William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” Comes To A Noise Within

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Required fields are marked * Events Previews William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” Comes To A Noise Within Directed by Geoff Elliott; Feb. 9 – Apr. 11, 2020 STAFF REPORT Published on Thursday, January 16, 2020 | 1:55 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment Community News Subscribe Top of the News Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Photo by Daniel ReichertA Noise Within (ANW), California’s acclaimed classic repertory theatre company, is proud to present William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, directed by ANW Producing Artistic Director Geoff Elliott.The Winter’s Tale will run Feb. 9 through Apr. 11, 2020 with press performances on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m.Bitter winter thaws into a spring of regeneration and miraculous forgiveness in William Shakespeare’s celebrated romance. “This story shows what psychotic jealousy can do to a family and even a country,” said Producing Artistic Director Geoff Elliott. “Leontes starts out as paranoid and egotistical – he builds monuments to himself. But after he destroys everything he’s ever loved, he spends the rest of the play atoning for it, believing he has no hope left. His extraordinary arc concludes with a dramatic scene of forgiveness that’s both surprising and moving.”The Winter’s Tale re-discovers all that was thought to be lost: old friendships restored; families reunited; and star-crossed lovers beating the odds to be together. Even the most impossible miracles become possible through fantastical feats and wondrous magic.“The play has some of the most beautiful language in the canon,” said Elliott. “We’ve streamlined it to the core story of Leontes’ transformation to make it more accessible, without losing any of the fairy tale enchantment that permeates the story.”ANW’s Words Within reading series will tie into the themes of The Winter’s Tale by presenting the first reading of the year, Exit, Pursued by a Bear by Lauren Gunderson on Monday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. This smart, dark revenge comedy leads us through a night of emotional trials and ridiculous theatrics. Gunderson takes Shakespeare’s most famous stage direction and turns it (and us) on our heads.ANW’s Noise Now program is partnering with TheatreWorkers Project to present to.be.FREE, in which five formerly incarcerated men will redefine their personal narratives through physical theatre and text using themes from The Winter’s Tale. Through Project Re/Frame, dedicated to the creation of pieces based on the writing and stories of those impacted by mass incarceration, participants develop, rehearse, and perform original work presented to diverse audiences. This newest project, to.be.FREE, performed on Mar. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at A Noise Within, will use the following text from The Winter’s Tale as a launching off point for personal storytelling: “a wild dedication of yourselves. To undiscovered waters, undreamed shores.”MKM Bollystars returns for their 3rd collaboration with ANW’s Noise Now program, this time re-envisioning Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale through Indian classical dance. Recognizing the parallel experiences of Hermione from The Winter’s Tale and Sita from the Ramayana, choreographers Shalini Bathina and Shivani Thakkar bring you a new creation delving into Her Story. Bollystars has roots in a rich dance heritage as an offspring of the well-established and recognized Bharata Natyam (Indian classical) dance institution Manu Kala Mandir (MKM) Dance Productions and Academy. Their dance performance of Her Story will take place at A Noise Within on Mar. 26 & 27 at 7:15 p.m.These events are curated to enhance A Noise Within’s mainstage production of The Winter’s Tale, which Elliott believes will delight any Shakespeare fan.“Everything you love about Shakespeare is here,” concluded Elliott. “Incredibly rich language. Intense emotional drama. The Winter’s Tale takes an evocative look at jealousy and mental illness, sweeps us away with passionate romance, and, ultimately, reminds us of the life-changing power of redemption and forgiveness.”Single ticket prices for The Winter’s Tale start at $25 and are available at anoisewithin.org, by phone at (626) 356-3121, and at the box office located at 3352 East Foothill Blvd in Pasadena.Pay What You Can (PWYC): Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. – all tickets remaining are Pay What You Can, cash only, exact change appreciated, at the box office on day of performance after 2 p.m. Limit two per person. Suggested price of $10.Sunday Rush: Mar. 22 at 7 p.m. and Apr. 5 at 7 p.m. – all tickets remaining are $25, available online after 12 a.m. day of performance with the code SUNDAYRUSH or at the box office, cash or credit, after 2 p.m. day of performance.Symposium and Post-Show ConversationsThis run of The Winter’s Tale includes a symposium with Chapman University Professor Kent Lehnhof at 6:45 p.m. on Feb. 12, 2020 and post-show conversations on Feb. 21, Mar. 22 at 2p.m., Mar. 27, and Apr. 10.Wine Down WednesdaysGet a free glass of wine with your ticket when attending a Wednesday evening performance, including The Winter’s Tale’s Wednesday performances on Feb. 12 and Mar. 18.ANW’s 2019-2020 Season – They Played with Fire“THEY PLAYED WITH FIRE indeed! A Noise Within’s 2019-20 season embraces the incandescent power of change,” said ANW Producing Artistic Director Geoff Elliott. “Our upcoming titles are peopled with formidable characters—torches in hand—willing to either burn down the house or build a mansion of possibility.”The Winter’s Tale will run in rotating repertory through the spring with Eva Le Gallienne and Florida Friebus’ classic adaptation of Alice in Wonderland (directed by Stephanie Shroyer; March 1 – April 18, 2020). Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award®-winning musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott; May 10 – June 7, 2020) will fan the flames before closing out ANW’s most ambitious season yet.ANW Producing Artistic Director Julia Rodriguez-Elliott said, “Whether the characters of our productions are teetering on the precipice of redemption (Gem of the Ocean; The Winter’s Tale) or revenge (Sweeney Todd), or haunting revelation (Frankenstein; Buried Child), or even an outrageous romp down a rabbit hole (Alice in Wonderland), they are all staking their lives on a chance to transform the world around them.”“We invite you to join us as we venture with these risk-takers, revolutionaries, and game changers. We will see you at the theatre,” said ANW Producing Artistic Directors Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott.About the PlayShakespeare’s canon of plays can be roughly divided into four genres: tragedies, comedies, histories, and romances. Shakespeare’s romance plays are a mix of tragedy and comedy. The mark of a Shakespearean tragedy is that the play ends in a number of deaths, onstage and off, while Shakespearean comedies characteristically end in marriages. Romances typically begin as tragedies, but do not end that way, as is the case with The Winter’s Tale.These plays are imbued with a melancholy tone, and the action tends to center on remedying a past injustice. Forgiveness is central to the endings of the romance plays. While not all of the wrongs committed over the course of the play are righted, much of what is broken is mended. Reflection plays a key role in these plays as characters grapple with events of the past and embark on a physical or emotional journey toward peace and reconciliation. By the end of a romance play, the surviving characters have matured.Elements of magic and fantasy play significant roles in the romance plays. These elements contribute to an ambiguous and mystical setting for each of the plays—none of the romance plays take place strictly within the realm of a familiar reality. The elements of magic and mystery complement the transformations that the characters make throughout the play.Like many of Shakespeare’s plays, The Winter’s Tale is not an entirely original narrative. Critics have long regarded The Winter’s Tale as a play, in large part, derived from Robert Greene’s 1588 romance novella, Pandosto, The Triumph of Time. Shakespeare made the play distinct by changing all character names and introducing several changes and additions to the plot. While Shakespeare makes Leontes’ suspicion more groundless than it appears in the original, he also revises the original story’s tragic ending in which the Leontes character kills himself after discovering he has lusted after the Perdita character, unaware that she is his daughter. Shakespeare also creates the characters Paulina and Antigonus—characters who are integral to the unfolding of the play’s particular telling of the events. Probably the wildest addition to the original’s plot is Shakespeare’s inclusion of a bear.About A Noise WithinA Noise Within has been called “an oasis for those who love classic stories” by the Los Angeles Times and is a leading regional producer based in Pasadena.  ANW’s award-winning resident company practices a rotating repertory model at their state-of-the-art, 324-seat performance space. This venue, established in 2011, has allowed ANW to expand its audience, surpassing its previous box office, subscription, and attendance records year after year.In addition to producing world-class performances of classic theatre, the organization runs robust education programs committed to inspiring diverse audiences of all ages. Helmed by Producing Artistic Directors Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, who hold MFAs from San Francisco’s renowned American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.), A Noise Within truly delivers Classic Theatre, Modern Magic. http://www.anoisewithin.orgcenter_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyJennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez’s Wedding DelayedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThat Sale Made Kim A BillionaireHerbeautyHerbeauty 124 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Seasonal Affective Disorder – More Than the “Winter Blahs”

first_imgSeasonal Affective Disorder – More Than the “Winter Blahs Janie Chappell, RN, MSN Manager of Community Services, Deaconess Cross Pointe12/10/2019 Take care of yourself. Get enough rest and take time to relax. Participate in an exercise program or engage in another form of regular physical activity. Make healthy choices for meals and snacks. Don’t turn to alcohol or illegal drugs for relief. Weight changes. The holidays can contribute to this, but have you noticed any major changes up or down? Exercise regularly. Exercise and other types of physical activity help relieve stress and anxiety, both of which can increase SAD symptoms. Being more fit can make you feel better about yourself, too, which can lift your mood. Although some individuals do not necessarily show all symptoms, the classic characteristics of SAD include:OversleepingDaytime fatigueCarbohydrate craving and weight gainAdditionally, many people may experience other features of depression including:Decreased sexual interestOverall fatigueHopelessnessSuicidal thoughtsLack of interest in normal activitiesDecreased socializationSignificant irritability Decide to make as many healthy lifestyle choices as you can. You are almost guaranteed to feel better overall if you have a balanced diet, limit any processed/junk food, and even just take a 20-minute walk every day. That can go a long way to helping press your mental “reset button.” Practice stress management. Learn techniques to manage your stress better. Unmanaged stress can lead to depression, overeating, or other unhealthy thoughts and behaviors. Vitality.  Do you have energy during the day? Do you enjoy aspects of your day, hobbies, etc?  Are you withdrawing in any way from family and friends?If these feelings are fairly mild, there are ways to improve how you feel by changing a couple of outlooks on things.Stay connected with others (even if it feels like you’re forcing yourself to at first). One of the greatest predictors of lifetime happiness is your relationships with others. Emotional stability. Are you easily tearful?  Do you feel on-edge?center_img Take a trip. If possible, take winter vacations in sunny, warm locations if you have winter SAD.Light Therapy for SADMany people with SAD will find that they feel better with light therapy. Light therapy consists of regular, daily exposure to a “lightbox,” which artificially simulates high-intensity sunlight. About 30 minutes or more daily in front of a lightbox can make many SAD patients feel better. In light therapy, also called phototherapy, you sit a few feet from a special light therapy box so that you’re exposed to bright light. Light therapy mimics natural outdoor light and appears to cause a change in brain chemicals linked to mood.Light therapy is one of the first-line treatments for fall-onset SAD. It generally starts working in a few days to two weeks and causes few side effects. Research on light therapy is limited, but it appears to be effective for most people in relieving SAD symptoms.Scientific studies have shown light therapy to be very effective, and as effective as antidepressants in many cases of non-severe SAD. Light therapy may also work faster than antidepressants for some patients. Some people may choose treatment with both light therapy and antidepressant medications and find the combination of these treatments to be helpful.If you’re prone to SAD, it’s a good idea to start light therapy even a little before the time symptoms usually start. So if you know you’re prone to SAD, and typically start feeling down in mid-November, perhaps you start your light therapy on Halloween.Light therapy boxes can be found online through various internet and other retailers, and sometimes at “natural” food/retail stores.Before you purchase a light therapy box, talk with your doctor about the best one for you, and familiarize yourself with the variety of features and options so that you buy a high-quality product that’s safe and effective.Health insurance companies rarely cover the cost, but a good light therapy box doesn’t cost thousands of dollars, or even several hundred.  The value in feeling so much better is hard to put a price tag on.  A light therapy box could be a great holiday gift request as well.More on DepressionFinally, let’s talk about managing SAD—and even just a case of “holiday blues” caused by stress—through the winter months.The December holidays–even when they’re happy–can take a toll on you.  All the changes in routine, unusual foods, altered sleeping patterns, and the rush-rush-rush can leave you wrung out when they’re over. If I had someone in my office describing the feeling this way, I’d ask them about a few things:Sleep.  Are you getting enough sleep now? What’s the quality? Are you having trouble falling/staying asleep? Do you feel rested in the morning? If you are one of the millions of Americans who finds themselves “in a funk” through the colder and darker months, you may be experiencing seasonal affective disorder or SAD.SAD is a specific kind of depression that affects people seasonally. The vast majority are those who are affected during the colder/darker months. For reasons that aren’t fully understood, some people develop depression that is considered to be related to less sunlight.SAD is a recognized mental disorder, and official diagnosis is related to these symptoms:Depression that begins during a specific season every year.Depression ends during a specific season every year.No episodes of depression during the season(s) in which you experience a normal mood.Many more seasons of depression than seasons without depression over the lifetime of your illness.More About Symptoms If your mental state is being affected by your finances, remember that happiness is not for sale.  “Retail therapy” can really cause more problems than it solves. If serious financial issues are weighing you down emotionally, it may be time to talk to a financial planner (or someone you trust who handles money well), and come up with an action plan. Sometimes these feelings are simply a result of feeling out of control. Get outside. Take a long walk, eat lunch at a nearby park, or simply sit on a bench and soak up the sun. Even on cold or cloudy days, outdoor light can help — especially if you spend some time outside within two hours of getting up in the morning. Some people report starting to feel this way in the fall, while others remain fine until January or so.  It can really vary from person to person.Other Factors Related to the Development of SADWhile no specific gene has been shown to cause SAD, many people with this illness report at least one close relative with a related condition, such as depression. Scientists have identified that a chemical within the brain called serotonin may not be functioning correctly in many patients with SAD.The role of hormones, specifically melatonin, and sleep-wake cycles during the changing seasons is still being studied in people with SAD.Some studies have also shown that SAD is more common in people who live in northern/darker areas (e.g., Canada and Alaska as opposed to California and Florida).Treatment for SADThe role of talking with your doctor should not be overlooked.If you think you may have SAD–whether this is your first season, or you can look back and realize that it may have been happening for several years–you should talk with your doctor about it. A full medical evaluation of a person who is experiencing these symptoms for the first time should include a thorough physical examination as well as blood (e.g., thyroid testing) and urine tests (e.g., pregnancy testing, drug screening). A medical evaluation is appropriate because SAD can often be misdiagnosed as hypothyroidism or other medical conditions.  Also, there is some discussion about how vitamin D may be helpful in the treatment/prevention of SAD.  Again, discuss this with your doctor.Here are some treatments to consider.Make your environment sunnier and brighter. Open blinds, trim tree branches that block sunlight or add skylights to your home. Sit closer to bright windows while at home or in the office.  Light therapy can be very effective.  (More on that in the next section.) Socialize. When you’re feeling down, it can be hard to be social. Make an effort to connect with people you enjoy being around. They can offer support, a shoulder to cry on or a joke to give you a little boost. Make some plans! Everyone needs something to look forward to. So make plans for a change in routine–whether it’s a date night with your spouse, a weekend getaway, etc.However, if these aren’t enough to resolve the “blues,” it may be time to consider that there may be a more serious depression in place.If you’re struggling with holiday stress, I’ve published a separate blog article on this topic that affects many individuals.Wishing you a healthy and happy holiday season. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Lawyer group: Trump adds ex-prosecutor to impeachment team

first_imgCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Donald Trump is adding another attorney from South Carolina to his impeachment legal team: a former federal prosecutor-turned-defense attorney who specializes in white-collar crime.,That’s according to the head of a South Carolina trial lawyer group.,In an email Monday to South Carolina members of the American College of Trial Lawyers, group chairman Wallace Lightsey says Deborah Barbier has been hired to join Butch Bowers in crafting a defense for Trump’s unprecedented second impeachment trial, set for the week of Feb. 8.,Neither Lightsey nor Barbier returned messages seeking comment Monday.last_img read more

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Buy trees and help local food group

first_imgHome gardeners, or would-be ones, can start the year off right by purchasing and planting a fruit tree, vine or bush. The Incredible Edible Grow-It-Yourself Fruit Tree, Vine and Berry Bush Sale is set for Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Atlanta Community Food Bank located at 970 Jefferson Street NW, Atlanta, Ga. Purchases will benefit the Atlanta Local Food Initiative.University of Georgia Master Gardeners will be on hand demonstrate how to plant and care for bare root trees. The sale features 40 varieties of native, antique and hardy fruits selected to grow in Georgia’s climate and bred using sustainable methods. The plants available include blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, apples, persimmons, pomegranates, muscadines, figs and plums.Fruit growers and home gardeners can also purchase their plants online Jan. 3-17 at www.atlantalocalfood.org.last_img read more

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