Eleven arrested at Irish Row

first_imgA party bust at the Irish Row apartment complex early Friday morning resulted in 11 arrests and about nine citations, according to South Bend police logs. The roundup is one of the largest since student arrests for underage drinking spiked early in this school year. Police arrested about 70 students through late August and early September, prompting meetings between University officials, student government and the South Bend Police Department in September. Det. Sgt. Ian McQueen said police received a complaint for a noisy party at the complex on Vaness Street about 1 a.m. Friday. Upon entering the party, the supervising officer decided to arrest minors with a BAC of .05 or higher. Police cited the minors with a lower BAC and allowed them to leave the party. Officers also issued citations for hosting a loud party and contributing to the delinquency minors. McQueen said the decision to arrest or cite is usually left to the discretion of the arresting officers. “We responded to a call, and we are duty bound to investigate if we see a crime being committed,” McQueen said. Police also arrested three students early Saturday morning on Notre Dame Avenue for minor consumption, according to police logs. Police received a complaint after the students banged on the door of a residential house. The students — who said they had previously been at an off-campus party — were taken to the St. Joseph County Jail. Vice President for Student Affairs Fr. Tom Doyle said the University and the police department continue to work together on the issue of student arrests. “We are still actively in communication with multiple community agencies about these matters,” he said. Doyle said he recently met with student body president Catherine Soler and vice president Andrew Bell to outline goals for the coming semester, and the safety of students off campus remains a priority. The student arrests this week are a reminder that fostering a healthy relationship between the city and the students requires continued attention, Doyle said. “I think it is accurate to say that the University and its students have made significant progress since last summer,” he said. “But we cannot take for granted the fragile place that we have come from.”last_img read more

Championship ticket tension

first_imgTo many Notre Dame students’ frustration, Saint Mary’s students will also vie for the 2,500 tickets made available for students to the BCS National Championship Bowl Game vs. Alabama to be held in Miami, Fla., on Jan. 7. Junior Katie Fusco said she is uncomfortable with Saint Mary’s students being included in the Notre Dame student lottery, especially with an anonymous Notre Dame alumnus donating to lower the price of student tickets. She said she has nothing against the University’s sister institution, especially since her mother attended Saint Mary’s. “My mom thinks it’s ridiculous too,” Fusco said. “What bothers me is that we have this concerned alumnus who has donated money, and Saint Mary’s students … are going to reap the benefits of half-price tickets, especially when they don’t even go to Notre Dame. “They don’t even contribute money back to the University. It’s our institution. I think they should have their own lottery of, say, 200 tickets or a smaller number within their own student body so it’s not a free-for-all.” Fusco said she thinks Saint Mary’s students should have some sort of access to student tickets. “They do support the team and they do cheer on the team at football games,” she said. “But at the end of the day, it comes down to the fact that we’re two different schools. … I pay $50,000 to come here and they don’t even pay that.” Junior Marcus Liddell said he was enthused when he discovered an anonymous alumnus donated funds to reduce the student lottery ticket price. “I was gearing myself up to pay $350 for tickets, and then I found out they’re going to be half of that,” he said. “I think it’s a symptom of the great alumni network and the connection there is here, especially with football. And I’m glad to see the alumni still care.” He said Saint Mary’s students should be included in the Notre Dame student ticket lottery. “They have a right to participate fully,” Liddell said. “They’re part of the football team too.” Senior Jake Coleman said even though he did not enter the lottery, he understood why students were frustrated. “They might be frustrated because they think the priority should be given to students who go to Notre Dame,” he said. “A lot of my friends entering the lottery will be disappointed if they don’t get tickets.” Coleman said the anonymous donation was a tremendous act of charity. “I guess it’s almost predictable for Notre Dame alumni,” he said. “I found it predictable that a Notre Dame alumnus would want to help Notre Dame students, but that doesn’t take away from their generosity. Sophomore Carmen Casillas said even though she also didn’t apply for tickets, she thought Notre Dame students have a right to be upset about their diminished chances in the lottery. “I just think that Notre Dame students deserve their tickets a little more,” she said. “We are actually at the University. We are the students at the University going to the national championship. And they’re only from the sister [school]. If anything, Notre Dame students should get first priority. Saint Mary’s … students shouldn’t be given equal footing.”last_img read more

Rep. Kelly credits ND for sparking passion for service

first_img Protecting his father’s legacy The government’s installation of a new chairman offthe General Motors board of directors threatened individual dealership owners, Kelly said. Because Kelly’s dealership sold General Motors vehicles, he received a 39-page document and a request from the General Motors regional manager to sign over his business. Kelly said he refused because he needed to protect his father’s legacy.   “We hired some people legally, spent about 60 thousand dollars in legal fees, but then during the arbitration I got a call … and [was told I would get the dealership back].” This experience highlighted for him what Kelly said was the government’s overreach into the lives of Americans. “I looked at [this experience] and said, you know, this is amazing. Here’s Mike Kelly sitting in little Butler, ia., and this is a government that can come in and not because you’re not running your business the right way, not because you haven’t met all of the metrics that they’ve established, they can decide you’re not going to be in business anymore.  “Why? That’s not America.” The car dealership After graduating, Kelly said he returned to work for his father’s car dealership.  “I didn’t really realize until my senior year [that my post-graduation plans were unusually established], but when everybody started to talk about applying for jobs and what they’re going to do, they asked me, ‘What are you going to do?’” Kelly said. “I said, ‘I am going back home because my family has a business.’ I had never really thought about that aspect of my life because I had always thought I would stay in athletics, but that evaporated. “But it was just kind of natural for me, because I worked at the dealership since I was little. Whether it was washing cars, sweeping floors, helping mechanics get parts, I was always part of it and it was just kind of expected. I was the oldest boy in the family, I had two younger brothers, but my dad just kind of assumed I would be there.” When his father looked to transition away from work at the dealership, Kelly said he sat down with his sons to talk about their interest in the dealership.  “There were three of us, and when it came time for my dad … to transition, he brought the three of us into his office and said, ‘Okay look: I have three sons, I have one business, and I kind of feel like Solomon – I want to know what you guys want to do,’” Kelly said. “[He said], ‘I’m not giving anybody anything, because if I give it to you, you’ll lose it. If you have to buy it, if you have to go to the bank, get the money and make payments on it, you’ll watch it every day.’” Kelly said he alone among his brothers wanted to take up management of the dealership. “[My dad] started from nothing; he was a parts picker in a warehouse,” Kelly said. “It was hard for him to finally make that decision to sell and walk away from his baby.” Editor’s Note: This is the sixth story in a series featuring Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s graduates serving as members of Congress. This series, titled “Trading Golden Dome for Capitol Dome,” will run on Fridays. Although lawmakers allowed the federal government to reopen, debate continues on health care and on the meaning of the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA-3), who obtained his B.A. in sociology from Notre Dame in 1970, wrote in support of an alternative plan proposed by House Republicans – the American Health Care Reform Act, or H.R. 3121 – in the Sept. 29 issue of the Erie Times-News. This plan will do what he believes President Obama’s health care law fails to accomplish, Kelly wrote in the opinion piece. “This common sense alternative to the ACA … [makes] American medical care – already the most sought-after in the world – more affordable and more accessible to the most vulnerable among us in a way that does not damage our economy or disrupt anyone’s existing coverage,” Kelly said in the opinion piece. “[O]ur plan operates on the principle that free market competition and maximized individual choice are not just worthy goals but downright indispensible components of patient-centered health-care reform.” Kelly opposed the plan from its introduction to the national political discussion as a mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services issued on Jan. 20, 2012, and the announcement Aug. 1, 2012, that the plan would be implemented thereafter.  Though criticized for his comments Kelly said he felt he needed to stand up to what he called an infringement on Americans’ First Amendment rights. “I was criticized because they were saying, ‘Oh, you’re trying to take away women’s health concerns from them,’” Kelly said. “I said, ‘This has nothing to do with contraception and everything to do with contradiction.’ In our First Amendment, we are guaranteed these rights are enshrined by the people that put this together, that we don’t have to do [certain] things, but you’re telling me, ‘yes, you do.’” Our Lady’s family Far from the only debate Kelly has entered during his time in the House of Representatives, his advocacy for the Republican alternative healthcare plan represents the most recent embodiment of the sense for service he discerned at Notre Dame.  “I think Notre Dame teaches you a sense of responsibility, that we all have to give back at some point,” Kelly said. “Whether it’s your church, in your schools or in your community, I think it’s just who we are at Notre Dame, that we take our experiences at Notre Dame and take that into whoever we are after Notre Dame and build on that.” Kelly graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in sociology and a minor in philosophy and theology. Although he said he enjoyed discussing philosophical and theological issues with his classmates, Kelly said he never expected to enter politics after graduation. “It was never my intention to go into politics,” Kelly said. “If anybody had asked me back then and said, ‘Oh, do you think you would ever run for office?’ I would have said ‘Oh my gosh, no.’ At first I went there to play football. After getting hurt and seeing that your next play could be your last play, you start to grow up really fast.  “You learn very quickly that there is a process that you go through, and when things don’t go the right way you say ‘okay, fine, there’s something else to do.’ But politics, never.” Kelly said the influences of his family and the University’s recruiters brought him to Notre Dame to play football. “I’m Irish Catholic, and growing up, everybody in my family was all Notre Dame fans,” he said. “I really thought I was going to go to Penn State. … But, Terry Hanratty [Notre Dame class of 1968, former quarterback] was a year ahead of me at school, and he went to Notre Dame.” Though his time at Notre Dame started with football, Kelly said he remembers his time at the University for the introduction it gave him to ‘the Notre Dame family.’ “When I first went to Notre Dame it was because of football, but once I was at Notre Dame it was because of Notre Dame. … We’re all family. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what you’ve done before, once you get there you are a part of the Notre Dame family,” Kelly said. “I was very disappointed that I got hurt and wasn’t able to play, but I was never disappointed that I stayed at Notre Dame. I always thought that was the best decision I had ever made in my life.” Kelly said his connection to the campus grew during his time as an undergraduate student. “Football was a huge part of [the beginning of my time there], but once you’re there you start to get some places that are really near and dear to your heart,” Kelly said. “I spent a lot of time at the Grotto. … Even now when I go back, my first visit is always to the Grotto. “There’s just something about this campus. … It’s different from anyplace else. I’ve been to a lot of different places to visit, but no place had the attraction of Notre Dame.” A voice for a smaller federal government After the Cash for Clunkers program almost put his dealership out of business, Kelly said he was driven to run for his seat in the third district.  As a representative, he said he has worked to free the people from a government that has grown too large. “All of the things that I have talked about here have nothing do with a government, it has to do with people,” Kelly said. “The government serves the people, the people do not serve the government, and there should never be a situation where the government has grown so big, so powerful and so arrogant that they turn their backs on the people that they are supposed to serve.”  Kelly’s education at Notre Dame and his small-business experience promptednhim to conclude that government intervention is not the best tool to enrich the lives of the American people. “Look at the founding of the University,” he said. “they were traveling, they get sick and stop in South Bend. … they decided to build a Church, to build a school, to build a way of life for people – no government help. there is not one penny from the government that helped start Notre Dame.  “I look at these things in my life and think, ‘What in the world is it that makes these people think that self-reliance is no longer the key?’ It’s reliance on the government that should change, but we have regulated the [rich] and vilified them.”  Kelly said he strongly opposed what he calls the vilification of the people that contribute the most to the funding of our countr.. “Notre Dame would never attack the people that fund it,” Kelly said.  [Some] people do, they vilify people that are successful. … really? Who is funding it all? The same people you have just criticized. AThough he would rather see the government reinforce self-reliance among the American people, he said his own experiences gives him hope. “After being on the ground for 65 years, I have had my nose bloodied a lot,” Kelly said.  I have had a lot of days where things went really well, but I’ve had more days where things went badly. The key was not getting knocked down, it was getting back up. “There’s always tomorrow. there’s always the promise of a new day.” Contact Nicole Michels at [email protected]last_img read more

CLC task forces deliver progress updates

first_imgAt the Campus Life Council (CLC) meeting Monday, student government members, rectors, professors and staff members from the Office of Student Affairs shared progress updates from CLC’s three task force committees. According to the Task Force Agenda for 2013-2014, the first committee works on safety and mental health, the second on community building and the third on holistic development. Student Body President Alex Coccia said the first task force continues to aid student government’s campaign for sexual assault prevention. Student government hosted a Student-Led Discussion about sexual assault on Nov. 20 in Coleman-Morse Center, Coccia said further plans to address sexual assault are in progress “We’re really going to make [sexual assault prevention] an issue campaign with door-to-door pledges.” he said. The task force hopes to work closely with freshmen and sophomores because “they will be influencing the freshmen and sophomores in future years,” Coccia said. Student Body Vice President Nancy Joyce said the second taskforce, is refinine interview questions for focus groups in residence halls where rector turnover has been most common. Joyce said the group wants to see “what is successful in transition and maintaining dorm community.” The group is also working with Campus Ministry to see how liturgical life correlates with a dorm’s sense of community, Joyce said. Sociology professor Rich Williams said the third task force is researching office hour trends among universities across the country. “Universities across the country complain that students don’t come to office hours,” Williams said. The task force will explore ways to encourage students to come to office hours more frequently in order to encourage student and teacher relationships, Williams said. Keenan Hall Rector Noel Terranova said faculty should conduct research and mentor students.  “The emphasis is being given to faculty for advancing research,” he said. “Advancing research isn’t mutually exclusive to relationships with students.” Anthropology professor Carolyn Nordstrom said Notre Dame is  founded on an egalitarian process of research and undergraduate relationships.” Contact Kyle Witzigman at [email protected]last_img read more

Tunnel expansion begins

first_imgFollowing the University’s announcement of upcoming building construction across campus, the Office of Facilities Design and Operations began construction of the underground tunnel system late last month, Director of Construction and Quality Assurance Doug Schlagel said.Schlagel said the construction will have minimal impact on students because the work primarily affects the edges of campus, where students don’t often spend time.“It may certainly affect how some off-campus students arrive to and where they would traditionally park and how they would walk from their car to their building,” he said.Schalgel said his office will give frequent and visible notice about any interruptions.“Through a series of postings to our website with maps and navigational routes and announcements across campus, we’re hoping to make sure that everyone has the information and it’s clear to help minimize any disruptions that all this work could potentially have,” he said.According to documents on the Facilities Design and Operations website, the tunnel construction is broken into two branches. The east branch of the tunnel begins at the power plant and extends east of Stepan Center, then south to Library Circle, near the site of the recently announced research facility. The south branch of the tunnel will connect south quad to the Compton Family Ice Arena, moving east in front of DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and crossing Eddy Street before extending to Compton.The most significant concern for the east branch will be access to Hammes Mowbray Hall, which houses the campus post office and Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) headquarters, Schlagel said.“The biggest challenge is making sure that there’s always public access to the post office and Notre Dame Security Police, which through a series of planning meetings with security and other campus constituents, we were able to make sure that that facility is available and open to the public at all times,” he said. “Short of just some traffic reconfiguration and traffic control and signage, we think that that should be fine.”Schlagel said the construction on the tunnel system is preliminary work meant to make way for new campus educational and residential facilities.“The purpose of the tunnel and utility infrastructure work that’s being implemented is to help support and connect to the central power plant the new facilities that are being planned for campus,” he said. “This includes the new research complex, two new residence halls, Jenkins-Nanovic Hall, which is the social sciences building, and then of course the Campus Crossroads project, everything involved with the stadium and the School of Architecture building.”The Office of Facilities and Design plans to complete most of the aboveground work prior to freshman orientation and the first home football game Aug. 30, Schlagel said.“That’s not to say that there won’t be work continuing inside the tunnels themselves because there’s a lot of piping and that sort of stuff that has to happen after the tunnel itself is built,” he said. “The idea is to basically have the sites restored by the time students return in August.”Schlagel said students should be aware of their surroundings and regularly check The [email protected] emails to remain up to date on road closures and affected facilities.last_img read more

Nobel Laureate stresses family in poverty prevention

first_imgNobel Laureate economist James Heckman opened the Center for Ethics and Culture’s 2014 fall conference on poverty on Thursday night with a discussion of the importance of family and early intervention in alleviating socio-economic inequality.“I want to think about a dynamic strategy — a way to approach poverty and intergenerational inequality which is going to be based on the notion which I will call ‘predistribution,’” Heckman said. “… [Predistribution is] a strategy of giving skills to people to avoid [poverty] in the first place … a strategy that builds character, promotes family values, and creates skills … [such that] what is socially fair can also be viewed as economically efficient.”Rosie Biehl | The Observer Rather than fixating on purely cognitive skills, like IQ scores or performances on tests, Heckman said that non-cognitive “character skills play a very important role, are very predictive [of future economic success], and can be shaped by education” and environment.  These skills include motivation, sociability, attention, self-regulation, self-esteem and the ability to defer gratification, he said.“I want to think about a strategy based on creating capabilities … the capacities to act and create future capacities,” he said. “If we look at those capacities in a modern sense … we’re going to have a very different way of thinking about addressing poverty.”“What we’ve come to understand is that in the life of children … there are critical and sensitive periods in the formation of these capabilities … where some skills are more easily shaped than in other periods,” he said.Gaps in “both emotional and social skills [observed in 5- and 6-year-olds] … really aren’t that much alleviated by going to school,” and persist into adulthood, Heckman said.  This becomes problematic in the fact that “skills are very important all around the world, and they’re major determinants of inequality.”“Genes play a role, but they’re far from the whole story,” Heckman said. “The capabilities that matter are … acquired, and can be fostered by families, schools and social interactions.”“What we’ve seen from a number of [successful] interventions … [is a change in] the nature of the parent/child relationship, or the mentor/child relationship … [in that they] change the way parents perceive themselves, how important their role is … and parental response to the child’s curiosity.”Economics professor Joseph Kaboski summarized Heckman’s discussion as the idea “that lack of personal development, inequality in personal abilities, leads to both material poverty and other social problems.”“Skills beget skills … [and] predistribution is better than redistribution in terms of being a possible win-win for everybody,” Kaboski said, in the fact that it is a preventative rather than reactive approach to reducing inequality.Tags: Center for Ethics and Culture, Economic Inequality, James Heckman, Nobel Laureate, Nobel Prize, Predistributionlast_img read more

Higgins Labor Program prepares for year of combining programming and research

first_imgWhile the Higgins Labor Program has been around in various forms since the early 1990s, current director Daniel Graff, who has a joint appointment in the history department, is focused on bringing together the research and student engagement sides of the program.Graff, who was appointed director in 2014, said Higgins was originally founded by labor economists in the economics department as a small, independent research center called the Higgins Research Center. It was named after Monsignor George Higgins, a Catholic priest who argued for workers’ rights and wrote documents for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, writing some of them on social work and justice.“It was folded into the Center for Social Concerns about a decade ago as a way to integrate the Higgins Labor Program’s research on labor questions to add an engaged learning component that we think of the Center for Social Concerns when we think about engaged learning or service learning,” he said. “ … As director, my hope has been to reinvigorate the research side of the things while continuing this programming work.”The Higgins Labor Program has three main components, Graff said. The first of these is event programming that is open to everyone but meant to inform and engage students. One such event is the Labor Cafe, the first of which for the year will take place Friday. The Labor Cafes are informal events on certain Friday afternoons to talk about work-related issues.“That always brings people from campus to it — students, faculty, staff, visitors who are on campus for another reason and see it and come in and people from the community,” Graff said.Other event programming includes the Research, Advocacy and Policy series (RAP), which includes lunchtime talks with subject matter experts; the Higgins Alumni Network, which brings back students who are working in labor in some capacity; and relevant film screenings.Anna Scartz, a junior and student assistant for the Higgins Labor Program, said she became involved after attending one of the events freshman year.“I really liked it because it’s just really casual conversation where I felt comfortable speaking even though I didn’t feel like I had a large amount of knowledge at that time, so that kept me coming back to learn about these important issues,” she said.The second component of the program is the research component, which includes the Just Wage Working Group. The group has been working for a year and a half to develop a just wage framework, which was first presented at the Program’s symposium in Washington D.C. this summer.“We’re trying to develop an online tool right now that people can use to ask a question about whether a particular wage is just or not,” Graff said. “ … We’re now in a space where we have the framework and the tool created, and now it’s operationalizing it online. We’ll be spending a lot of time presenting … to new audiences.”Graff said the group is intentional in how it is framing the conversation in order to “invite more discussion.”“We’re hoping to do it in a way by using this framework of a just wage that might slip out of some of the partisan debates over things like a living wage and a minimum wage,” he said.Scartz was able to participate in the symposium for the Just Wage Working Group this summer. At the event, she said she heard from labor unions, interested students across the country and people who deal with the issues regularly.“It gave me more context as to this being a national or even international movement as opposed to something that happens on Notre Dame’s campus or in the Notre Dame bubble,” she said.Original online conversation is the final component of the Program, which features a blog that is open to contributors.“The heart of it is trying to give students an opportunity,” Graff said.Graff said the Program is operating at the right time where people are interested in labor questions.“I think more and more Americans are concerned about what appears to be increasing economic inequality and the stubbornly flat wages even in spite of the super tight labor market with low unemployment,” he said. “ … The Higgins Labor Program is really interested in getting people together to address those questions, and I think the timing is really pressing right now.”Tags: Higgins Labor Program, Just Wage Working Group, Labor Cafelast_img read more

Campaign Dollars Flow As Lawmakers Debate New York Bail Law

first_imgALBANY — As the debate over New York’s bail law rages in the state Capitol, criminal justice interests have funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to state lawmakers who will decide whether to amend the reforms, campaign finance records show.Records show New York lawmakers and political parties, from June to mid-February, reeled in at least $360,000 from police unions and other law enforcement groups — organizations that have overwhelmingly denounced the reforms.In particular, during that same time period, police groups have directed more than $75,000 to the six Senate Democrats from Long Island, lawmakers who have supported efforts to roll back portions of the law or change the system’s bail structure. Police unions and other law enforcement groups gave at least $15,000 to state Sens. Monica Martinez, John Brooks and Todd Kaminsky.Compared to other state senators, Democrat Diane Savino, whose district includes part of Staten Island, likely received the most money from law enforcement groups from June to mid-February. Campaign finance records show she received more than $23,500 from those groups during the time frame. Implemented at the beginning of the year, the bail changes eliminated cash bail for the wide majority of misdemeanor and nonviolent felony cases.On the other side of the debate, a little-known group backing criminal justice reforms has given at least $49,000 to state lawmakers and political campaigns since June and more than $160,000 since the beginning of 2018.The group, entitled the Fair Just and Safe NY PAC, is funded in part by hedge fund executive Daniel Loeb. The group issued a statement saying it is proud to support candidates who have advanced pretrial reforms and parole changes, among other topics.Loeb is also a donor for New Yorkers United for Justice, a group that backs criminal justice reforms and has pushed back against calls from Republican lawmakers to repeal the bail law.It’s unclear whether state lawmakers will change the bail law. Either way, the bail law remains one of the fiercest debates this session, often highlighting ideological splits between moderate Democrats, who want to roll back parts of the law, and liberal-leaning legislators, who have resisted.Senate Democrats this month floated a plan that would eliminate cash bail entirely but give judges more discretion over who is released from jail before trial.The bail law did away with pretrial detention for most misdemeanors and nonviolent cases. Under the Senate Democrat’s proposal, a judge could hold someone in pretrial detention for certain hate crimes and domestic violence felonies, along with crimes that led to a death.The proposal would also allow for repeat offenders to be held in pretrial detention, although the specifics remain unclear.Criminal justice reformers and criminal defense organizations have decried the plan, arguing that giving judges more discretion over who stays in jail pretrial will allow for racial disparities.The bail law was partially motivated by the case of Kalief Browder, who was arrested at age 16 and accused of robbing a man of his backpack. He then spent years in custody and the case was dropped. Browder later killed himself.“Don’t ever forget this young man who will forever die young,” said Assemblymember Walter Mosley, speaking at a rally in support of the bail law this week. The Democrat was one of several lawmakers who joined the crowd at the Capitol.The group had an overriding message: no rollbacks on the current law.Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins defended the proposal Wednesday and said there would be specific “guardrails” for judges, mentioning the current bail system already has judicial discretion.“We have proposed the most progressive type of solution for this particular problem,” she said. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Deirdre O’Connell & More to Star in Little Children Dream of God Off-Broadway

first_imgDeirdre O’Connell (By The Water, TV’s Nurse Jackie) and more will star in the previously announced world premiere of Jeff Augustin’s Little Children Dream of God. Directed by Giovanna Sardelli, the play, which launches Roundabout Underground’s eighth season, will begin previews off-Broadway on January 24, 2015 and run through April 5. Opening night is set for February 17 at the Black Box Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 5, 2015 The production will feature sets by Andrew Boyce, costumes by Jennifer Caprio, lighting by Gina Scherr and sound by M.L. Dogg. Joining O’Connell as Carolyn will be Gilbert Cruz (TV’s Girls) as Manuel, Dashiell Eaves (Coram Boy) as Trevor, Maurice Jones (Romeo and Juliet) as Joel, Chris Myers as Vishal, Carra Patterson as Sula, Crystal Lucas-Perry as Madison and Carl Hendrick Louis as Toussaint and Man.center_img On a balmy night in Miami, a soon-to-be mother, Sula, floats ashore on a car tire. Having braved a perilous journey to escape her native Haiti, Sula is determined to forge a better life in America for her unborn son. She soon finds safety in an apartment building that shelters refugees in need, joining a diverse community of immigrants, each with their own unique dreams and dilemmas. But even though the life she has hoped for seems within reach, Sula knows she can’t outrun her demons forever. View Comments Little Children Dream of Godlast_img read more

Bring Him Home! Alfie Boe Will Return to B’way as Valjean in Les Miz

first_img Les Miserables The Great White Way’s new Prisoner 24601 has been named! Alfie Boe is heading back to Broadway to star as Jean Valjean in the revival of Les Miserables on September 1. As previously reported, Ramin Karimloo will give his final performance in the role on August 30.Boe made his Broadway debut as Rodolfo in Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme, for which he and his co-stars received a special Tony Award in 2003 for their performances. He played the role of Valjean in the 25th Anniversary Concert at London’s O2 Arena in October, 2010 and went on to lead the original West End production of the show. A successful recording artist in the U.K., his latest solo album Serenata was released last November. In July, Boe will co-star with Pete Townsend in his Classic Quadrophenia at London’s Royal Albert Hall. His live opera appearances include The Pearl Fishers at the English National Opera and Romeo ET Juliette at the Royal Opera House. Boe was recently seen on screen in Mr. Selfridge.Directed by James Powell and Laurence Connor, the newly reimagined production of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil’s tuner is playing at the Imperial Theatre. The current cast also includes Earl Carpenter as Javert, Samantha Hill as Cosette, Chris McCarrell as Marius, Wallace Smith as Enjolras, Erika Henningsen as Fantine, Brennyn Lark as Eponine, Gavin Lee as Thenardier and Rachel Izen as Madame Thenardier. Boe will not perform in Les Miserables October 27 through November 1 due to prior commitments.Check out Boe performing as Valjean below. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 View Comments Related Showslast_img read more