What the Devil? Tickets Are On Sale Now for MCC Theater’s Hand to God Off-Broadway

first_img In Hand to God, the good children of Cypress, Texas, are taught to obey the Bible in order to evade Satan’s hand. But when students at the Christian Puppet Ministry put those teachings into practice, one devout young man’s puppet takes on a shocking personality that no one could have expected. View Comments Hand To God Related Shows Opening night is set for March 10 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, but you should probably leave your sock puppet at home.center_img Avenue Q meets Scandalous? Tickets are now available for the new MCC Theater mounting of Hand to God. The offbeat comedy by Robert Askins will be directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, who also helmed the original Ensemble Studio Theatre production in 2011. Hand to God begins off-Broadway performances February 20. Along with Steven Boyer reprising his role as Jason and his alter-ego sock puppet Tyrone, Hand to God will star Tony nominee Marc Kudisch as Pastor Greg, Sarah Stiles as Jessica, Geneva Carr reprising her role as Margery and Michael Oberholtzer as Timmy. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 30, 2014last_img read more

O’Callaghan ready to realise dream

first_img “I watched him play over the years and always thought he was good enough to be knocking on the door for more honours with Munster and Ireland, but it never came. “So for him to get the Barbarians call was great. “It’s an honour to be thought good enough even to be in the room with players of this calibre frankly.” O’Callaghan admitted the weight of Barbarians tradition brings him out in a cold sweat when he considers doing justice to the greats to have sported the black and white since 1890. The 94-cap Ireland lock said he will be happy to emerge from Sunday’s clash with the respect of his world superstar team-mates. “You feel the pressure to perform as well, that you owe it something,” he said. “That’s a weight on your shoulders. “The big thing is trying to win the respect of the dressing room when put alongside world superstars. “The onus is on us playing now: we have to really put value on it in our time when we get a shot. “It’s an incredible club when you think about it: the Barbarians have more wins over New Zealand than Ireland. “That pressure gives me sweaty palms straight away. “And that’s what makes you play better in matches, you need that.” Teetotal O’Callaghan admitted he is not in the free-running Barbarians mould, but has no intentions of winding down despite his advancing years. The 35-year-old has not given up on forcing his way back into Joe Schmidt’s Ireland squad for Rugby World Cup 2015, as well as setting sights on more Munster glory. “Two of the big values you need for the Baa Baas I might not have had: I’m a non-drinker and I’ve spent my career hitting rucks and mauling!” he said. “So I’ve been getting a bit of stick from the Munster lads for that, they’re saying I’m not really cut out for it. “I’m as competitive as ever, I love it, I bounce out of the bed to Munster in the mornings, it means an awful lot to me. “If I wasn’t enjoying it I would gladly step away. “Munster means so much to me it’s easy to go in every day. “I’ve two more years on my contract and I want Munster to have success and win trophies in that time. “Semi-final defeats are scars that hurt more months down the line than they do on the day. “I’ve been involved in 11 Heineken Cup semi-finals and only grabbed two. “You have to be a little selfish when it’s your time and grab as much as you can. “Munster’s my main focus, but I do still have ambitions with Ireland especially heading into the World Cup year. “I might need the rub of the green but I’ll be honest my mentality’s no different for cap number 95 as number one: I would chew up the road for it. “People might say that’s delusional, but I’ll keep thinking it!” The Munster and Ireland lock broke his 101 Greatest Tries video as a youngster playing and replaying Gareth Edwards’ classic 1973 Barbarians score against the All Blacks. O’Callaghan’s older brother Ultan won Barbarians selection to face the Combined Services in 2002, and now the British and Irish Lions second row admitted delight at following suit. “We were a rugby-mad house growing up,” said O’Callaghan after winning selection in a line-up boasting more than 700 caps. “We had the 101 Greatest Tries video, and I remember after about three months you couldn’t watch the 1973 try against New Zealand any more because the tape was so worn, from just rewinding over and over. “Growing up with three older brothers, when we played rugby in the garden it was always the Baa-Baas versus Ireland, because no-one ever wanted to be Scotland or England! “Even back then you threw the ball around when you did it. “That’s the tradition. “When rugby’s getting so professional it’s so heartening to see the amateur values that we have to hold onto. “I’m delighted: I was ready to swim over when I got the call. “My brother beat me to it, but the family pride when he was selected was amazing. Donncha O’Callaghan will realise a childhood family dream when he makes his Barbarians debut against the England XV at Twickenham on Sunday. Press Associationlast_img read more

B’ville girls bowlers defeat Liverpool, finish third in Class A sectionals

first_imgB’ville would also get the best of Liverpool in the sectional tournament, earning a total pinfall of 5,139 to the Warriors’ 5.045 as they finished third and fourth, respectively, in the Class A standings behind Rome Free Academy and Auburn.Hass led the Bees on an individual basis, shooting a 231 in the second game on the way to a six-game total of 1,105, which put her in 13th place.Jenna Spiech was consistent in her 1,040 series, with no game higher than 186 or lower than 157, while Ponto peaked with a 195 third game in her 1,036 set. Julia Spiech finished with a 189 in her 1,017 series as Jenna Hierholzer opened with a 198 and had a 941 set.Back on Thursday, the boys match between B’ville and Liverpool went 3-0 in the undefeated Warriors’ favor.Dylan Williams led the Bees with games of 214, 221 and 205 in his 640 series, while Tanner Rozyczko opened with a 258, but cooled off to a 615 series.Zach Evans’ 222 was part of a 595 set as Eric Hildreth got a 536 series and Dylan Love a 507 series. On Liverpool’s side, Zak Ormsby had a 650 series and Devin Roberson a 626 series as Josh Winzens posted a three-game total of 593.Each of the boys Bees would now prepare for their own sectional tournament, set for this Sunday at Utica’s Pin-O-Rama.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Ashley Hardy had games of 218, 216 and 195 in her 629 series, with Makenzi Ormsby close behind as she opened with a 239 and earned a three-game total of 610. Mackenzie Gill added a 547 series.B’ville won because it had a bit more depth, Julia Spiech picking up a 582 series that included games of 229, 180 and 173, while Jenna Spiech had a 212 and 197 to close out her 572 series.Amelia Ponto helped out, too, shooting 166 and 165 before a closing 192 gave her a 523 set as Madison Hass had a 171 in the middle of her 486 series. Tags: Baldwinsvillebowlingcenter_img When the Baldwinsville girls bowling team ventured to Liverpool’s Flamingo Bowl for Sunday’s Section III tournament, it did so already having earned a championship at that very venue.Three days earlier, in a showdown for first place in the Salt City Athletic Conference Metro division, the Bees got the best of the Liverpool Warriors in a tense 2-1 decision.And it happened even though Liverpool picked up the best two individual series.last_img read more

Week 15 Fantasy Sleepers: Ryan Tannehill, Patrick Laird, Breshad Perriman go from waiver pickups to playoff ‘starts’

first_imgThe fantasy playoffs carry on in Week 15, and we’re back with more great sleepers to hopefully carry you to a fantasy football championship. It all starts this week with Patrick Laird, who is lined up for 15-20 touches in a favorable matchup. It might feel weird to rely so easily on a recent waiver wire pickups, but Laird has the Giants is a great play given how poorly they defended Philadelphia’s weak rushing attack last Monday. The red-hot Ryan Tannehill also gets a frequently torched Texans pass defense, while Mike Evans-replacement Breshad Perriman lands on the start ’em, sit ’em bubble against a weak Lions secondary. If tight end is more your need, there are certainly options there, as well. David Njoku gets the dream matchup with the Cardinals, Ian Thomas could step in for Greg Olsen again, and O.J. Howard might finally get his chance to shine. Week 15 Fantasy Sleepers: DefensesTampa Bay Buccaneers @ Lions (Heyen). The Bucs’ defense was very bad in the middle of the season after impressing early on, but a matchup with David Blough is enough to continue the trend of improvement Tampa Bay has shown of late. Los Angeles Chargers vs. Vikings (Iyer). They’re at home with healthy playmakers, and this could be Kirk Cousins’ worst game of the season.Kansas City Chiefs @ Broncos (Lutovsky). Drew Lock has looked great in his two starts, but a divisional road game in Arrowhead Stadium is different than playing the Chargers at home or Texans on the road. The Chiefs defense has forced eight total turnovers and limited opponents to fewer than 18 points in each of the past three games, so expect it to bait the rookie into some mistakes. WEEK 15 NON-PPR RANKINGS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerOur Week 14 sleepers were a bit of a mixed bag. Derrius Guice was off to a decent start before getting injured, while Patrick Laird and Alexander Mattison both got the touches but not the overall production. Ryan Tannehill delivered, and Jacoby Brissett had a solid game, too. WEEK 15 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPThe two biggest wins in our sleeper picks came at the WR position, where Darius Slayton and A.J. Brown paid off in droves for anyone who played them. Sadly, it was canceled about by the enormously sad outing of Vance McDonald, though we’ll try to weasel out of that by pointing out he exited early with a concussion.MORE WEEK 15: Busts | Start ’em, sit ’emWeek 15 Fantasy Sleepers: Running backsPatrick Laird, Dolphins @ Giants (Billy Heyen). Laird carried the ball 15 times and added five targets in Week 14, so if he gets another 15-20 touches against the Giants’ stinky defense, he could put up decent numbers. New York allowed Boston Scott to ball out in a similar usage, so you can ride with Laird this week.Sony Michel, Patriots @ Bengals (Vinnie Iyer). This is an excellent matchup that should feature positive game script for running backs. Things are in order for him to smash after several weeks of doing nothing of note.Peyton Barber, Buccaneers @ Lions (Matt Lutovsky). No one wants to do it, but the Lions have one of the worst run defenses in the league and Barber has received at least 11 carries in each of the past three weeks. He seems to be the preferred option around the goal line over Ronald Jones, too. Either way, there’s a solid ceiling here even if there’s also low floor. MORE WEEK 15:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff tipsWeek 15 Fantasy Football Sleepers: QuarterbacksRyan Tannehill, Titans vs. Texans (Heyen). Tannehill has been a legitimately good fantasy quarterback, and the Texans are one of the league’s worst pass defenses. If you’re streaming a QB this week, it should be Tannehill.Jared Goff, Rams @ Cowboys (Iyer). Forget about the road narrative and the Cowboys’ pass defense supposedly being good. Those trends are out the window in what should be a shootout.Jacoby Brissett, Colts @ Saints (Lutovsky). Brissett put up good enough numbers against the Bucs last week (251 yards, two TDs, 26 rushing yards), and he gets another favorable matchup this week. Playing in the Big Easy is never, well, easy, but New Orleans allows the 10th-most fantasy points to QBs, and you have to figure Brissett will be throwing a lot.  MORE WEEK 15 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup BuilderWeek 15 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Wide receiversChris Conley, Jaguars @ Raiders (Heyen). This is assuming DJ Chark (foot). If he is, Conley is probably the most talented option in this passing game against a secondary that’s easily burned deep.A.J. Brown, Titans vs. Texans (Iyer). There’s no chasing the breakout week here. We’re thinking he quickly rises to high-end WR2 status because of his red-hot QB and the matchup.Breshad Perriman, Buccaneers @ Lions (Lutovsky). With Mike Evans (hamstring) out, Perriman will get a chance to step up as Tampa’s No. 2 receiver. He started trending upward in Week 13 when he caught five-of-six targets for 87 yards, and he managed 70 yards and a score last week. Justin Watson stole some looks, but with Perriman likely locked in as the No. 2 receiver in preparation for this game, he should be relied upon more. Against the Lions porous defense, that could mean big things.  WEEK 15 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 15 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Tight endsIan Thomas, Panthers vs. Seahawks (Heyen). This is a Seattle defense that just allowed more than 100 yards to Tyler Higbee. Start Thomas with confidence this week.O.J. Howard, Buccaneers @ Lions (Iyer). They’re going to need to use him more as a big target with Mike Evans (hamstring) down, and the matchup is good enough.David Njoku, Browns @ Cardinals (Lutovsky). Our stream-against-the-Cardinals strategy backfired last week when Vance McDonald was held to just one catch for three yards before exiting with a concussion. We’re trusting the process, though, as Arizona still ranks well above everyone else in fantasy points allowed to TEs. Njoku didn’t do much in his return from a wrist injury last week (one catch, four yards), but he proved to be healthy, which is half the battle. Expect more involvement this week.  last_img read more

Whooping Cough Immunization Clinic in Olympia on July 19

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Public Health & Social Services Department will be partnering with three local groups to provide a public Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Immunization Clinic on Thursday, July 19 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Olympia Union Gospel Mission Medical Clinic.  The Union Gospel Mission is located at 413 Franklin St. N.E. in downtown Olympia.The clinic is for adults and children ages 11 and up. It is specifically targeted at those who have no health insurance, whose insurance does not cover the vaccine, or who cannot afford to be immunized. Immunizations are available at no cost on a first-come-first-served basis until supplies run out. The Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps, The Olympia Free Clinic, and Olympia Union Gospel Mission are clinic co-sponsors.“For some people the cost would be a financial hardship, so we see this as an extension of our mission in the community to provide the vaccine free of charge,” said Loren “Skip” Steffen, Executive Director of the Olympia Union Gospel Mission.For more information about the July 19 immunization clinic, call the Health Department’s Public Information Line at (360) 709-3080 or visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/pertussis.WHAT:     No-cost Whooping Cough Immunization Clinic(Adults and children 11 and older who have no health insurance, whose insurance does not cover the vaccine, or those who cannot afford to be immunized)WHEN:     Thursday, July 19, 201211 a.m. to 7 p.m. (or until vaccine supply runs out)WHERE:  Olympia Union Gospel Mission Medical Clinic413 Franklin St. N.E. in downtown Olympia(Intersection of A Street Northeast and Franklin Street Northeast)There have been 35 confirmed cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in the county since the start of 2012, more than double the number of cases (10) in 2011. The Thurston County Health Department and co-sponsors seek to protect Thurston County residents, particularly young children who are most vulnerable to the disease, by increasing the number of people with access to vaccine.The Olympia area has additional options for adults who have no health insurance or whose insurance does not cover the vaccine to get a whooping cough shot.  The Olympia Free Clinic provides immunizations on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The Olympia Free Clinic is located at 108 State Ave. N.W. in downtown Olympia. Call (360) 529-1937 for more information.Rite Aid Pharmacy at Cooper Point in west Olympia provides immunizations Mon through Fri 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Cooper Point Olympia Rite Aid is located at 305 Cooper Point Rd. N.W., Suite 103 in west Olympia. Call (360) 754-8014 for more information.The Olympia Union Gospel Mission Medical Clinic continues to provide adult whooping cough vaccine by appointment. The Olympia Union Gospel Mission Medical Clinic is located at 413 Franklin St. N.E. in downtown Olympia. Call (360) 357-6505 to make an appointment.While there is no shortage of whooping cough vaccine in Thurston County, there is a limited supply of the no-cost adult whooping cough vaccine supplied by the state. Those who can be immunized by their health care provider or who can afford to get immunized at their local pharmacies are strongly encouraged to use those resources.Whooping cough vaccine prevents the illness. The vaccine will not give you whooping cough.  Having had whooping cough in the past does not protect you from getting the disease again. Immunity becomes less over time, so children and adults who were immunized for whooping cough in the past may become ill with the disease. Please check with your health care provider to see if your whooping cough vaccination is current.For more details about where to get whooping cough vaccine in Thurston County or to learn more about the disease itself, visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/pertussis or call the Health Department’s Public Information Line at (360) 709-3080.last_img read more