Julia Miles, Influential Founder of the Women’s Project Theater Off-Broadway, Dies at 90

first_imgJulia Miles(Photo: Courtesy of WP Theater) Julia Miles, founder of off-Broadway’s seminal Women’s Project who championed the cause of female playwrights and theater artists, died on March 18. According to a statement from WP Theater, Miles passed away after a long illness. She was 90.Miles, who was born in Pelham, Georgia, co-founded the Theatre Current company in Brooklyn Heights during the early 1960s, and, after joining the The American Place Theatre in 1964, identified a key demographic issue in the company’s slate of produced work. “I’ve been here 16 years,” she told The New York Times in 1979, “and realized that we’ve had a very small number of plays by women.”Miles took up her concerns with the Ford Foundation, received an $80,000 grant and began the Woman’s Project, a seminal organization that would nurture the work of women playwrights and directors, becoming the oldest and largest theater company dedicated to promoting the work of female theater artists at all stages in their careers.In 1978, the Women’s Project began its work with Choices, a performed anthology of women-penned poetry and prose. “The production explores the choices that women have,” Miles said when that production opened. “Hopefully, there are now more of those choices and women are more definite about what they are.” Wrote Mel Gussow in The New York Times about the Women’s Project’s inaugural production: “Choices serves as a brief introduction to the artistic energy of literary women. Given the variety of versatile people who are engaged in the ‘Women’s Project,’ we look forward to the plays, playwrights and directors that should emerge.”Under the auspices of the American Place Theatre, the Women’s Project then began its first season, a reading of 20 women’s plays, culminating in a festival of three productions: Lavonne Mueller’s Warriors From a Long Childhood, Betsy Shevey’s Signs of Life and Rose Leiman Goldemberg’s Letters Home. “I want to help women all over the country,” Miles said about the Project’s first season. “Women don’t know there are places receptive to their plays: And there are no role models. There are no plays written and directed by women on Broadway,” she said. “Lavonne Mueller is a good example. She has written nine plays, but never heard a line of hers spoken on stage.” View Comments “It’s now or never for women,” Miles, who studied acting at Northwestern University and took classes with Lee Strasberg after moving to New York, continued. “The first step is to get the number of women playwrights increased. The next step is to get the quality increased. It will happen.”Under her direction, the Women’s Project operated as an essential wing of the American Place Theatre for nine years, producing influential work like Emily Mann’s Still Life (1980), Joan Micklin Silver and Julianne Boyd’s A…My Name Is Alice (1983) and Lavonne Mueller’s Breaking the Prairie Wolf Code (1985) and Little Victories (1982), about an imaginative meeting between Susan B. Anthony and Joan of Arc. “The method is similar to that in the first scene of Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls, in which famous women of art and history exchange ideas and items of biography,” wrote Mel Gussow in his review of Little Victories in The New York Times. “One difference is that in Little Victories, we watch the characters actively contest male domination—and win.”“Neither Joan or Miss Anthony is pictured as an iron maiden,” he continued. “The characters are women first, symbols second.”In 1987, Miles, citing limited financial resources, performance space and “inhospitable” conditions, split from the American Place Theater. The Women’s Project, eventually renamed WP Theater, then became an independent, nonprofit organization with its own board of directors. Now located at the McGinn/Cazale Theater on the Upper West Side, the Women’s Project and WP Theater has produced more than 600 plays written and directed by women over its 42-year history, nurturing artists like Lauren Yee, Sarah Grancher, Laura Enson and Kate Whoriskey in recent years.Notably, Miles was also the founder of the League of Professional Theatre Women, which she began in 1981 to emphasize programming and networking among women in all aspects of theater. The purpose of the League, she said, was “to get the commercial Broadway theater to know about nonprofit women playwrights and directors so that we could get them some work.”“Julia made all of us,” Lisa McNulty, the current artistic director of the WP Theater, said in a letter after Miles’ passing. “The debt all of us women who make theater owe her can never be repaid. We must take her example and do our best to make spaces for artists who aren’t given space, and to shout loudly for those who aren’t given a voice,” she wrote.”If we can do that, we will give back a fraction of what we’ve been given.” Founding Women’s Project members Gayle Austin, Kathleen Chalfant and Julia Miles (Photo: Courtesy of WP Theater)last_img read more


46 candidates to contest for Madagascar presidency

first_imgDRC,25 candidates eye at the presidency Albino candidates plan run for Malawi presidency Zambia Elections: Nine candidates in the running for presidencycenter_img Madagscar President Heri Rajaonarimampianina is also seeking re-election.PHOTO/ReutersA total of 46 candidates including the incumbent president and his two predecessors are seeking to contest Madagascar’s presidential polls at the end of the year,While revealing the information on Tuesday, the Constitutional Court said that they will assess the candidates’ eligibility and confirm by Sunday which ones will be allowed to stand in the first round of the elections.The vote scheduled for November 7 comes after an outbreak of protests that forced President Heri Rajaonarimampianina to accept the formation of a “consensus” government tasked with organizing a fresh poll.If no candidate receives more than 50% in the first round, a second round of voting will be held on December 19.Rajaonarimampianina, elected in 2013, will seek re-election as will his predecessors Andry Rajoelina, who was in power from 2009-2014, and Marc Ravalomanana, who held office from 2002 to 2009.Opposition grandees Rajoelina and Ravalomanana were both barred from running in 2013 under a deal designed to bring stability to the impoverished Indian Ocean Island.Madagascar is a former French colony with a population of 25 million that has been beset by political instability for decades.Relatedlast_img read more


New DCOA president calls for better care of elderly

first_img 170 Views   one comment Share Tweet LocalNews New DCOA president calls for better care of elderly by: Dominica Vibes News – September 4, 2017 New DCOA executivePresident of the Dominica Council of Ageing (DCOA), Gloria Shillingford has called on the public to take better care of the elderly. She made this plea while addressing the DCOA’s Executive Inauguration held on Saturday September 2 2017, at the Fort Young Hotel where she stated that elderly people are everywhere, and it should be the responsibility of the public to take care of the elderly regardless of their situation. “Older persons are found everywhere, at the doctor’s office, clinics, churches, schools, businesses, the streets and the communities at large. Therefore, the onus is on us to ensure that they are taken care of no matter where they are and whatever circumstance they may find themselves,” she stated. She described the population as an aging one adding that by the year 2030 the world will have over two billion elderly people. It is for this reason Shillingford said the DCOA is calling upon everyone to embrace and love the elderly while showing them gratitude and respect. She noted that they have paid their dues to us, by building our country and making us who we are today. “A nation is judged by the way it treats its elderly, vulnerable and unfortunate members of its society therefore it beholds us to make every effort to honor, cherish and safeguard our elderly. We must remain cognizant of the fact that how we treat our elders today, will determine how we are treated tomorrow or in the future,” she noted. Shillingford continued that sometimes our elderly become victims of abuse and discrimination in all aspects of their lives. She noted that the DCOA remains committed to eradicating the abuse against the elderly. “Our elderly, specifically our women, sometimes become victims of appalling abuse and violence. They are exposed to the dual impact of age and gender discrimination including less access to health services, lower earning capacity and restricted access to land ownership,” she further added. She said, “The DCOA sees its role as one of advocacy on behalf of unfortunate members among us with the ultimate goal of eradicating such actions in our society.”center_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more


New Antenna Tuners For Smartphones & MiFi Hotspots

first_imgSkyworks has broadened its antenna tuner portfolio with two new tuners that are ideal for smartphones, data cards and MiFi® hotspots. These tuners improve antenna efficiency, as well as Total Radiated Power (TRP) and Total Isotropic Sensitivity (TIS) performance. They are Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI®)-controlled devices that support ultra-low Ron (SKY19247-686LF) and ultra-high Vpeak (SKY19237-001).The Tuners deliver high linearity for carrier aggregation applications and low insertion loss. They eliminate concern over GPIO count and efficiently meet the demands of programmable, complex RF front-end devices. The tuners boast excellent harmonic performance, enabling robust designs that can pass regulatory certification. The devices are available in a compact 10-pin, 1.5 x 1.1 x 0.5 mm QFN package (SKY19247-686LF) and 11-bump, 1.685 × 1.775 × 0.5 mm WLCSP package (SKY19237-001).Using in-house antenna expertise, Skyworks supports customer implementation with modeling simulation data, design and layout optimization, as well as onsite support.last_img read more


IMCA Modified stars will shine at Hancock County specials Aug. 10-12

first_imgBRITT, Iowa – The stars of the IMCA Modified division will shine during a rich three nights of racing at Hancock County Speedway.The Thursday, Aug. 10 Night of 1,000 Stars at Britt pays a guaranteed $3,500 to win, plus a bonus of $1,000 to the leader at halfway and another $1,000 if they have perfect attendance this season at Britt.The Night of 10,000 Stars on Friday, Aug. 11 boasts a $7,000 top check, plus $1,000 bonuses to the halfway leader, for perfect attendance and for having won on Thursday as well.Winner of the Saturday, Aug. 12 Shryock Memorial All Stars event can more than double his or her guaranteed $4,000 payday: In addition to the $1,000 paid to the halfway leader, $1,000 bonuses will be paid if the Shryock winner as perfect season attendance and won on Friday.Another $1,500 bonus goes to the driver winning all three Stars features, making their earnings for three days an impressive $24,000.All three events are draw/redraw and qualifiers for the 2018 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. IMCA Speedway Motor Weekly Racing National, Side Biter Chassis North Central Region and Allstar Performance State points, but no track points will be awarded.Thirty cars will start three-wide in each of the 50-lappers. Minimum start money is $300 on Thursday and Saturday and $400 on Friday.Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., the front gate opens at 5:30 p.m. and racing follows 6:30 p.m. hot laps each night. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students ages 13-17 and free for kids 12 and under. Pit passes are $30.Also running on the 23rd annual Landus Cooperative and Doug Studer Farms-sponsored Night of 1,000 Stars card are Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for $750 to win, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $600 to win and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $500 to win.DuPont Pioneer and DuPont Crop Protection sponsor the fifth annual Night of 10,000 Stars. Stock Cars run for $750 to win, SportMods and Hobby Stocks both for $500 to win.The Shryock Memorial is sponsored by Lake Mills Motor Sports and Pritchard Family Auto Stores. Top checks are $750 for the Hobby Stocks, $600 for the Stock Cars and $500 for the SportMods.National and state points will be awarded to Stock Car, SportMod and Hobby Stock competitors; regional points will also be given to Stock and Hobby drivers. Transponder scoring will be used all three nights.More information is available at the www.hancockcountyspeedway.com website or by emailing [email protected] Hancock County Speedway events are all part of IMCA Modified Speedweek, which starts with the Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour show on Aug. 7 at Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer.The Harris Clash is Aug. 8 at Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City and the Hawkeye Dirt Tour finale is Aug. 9 at Buena Vista Raceway in Alta.All six events will be broadcast by IMCATV.last_img read more