Birgitte Hjort Sorensen to Make B’way Debut in Dangereuses

first_img Les Liaisons Dangereuses View Comments Birgitte Hjort Sørensen has signed on to be seduced by Liev Schreiber! The Danish actress will make her Broadway debut as Madame de Tourvel alongside Tony winners Janet McTeer and Schreiber in the Donmar Warehouse’s upcoming Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Directed by the Donmar’s Josie Rourke and penned by Christopher Hampton, the revival will begin a 15-week engagement on October 8. Opening night is scheduled for October 30 at the Booth Theatre.Sørensen previously appeared on the Donmar stage in Rourke’s 2014 production of Coriolanus opposite Tom Hiddleston; she has also appeared in the West End in Chicago. Her screen credits include Vinyl, Game of Thrones, Pitch Perfect 2, Borgen, 3 Things, Bluestone 42, Autómata, Someone You Love, The Prize Idiot, Julie, Marie Krøyer, At World’s End, The Candidate and Anja & Viktor.Based on the 1782 novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, the dark comedy follows former lovers, La Marquise de Merteuil (McTeer) and Le Vicomte de Valmont (Schreiber) as they compete in games of seduction and revenge. These merciless aristocrats toy with the hearts and reputations of innocents. Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the convent-educated Cecile de Volanges before her wedding night but Valmont has other designs. His target is the peerlessly virtuous and happily married Madame de Tourvel (Sørensen).As previously reported, Mary Beth Peil will play Madame de Rosemonde.Lindsay Duncan and Alan Rickman earned Tony nominations for the play’s 1987 Broadway premiere. Glenn Close and John Malkovich headlined the 1988 movie version, renamed Dangerous Liaisons. The show was last revived on the Great White Way in 2008, starring Laura Linney and Ben Daniels. Related Showscenter_img Birgitte Hjort Sørensen(Photo: Monica Schipper/Getty Images) Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017last_img read more

CDB approves funding for water project in Grand Fond

first_img 30 Views   no discussions LocalNews CDB approves funding for water project in Grand Fond by: – May 18, 2012 Share The Caribbean Development Bank has approved funding for the Grand Fond Water system.Reginald Austrie, Minister for Water Resource Management, confirmed this on Monday during an interview with GIS news.He said, “The people of Grand Fond have been [pleading] for a new water system for a while now and the CDB has approved the contractor for that project under the BNTF program. We expect very shortly that the contract will be signed and work will begin on this new facility”. This will bring much relief to the people of Grand Fond”.According to the minister this will bring “much relief” to the people of Grand Fond, noting his government’s commitment to alleviate the living condition of its residents despite financial hardships.“It is Government’s stated policy and even [though] we know that the financial situation is in fact tight, the Government through the Ministry of Finance and the Minister for Finance, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit has made the resources available. We see water as an essential commodity that nobody can live without. Water is Life and so we are ensuring that we want to keep all our people healthy and strong by ensuring that we make this social investment”.Parliamentary Representative for the Grand Fond Constituency, Ivor Stephenson said he is looking forward to the commencement of the project.“For many years now the people of Grand Fond have been experiencing some serious shortages of water within the community. With the approved funds, the people of Grand Fond especially those that reside in upper Grand Fond will now be able to live much more comfortably and enjoy the quality of water that they expect to enjoy”.He also highlighted the contributions which both the CDB and the Basic Needs Trust Fund has made towards improved water supply for sections of his constituency. “I must say here that the Caribbean Development Bank has not only approved funds for the community of Grand Fond through the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) but we have seen where other communities have benefitted from under CDB-BNTF projects. In Bagatelle, in the Kat-Bwa area, a project is nearing completion; we have Petite Savanne which saw the commissioning of a water system last year, and in Shawford and Monkey Hill, Marigot all these are CDB-BNTF funded projects”.He noted that the “CDB and the Government of Dominica continue to collaborate to ensure that we can improve the quality of the lives of people especially in the areas where [people] are benefiting from CDB-BNTF projects”.Government Information Service Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweetlast_img read more

Men’s basketball: Big Ten out of answers in 2017

first_imgThe Big Ten has become the laughing stock of NCAA men’s basketball world this season. That has been a commonly held opinion since the beginning of conference play, but is now more apparent than ever with the release of the first ever preliminary NCAA top 16 rankings Friday, which featured zero Big Ten teams.To break it down, the NCAA committee’s rankings laid out what a 16-team tournament would look like if the season ended today. If the tournament were to start tomorrow, the Big Ten would not have a team as at least a four seed for the first time since 2004. That situation would certainly be a rarity for a conference that currently has two teams in the AP top 16 in No. 16 Purdue and No. 7 Wisconsin.Men’s basketball: No. 15 Wisconsin must shake off fatigue to avoid home upset against Penn StateEthan Happ collapsed triumphantly to the floor near midcourt following the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s overtime victory against Read…Since the AP is forced to factor in overall record into their top 25 rankings, the Big Ten is bound to have at least two or three teams in the conversation right now, given the weak strength of schedule teams like Wisconsin and Purdue have to face at the top of a diminished conference. The committee, however, can use their own metrics to rank teams and have shown in years past the proverbial “eye test” means more for seed placement than just about anything else.Wisconsin, sitting at 21-3 and firmly atop the Big Ten, carries the weight of the conference and is probably the only team that could sneak into a top four seed before Selection Sunday hits March 12. The Badgers, however, have done just about everything to hurt their national reputation outside of actually losing. UW’s three losses have all come against ranked teams in No. 8 North Carolina, Purdue and No. 23 Creighton.Those struggles have shown up in the last month as Wisconsin barely scraped by rival Minnesota and four of the last six teams in the Big Ten, including taking last place Rutgers and Nebraska to overtime. With the eye test out the window for the Badgers, the question remains how they can prove themselves nationally with only one ranked matchup left for them in the regular season with Maryland at home.Ben Pierce/The Badger HeraldThe answer to that question lies in the motto of former Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis: “Just win baby.” Wisconsin is just 2-3 this season against teams in the top 50 in RPI, with wins over Tennessee and Minnesota, and ranks just 18 in RPI rankings, which illustrates the most obvious reason the Badgers are on the outside looking in. RPI factors in strength of schedule, and the experienced UW squad played only the 42nd hardest nonconference schedule in college basketball.The good news for the guys in Madison and the Big Ten as a whole is the Badgers might finish the regular season with a single Big Ten loss and three overall losses for the first time since 1940, a season that ended in the program’s only national championship. The upcoming schedule for Wisconsin features one team on the road in the top 50 of RPI in Michigan State. The Badgers also don’t have to play Purdue while they play the two other teams in the Big Ten in the top 50 of RPI, Maryland and Minnesota, under the lights of the Kohl Center at home.While Maryland and Michigan State are normally two of the most intimidating and challenging matchups in the conference, the Terps and Spartans are far from what they normally are. Both UM and MSU were top four seeds a year ago with coaches often considered some of the best in the sport, but are somehow struggling to even make the tournament this season.Marissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldMen’s basketball: Why you need to get over Wisconsin’s heartbreaking defeatIt goes without saying that Badger fans were heartbroken following the team’s heartbreaking 61-56 loss Friday in the Sweet 16 Read…In fact, the Big Ten featured seven teams in the NCAA tournament last season, tied for the most of any conference. Of those teams, Wisconsin, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Indiana, Michigan and Purdue, not a single one made the Elite 8 and only three are considered in legitimate position to make the tournament this season. The regular blue bloods in one the sport’s best conferences are certainly bleeding, and the pundits are taking notice.In ESPN Bracketology expert Joe Lunardi’s Friday bracket, five Big Ten teams made the cut but the Badgers and Boilermakers were the only teams better than an eight seed. While five might still seem like a good outlook for the conference given the downfall of the rankings, Lunardi has been known to overlook non-Power Five conference teams, and even the five he predicted are in question.Looking even deeper into the conference’s despair, ESPN analytics revealed early last week the Big Ten is the only Power Five conference without a single team currently considered a lock to make the tournament. Even the Badgers, while not a top 16 team, aren’t agreed upon as a definite postseason team despite sitting at a projected two seed in the current AP polls.The reason for the conference’s downfall stems from the programs right at the top. Indiana and Michigan State, two of the most historic programs in college basketball, and both ranked in the top 25 going into the year, sit at fifth or worse in-conference and are at a good likelihood of not making the tournament. IU hasn’t missed the tournament since 2013 and MSU hasn’t missed it since 1996, the third-longest active streak in the country (19), right in front of Wisconsin (18).While the conference and its top teams have always shown a strong level of consistency, the committee has never really awarded those teams top seeds and has often underrated the conference. With an especially down year, however, it is up to Wisconsin and the bunch to pull some upsets come March.last_img read more