Between Riverside and Crazy’s Stephen Adly Guirgis on How Prayer & Sweatpants Help Him

first_img What’s the first thing you do when you sit down to write? Find something else to do. I do 500 things before I sit down and write. When I actually have to try and write, I’ll pray. I’ll say a prayer, you know, after I smoke 500 cigarettes and check my email and whatever. Prayer helps. What essential items do you like to have on hand when you write? Unfortunately, cigarettes. I like a candle. And lately I’ve been wearing sweatpants—basketball sweatpants. I spend a lot of time at my desk when I’m not writing, and when I put the sweatpants on, that’s a reminder it’s time to go to work. Like a uniform.  What’s something you think all aspiring playwrights should know, do and/or see? All aspiring playwrights should see theater and also act and direct. I’ve done backstage, front stage, small parts, big parts, direct. It all helps. Get your hands dirty in the theater. Even if you’re sweeping up, you’re going to learn. You’ll learn more than you can read in a book or just focusing on your story. I try to write my plays in such a way that someone’s going to want to play every part.  Between Riverside and Crazy What play that changed your life? View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 Was there a specific event that sparked the idea behind Between Riverside and Crazy? Yes, there were two events. The first was I moved in [to his sprawling Riverside Drive apartment] the night my mother died. I moved in to take care of my dad. The idea of him being alone just seemed impossible to me. The other event was the color of the day shooting: A white police officer shot a black undercover transit officer. It was a really sad case, and I knew I wanted to try and write about it. Though Stephen Adly Guirgis is the ultimate multi-hyphenate—he’s a writer, director, actor, educator and former co-artistic director of LAByrinth Theater Company—he is best known for his visceral and engaging plays. These include the Tony-nominated The Motherf*cker with the Hat (his only Broadway credit), Our Lady of 121st Street, In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train and many more. His latest work, Between Riverside and Crazy, is a semi-autobiographical piece that centers on a retired cop and the inhabitants of his Upper West Side apartment. Guirgis graciously invited into his writing space, answered a few questions about his process and even picked up a pen for us.center_img Related Shows How do you stay motivated to finish a piece? Deadlines! That’s the only real motivation. It’s a motivator even to start a piece. If I had an idea that I want to try to write something, I might call you guys and be like, “Hey, I’m doing a reading in a week, can you be in it?” I haven’t written anything, but now I’m like, “All right, I have to write something!” That will get me started. I keep creating those artificial deadlines, and then the real deadlines eventually kick in. Name a playwright that influenced you. What’s your favorite line in Between Riverside and Crazy? What’s the best piece of advice you ever received about writing? Writing is rewriting. I agonize over the first draft. Somehow I feel it needs to be birthed perfectly, but really the trick is just get that first draft out. You can revise and rewrite, and hopefully you’re going to make it better and better. What time of day do you get your best work done? Middle of the night. Definitely. When everyone else is asleep. When there’s nothing else to do and no one else to call. What’s the nitty gritty hard work of being a playwright that nobody ever told you? It’s hard. The hardest thing is doing it. It sounds like a simple answer: sit down and stay down. But if you sit down and stay down, something will happen. And you just repeat, repeat, repeat.last_img read more

Indonesia’s retail sales tumble to biggest fall since 2008

first_imgThe central bank projected the retail sales index in the second quarter to contract 17.3 percent yoy, compared to contraction of 1.9 percent in the this year’s first quarter and 4.2 percent growth in the second quarter of last year.According to the respondents of the survey, retail sales will pick up in the next three to six months following the reopening of the economy, which is expected to boost the public’s purchasing power.The survey also indicated that inflation pressures will cease between August and November, with the price expectation index (IEH) in those months to stand at 138.6 and 142.5 respectively, lower than 162.6 and 146.4 in July and October this year.Indonesia recorded the lowest annual inflation rate since 2000 in June, slightly below the central bank’s target range. The consumer price index (CPI) was up 1.96 percent yoy in June, a 20-year low and below Bank Indonesia’s target range of between 2 and 4 percent for the year. Indonesia’s retail sales index contracted by 20.6 percent in May, the biggest dive since 2008, dragged by plunging clothes sales, as well as cultural and recreational spending, a Bank Indonesia (BI) survey released on Wednesday has shown.The contraction is steeper than in April, when retail sales in the country shrank 16.9 percent year-on-year (yoy), following the introduction of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in April and May to curb the spread of COVID-19.“The retail sales performance will improve in June despite still being in a contraction phase,” the central bank stated in the survey. Topics :center_img The central bank projected the drop in sales to slow to 14.4 percent in June thanks to higher sales of food and beverage, as well as vehicle fuels, as Indonesia gradually reopened the economy.According to the survey, spending on clothes in May fell 74 percent yoy, while recreational spending fell by 53.7 percent yoy and vehicle fuels fell by 45.4 percent yoy.The coronavirus pandemic has battered the Indonesian economy this year, with the government expecting full-year growth to reach only 1 percent under a baseline scenario or for the economy to contract 0.4 percent under a worst-case scenario.Indonesia booked its lowest GDP growth in 19 years in the first quarter at 2.97 percent, with the COVID-19 outbreak pressuring people to stay at home, thereby disrupting economic activity.last_img read more

This husband and wife team raised the renovation bar by transforming a tiny Coorparoo cottage

first_imgEasy living at its best.“It’s like a mother’s retreat” she said.Mrs Mylne said their high standards will ensure the next owner has a home of quality for decades to come.6 Lancaster St, Coorparoo, is being auctioned on-site today by Harcourts M1 Coorparoo at 3pm. Dine al fresco whatever the weather.She said the downstairs area flowed onto the yard so she could watch the children play while relaxing.Mrs Mylne said they were thoughtful about every aspect of design and finish, and even created a little luxury in the ensuite by placing a picture-frame window next to the bath and using trees to screen for privacy. Amelia and Charlie Mylne with their children Ava, 2 and 12-week-old Max are selling their home at auction in Coorparoo. Picture: Nigel HallettWhen Amelia and Charlie Mylne came upon a minuscule circa 1930s cottage last year, they saw something other buyers hadn’t.“This house had soul,” Mrs Mylne said.“We walked in and it just felt ‘right’. It was literally a matchbox – it would take five seconds to walk from the front door to the back door.”Fifteen months later and 6 Lancaster St, Coorparoo, is a far cry from where it started. The house has been immaculately renovated to create a two-level, five-bedroom, three-bathroom family haven.center_img Pretty as a picture.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoReno inso…Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Turn two old chairs into a rustic table01:51 Related videos 01:51Turn two old chairs into a rustic table03:24Bring the coastal vibes to your outdoor area06:59River Shack Ep. 1: caravan conversion02:07Lana’s Dream Home: ensuite03:45How to change a tap fitting06:39Lana’s Dream Home: Ep 1Mrs Mylne said she and her builder husband were experienced renovators who liked to capture the charm of older homes. “We take pride in taking on a house that has lots of character, lots of soul, but needs to be revamped,” she said. The lounge/kitchen area on the upper level became their favourite space because the rooms opened on to a deck among the trees.“We can be watching our kids having a play while we get dinner sorted,” Mrs Mylne said. “We can spend time out there among the trees and have a wine, we can have dinner at the servery bench. It’s lovely there.”Mrs Mylne also loved the kitchen with its butlers pantry, two ovens, second dishwasher and island bench.last_img read more

Road deaths increased by 16% – Police

first_img…serious crime down by 17%The Guyana Police Force on Monday announced that there was an increase in road death by some 16 per cent, while serious crime has decreased by 17 per cent compared to the corresponding period last year.According to statistics released by the Police, there has been a 16 per cent reduction in the reports of murder; nine per cent decrease in gun-related robberies as well as a 12 per cent decrease in armed robberies where other instruments were used.In addition, a 22 per cent reduction in robberies with violence was recorded. The Police also revealed that there was a two per cent increase in robberies with aggravation; a 17 per cent decrease in rape; and a 21 per cent decrease in break and enter and larceny. Burglary was also on the decline by 15 per cent as well as larceny from the person by 35 per cent.In the area of traffic management, the Police have recorded 72 road fatalities at the end of July 2016 when compared to 59 for the same period last year. While there was a reduction in serious accidents, there have been increases in minor and damage accidents.The Guyana Police Force has charged 41,497 persons with traffic offences thus far for the year. This includes 15,427 for speeding and 1035 for driving under the influence of alcohol. Traffic enforcement is continuous countrywide, with special emphasis being placed on driving under the influence, speeding and the use of mobile devices while driving.Attention is also being placed on pedestrian crossings at schools and elsewhere where there is a high percentage of foot traffic during peak hours. The Force was happy to announce that the traffic department has registered an influx of newly trained certifying officers, who will assist in reducing traffic offences on our streets and roadways.Meanwhile, the Police Force continues to work hand in hand with various stakeholders in both the Public and Private Sectors in a collaborative effort to reduce crime countrywide and improve the safety of all Guyanese.This is made possible by the gaining of momentum in increasing public trust which spins off into the gathering and sharing of intelligence that result in the solving and prevention of serious crimes and, in some instances, even the reopening of cold cases.last_img read more