegally crossed the Mexico-Texas border with her children in June 2014, was shocked when the officials said they were deporting her right away. She was in the midst of an appeals process — and even had a court appointment for that Monday — in a bid to stay.“I asked them, ‘Why are you sending me back to my country where it’s so dangerous? I could be killed,’ ” she said from a detention center in Dilley, Texas, where she is being held with her children, ages 6 and 8. (She asked that her real name not be used for fear of compromising her case.)The mother and her two children are among 121 people — mostly women and children from Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico — who were rounded up early this month, in raids primarily in Georgia, North Carolina and Texas amid growing fears that the U.S. faces a surge of illegal unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in Central America comparable to 2014. So far 77 have been deported.The deportation raids have sparked fear in U.S. immigrant communities and highlight the wide confusion and political division among federal, state and local authorities on how the nation should deal with as many as 11 million undocumented immigrants, most of whom entered the country illegally across the southern border.The Democratic mayors of Philadelphia and New Haven, Connecticut, last week said they would not cooperate with the deportation efforts. The Democratic New York City Council announced that city agencies would not report undocumented people to federal authorities.In Maryland, the Democratic executive in Montgomery County said local police wouldn’t cooperate in any raids. And Prince George’s County urged federal officials not to round up children in schools or people in stores, social service agencies or county buildings.Meanwhile, in Texas, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott last month extended the 18-month mission of National Guard troops along the border in response to a rise in the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the Rio Bravo.And the U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday it will hear a case involving President Barack Obama’s 2014 order that would have provided protection to as many as 4.9 million undocumented immigrants — an order that has been stayed while a lawsuit works its way through the courts.Texas and 25 other mostly Republican states filed the suit against the order, while dozens of mostly Democratic cities, the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors have backed the order in court briefs.At the same time U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are carrying out the raids, the Obama administration is building temporary shelters to house unaccompanied immigrant children in Colorado, Florida and New Mexico.The shelters will house up to 2,200 children for on average 32 days each and will provide schooling for them until they are placed with sponsor families. Under federal law, unaccompanied children must be transferred out of detention centers within 72 hours.The federal government “doesn’t want to get caught the way they did in 2014,” said Marc Rosenblum, who is leaving his position at the Migration Policy Institute to become deputy assistant secretary of Homeland Security and director of the Office of Immigration Statistics. “They want to give relief to people who have valid claims while enforcing their borders.”Either way, he said, it’s a dilemma with no easy solutions. “It’s a tough policy problem.”Targeted RaidsTargeted RaidsWhite House spokesman Josh Earnest said the raids begun last month are intended as deterrence, by discouraging people from attempting “the dangerous journey from Central America to the southwest border.”They have targeted families who had illegally crossed the border after May 1, 2014, and who had exhausted their legal options for staying, ICE said. The families will be held in detention centers for processing and then flown back to their home countries.But some defiant local officials say the raids have created a public safety crisis. Parents, they say, are keeping their children home from school and skipping doctor’s appointments. Whole families, they say, are hiding out in their homes, too frightened to go to the grocery store — or to talk to the police.“This is having a severe impact on the immigrant community itself,” said Maryland state Del. Ana Sol-Gutiérrez, a Democrat. “They are very much afraid of what ICE raids can do to their families. The community is panicked.”In announcing local police wouldn’t cooperate in the deportation effort, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett said, “We want all of our community members to know that they are free to go about their daily life, to go to schools and work, social service agencies, hospitals and medical clinics.“If you have reason to need help from our police, do not be afraid to call on them.”The SurgeThe raids come amid a rise in illegal crossings at the border, where last fall thousands of families and unaccompanied children fleeing gang violence, drought and poverty in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, slipped under the fence.The rise — more than 17,000 between October and December, compared to nearly 8,000 during the same period the previous year — has stoked fears that the nation will experience a surge like the one it witnessed in 2014, when roughly 69,000 children swarmed the border, creating a crisis in U.S. detention facilities and overwhelming states and municipalities.“Right now, we’re on pace to have more families and unaccompanied minors arrive in fiscal year 2016 than in 2014,” Rosenblum said.Once they cross, they end up in every state. How they are treated can depend on which one they go to.California, Florida, New York, Texas and the Washington, D.C., region that includes Maryland and Virginia have the largest numbers of unaccompanied children.California threw open its doors. In 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, signed into law a bill allocating $3 million in legal aid for Central American children. That same year, then-Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, sought to house the children in foster homes rather than in group shelters and pushed to have them treated as refugees.But other states made it clear the children were not welcome. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican, said in 2014 he did not want the children sent to his state because it would encourage others to cross the border illegally. Meanwhile, then-Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican, protested that the federal government had sent 200 children to his state without consulting him.Today, the raids are happening in cities and states that have some of the toughest immigration courts, said Amy Fischer, policy director for RAICES, a Texas-based organization that is providing pro bono legal aid to immigrants in the deportation centers.For example, she said, “very, very few people get granted asylum in Atlanta.”Other regions, such as the Washington, D.C., area, have courts that tend to be more immigrant-friendly, Fischer said. It’s also easier for immigrants there to find a lawyer, she said.U.S. Justice Department statistics back that up. In Atlanta, only 1 percent of asylum requests were granted in 2014, compared to 71 percent in Arlington, Virginia, and 84 percent in New York City.Escalating ViolenceAs Carmen found out, Atlanta wasn’t the best place to arrive undocumented, after fleeing her home and job as a cosmetologist in El Salvador in the face of gang violence in the summer of 2014.She was apprehended at the Texas border, where she applied for asylum and was ordered to wear an ankle bracelet to track her whereabouts. From there, she went to Atlanta, to be with her parents and brothers and sisters. She said she never missed a court appearance. But in October, a judge ordered her deported.Carmen was awaiting a decision on her appeal when ICE knocked on her door and hauled her off. Now, she said, she is working with her pro bono lawyers and praying for good news. “I hope God lets me stay,” she said. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Mannings Bakery obtains festive Lidl contract

first_imgMannings Bakery has stuck a deal to supply 500,000 mince pies to Lidl this Christmas.The Dublin-based bakery, in Coolock, will be supplying the products to around 136 Lidl stores across Ireland.Made to a family recipe, the order will see approximately 11.5 tonnes of rich fruit, brandy filling, and around 20 tonnes of buttermilk shortrcrust pastry used to create them.Established in the 1950s, the firm supplies a range of shortcrust pies and tarts, traditional breads and confectionery to the foodservice, retail and in-store bakery sectors.Eamonn Manning, managing director, Mannings Bakery, said: “We have been crafting speciality breads and confectionery for over 50 years and are delighted to supply over 500,000 mince pies to Lidl in the run-up to Christmas. These mince pies will be baked daily in Lidl’s in-store bakeries, before being served to customers.”Claire Moran, communications manager, Lidl Ireland, added: “We have an ongoing commitment to working with our growing number of almost 160 Irish suppliers, to bring the best of local produce to customers at our 136 stores across the country.“We have invested significantly in resourcing our purchasing division, which now has over 60 staff, all dedicated to establishing and developing locally-sourced products, with an ever-expanding network of Irish suppliers like Mannings Bakery.”last_img read more

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