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first_imgThe Public Theater has announced its 2014-15 season, which will include the world premieres of three new musicals: Stew and Heidi Rodewald’s The Total Bent, Michael Friedman and Itamar Moses’ The Fortress of Solitude, and the previously announced Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. Also joining the lineup will be Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3). Additionally, the Under the Radar Festival, now in its 11th season, will present a 12-day international theater collective showcasing cutting-edge plays from around the world. The Public’s Public Forum series will return for its fifth season, and the Public’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit will once again tour in November, bringing free Shakespeare to the community prior to a sit-down engagement at The Public. Michael Friedman and Daniel Aukin’s musical The Fortress of Solitude will run from September 30 through November 2. Conceived and directed by Daniel Aukin and based on the Jonathan Lethem novel, the tuner tells the coming-of-age story of two superhero-obsessed teenagers who believe that maybe, just maybe, they could fly. The season kicks off in September with a free Public Works musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, featuring a score by Todd Almond. Helmed by Lear deBessonet, the production will run for three nights only from September 5 through September 7 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The 2014-15 season will also include a theatrical run of Rock Bottom, a show by Bridget Everett, Tony-winning songwriting duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, Adam Horovitz and Matt Ray, at Joe’s Pub. The production was originally commissioned as part of The Joe’s Pub 2013 New York Voices series. Finally, spoken word artist and Tony winner Lemon Anderson’s Toast will return to the Public after previously being presented at The Public’s Under the Radar Festival. Directed by Elise Thoron, the play weaves characters from black oral narratives into a story about men trying to live free in a system—and a world—designed to keep them chained. Toast will run from April 2, 2015 through April 19.center_img Following The Fortress of Solitude will be the Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks. Jo Bonney directs the drama, which is comprised of three plays presented in a single performance, following a slave who must decide whether to join his master on the Confederate battlefield in exchange for a promise of freedom. Straight White Men, written and directed by Young Jean Lee, will receive its New York Premiere from November 6 through December 7. With a cast featuring Austin Pendleton, Scott Shepherd, Pete Simpson and James Stanley, the play explores the value of being a straight white man when identity is the cornerstone of ones worth and privilege is increasingly problematic. View Comments Stew and Heidi Rodewald, the creators of Passing Strange, will reunite to bring the world premiere of their new musical The Total Bent to the Public stage from March 3, 2015 through April 5. Directed by Joanna Settle, the tuner explores the passions that divide a gospel star and his songwriting son as they make their music and make their choice between salvation and selling out.last_img read more


first_imgAs credit unions decide whether to support wearables, it is important to analyze the market and build a game plan for success.by: Shobhit Mathur, Ajay Yadav and Craig Besnoy, MindtreeThe official inauguration of Apple Watch brings great expectations inclusive of changing the way we think about how to gather data and turn it into information. Until now, achieving information gathering meant entering information via keyboard, voice or video. Now, we are embarking on a world of ‘sensor data’ and it suits consumers.More and more, bank and credit union customers prefer to bank wherever they are, using their smartphones, tablets or wearables as the remote control for their financial management. If consumers are using mobile-connected devices to streamline their to-dos, then what is next for these tiny, mobile computers? Proving their continued benefit for banks and financial institutions.For example, the Apple Watch puts sensors into the wrist of every user – stockbrokers will overlay their heart rate data on top of their trade data. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


first_imgIt’s 3:30 p.m., and Kevin Donahue is already running late to practice. With a game against Rutgers only three days away, the assistant coach of the men’s lacrosse team should have already started strategizing with his fellow coaches. So far, he’s nowhere to be found. Finally, 15 minutes into practice, Donahue saunters down the stairs of Hookway Field and nonchalantly takes his place on the sidelines with a lacrosse stick in hand.For the last 22 years, this has been Donahue’s life. Despite playing an integral role in nine of the program’s 11 championships, the assistant coach has never received a single paycheck from Syracuse University. None. He works for free.To make ends meet, Donahue has spent the last 31 years working as an earth science teacher in the West Genesee Central School District, primarily teaching eighth-graders at West Genesee Middle School.The double duty has left Donahue to shoulder the burden of a hectic schedule. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I’m up at 6, work by 7,’ Donahue said. ‘I work until 3 teaching at school. Then I change and drive to practice at 3:30. I get home around 7. Watch tape for a couple hours. Say hi to my wife at 10 o’clock and go to bed around 10:30.’So the occasional tardiness should be expected. But when does it become too much? Doesn’t he ever question his ability to juggle both?‘Just a couple hours ago,’ Donahue said with a slight hint of sarcasm.Mr. DonahueMost of Donahue’s students at West Genesee don’t know about their professor’s alter ego. In the classroom, he is recognized as Mr. Donahue, an expert on potential and kinetic energy. The students, however, aren’t aware that Mr. Donahue once emitted kinetic energy as a lacrosse player and now enacts potential energy on the sidelines. It took Jovan Miller, a junior midfielder and one of Donahue’s former middle school pupils, until high school to discover his former teacher’s other identity. During eighth grade, he had absolutely no clue.And Donahue wants to keep it that way. ‘I’d rather not tell (my students),’ Donahue said. ‘I don’t want them to see me in that light, to be honest with you. I don’t think they need to know. I’m their science teacher and that’s what I do.’Of course, every once in a while his cover is blown. About two weeks ago, a student caught a glimpse of Donahue on television and burst into class the following day to reveal the news.‘I saw you on TV yesterday,’ the student said to Donahue. ‘I hope I wasn’t picking my nose,’ he responded to deflect the attention.That’s simply Donahue’s personality. When his colleagues at West Genesee congratulate him on a victory, he politely accepts the praise and initiates a new conversation. Boasting isn’t a part of his repertoire. His brother, Tom, understands that better than anyone. Just ask him where his brother keeps his nine championship rings.‘They’re somewhere in a sock drawer at his house,’ Tom said. ‘He doesn’t display them because he doesn’t like the attention.’With his coaching pedigree, Donahue could have easily landed a paid coaching position at another Division I university. But he said he’d rather stay behind the scenes. He loves teaching at West Genesee way too much.‘I think if he wasn’t working up (at Syracuse), I think he’d still be right over at West Genny,’ said Bob Deegan, a former colleague of Donahue’s at Camillus Middle School. The Golden BoySyracuse head coach John Desko first noticed Donahue’s knack for teaching and leading in high school. During their time on the West Genesee High School lacrosse team in the early 1970s, Desko constantly teased Donahue for being the brainiac of the bunch. Each time the coaches praised Donahue in front of his teammates, it gave Desko more ammunition to fire off another joke.‘We used to call him the Golden Boy when he played in high school because he was the guy that was always doing the right things and the one coaches used as an example to the rest of the team,’ Desko said. ‘He was always a serious student and a committed athlete.’The Golden Boy eventually brought his Midas touch to Syracuse, where he co-captained the Orangemen alongside Desko to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 1979 and collected All-American honors for manning the team’s midfield three times, making first team in his final season. Meanwhile, off the lacrosse field, Donahue assembled his own collection of academic awards. In true Golden Boy form, he claimed dean’s list honors as he pursued a bachelor’s degree in biology.‘When I had time to watch TV, I ended up gravitating to the science shows or doing my own readings on science,’ Donahue said. ‘The material was just naturally interesting to me.’That passion for science paid off. Upon graduating from SU, Donahue immediately landed a job as a science teacher at Camillus Middle School. But in the process, he never once abandoned his passion for lacrosse. He needed athletics to complement his academic obligations. For the following seven years, Donahue served as the middle school lacrosse coach and as the JV assistant coach at West Genesee High School.That was until he got the call.The coachBob Deegan remembers when Donahue was offered a voluntary position on Roy Simmons Jr.’s coaching staff. Deegan, then a colleague at Camillus Middle School and the JV coach at West Genesee High School, said both he and Donahue were torn over the circumstances.    The opportunity to reunite with Desko and Simmons was appealing. The opportunity to leave a successful high school program that he established wasn’t. ‘It was a big decision,’ Deegan said. ‘He was a big part of our success at the high school here, too. He questioned the hassle and thought, ‘Am I going to be able to work it out where I can teach here, get up there on time, and still do the same kind of job as a teacher?”But that wasn’t the only stipulation. Donahue needed his wife’s blessing. By accepting the job, he would essentially inherit the burden of two full-time jobs, leaving little time for family life. That meant less time to talk. Less time for romantic outings. And a few more lonely nights. Despite all the detractions, Laurie Donahue encouraged her husband to resurrect the Golden Boy legacy and impart that knowledge to the future of Syracuse lacrosse. And Donahue claims he is forever indebted to her. ‘My wife allows me to do this,’ Donahue said. ‘She takes care of all the bills, the food being on the table, everything being washed. Without all the things she does, I wouldn’t have been able to do this at all. I’m up to here doing everything I do as is, but without her help doing all that, this would be impossible.’Donahue would be rewarded for his bold decision. In his first season on Simmons’ staff, he inherited the opportunity to mentor two talented twins from British Columbia — Paul and Gary Gait.And the Gait brothers flourished under his tutelage, collectively shattering NCAA scoring records and leading the Orangemen to two NCAA titles. They would eventually be inducted into the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame.But his list of his midfield protégés doesn’t stop there. Charlie Lockwood. Roy Colsey. Steve Vallone. His résumé is overflowing with stars he produced.‘A lot of that success at Syracuse is because of him,’ said Deegan, who still coaches at West Genesee. ‘You can see it right away. He has a knack for saying the right thing at the right time. It’s not an accident. He’s been through it. He’s studied it. He’s confident in what he’s doing and he’s good at what he does.’Once Desko took over in 1999, Donahue’s responsibilities as an assistant coach expanded even more. In addition to working with the midfielders, he was assigned to develop the squad’s faceoff men — an integral aspect of the Syracuse offense.It’s been Donahue’s specialty. Most notably, he molded Danny Brennan — a key cog in the Orange’s 2008 championship run — into a faceoff machine. During his senior year, Brennan etched his name into the record books, leading the nation with a 66.7 faceoff winning percentage.‘If you look at Syracuse lacrosse and the stats of our faceoff guys, Kevin (Donahue) is a huge part of that,’ Desko said. ‘He’s scouting the other team, getting guys ready for different techniques, evaluating our guys as far as which techniques they should be using against the opposing players.‘He’s a very important part of our coaching staff, and (there’s) not a lot of free time in the day for him, but he gets it all done.’And Donahue has nine championship rings to show for it.The family manDespite his success in both realms, Donahue continues to question his ability to juggle his responsibilities. When he first joined the SU coaching staff, Donahue only had his wife to worry about. Along the way, though, he became a father of three children — two boys and one girl.That’s where things get difficult. Donahue makes every effort to spend time with his family. He said he tries to have dinner with them. But it doesn’t usually happen.After practices, Donahue usually allocates time to evaluating game film and organizing his lesson plans for the following morning. The latter has proven to be a challenge, considering West Genesee recently implemented the use of SMART Board technology into its curriculum. ‘He’s actually had to work harder this year and with more passion because he has so much more information to express,’ said Collin, his eldest son and a junior attack for the Orange. ‘He still has a lot to learn.’He’s still learning how to deal with scheduling conflicts, too. Two weeks ago, Donahue’s youngest son, Dylan, played a lacrosse game against Baldwinsville High School — the team coached by his brother. Among family members, it was billed as the battle between the Donahues. Unfortunately for Kevin, he couldn’t attend. He was busy with his coaching commitments.‘It killed me not being there,’ Donahue said with his voice softening. ‘I don’t like missing their games. But I try to make it up to them other ways.’And Collin recognizes that. Growing up, he experienced his share of games without his father in attendance. But Collin said he always atoned for his absences during the school week.‘As hard as he worked, he always seemed to put aside a few minutes here and there to do things he enjoyed with us,’ Collin said. ‘He would have time to come out to the front yard and shoot around with us and do other things.’Those ‘other things’ also included some science talk. In addition to inheriting his father’s love for lacrosse, Collin also gained an affinity for science. And by college, he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and pursue a degree in earth science education.But that’s what Donahue lives for. Whether it’s his son, his students or his players, he relishes the opportunity to instruct and influence anyone willing to learn.‘He’s the reason I’ve been shooting so well this year,’ said Miller, the SU midfielder. ‘And honestly, he treats me exactly like he treated me in class. He’s always upbeat. He’s a great teacher and listener. I think he’s literally one of the hidden secrets in college lacrosse.’[email protected] Published on April 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more