Annie Baker & More Tapped for Signature Theater’s 2015-16 Season

first_img View Comments Pulitzer-Prize winning playwrights Annie Baker and Quiara Alegría Hudes will premiere new works as part of Signature Theater’s 2015-16 25th anniversary season, the last with James Houghton as artistic director. A.R. Gurney‘s Love and Money and Naomi Wallace’s Night is a Room will also receive their world premieres at the off-Broadway venue.Directed by Sam Gold, Baker’s John will begin performances at The Irene Diamond Stage from July 22, featuring Georgia Engel and Lois Smith. It is described as such: The week after Thanksgiving. A Bed & Breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A cheerful innkeeper. A young couple struggling to stay together. Thousands of inanimate objects, watching.Almost a year later, Hudes’ Daphne’s Dive will bow at The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre. Helmed by Thomas Kail, the production will kick off on April 26, 2016 . Daphne’s Dive is a cheap corner bar in North Philly where Daphne and her eclectic group of friends and family meet, talk, bond and drink. As Daphne’s adopted daughter, very different from her quiet and pragmatic mother, grows up, this unconventional family is forced to confront ugly secrets and take a hard look at their lives.Gurney’s Love and Money will play at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre. Directed by Mark Lamos, the production will begin performances on August 15 of this year. Determined to donate almost everything she owns before her life of grace and privilege ends, wealthy widow Cornelia Cunningham’s plan hits a snag when an ambitious and ingratiating young man arrives to claim his alleged inheritance.Wallace’s Night is a Room will begin performances on November 3 at the Alice Griffin. Helmed by Bill Rauch, the play follows Liana and Marcus, a well-off couple enjoying their perfectly pleasant lives. Doré has grown accustomed to an isolated existence in her working class neighborhood. After a surprise reunion on Marcus’ 40th birthday, their worlds are shattered by an unexpected turn of events.Arthur Miller’s Incident at Vichy will begin performances on October 27 at the Irene Diamond. Directed by Michael Wilson, the revival celebrates the centennial of Miller’s birth. In Vichy, France at the height of World War II, nine men and a boy are rounded up under suspicious circumstances. As ominous reports of far-off camps and cattle cars packed with prisoners begin to circulate, the men battle over politics, philosophy and how to escape.Tina Landau will direct Old Hats, also at the Irene Diamond, from January 26, 2016. Created and performed by Bill Irwin and David Shiner, with music and lyrics by and featuring Shaina Taub, the production uses music, technology and movement to create an outing that’s fun for the whole family.Next up will be Martha Clarke and Alfred Uhry’s Angel Reapers, which will begin performances on February 2, 2016 at the Romulus Linney. Directed and choreographed by Martha Clarke, the show will feature traditional Shaker songs and a mix of modern dance and actual Shaker movements.Finally, in honor of Signature’s 25th Anniversary a trio of short plays will be presented at the Alice Griffin from May 3, 2016, directed by Lila Neugebauer: Edward Albee’s The Sandbox, María Irene Fornés’ Drowning and Adrienne Kennedy’s Funnyhouse of a Negro.last_img read more

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A credit union cloud success story

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kirk Drake Kirk Drake is founder and CEO of Ongoing Operations, LLC, a rapidly growing CUSO that provides complete business continuity and technology solutions. With its recent acquisition of Cloudworks, Ongoing Operations … Web: www.ongoingoperations.com Details As we gear up for our first annual Ongoing Operations User Meeting and the broader CU InfoSecurity Conference this June 15th – 17th in New Orleans, I was reminded of the positive impact moving technology and telecommunications infrastructure to the cloud had on one of our credit union clients. Below you will find the story of St. Agnes FCU in the words of their CEO. We encourage you to consider the opportunities that may be hiding within your own IT infrastructure and invite you to join us in New Orleans as we discuss more real world cloud success stories.St. Agnes Federal Credit Union – IT InnovationBy Jim WhippIn early 2014 St. Agnes Federal Credit Union (SAFCU), based in Baltimore Maryland, had 7,000+ members and just over $46,000,000 in assets. St. Agnes FCU was arguably the most successful hospital-based credit union in Baltimore but was facing the same challenges that most credit unions faced.SAFCU management faced issues related to continuing the credit union’s growth, and one of the most important issues was how to improve the credit union’s technology and communication infrastructure.   The credit union relied on an antiquated phone system which was provided by its sponsor, and it had an in-house data processing system which was difficult to maintain and scale. At the same time, SAFCU was facing the need to replace its in-house server, which was now approaching 10-years in service. All of these challenges were front and center when Ongoing Operations and SAFCU began talking about solving these problems.During the first phase of our partnership, Ongoing Operations was able to provide an IP-based phone system for all CU employees, replacing the old system that provided a limited number of lines, poor reliability and few features. SAFCU was able to offer its members a new toll-free number and all employees now had their own phone extensions and a full-feature IP phone.The next big challenge was related to improving the infrastructure of its in-house network. SAFCU had to decide whether it should purchase a new in-house server and replace all of its antiquated desktop PCs with new Windows 7 PCs, or go another route. After calculating the costs of replacing all of the in-house equipment with new in-house equipment, another option presented itself.Rather than replacing all of its in-house equipment, Ongoing Operations provided another answer. What if SAFCU could have a solution that would take the burden of running an in-house server away from the credit union, allow the credit union to purchase far less expensive PCs, eliminate expensive point-to-point connections, migrate to a new e-mail exchange server, and dramatically improve its disaster recovery plan? This was the path that Ongoing Operations offered SAFCU.With Ongoing Operations’ virtual solution, the credit union could have it all and more. In addition to the list of benefits above, the credit union also became much more scalable. New users could be added with little effort, new offices could be established with little effort, and employees would be able to work remotely as necessary. As an example, this came in very handy as St. Agnes FCU completed two mergers since going live with the OGO solution –each time the ability to bring its own system into these other credit union offices proved quite valuable during the transition. SAFCU now has a world-class network infrastructure, access to the latest versions of Microsoft’s suite of products on a subscription basis, and none of the hassles of worrying about patching or managing the server.Since going live, SAFCU is now over $52,000,000 in assets and nearly 8,000 members. Our ability to easily scale up our operations, acquire two other credit unions, and open a new office (coming late2015) is directly related to our decision to move to the OGO virtual solution. Without this platform being in place, our mergers and the growth associated with those transactions would have been more difficult, more costly and less efficient. We’ve got the technology and network foundation in place to meet our needs for years to come.last_img read more

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‘DREAM’ to meet members’ digital expectations

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Credit unions provide outstanding service, earn members’ trust, and offer better rates than other financial institutions.But they struggle to meet members’ digital expectations, which are often formed by nonfinancial organizations, such as Uber and Netflix.“The industry is under a constant threat,” says Kirk Drake, CEO of Ongoing Operations, who addressed Disruption 17 by CU Water Cooler Tuesday in Madison, Wis. “And we’re stuck in this service-first model.”Drake says credit unions should remember to “DREAM” when crafting a plan to meet members’ digital expectations. That means:Differentiate with data. Most credit unions use data, but Drake says they aren’t using it to drive member engagement.“The answer is in the data,” Drake says. “If you look at your members and see, for example, they’re using PayPal, you may have to figure out how to get that business.”last_img read more

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Half of Eagles’ ‘Oyinbo Wall’, Ekong, Joins Udinese

first_imgUdinese was reported to have offered a €3.3million bid for the defender who turns 25 years old next month.The 24 year old centre-half who was heavily linked with a move to Stade Rennais in France joined Bursaspor from Gent in 2017 and made 32 appearances and scored two goals.Troost-Ekong moved to Bursaspor a year ago for €1m after previously playing for Tottenham Hotspur, Groningen, Dordrecht, KAA Gent and Haugesund.Troost Ekong represented Holland at Under-19 and Under-21 levels but eventually chose to represent Nigeria at senior level. He has chalked up 24 senior caps for Super Eagles and has scored one goal.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles central defender, William Troost-Ekong, has completed moves to switch to Italian Serie A club, Udinese.Bursaspor announced Ekong’s departure from Turkey with a farewell message on the club’s official Twitter handle yesterday. The defender played 33 times and scored three goals for the Turkish club.“Thank you @WTroostEkong ,” a tweet from Bursaspor’s official Twitter handle reads.last_img read more

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