Behind ‘Peter Pan’

first_imgIn 1904, a kind of lightning struck London’s theater scene. Tuxedo-clad audiences accustomed to somber and serious dramas were stunned by a production set in a whimsical world of make-believe, starring a band of rambunctious children.One well-known actor and producer, after reading an early version of the shocking new play, became convinced its creator had lost his mind.But Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie was perfectly sane when he introduced his land of crocodiles, fairies, pirates, and an ageless, mischievous, flying boy named Peter Pan to the London stage. And theatergoers loved it.Contemporary audiences will have the chance to experience some of that wonder this summer when the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) recaptures the spirit of the boy who would never grow up in its premiere of “Finding Neverland.” The new musical, about the real-life genesis of Barrie’s groundbreaking work, runs from July 23 through Sept. 28.Helmed by A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus, the musical is based on the 2004 film of the same name, which starred Johnny Depp as the free-spirited Barrie and Kate Winslet as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, the mother of four young boys whom Barrie befriends and draws on for inspiration. While visiting London’s Kensington Gardens, Barrie encounters the clan. Soon they are regular playmates, enacting the author’s imaginary scenarios in vivid detail. (In real life, Barrie became a trustee and guardian to the boys after their parents died.)For Paulus, who is known for staging productions that burst the bounds of conventional theater, the show was a natural fit. Paulus sees Barrie as a kindred spirit, an artist willing to take chances and break the rules “for great things to happen.”“I loved the behind-the-scenes aspect of this story, what it takes to create something really transformational,” said Paulus. “That appealed to me … that artistic risk-taking.”Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, the former head of Miramax studios, which produced the 2004 film, is backing the project, which includes a script by James Graham, music by singer-songwriters Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy, and choreography by Mia Michaels. Paulus and Weinstein first connected two years ago during his visit to Cambridge to see her A.R.T. revival of the musical “Pippin.” When he mentioned he was working on making a musical from “Finding Neverland,” Paulus watched the movie again and was hooked.But transforming a film into a stage musical is a delicate process. A 2012 attempt at adapting “Neverland” in England met with mixed reviews. Not every movie can succeed in such a makeover, explained Paulus on a recent afternoon in her A.R.T. office. The woman behind productions such as “The Donkey Show,” the disco revamp of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” that has been a hit in Cambridge for years, and who won a Tony Award for best director in 2013 for her reimagined “Pippin,” appreciates the value of song. But she also appreciates when to use it.“A film can become a musical if you can see a place where a musical can express something more than the film can,” Paulus said. With “Finding Neverland,” Paulus’ way in was through Barrie’s vivid imagination, something she felt could be animated and expanded “through musical storytelling.”“That was my hook into it, no pun intended.”The show’s songs by Barlow, lead vocalist for the British pop group “Take That,” and Kennedy evoke the “1960s British pop world, ‘Yellow Submarine’-esque sounding kind of fantasy songs,” said Paulus, and are a “keyhole” into Barrie’s mind. They are also infectious. When Paulus played some of the tunes for her 7- and 10-year-old daughters last year, they “went crazy dancing all around the house.”Barrie’s imagination was also the hook (pun intended) for young playwright Graham. Best known for his plays about Great Britain’s political machinations, Graham was tapped by Weinstein after the producer attended a production of his recent political hit “This House.” They met one morning for breakfast. Not long after, Weinstein got in touch.Like Paulus, Graham was intrigued by the idea of letting Barrie’s inner child and imagination run wild on stage. “The thing I really pitched hard for was to bring a sense of childish naughtiness and silliness to the theater version … how you theatricalize that magic was really exciting.”To do that, Graham transformed some of the smaller moments in the film into large production numbers, unleashing Barrie’s fantasy world with the help of Barlow and Kennedy’s evocative music and Michaels’ creative choreography.“You take little ideas that are only fleeting in the film, and you expand upon them, and you find the theatrical language to do that,” said Graham, whose newly reworked dinner scene, among others, is sure to be a crowd favorite.In a sneak peek at what’s to come, Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson, clad in a silver sequined gown and surrounded by the four youngest members of the A.R.T. cast, gave a moving performance of the show’s title song “Neverland” during the 68th Tony Awards last month. Last week, sneakers and shorts were the preferred attire for Jeremy Jordon, a Broadway regular who plays Barrie and who delivered his own stirring version of the song during a rehearsal at Farkas Hall.Hudson’s Tony performance fueled industry speculation that the musical may eventually reach Broadway. Asked about the show’s future, Paulus said that for now she is “100 percent focused on making a show for the A.R.T.”But, she added, “Like everything, should it have a future life, that’s just the happy moment when you get to do it again.”“Finding Neverland” is presented by the A.R.T. by special arrangement with Harvey Weinstein.For ticket information, visit the A.R.T. website.last_img read more

Why some people are resistant to Alzheimer’s

first_img Related Environment counts, Alzheimer’s research suggests The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. The investigators suspect that carrying two copies of the APOE3ch variant may postpone the clinical onset of Alzheimer’s disease by limiting tau pathology and neurodegeneration.“This single case opens a new door for treatments of Alzheimer’s disease, based more on the resistance to Alzheimer’s pathology rather than on the cause of the disease. In other words, not necessarily focusing on reduction of pathology, as it has been done traditionally in the field, but instead promoting resistance even in the face of significant brain pathology,” said Quiroz.APOE3 is one form of the APOE gene, the major susceptibility gene for late-onset Alzheimer’s. The APOE gene provides instructions for making a protein called apolipoprotein E, which is involved in the metabolism of fats in the body. Experiments revealed that the APOE3ch variant may reduce the ability of apolipoprotein E to bind to certain sugars called heparan sulphate proteoglycans (HSPG), which have been implicated in processes involving amyloid beta and tau proteins.“This finding suggests that artificially modulating the binding of APOE to HSPG could have potential benefits for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, even in the context of high levels of amyloid pathology,” said co–lead author Joseph F. Arboleda-Velasquez of the Schepens Eye Research Institute.“This study underscores the importance of APOE in the development, treatment, and prevention of Alzheimer’s, not to mention the profound impact that even one research volunteer can have in the fight against this terrible disease,” said Eric M. Reiman, executive director of Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and co-senior author of the study. “We hope that our findings galvanize and inform the discovery of APOE-related drug and gene therapies, such that we can put them to the test in treatment and prevention studies as soon as possible.”The research in this study is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Massachusetts General Hospital Executive Committee on Research, Alzheimer’s Association, Grimshaw-Gudewicz Charitable Foundation, Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation, Nomis Foundation, State of Arizona, and Anonymous Foundation. Findings point to role of natural selection in disease A new study provides insights on why some people may be more resistant to Alzheimer’s disease than others. The findings may lead to strategies to delay or prevent the condition.The study was led by investigators at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), in collaboration with the University of Antioquia, Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear, and Banner Alzheimer’s Institute.According to researchers, some people who carry mutations in genes known to cause early onset Alzheimer’s disease do not show signs of the condition until a very old age — much later than expected. Studying these individuals may reveal insights on gene variants that reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.In their Nature Medicine study, Yakeel T. Quiroz, a clinical neuropsychologist and neuroimaging researcher at MGH, and her colleagues describe one such patient, from a large extended family with more than 6,000 living members from Colombia, who did not develop mild cognitive impairment until her 70s, nearly three decades after the typical age of onset.Like her relatives who showed signs of dementia in their 40s, the patient carried the E280A mutation in a gene called Presenilin 1 (PSEN1), which has been shown to cause early onset Alzheimer’s disease. She also had two copies of a gene variation called ChristChurch, named after the New Zealand city where it was first found in the APOE3 gene (APOE3ch). The team was unable to identify any additional family members who had two copies of this variation who also carried the PSEN1 E280A mutation. In an analysis of 117 kindred members, 6 percent had one copy of the APOE3ch mutation, including four PSEN1 E280A mutation carriers who showed signs of mild cognitive impairment at the average age of 45 years.Imaging tests revealed only minor neurodegeneration in the patient’s brain. Surprisingly, the patient had unusually high brain levels of amyloid beta deposits, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease; however, the amount of tau tangles — another hallmark of the disease — was relatively limited.center_img How a doctor learned to become a caregiver Exposure to new activities may delay onset of dementia A new understanding of Alzheimer’s After his beloved wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Arthur Kleinman discovered that what he didn’t know was a lot last_img read more

Tickets Now Available for Under My Skin Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments Under My Skin Sex, love and healthcare? These three things that we need but don’t always necessarily get, are all touched upon in Under My Skin. A twist of fate leads to love and laughs when New York’s most eligible bachelor Harrison Baddish (Walton), and a single, working mother Melody Dent (Butler), hilariously experience each other’s lives and see things from a very different perspective. Additional cast members include Allison Strong, Kate Loprest and Andrew Polk. Want to see how the other side live? Tickets are now available to see Under My Skin, starring Tony nominee Kerry Butler and Matt Walton off-Broadway. Written by Robert Sternin and Prudence Fraser and directed by Kirsten Sanderson, the comedy will begin previews April 5. Opening night is set for May 15 at The Little Shubert Theatre.center_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 8, 2014last_img read more

Transplants or seeds?

first_img(Note to editor: The following is a helpful Q&A on fall gardening tips from Amanda Tedrow, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent in Athens-Clarke County.)Q: I’ve had my soil tested by the UGA soil lab and received a recommendation to fertilize. I am reluctant to apply fertilizer due to the current weather. What do you suggest? A: Due to the hot, dry weather, it is tough to say a solid “yes” or “no” on fertilizing right now. It is situation and plant specific. If your soil report recommends a fertilizer application to help with a nutrient deficiency or pH issue you should follow the recommendations but with caution due to the weather. Stressed plants in dry soil may have their roots burned by a fertilizer application containing excessive nutrients. Most plants are not producing new growth right now, and the spring growth has been hardened off, making the plant less vulnerable to the current high temperatures and drought stress. If you fertilize your plants now, they may put on new growth, which will not be hardened off before winter temperatures arrive, damaging the plant. You can incorporate compost into your soil to increase its water-holding capacity and add smaller amounts of nutrients. Some plants, such as annuals, do need fertilizer and additional water during the entire growing season.It is extremely important to water plants when they show stress with at least 1 inch of water per week when rainwater is not sufficient. Mulch plants with 2-3 inches of materials. Most gardeners use pine straw, pine-bark nuggets, hardwood mulch or other organic materials. I would caution against using stone or pebbles for mulch since these materials retain heat and will not cool the soil. A useful publication on “Best Management Practices in the Landscape” can be found at: I am interested in starting my own garden this fall from seed. Should I grow everything as transplants or start the seeds in my garden?A: There is not an easy answer to your question. Some plants do better as transplants. Others prefer to be directly sown in the garden. Typically, root crops such as carrots, beets and radishes are best direct seeded in the garden. If these are not direct seeded, the roots are often oddly shaped, but still edible. Any plants direct-seeded into the garden need to be thinned to prevent overcrowding and to ensure proper spacing and air circulation. Plant thinning is often done when seedlings are less than 2 inches tall. These thinned plants can be eaten if desired. Garlic can also be direct seeded by planting cloves in the fall. Other root crops such as turnips or rutabagas can be purchased as transplants or started in the house and transitioned easily into the garden. Leafy greens such as collards, kale, cabbage, lettuce and Swiss chard are often started indoors or purchased as transplants. These plants along with broccoli, cauliflower and kohlrabi can be planted as small transplants, usually no more than 4 inches tall with a sturdy root system and strong stem. If you grow your own plants, make sure to provide them with enough sunlight. Plants that receive too little sunlight are often weak and will struggle to establish in the garden.last_img read more

Commentary: Don’t finance Argentina’s ‘Dead Cow’ fracking

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Devex:The board of directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has a stark decision to make at its final meeting before officially transitioning to the new U.S. International Development Finance Corporation. Two major fracking projects in Argentina, totalling $450 million in U.S. taxpayer financing, will be up for consideration.OPIC’s board could reject these proposals and ride off into the sunset as a global leader in clean energy. Or, it could recklessly close its eyes to the climate crisis and approve the projects, leaving the agency with a tarnished environmental legacy and a long shadow cast over DFC.It is not surprising that the U.N. Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights has urged Argentina to reconsider the exploitation of Vaca Muerta because of its social and environmental impacts.Moreover, plans to frack Vaca Muerta are on very shaky financial ground. Because of the high risk, global oil and gas companies are relying on unsustainable government subsidies to exploit fossil fuels in a country plagued by macroeconomic instability and incredible debt.According to Tom Sanzillo, finance director at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis and co-author of a highly critical 2019 report, “The Vaca Muerta extraction plan promises subsidies that are unaffordable, and that relies on a financially weak Argentine business team…Over the last six years, foreign investors have signed agreements with the biggest names in the oil and gas business, but progress is slow, commitments are thin and future plans unrealistic.”More: Opinion: The US government should steer clear of Argentina’s ‘Dead Cow’ Commentary: Don’t finance Argentina’s ‘Dead Cow’ frackinglast_img read more

4 ways to practice humility

first_imgThose who achieve leadership roles have proven their skills and knowledge, and unfortunately, success can contribute to an inflated ego. While having confidence in one’s self is important in leadership, you also need to balance that with the responsibility of leading an organization.As I’ve written before, trust is a critical component of being an effective leader. Leadership guru Dan Rockwell says that “the first practice of humility is seeing others as trustworthy,” and shares four ways to practice humility and keep your team motivated. Here they are:Give people the opportunity to rise. This is part of servant leadership, too. You hire people to fill a role for a reason, and you should give them the space to use their experience and knowledge to the fullest. It’s also important that you provide opportunities to support professional and personal development. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Get off our lawn! How a big bank’s cliche sparked a tweet storm

first_imgSome social media genius at JPMorgan Chase sent out a tweet last week that created backlash for the big bank and a “get off my lawn” moment for this Baby Boomer.In this case, the “lawn” is where the millennials and before them, Gen Xers, in my life and career grew up under my watchful, anxious eyes as a parent and as a colleague and mentor (but only when asked) in the past few decades.The tweet was a lame attempt to poke at millennials’ spending habits and went like this: “You: why is my balance so low. Bank account: make coffee at home. Bank account: eat the food that’s already in the fridge. Bank account: you don’t need a cab, it’s only three blocks. You: I guess we’ll never know. Bank account: seriously?” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Redevco profits from C&A sale

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Interest only? Market analyst slams UBS survey finding 1 in 3 borrowers clueless about home loans

first_imgNearly a quarter of interest-only borrowers who are already under high stress are considering selling their property, according to UBS.Thirty-five per cent of interest-only borrowers said they were already under “moderate” stress, while 36 per cent said they were under “high stress”, according to the survey of more than 900 people who had taken out home loans over the past year.UBS analysts described the findings as “concerning”, with $640 billion worth of interest-only mortgages outstanding in Australia. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Global investment bank UBS has found 1 in 3 borrowers with interest-only mortgages don’t know they have them. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard.“We are concerned that it is likely that approximately one third of borrowers who have taken out an interest only mortgage have little understanding of the product or that their repayments will jump by between 30-60 per cent at the end of the IO period (depending on the residual term),” UBS analyst Jonathan Mott said.“While these loans are well secured, we believe many borrowers may face substantial stress as interest rates rise or when they revert to principal and interest.” Heritage-listed unit block sells for first time in 80 years More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour ago Mortgage stress continues to rise Brisbane’s most in-demand suburbs Interest-only loans don’t require any payment of the loan’s principal amount for a fixed period at the start of the loan, meaning monthly repayments are lower at the beginning but jump dramatically later on. A UBS survey has found 1 in 3 borrowers with interest-only home loans don’t know they have them.A NATIONAL property market analyst has slammed a UBS survey finding a third of borrowers with interest-only home loans don’t even know they have them.The global investment bank survey also found nearly a quarter of interest-only mortgage holders who are already under high stress are considering selling their property, while 17 per cent will need to draw down other lines of credit to meet higher interest rates. UBS analysts are concerned 1 in 3 borrowers with interest-only mortgages are clueless. Picture: Alex Wisser.However, the UBS analyst believes there is a real risk many consumers do not realise their mortgage payments will rise in this manner.But Simon Pressley, who is the managing director of buyers agency Propertyology, has rejected the UBS survey findings.Mr Pressley said it was “unbelievable” that one third of borrowers with interest-only mortgages would not have realised what kind of loan they were taking out.“It’s one of the biggest decisions you make and it’s not a hard concept to understand,” he said.“I can’t imagine anyone would be that silly.” Propertyology managing director Simon Pressley. Picture supplied.Mr Pressley questioned the motivation of the investment bank and the small sample size of the survey. “Why are they making these statements? There’s no way in the world they could back that up because the sample’s so small — what’s their motive?”“They’re accusing a large segment of this country of being fools. “These loans aren’t new, so why are they going totally out of their way to make these massive, scary big statements.” Earlier this year, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority introduced measures that put a restriction on new interest-only lending to 30 per cent of all new loans.Many banks responded by hiking rates for interest-only loans.The findings come as mortgage stress continues to rise, with ratings agency Moody’s reporting that late mortgage payments had hit a five-year high.last_img read more

Guardiola vows to rest Man City’s star players at Chelsea

first_img Loading… ‘We don’t have any doubts about Gabriel,’ Guardiola said. ‘The only doubt we have is that not one single player can play every three days. ‘Raheem can play in this position, even Gundogan and Bernardo. Not like a (proper) striker but we can use them.’ Guardiola’s defensive options are set to be boosted for the fixtures ahead with John Stones on the brink of a return. City have been without the England defender in their two games back – a 3-0 win over Arsenal and a 5-0 victory against Burnley – since returning to Premier League action last week due to an ankle injury. The centre-back is unlikely to be available at Stamford Bridge, however, but is making good progress in his recovery. ‘He’s training on the pitch,’ Guardiola added. ‘He’s getting better and hopefully he can join the team in the next few days.’ Reserve goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is also training again after a thigh problem. Klopp’s side only need three more points to win their first ever Premier League trophy. Defeat at Chelsea will hand the Premier League title to Liverpool  Read Also: Video: Ramos fires home wonder free kick against Real Mallorca Liverpool are 23 points clear of Guardiola’s side, who can earn a maximum of 87 points should they win all their remaining eight games. But if City even draw against Frank Lampard’s men, their highest possible points tally drops to 85, so as Liverpool currently have 86 points after their win over the Eagles. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Woman The Whole Muslim World Is Proud OfWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Yearcenter_img Pep Guardiola has said he will rest some of his key Manchester City players against Chelsea tonight, even though losing at Stamford Bridge could hand Liverpool the Premier League title. Pep Guardiola has said he will rest some of his key Manchester City players against Chelsea Jurgen Klopp’s side will be crowned champions if they beat Crystal Palace tonight and City fail to win at Stamford Bridge 24 hours later. But City’s gruelling schedule sees them play an FA Cup quarter-final at Newcastle on Sunday night and that is the game Guardiola is prioritising, to the extent that he could even play Ilkay Gundogan – best known as a deep-lying midfielder – as a centre-forward. ‘We can’t deny that we have one eye on Newcastle,’ he added. ‘Chelsea and Liverpool are prestigious but Newcastle is our game. A final. We have one eye. ‘It depends on physical condition, the minutes they have played. We take a look a little bit at what is going to happen, not just Chelsea.’ Guardiola will definitely be missing Sergio Aguero after he came off with a knee injury against Burnley on Monday night. The Argentine striker has already had surgery in Barcelona on a lateral meniscus injury in his left knee, and is set for up to seven weeks on the sidelines. Sergio Aguero undergoes surgery in Barcelona Gabriel Jesus is likely to replace Aguero for the time being but Guardiola admitted midfielder Ilkay Gundogan could play up front when he decides to rotate his options in the coming weeks. Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne have also played in that ‘false 9’ role in the past but Guardiola believes Gundogan could offer a different alternative.last_img read more