College of Science dean writes memoir

first_imgIn the mere four years since he joined the Notre Dame family as the dean of the College of Science in 2008, Gregory Crawford has ridden his bike across the country three times, met two U.S. presidents and traveled to Haiti on several occasions.  In his recently published book, “The Education of a Notre Dame Science Dean: My Four-Year Ride with the Irish,” Crawford recounts his experiences thus far in his tenure at the University and the ways they have impacted him personally.  Although he began writing the book in September, Crawford said he contemplated the focus of the book during his third cross-country bike ride, this one stretching from Boston to California. “I think it was all about the people,” he said. “I was originally only going to write it for my daughters, but then someone said, ‘You should really launch this thing because other people would like to read about … how you can learn as an adult.” Crawford said he considered his personal growth in light of two commencement speeches he has given: one at Trinity School in South Bend shortly after he arrived at Notre Dame and one last spring at his alma mater, Kent State University.  “I was sort of reflecting on two kind of endpoints,” he said. “I saw how my message changed and was sort of thinking about why that was the case.” Crawford said he realized the four years he spent at Notre Dame between those public addresses prompted a profound change in his mindset and experiences. “I’ve been so influenced by Notre Dame students, alumni and the sort of bigger mission [of Notre Dame],” he said. “That’s how I started to put [the book] together.” During his tenure at the University, Crawford has had the opportunity to fish with University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh and meet former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and President Barack Obama, in addition to scores of Notre Dame students and alumni. These encounters form the core of his book’s content, Crawford said. With regard to the time he spent with Hesburgh, Crawford said its significance was “not so much about fishing.” “I mean, who can say they’ve [fished with Hesburgh]?” he said. “It’s about spending three days on a lake listening to him talk about the history of Notre Dame and the United States and how he influenced it.” Crawford said he recalls feeling “almost flabbergasted” when Carter sought out the Notre Dame delegation in Haiti in 2008.  “When [Carter] said, ‘Hey, are you with Notre Dame?’ I really realized how leaders and presidents actually view the University and how much they knew about it,” Crawford said. “In some ways I was shocked, but after you think about it, you’re like, no kidding, of course they know Notre Dame and understand its values and really cherish what we’re trying to accomplish here.” But as the Dean of Notre Dame’s College of Science, one of Crawford’s most cherished relationships is his “phenomenal partnership” with the family of former football coach Ara Parseghian and the medical research foundation named for him.  As a result of the diagnosis and eventual passing of three of Parseghian’s grandchildren with the rare genetic disease Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC), Crawford said the University has committed strongly to finding a cure for the disease through research.  “Since we have such a connection with the family … we want to be the ones that really solve this in the future,” he said. “We’re doing everything we can and partnering with anybody else who shares our mission and passion for finding a cure for this disease.”  Crawford himself has made a personal commitment to the cause by contributing all proceeds from his book to the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation and completing three transcontinental bike rides to raise awareness of NPC.  But more important than the research itself has been Crawford’s friendship with Cindy Parseghian, one of the foundation’s co-founders and a member of the Science Advisory Board, Crawford said.  “What she and [husband] Mike [Parseghian] did with the foundation around the world to search for a cure for the disease that eventually took the lives of their own children … is just phenomenal,” he said. “The hope they provide to families is just unbelievable even though their kids have since passed.” Working so closely with the Foundation has given Crawford the chance to interact with legendary coach Ara Parseghian, a relationship made even more significant by the fact that Crawford’s great-uncle played football for Knute Rockne. “Whenever we ask [Parseghian] for anything, he’s always there. He’s the nicest guy,” Crawford said. “He’s very passionate and an excellent speaker, and he talks to our scientists about finding a cure much like he probably hopped up his football team in his speeches.” On a daily basis, Crawford said he has been personally impacted by Notre Dame students, especially those who have joined the movement to find a cure for NPC through research and fundraising.  “It’s been pretty incredible to interact with students by supporting them, having them support our efforts and, most importantly, learning from them,” he said.  In recalling such meaningful life experiences and special people, Crawford said all are united by a common thread.  “I really enjoyed [writing the book] and kind of putting it all together,” he said. “There’s a lot of connections between the various chapters, but the underlying thing is the mission of Notre Dame, which is what brings people together.”  “The Education of a Notre Dame Science Dean” is available for sale at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore and through Corby Books.last_img read more

Incoming freshmen exceed expectations

first_imgLast fall, many members of the applicant pool for Notre Dame’s Class of 2017 boasted the stellar test scores and transcripts up to the Irish standard, so the Office of Undergraduate Admissions needed to go a step beyond academic evaluation when selecting the 2,074 members now enrolled as freshmen. Don Bishop, associate vice president for undergraduate enrollment, said the office adopted a “holistic admissions process” to examine not just the results of applicants’ endeavors, but also the motivations behind their success. “We believe that we have a better admissions process if we understand the context of a student’s success and not just whether they succeeded or not,” Bishop said. “As we read the files, it was very apparent that high credentials alone didn’t gain admission [for an individual student]. We wanted to understand their motivation to succeed.” Bishop said the applicant pool increased by 4 percent overall, and the top portion of the pool increased by 15 percent, giving the office an opportunity for greater selectivity than what the initial 4 percent suggests. “This year, I think there was a greater qualitative review of people’s quantitative success,” he said. This qualitative evaluation centered on the applicant essay and recommendations from teachers and guidance counselors, director for admissions Bob Mundy said. The most attractive candidates were those whose essays showed a depth of thought and character and then were accompanied by recommendations that reinforced this impression, he said. “It’s that intrinsic motivation that we’re trying to get at,” Mundy said. “The challenge is, as the applicant pool gets stronger and stronger, how do we separate students when you’re looking at pretty modest differences in some of the academic measures?” These academic measures include a median best SAT score of 1440 and a median best ACT score of 33, according to data provided by Bishop. Forty-nine percent of the class had SAT or ACT scores ranking in the top 1 percent of the nation, and 50 percent ranked in the top 2 percent of their high school classes. Beyond these standardized measures, the office noted that 90 percent of this class participated in community service, compared to 75 percent in the past. In their high schools, 34 percent held leadership positions in student government, 40 percent participated in the performing arts and 77 percent played a varsity sport. Bishop said he attributes the increased number of qualified applicants to the ongoing recruitment efforts by the Office of Admissions. “We developed more of a long-term relationship with prospective students,” he said. “We tend to now be engaging them over a two- to three-year period instead of just the year that they’re up for consideration. That’s relatively new, and that was a big change in this cohort. “We believe that’s the primary reason that there was this surge of applicants at the top. We were assertive in not only responding to [students] but at times, initiating contact.” Bishop said the efforts of Notre Dame’s faculty and staff, particularly in the admissions and financial aid offices, were the biggest factor in the increase. “We just continued to do a better job of engaging our students,” he said. “We’ve seen some real increases in yield rates over groups that came to campus for special visit programs, and those all rose up this year in a specific way.” As the applicant pool increases, the yield of admitted students who actually go on to enroll ordinarily tends to drop, Mundy said, though this was not the case here. “As your applicant pool becomes stronger and we admit students, these students have options similar to Notre Dame in terms of academic quality, so now we have a large percentage of students who have some of these other great choices,” Mundy said. Bishop said he had anticipated the yield rate to go down for this high school graduating class because of the competition for the students among the country’s top colleges. “We normally like to take around 15 to 100 students off the wait list, so we always build our admit policies on the goal to also have some spots left over to reward some students on the wait list,” Bishop said. “What happened this spring was that our goal was to enroll 2,005 freshmen, and right now we have 2,074 freshmen who are still on the books. “We weren’t able to take any students off the waiting list, and we’re over-enrolled by about 60 freshmen,” he said. Bishop said approximately 53 percent of Notre Dame’s offers of admission were accepted. This statistic could put the University among the top 10 schools nationwide in terms of success in enrolling admitted students. Certain factors stand out among the class demographics, Bishop said. A record 136 African-American freshmen enrolled, compared to last year’s 111. Nine percent of the class is first-generation college students, compared to 7 percent in the past. Across the United States, 41.8 percent of the class hails from the Midwest, with 22.3 percent from the East Coast, 19.9 percent from the West and Southwest, and 10.2 percent from the south. Of the 2,074 students, 121 came from outside the United States. “I think it’s important for the University to be equally attractive to all the talent groups in the country,” Bishop said. “[This data] shows that Notre Dame is a place that everyone is aspiring to enroll, and when they visit they see themselves here.” In selecting this record-breaking class, Bishop said the Office of Admissions looked beyond how good these students seemed on paper to find people who “will never be satisfied with their current level of success, who will want to grow.” “As intelligent as our students are, we really believe that they have already shown the capacity to develop a higher level of wisdom, to use their talents in ways that matter to others, and through that, they’ll be happier,” he said. “The point is that there is a difference between intelligence and wisdom, which was one of our short answer questions on the application last year. We were trying to send a message to the applicant pool that at Notre Dame, wisdom is probably a greater accomplishment than just their intelligence, and that you have to use your intelligence well.” Contact Ann Marie Jakubowski at [email protected]last_img read more

Student ‘strove for greatness’ to be Leprechaun

first_imgSenior Johnny Romano used to dream about being a Notre Dame football player, but after realizing his body type was not well suited for the sport, he decided to take on a different role in Notre Dame Athletics and became the Notre Dame Leprechaun. “I always wanted to be a football player, but when you are five feet and five-and-three-fourths inches tall, it’s a little hard,” Romano, a native of Glencoe, Ill., said. “So I strove for greatness, and what’s better than being a football player? The Notre Dame Leprechaun.” Romano said the process to become the Leprechaun begins with a one-page essay about why the Leprechaun hopeful wants to be the official mascot of Notre Dame. Those applicants then participate in cheerleading tryouts. “They try to see how you interact with the team,” Romano said. “They would pull you aside and tell you to pump the cheerleaders up and then give you different situations to get the crowd going.” Ten to 15 hopefuls are then cut down to six finalists, who learn some of the finer points of what it takes to be the Leprechaun. “They taught us the jig, and then we had a push-up contest, a mini pep rally and a game time situation,” Romano said. “After that, we each had an interview with a panel of six people, which included representatives from different departments, like Athletics. Usually, the previous leprechaun is there, too.” Romano said he was not nervous during the process. “I have nerves of steel,” he said. “I had been a leprechaun the year before, so this was my second year. I was just trying to get the top spot.” This past weekend was the University’s first football game, and Romano said the experience was exciting. “The pep rally was fun, but at the game it did not really hit me that I was the Leprechaun until they said ‘Here Come the Irish’ and I had the flag on the field,” he said. “I just didn’t want to get trampled by the football team.” During the game, Romano tried to rally the crowd. “I try to get fans engaged during key plays,” he said. “I get them pumped up, especially with the volley cheers that include whole stadium.”  Notre Dame Football is a tradition in Romano’s family, he said. His grandfather played on the football team from 1946 to 1949 and helped the Irish win three national championships.  Attending the University is also a tradition in the Romano family. “My father went here,” Romano said. “Eighteen of my first cousins have attended either Notre Dame or Saint Mary’s.” Romano, a marketing major, says his plans are not concrete for after graduation. With a fluency in Spanish, Romano said he will either find a job or do a year of service in Honduras. “I lived for six years in Mexico because of my dad’s job,” Romano said. “I also studied abroad in Mexico during the sixth grade.” When asked which of this season’s football games he is most excited about, Romano grinned. “Michigan is in the Big House, USC is at night, and we are playing in the Dallas Cowboys Stadium,” Romano said. “Go Irish, beat Wolverines.”  Contact Katie McCarty at [email protected]last_img read more

Author reviews research

first_img Buddies with Bill Clinton In 1972, Branch lived and worked with Bill Clinton while the two worked for the McGovern campaign in Texas. Branch said it was the beginning of a deep friendship between the two men.  “He [Clinton] called me up and asked if he could bring his new girlfriend, Hillary, which he did. The three of us shared an apartment together for six months,” Branch said. When Clinton became President, the two continued their friendship and Branch was a close confidant of the President. Branch said he was particularly impressed with Clinton as president-elect because of Clinton’s concern over documenting the work done in the White House.  “Most of our history and what we know about what really goes on inside the White House is done by psychological projections on the part of journalists who weren’t there. Its guess work,” Branch said. “So I thought it was significant that a president-elect was worried about documenting.” Branch said he became President Clinton’s personal sounding board. He drove down to the White House once or twice a month to talk with the President about different issues he was facing. Branch said in this capacity he met with Clinton for 79 long sessions.  “He [Clinton] would talk about what he really did. It started off as a historical project for the historical record to make up for the fact that he wasn’t going to tape his telephone calls,” Branch said. When writing the “The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President,” Branch said he struggled to determine what his role was in telling the story.  Branch said he had to think about his duty as a citizen versus a recorder of history, and also consider what sort of duty he had to Clinton as a friend. “It was an amazing experience of what its like to be President, which is the purpose of that book. It is a memoir of what it’s like to be a personal sounding board for president of the United States.” Branch said he is proud that he produced a unique window of how a President balances so many things going on at once.  Branch said their project was kept entirely secret – President Clinton hid the tapes from their sessions in the back of his sock drawer. Branch said that he would bring an extra tape to dictate all the way home what Clinton seemed like, what they discussed, and what Clinton said. Branch said during the process of publishing the book his relationship with Clinton became somewhat strained, mostly due to the reaction of Clinton’s staff. “We had some arguments. He and I had arguments during the sessions. I put the arguments in the book and the staff really didn’t like that,” Branch said. “That really ended our relationship on a kind of nasty note until about a year and a half later, he called out of the blue and said, ‘You were right and I was wrong.’” Branch said Clinton feared that some of the writing about Hilary and Chelsea would be distorted by journalists, but that did not happen.  Clinton continues to contact Branch every so often, most recently before his speech at the March on Washington anniversary last month, Branch said. Pulitzer prize winning author, historian and public speaker Taylor Branch came to campus to discuss civil rights, journalism and politics in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium Tuesday.  Branch is best known for his narrative history of the civil rights era, a trilogy titled “America in the King Years,” according to his website. Branch spent 24 years conducting intensive research to write the books.  In his talk, Branch discussed his research on Dr. Martin Luther King and his latest book “The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement,” as well as his relationship with President Bill Clinton as discussed in his memoir “The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President.”  Civil rights history Branch said the civil rights era was a great time to be a journalist. “It was the golden era of journalism, the civil rights movement,” Branch said. Branch said while writing The King Years he drew from a wide range of sources, but the most vital of all were the interviews he conducted He said it was difficult to convince people involved in the movement to give him the real story he was looking for, and even to simply agree to an interview.  Branch said his experience in writing the trilogy left him with a greater admiration for King than he had when he began the project.  “He was dealing with much more difficulty on a much [more] profound level than we realize,” he said.  When asked if he struggled with whether or not to include certain details about King’s personal life, Branch said he was faithful to the events but used balance in his presentation of the details.  “I guess that’s the journalist’s faith really: that unflinching truth in details, if told in balance, will not subvert any cause that you have,” Branch said. Branch said during the civil rights movement, journalists largely ignored African American issues. Leaders of the movement faced the major challenge of gaining the attention of people making a deliberate effort to ignore them. “Black news was simply not part of the news,” Branch said. “It was hard to break a veil that kept segregation in the south essentially out of view.” The movement’s commitment to non-violence also made it difficult to gain the attention of a news media more responsive to violent events, he said. “Civil rights in a journalistic sense was how do we make news in a media environment that is attracted to violence,” Branch said. Branch said the civil rights movement was kick-started and catalyzed by people in college and younger, so it was significant  that young people were in the news for the first time, he said. “Even in the NAACP, the civil rights organizations had a hard time accepting the notion that young people could be doing anything serious,” he said. “It took a while for people to be able to say, okay, these are serious people.” The march on Washington This year marks the 50-year anniversary of King’s March on Washington, which was celebrated with a huge parade in the national capital last month. Branch said he spent all day watching the coverage in honor of the anniversary. Branch said the celebration reflected the profound legacy of the march and the civil rights movement overall. “You had representatives from every subsequent collateral movement that grew out of the civil rights movement standing there,” Branch said. “The civil rights movement opened the door. It was the gateway. When America addressed race it could do anything.” He said the civil rights movement was focused on race but because of their efforts so many other issues, such as women’s rights and gay rights, were brought to the fore, which allowed for a great deal of progress. last_img read more

Students get colorful in local 5K

first_imgOn Saturday morning, many Notre Dame students participated in the self-proclaimed “happiest 5K on the planet” when the Color Run came to South Bend.  Senior Kelly Cronin said different colors of powder were thrown at runners at on every kilometer of the 5K route.  “That was a nice punctuation [because] it made it feel like I was going through it a lot faster than if it had just been every mile, or every now and then,” she said. “It was nice to keep track of where I was based on how many colors I had thrown at me.”  Because of the high humidity on Saturday morning, Cronin said the color stayed on the runners.   “I was told that the dye would come out of my clothes, and I’m sure with another shower or two, the dye will come out of my skin,” she said”  Cronin said she enjoyed the casual, non-competitive environment of the Color Rut.  “People were just there to have fun, so I felt like it was okay for me to not be a very serious runner,” she said. “It was a cool atmosphere – I’m not a very competitive person, so just having a loving, joyful running atmosphere was great.”  The lack of tracking devices for runners to time themselves added to the informal race set-up, she said.  “They didn’t even have a screen telling you how long it took you to run,” Cronin said. “The idea of not having a timing device at the beginning and the end made it a lot more casual … then you could just focus on having fun and getting as much color thrown at you as possible.” The run started at the Silver Hawks’ stadium, Cronin said, and went through downtown South Bend and several residential areas before returning to the stadium.  “The track took us through downtown, and that’s an area you don’t normally get to explore that often,” she said. “It was nice to run through it and see different areas. “This is Indiana, so there aren’t exactly large hills to climb up. There were some moments where there was an incline, but it was nothing that was very worrisome.” Freshman Kate Walsh said because the powder was difficult to run through, many people walked or jogged through the areas it was thrown.  “You couldn’t really see, and you would breathe in the powder,” she said. “Most people, through the zones where it was thrown, would just really slowly run and get covered in color.” Walsh said she heard about the Color Run through Runner’s World magazine’s website.  “I was looking up races in South Bend over the summer, when I was feeling motivated,” she said. “I figured if I signed up for races, then I would have to run them.” The entire run had a “party atmosphere,” Walsh said, in keeping with its goal as the “happiest 5K on the planet.”  According to the Color Run’s website, the unique paint race celebrates “healthiness, happiness and individuality” and  has grown from more than 50 events and 600,000 participants in 2001, to more than 100 events and a million participants in 2013. Contact Catherine Owers at [email protected]last_img read more

Tentative Agreement Reached On New Fiscal Year Budget

first_imgStock ImageALBANY — The New York State Legislature is working on reaching a state budget agreement.A tentative budget for the state’s new fiscal year was reached late Wednesday night, the same day the budget was due.As of early Thursday morning, the Assembly stands in recess. The Senate stands adjourned until 9 A.M.The debate currently taking place is over several items, including the $2 billion in discretionary funding of Capital Projects as the state is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. There are also proposed cuts to education. One of the assembly members not in attendance because he tested positive for the coronavirus is democrat Charles Barron. He said the budget is “a reverse Robin Hood that steals from the poor to help the rich.Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara released the following statement on the deals reached in the tentative budget:“Public education simply can’t take a cut in this state budget, the Governor should know this since he’s underfunded our schools for years, especially in our upstate rural communities! We saw how the GEA devastated public education, the last thing we need is another version in this budget,” said Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara. “I’ve also urged the Governor to include rural ambulance services in this state budget. Here in my hometown, the volunteers at Rotterdam EMS are also on the front lines when it comes to responding to medical emergencies and saving lives. We’ve already seen many forced to close and during COVID19 we can’t risk losing more!” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

​COVID-19 Update: No New Cases Reported Monday In Chautauqua County

first_imgDisinfect frequently touched surfaces often – like TV remotes, phones, computers, door handles, faucets, light switches and toilet handles.Keep a safe distance between you and others in public.  Remember that social distancing is 6 feet, and we have been practicing this for quite a while now; keep it up.  A few steps or two average arm lengths away is all it takes.Wear a covering over your nose and mouth.  This helps you to keep your germs to yourself.Stay or get healthy.  As you know, the coronavirus is worse for people who are older, immunocompromised, or have underlying health problems.  If you are in your best shape, you are better able to fight off coronavirus and other diseases. This also helps to prevent those chronic diseases that ultimately make you more susceptible to infections.Eat healthy foods;Stay or get to an ideal weight;Exercise regularly;Quit smoking or using tobacco;Limit consumption of alcohol;Seek help for alcohol or drug addiction;Manage stress – take time to relax and do something fun. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) As of 4 p.m. Monday Cattaraugus County has not yet provided a daily update.center_img JAMESTOWN – No new cases of the novel Coronavirus were reported by Chautauqua County officials on Monday.According to the county’s COVID-19 case map, there remain four active cases with 31 total, 24 recovered and three deaths.Today, Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel discussed a new effort to get business ready to re-open. Wendel, appeared on WNYNewsNow’s daily noon broadcast which can be watched here.Officials say the best way to combat the spread of COVID, and any illness, is to do the following: Practice good hygiene – ALWAYS – this will cut down on disease transmission.Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds; use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available;Cover your coughs and sneezes – either with your elbow or a tissue; throw the tissue away after use;Keep your hands away from your face.last_img read more

Joe Biden Picks Kamala Harris As His Running Mate

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Joe BidenWASHINGTON – Joe Biden has named Kamala Harris as his running mate, making the California senator the first Black and South Asian American woman to run on a major political party’s presidential ticket. The former vice president had been expected to announce his choice before the Democratic National Convention kicks off in Milwaukee on Monday.In March, Biden committed to choosing a female running mate, and he had faced pressure from the Democratic Party to choose a woman of color.The choice marks just the third time in history a woman has been chosen as a running mate on a major party presidential ticket, and the first time a Black woman has been selected. There had been renewed speculation recently that Biden would choose California Sen. Kamala Harris after an Associated Press photographer captured handwritten notes Biden held with her name across the top, along with a list of talking points about her.The Associated Press reports the points included previous observations Biden has made about Harris: “Do not hold grudges.” “Campaigned with me & Jill.” “Talented.” “Great help to campaign.” “Great respect for her.”According to The New York Times , there were 13 women who had been under consideration.They were former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, Florida Rep. Val Demings, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, California Rep. Karen Bass, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Democratic Georgia House leader Stacey Abrams, New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo.Biden’s campaign and other planners for the Democratic convention are still working out the details over how to produce a virtual convention with only eight hours of programming over four nights from Aug. 17-20.The virtual production is slated for 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. EDT each night.last_img read more

Chloe Grace Moretz to Star in Steven Soderbergh-Directed World Premiere of The Library at Public Theater

first_imgUp-and-coming film star Chloë Grace Moretz will make her off-Broadway debut as the survivor of a school shooting in the world premiere of Scott Z. Burns’ The Library this spring. Directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, The Library will run in The Public’s Newman Theater March 25 through April 27. Opening night for the drama is scheduled for April 15. Additional casting will be announced shortly. Related Shows One of Hollywood’s most respected writers, directors, producers and editors, Soderbergh recently won an Emmy Award for his HBO film Behind the Candelabra. He earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay for his directorial debut, sex, lies, and videotape, and the Oscar in 2000 for directing Traffic, the same year he was nominated for Erin Brockovich. Soderbergh’s other films include Side Effects, Magic Mike, Haywire, Contagion, And Everything is Going Fine, The Girlfriend Experience, The Informant, Che, the Ocean’s trilogy, The Good German, Bubble, Solaris, Full Frontal, The Limey, Out of Sight, Gray’s Anatomy, Schizopolis, The Underneath, King of the Hill and Kafka. Acting in films since she was only five years old, Mortez’ credits include The Amityville Horror, Kick-Ass, Let Me In, Hugo, Dark Shadows, Carrie and Kick-Ass 2. She will soon be seen in The Equalizer, Dark Places, Laggies and If I Stay. The Library After Caitlin Gabriel (Moretz) survives a deadly shooting at her high school, she struggles to tell her story to her parents, the authorities and anyone who will listen. But there are other narratives that gain purchase in the media and paint her in a different light. The Library asks us to examine our relationship to the truth and the lies that claim to heal us. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on April 27, 2014 “I wanted to write a play about the stories we tell each other in the face of calamity—the pretty lies and the brutal truths. This is something Steven and I have discussed over the last decade while making movies—What is the value of the truth? What is the cost of a lie? How does a story drift as it moves through time?” said Burns, in a statement. “I am grateful for Steven and Chloë’s collaboration—and we are all grateful that The Public Theater has given us a home. I can think of no better frame for what we are attempting than The Public.”last_img read more

Troubled Musical Rebecca Now Eyeing Winter Premiere on the Great White Way

first_img View Comments The Rebecca creative team will feature musical staging by Graciela Daniele, scenic design by Peter J. Davidson, costumes by Jane Greenwood, lighting design by Mark McCullough, sound by Peter Fitzgerald and musical direction by Kevin Stites. The now notoriously troubled musical Rebecca may finally be heading to the Main Stem. After a series of delays reported to be the result of fraud by a producer no longer associated with the production, it has been announced that the show is expected to make a Broadway bow winter 2014. The new musical features a book and lyrics by Michael Kunze, music by Sylvester Levay, English book adaptation by Christopher Hampton and English lyrics by Hampton and Kunze. Rebecca is set to be directed by Michael Blakemore and Francesca Zambello. Based on Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel, Rebecca is a romantic thriller that follows Maxim de Winter, who brings his new wife (“I”) home to his estate of Manderley. There she meets the threatening housekeeper Mrs. Danvers, who had a very special relationship with Maxim’s first wife, Rebecca, who died a year earlier in a boating accident. The young woman discovers Manderley is a house of secrets, and the mystery of Rebecca may be the greatest of them all as she finds the strength to challenge Mrs. Danvers and save her marriage.last_img read more