Hillary and Clinton Scribe Lucas Hnath on Why He’ll Leave If the First Couple Comes to the Show

first_img Despite its title, Lucas Hnath’s Hillary and Clinton is not a bio-play. The piece, directed by Joe Mantello and starring Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow, is a “mythic” version of the first couple in an alternate reality. Written in 2008 and reworked more recently, the play grapples with the politics of marriage and power and the pull of charisma. Hnath received a 2017 Tony Award nomination for Best Play for A Doll’s House, Part 2, which, this year, is the most produced play in America. His other plays include Red Speedo, The Christians, A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney, Isaac’s Eye and Death Tax. His drama The Thin Place will be seen off-Broadway next year, and his new work, Dana H. (which is a real-life story based on his mother), will premiere in Los Angeles this summer. Here, Hnath talks about the internal debate that sparked Hillary and Clinton, which opens at the Golden Theatre on April 18.What inspired you to write Hillary and Clinton?I think it was the Iowa caucuses I was watching on C-Span. I was watching these two people argue with each other about who to vote for. I don’t even remember the specifics of what they were saying, but if I can piece it back together it was something along the lines of: Who seems like a nice person? Who seems authentic? Who seems like they’re telling the truth? A lot of things that you don’t really have evidence to verify any of it. It seemed that a lot of decisions were being made on somewhat specious grounds. It made me go back and think about when people are deciding who to vote for, how much is actually based on hard evidence versus an emotional response. That was the beginning of a train of thought that took me to this play. Laurie Metcalf & John Lithgow in Hillary and Clinton (Photo: Julieta Cervantes) Laurie Metcalf in Hillary and Clinton (Photo: Julieta Cervantes) Related Shows View Comments Lucas Hnath (Photos by Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com) Show Closed This production ended its run on June 23, 2019 What a way to put that.It’s troubling. When we vote, we are very attracted to the extroverts. And Hillary is an introvert. At least my version of Hillary—and again, I won’t claim to know the real humans and can’t really speak fully to them—what she, as positioned in the play, represents is kind of boring, you know? It’s not attention-grabbing in the ways that maybe Bill was. And we get caught up in the exciting candidate. Again, I’m nervous about that impulse. I want a boring leader. [laughs]How would you feel if the Clintons showed up at your play?I mean… [very long pause]Would you stay in the house or would you have to leave?Oh, I would have to leave! I don’t really want to see their reaction to it. I think it would be a very weird thing for them to watch because, at the same time, it’s not really a play about them. It’s a play about this sort of mystic version of them. I would be very nervous.Would it make you nervous because of the liberties you’ve taken or is it something else?That’s part of it. I’m having my cake and eating it too, because I am saying things about their legacies that are not necessarily complimentary. Then again, it already makes me very nervous to watch my own plays. I watch them to do work. I go in with things I want to work on, things I want to listen for and figure out. At the moment the show’s frozen, and there’s no more work to be done, I have nothing to do. I hate that feeling of watching a play and not having a job to do.It must kill you to have them published.Oh, yeah. It feels like a death. It feels like the plays are getting put in a grave. The political landscape has changed wildly since 2008, but you haven’t changed the basic structure and timing of the play.Right. When I was doing this big revision, I was acutely aware that my brain would want to wink at or reference 2016. Anytime I was really conscious that my head was doing that, I would strip out those impulses. I would not follow that path because I suspected—and I think it’s been confirmed—the audience will be thinking about 2016 while they’re watching it. That’s unavoidable. They’re doing a lot of the work for me. For me to reference it would actually take you out of the moment of the play, which is set in 2008. I think it does take on more significance when you’re watching a play about Hillary dealing with the possibility of losing 2008, and know that there’s not just one loss. All the decisions that get made in 2008 feel like they are part of what might have led this person to what happened in 2016, if that makes sense. There is a line and one of the scenes where Barack says something like, “The decisions we make in this room are very important.” That’s as much of a wink as I make to 2016.You’ve written about many familiar figures and real people in your work. What draws you to that?It’s fun—the game of knowing that people are coming in with preconceived notions. It also applies to something like [the 2015 play] The Christians, too, where I’m picking a subject that I know people are bringing baggage to. Not that everybody’s notions are uniform; people have different ideas they bring into the theater. But, with certain subjects that are really charged, you can start to study and figure out, “OK, a lot of people think this, and a lot of people think that.” What can I add to the conversation that upends or flips it or implicates the audience in a train of thought that maybe if they thought it through a couple of steps further, they’d realize, “Oh, I don’t know that I like that idea so much.” You know?What are some of those ideas in Hillary and Clinton?I strongly suspect that the audience is coming in enjoying the character of Bill. And there’s a couple of moments where the play says, “OK, you think this character’s fun. Yeah, he’s kind of a bad boy.” But what was the actual result of that? When all is said and done, what are people remembering when they think of Bill? What’s the legacy of Bill? And it’s satisfying to see the audience catch up to that. And there’s a moment in the play where I just lay it out.The question really lands?Yeah, a lot of people, when they think of Bill, the first thing they think of is, you know…his non-presidential activities. Hillary and Clinton What is at the root of the Clintons’ relationship that interests you?Among other things, there’s a debate happening that has something to do with thinking versus feeling. I think it was one of the earlier sections of the play where I wrote an argument between Bill and Hillary about how she should be running her campaign. Bill was making a case for an appeal to emotions, and Hillary was making a case for appealing to people’s ability to think critically. I think in this marriage, there is also a fight between thinking versus feeling. That might be a root that resulted in the play because that’s a fight I’m having in my own head all the time. I’m very suspicious of feelings; I don’t trust them.You wrote this play more than a decade ago. What made you want to come back to it?I had written it in 2008. This was well before I was a playwright who—forget having representation—nobody read my plays back in 2008. [laughs] I was just writing plays and throwing them into a drawer and going on to the next one. By the time anybody would read them, this was a play that was quite old for me. I wasn’t really showing it to people. The first production of the play happened in Chicago. [The play premiered at the Victory Gardens Theatre, directed by Chay Yew, in April 2016.] That was the original version. But, not this past December but the December before, [producer] Scott Rudin emailed me one morning and said, “Can you send me Hillary and Clinton?” I sent it to him, and he called me and said he wanted to option the play. I said, “Well, it’s a play that I feel very far from right now. I don’t write like that anymore.” The original conception of the play had a lot of, for lack of better term, whimsy and quirk to it. I told him all the things that I didn’t particularly like about the play, and he said, “Well, you could change those things if you want!” I had no intention of working on Hillary. I was happy to just let that play, sit and never go any further.What changed?I just had this moment—I went for a run up and down the Hudson, and started to hear the play in my head. I went home, opened a new document, and I just started writing the play again from memory. I felt free in the course of writing it again to change anything I wanted. It was a really exhilarating rewriting process. It was like having a second chance with a play. I’m proud of the prior version of it, but I felt like there was more that it could have done. The arguments could have been tougher.last_img read more

Mission looks to ease some restrictions on additional dogs, cats; add provision for fostering

first_imgMission could make it easier for homeowners to add a third dog or cat and make provisions for fostering animals.After adding chickens to the approved list of animals that can be kept at Mission homes last year, the city council is now poised to loosen some of the restrictions on dogs and cats.Although in early discussions, the council appears inclined to keep the limit on dogs and cats in the city the same, but remove a requirement that getting a third dog or cat requires the consent of all of the neighbors within 200 feet of the house. Mission now allows two dogs and two cats. A third dog or cat can be added with the special permit which requires a $100 fee and $50 for renewals.“There have been people whose neighbors have kept them from having a third,” City Administrator Laura Smith told the council. While the ordinance has not created complaints, some questions have been raised, city staff said.What the city animal control ordinance does not have is any provision for fostering dogs or cats. Councilor Jason Vaughn said he thought it was excessive to charge $100 for fostering. The only way to add foster animals would be to get a special permit if the homeowner already has reached the limit. Vaughn recommended drafting an ordinance around fostering “that makes some sense.”A comparison to nearby cities prepared by city staff showed Mission’s animal limits are comparable and that most require a special permit for additional animals. The notable distinction was the requirement to obtain consent from neighbors for a third animal. Other cities do require notification, however.A proposal to make amendments to the animal control provisions is expected to be prepared by staff and come back to the council in the near future.last_img read more

Biomarker found in the blood is higher in binge drinkers

first_imgEmail A biomarker found in the blood of alcohol users is significantly higher in binge drinkers than in those who consume alcohol moderately, according to a study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The biomarker, called phosphatidylethanol (PEth), could be used to screen young adults for harmful or heavy drinking such as binge drinking.Having performed extensive research on alcohol and its effects on health throughout her career, Mariann Piano, professor and head of the department of biobehavioral health science in the UIC College of Nursing, knew PEth is a biomarker associated with alcohol consumption, but it had never been measured in young adults.“Binge drinking is pervasive on college campuses and among young adults,” Piano said. “More alarming, though, is the regularity of binge drinking episodes: one in five students report three or more binge drinking episodes in the prior two weeks.” Share on Twitter The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration to 0.08 or above. This typically occurs when men consume five or more drinks in about two hours. For women, it’s consuming four or more drinks in the same time period.Piano and co-investigator Shane Phillips, associate professor of physical therapy, measured PEth in blood samples from student participants at two large Midwestern university campuses. Participants were part of a larger ongoing study examining the cardiovascular effects of binge drinking.Participants completed a 10-question self-assessment survey to determine their drinking patterns. After the questionnaires were reviewed, the subjects were divided into three groups: abstainers, moderate drinkers and binge drinkers.Abstainers had not had more than one drink per month in the past two to three years. For men, moderate drinking was defined as consuming three drinks or less per sitting one to two times per week in the past five years. For women, the number of drinks was two. Binge drinkers must have had at least two episodes of heavy drinking in one sitting in the last month.The majority of participants were Caucasian females. The majority of moderate and binge drinkers were Caucasian, while abstainers were predominantly Asian.Following the self-assessment, blood was drawn from each participant to measure blood alcohol levels and PEth. Five blood spots were placed on cards to be dried and measured against the whole blood samples in an off-site drug testing laboratory.“We discovered a significant correlation between PEth levels in both the whole blood and dried blood samples and the number of times subjects consumed four to five drinks in one sitting within the last 30 days,” Piano said.The PEth levels in the blood also positively correlated with the self-assessment survey scores, Piano said.“Using a biomarker of heavy alcohol consumption such as PEth along with self-reporting could provide an objective measure for use in research, screening and treatment of hazardous alcohol use among young adults,” she said. Sharecenter_img Pinterest LinkedIn Share on Facebooklast_img read more

55 Tahun Lalu, Antonov An-22 Antei, Turboprop Terbesar di Dunia Terbang…,Mewahnya Airbus A380, Sampai Punya Dua Lift untuk Manjakan Penumpang

first_imgAnotonov An-22. Foto: Twitter Antonov Company Pada hari ini, tepat 55 tahun, Antonov An-22 Antei, pesawat turboprop terbesar di dunia terbang perdana di langit Kiev, Ukraina, pada 27 Februari 1965. Pesawat dengan kapasitas payload maksimum sampai 80 ton tersebut pada penghujung tahun 2018 silam, digadang-gadang menjadi penyebab sumber suara bising yang di langit Jawa Tengah, khususnya Krapyak, Pekalongan, Semarang, hingga Kendal. Setelah ditelusuri lebih jauh, usut punya usut, suara tersebut memang berasal dari pesawat Antonov, tetapi bukan Antonov An-22 Antei, melainkan berasal dari Antonov An-12.Baca juga: Oleg Konstantinovich Antonov – Sosok Legendaris di Balik Nama Besar “The Mammoth” An-225Meski demikian, faktanya, An-22 pada dasarnya merupakan versi yang “dibesarkan” atau dikembangkan dari An-12, kecuali desain ekornya yang didesain ulang menjadi sirip ekor vertikal kembar. Pesawat ini menghasilkan performa luar biasa dengan pemakaian empat mesin turboprop yang sangat powerful, masing-masing memakai baling-baling contra-rotating yang menghasilkan slipstream signifikan di atas sayap. Dikutip KabarPenumpang.com dari laman Indomiliter.com, Kamis, (27/2), Antonov An-22 dalam kode NATO disebut sebagai “Cock,” pesawat ini terlahir di masa kejayaan Uni Soviet. Dirancang oleh Antonov Design Bureau. Pesawat ini terbang perdana di Kiev, Ukraina pada 18 Agustus 1964 dan penampakan perdana prototipe An-22 pada Paris AirShow 1965, kemudian resmi diluncurkan dua tahun kemudian pada 1967.Selain ukurannya yang raksasa, yaitu panjang 57 meter dan lebar bentang sayap 64,4 meter, dan dapat terbang sejauh 5.000 km, ciri khas dari An-22 adalah penggunaan mesin turboprop dengan sepasang baling-baling yang berputar berlawanan arah, sama dengan yang ada di Tupolev Tu-114. Seperti halnya pakem C-130 Hercules, An-22 mengadopsi empat unit mesin. Antonov memilih mesin turboprop Kuznetsov NK-12MA yang setiap mesinnya dapat menghasilkan tenaga 15.000 shp.Antonov An-22 juga punya kemampuan mumpuni dalam berbagai operasi, yakni kemampuan untuk lepas landas dari lapangan udara yang punya runway keras, tidak beraspal, dan pendek, sehingga memungkinkan pasukan linud untuk melakukan operasi pendaratan udara.Di samping itu, Antonov An-22 juga bisa digunakan untuk mengangkut penumpang, dengan kapasistas masksimal 36 orang, 28 penumpang dan sisanya awak pesawat. Berbeda dengan kabin penumpang dan kokpit yang bertekanan, ruang kargonya tidak bertekanan sehingga memungkinkan pintu kargo dibuka saat terbang untuk paradrops, layaknya pesawat Hercules yang sangat populer di Indonesia.Baca juga: Dijual! Rumah Lengkap Dengan Bandara Plus Dua Antonov An-2Menariknya, usai Uni Soviet bubar, bagian mesin dan elektronik dari Antonov sempat diembargo oleh Rusia. Pasalanya, Antonov An-22 diproduksi oleh salah satu negara pecahan Uni Soviet, yakni Uzbekistan, melalui Tashkent State Aircraft Factory. Meski demikian, pada akhirnya, setelah lobi-lobi alot, Rusia akhirnya mengumumkan negara bagian bekas Soviet untuk bergabung dengan imperium baru dalam Federasi Rusia. Keuntungannya, negara adidaya tersebut akan membantu dalam pengembangan sistem baru plus akan memberi subsidi.Sejak produksinya dimulai tahun 1966 dan berakhir pada tahun 1976, total sudah dibuat 68 unit An-22 dalam empat varian. Pada Desember 2018, enam unit An-22 masih dioperasikan 76th Military Transport Air Squadron AU Rusia, dimana tinggal tiga unit yang berstatus layak terbang. Kesemuanya direncanakan masih akan terus dioperasikan sampai tahun 2033.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Relatedlast_img read more

NCAA examining how Michigan State handled Nassar case

first_imgABC News(LANSING, Mich.) — The NCAA is looking into how Michigan State University handled a case involving Larry Nassar, the sports doctor who pleaded guilty in November to sexual assault charges.“The NCAA has sent a letter of inquiry to Michigan State University regarding potential NCAA rules violations related to the assaults Larry Nassar perpetrated against girls and young women, including some student-athletes at Michigan State,” the NCAA said in a statement. “We will have no further comment at this time.”Nassar worked as an athletic trainer at Michigan State for over two decades. He started in his position as national medical coordinator for USA Gymnastics in 1996.Former Michigan State athletes have joined U.S. Olympians among the more than 150 women and girls who confronted Nassar or had their personal statements read during his sentencing hearing.Under his plea deal, in which he admitted to assaulting seven people in the Lansing area, he faces at least 25 to 40 years in prison. He’s already been sentenced to 60 years on federal child pornography charges.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more