Big Love’s Douglas Smith & More Will Lead Cast of Punk Rock Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows Inspired by Stephens’ own experiences as a teacher, Punk Rock explores contemporary adolescence at the breaking point as a group of seventeen-year-olds in Manchester, England flirt and posture their way through the day while preparing for exams. With hormones raging and minimal adult supervision, nothing can mask the underlying tension that becomes increasingly pronounced as the clock ticks towards the ultimate dismissal. Screen star Douglas Smith is among the performers to join the cast of the previously announced New York premiere of Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock. The MCC Theater production will begin performances at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on October 29 and run through December 7. Opening night is set for November 17. Additional cast members of the Trip Cullman-helmed production include Pico Alexander, Lilly Englert, Annie Funke, David Greenspan, Colby Minifie, Will Pullen and Noah Robbins. Smith, who stars as Ben Henrickson on the HBO series Big Love has appeared on screen in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and Stage Fright. Alexander’s stage credits include Our Town and Much Ado About Nothing. Englert has appeared on stage in King Lear and Midsummer Night’s Dream. Funke appeared on Broadway in Hairspray and off-Broadway in If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet. Greenspan returns to MCC after presenting the musical Coraline alongside collaborator Stephin Merritt. Minifie appeared on Broadway in The Pillowman; her off-Broadway credits include Close Up Space, Landscape of the Body and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs. Pullen can currently be seen in The Wayside Motor Inn off-Broadway. Robbins made his Broadway debut in Brighton Beach Memoirs and also appeared in Arcadia. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 7, 2014 View Comments Punk Rocklast_img read more

Jakarta extends transitional PSBB period for fifth time to Sept. 10

first_imgThe Jakarta administration is extending the transitional period of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) for another 14 days, beginning Friday to Sept. 10.Governor Anies Baswedan announced the extension through his Instagram account, urging the public to be more serious in following health protocols by limiting activity outside their homes, maintaining 1-2 meters between each other in a public setting and washing hands with soap regularly.“To suppress various epidemiological indicators of the spread of COVID-19, [I hope that we] all keep our spirits up, keep reminding each other and follow the provisions of this transitional PSBB,” the Instagram post said Thursday. Topics : The extension was the fifth after the capital first extended the PSBB from June 4 to July 16, dubbing it a “transitional” phase that would go along with the gradual reopening of the economy.Read also: Jakarta extends transitional restrictions as COVID-19 rate on riseHowever, the capital, also the initial epicenter of the epidemic, has extended the transitional period a number of times as it continues to struggle to control COVID-19 transmission. Jakarta recorded on Thursday an addition of 760 positive cases, bringing the total to 36,213 confirmed cases with more than 1,100 deaths and 28,000 recoveries.center_img The country itself recorded 162,884 positive cases with more than 7,000 deaths as of Thursday after seeing an all-time-high daily increase of 2,719 positive cases.last_img read more

Michigan House approves bills giving families and seniors broader tax relief

first_img Categories: Hauck News,News 25Jan Michigan House approves bills giving families and seniors broader tax relief The Michigan House today approved legislation giving Michigan families and seniors broader income tax relief, including a key bill sponsored by state Rep. Roger Hauck of Union Township.The legislation continues and increases personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on their state income taxes. Other bills in the package provide additional tax relief for senior citizens.“This reform – plain and simple – is the right thing to do,” Hauck said. “It will put more money in the paychecks of our teachers, first responders, seniors and families. It will give factory workers and office workers much-deserved relief.”Hauck’s bill ensures Michigan taxpayers will be able to continue claiming personal exemptions on their income taxes after federal tax reforms signed into law last month. In addition, Hauck’s bill increases the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,800 by the 2020 tax year.A bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston provides a tax credit for those 62 and older — $100 for single filers and $200 for joint filers – in addition to the personal exemption increase. A third bill from Rep. Jeff Noble of Northville would allow taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax to continue to claim exemptions.Hauck said the state can afford to provide tax relief without hurting essential public services. The House specifically added a provision to make sure public school funding is not negatively affected by the proposal.“Michigan’s tax spenders – the special interests who like to grab other people’s hard-earned money – aren’t happy about this proposal,” Hauck said. “But that’s not surprising. They are never going to feel like they have enough of our tax dollars to spend. They will never think the time is right for tax relief. But the time is right, and the time is now.”House Bills 5420-22 advance to the Senate for consideration.###last_img read more