Mike Birbiglia’s Latest Solo Comedy The New One Opens on Broadway

first_imgAbout the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Mike Birbiglia’s The New One View Comments Related Shows Illustration by Justin “Squigs” Robertson for Broadway.com Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019 Following an acclaimed off-Broadway run at the Cherry Lane Theatre, Mike Birbiglia’s latest solo work The New One opens at Broadway’s Cort Theatre on November 11. Seth Barrish directs the production, which began previews on October 25. The New One marks Birbiglia’s Broadway debut.Birbiglia is a comedian, storyteller, director and actor who has performed in front of audiences worldwide, from the Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall. His most recent off-Broadway shows, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend and Thank God for Jokes, were both filmed for Netflix. In addition to performing live, Birbiglia is an author and filmmaker who wrote, directed and starred in the films Sleepwalk with Me and Don’t Think Twice. Last year, Birbiglia was honored with the Kurt Vonnegut Award for humor.Written by Birbiglia with additional writing by Jennifer Hope Stein, The New One features set design by Beowulf Boritt, lighting design by Aaron Copp and sound design by Leon Rothenberg.To celebrate opening night, Broadway.com Resident Artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson sketched a portrait featuring the show’s writer and star bringing his long-appreciated talent to the Great White Way. Star Files Mike Birbiglialast_img read more

Olympic 1,500m champion Faith Kipyegon pulls out of London DL meeting

first_imgEx-Olympic champion Bungei vies for a political seat in Kenya Rio2016:Olympic champion David Rudisha beaten during trials STANFORD, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 30: Faith Kipyegon of Kenya reacts after she won the women’s 1500m during the Prefontaine Classic at Cobb Track & Angell Field on June 30, 2019 in Stanford, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) STANFORD, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 30: Faith Kipyegon of Kenya reacts after she won the women’s 1500m during the Prefontaine Classic at Cobb Track & Angell Field on June 30, 2019 in Stanford, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Olympic and World 1,500m champion Faith Kipyegon of Kenya withdrew from Saturday’s IAAF Diamond League meeting in London, where she was scheduled to compete in the women’s 1500m, due to an adductor injury.Kipyegon’s management team released a statement that said racing with high intensity was too high risk at this moment in time.Kipyegon was scheduled to be among 20 reigning world and 10 reigning Olympic individual and relay champions in action at the London Diamond League meeting.Kipyegon had taken a 21-month maternity break in September 2017 and made her return at the Prefontaine Classic leg of the 2019 Diamond League in Stanford, California, last month.Kipyegon won the race, her first since taking maternity break, in a time of 3:59.04 ahead of Britain’s Laura Muir.On Friday, Kipyegon had said that she still needed a few races to know where she ranks but was happy with the progress she had made so far.Kipyegon’s injury means another much-anticipated showdown with European champion and 2018 Diamond League winner Muir will not take place.Kipyegon’s absence does not mean the event will not feature a quality lineup.IAAF Continental Cup and Africa 1,500m champion Winny Chebet, whose personal best is 3:59.56, will represent Kenya while Ugandan Winnie Nanyondo, who has already improved the Ugandan 1,500m record twice this season will hope for a big win on a major stage. Shanghai Diamond League winner Rababe Arafi of Morocco and Ethiopia’s Axumawit Embaye, whose personal best times are also under four minutes, will also compete.Relatedcenter_img Kenya clinches yet another Olympic Gold as Faith Kipyegon upsets world record holder in 1,500mlast_img read more

Temporary foreign worker at Site C employed in specialised position

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Though the number of workers at the Site C dam project broke 2,000 for the first in January, only 2,123 of the 2,124 workers were from Canada.BC Hydro confirmed that one of the mage project’s workers was hired through the Temporary Foreign Worker program subject to the Labour Market Impact Assessment process. BC Hydro spokesperson Dave Conway said that the worker is the first to be hired under the TFW program that is working on the project. Conway explained that Peace River Hydro Partners began the Labour Market Impact Assessment after the company was unable to recruit from within Canada for the position.Conway says that the worker in question is overseeing the construction of a roller-compacted concrete buttress, which uses a different technique that normal concrete. According to Conway, the worker has previously overseen the construction of a 90 metre RCC dam in Australia, and has also studied the construction techniques with a number of dams overseas. “This individual has a very specific skillset, and very extensive experience on this, and the role is critical,” said Conway. “It’s a critical job.”- Advertisement -Josh Towsley with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 115 says that many of his union’s members have worked with roller-compacted concrete before, and that he refutes BC Hydro’s claim that the skillset needed is all that specialised. Towsley added that he feels that the Temporary Foreign Worker program should require employers, if they are not able to directly hire to fill a vacancy, should have to seek out subcontractors before applying to hire foreigners.last_img read more

38 believe low morale causes workplace stress

first_imgMore than a third (38%) of respondents believe that low morale in the workplace is a cause of stress at work, according to research by CV Library.Its survey of 1,200 UK employees also found that more than half (53%) of respondents feel that stress is an issue in the organisation they work for.The research also found:62% believe their employer looks down on staff who are stressed.57% feel their manager does not offer support to help them manage workplace stress.Two thirds (66%) of respondents cite bad management as the main cause of stress at work, 34% believe heavy workloads are the key cause of workplace stress, and 29% feel long working hours are the main cause.More than a quarter (26%) of respondents name poor work-life balance as the biggest cause of workplace stress.89% of respondents think that susceptibility to stress at work can impact career progression.Lee Biggins (pictured), founder and managing director at CV Library, said: “As a nation, we are battling with heavier workloads and longer working hours and this is resulting in a poor work-life balance for many. While it can be difficult to take a step back from work, especially with an increasing amount of technology at our fingertips, creating a balance between our professional and personal lives is important.“For employers, high stress levels not only impact overall productivity, but can also place organisations in a compromising position, as workers under a great amount of strain are more likely to turn on their heels and look for a better working environment elsewhere. This makes it more important than ever for management teams to take on the responsibility for keeping their staff happy and productive in the workplace and help to alleviate some of the pressures that their employees are facing.”last_img read more