The Country House, Starring Tony Winner Blythe Danner, Opens on Broadway

first_img wishes The Country House a happy opening! Invite us up sometime? We love drama. About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. The Country House In honor of the Chekhov-inspired play’s opening night, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch of the cast in action, with Danner front and center as Anna Patterson. Joining her, from left to right, are David Rasche as Walter, Kate Jennings Grant as Nell, Daniel Sunjata as Michael, Sarah Steele as Susie and Eric Lange as Elliott. View Commentscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 23, 2014 Blythe Danner is headed to the country…and you’re invited! The Tony winner stars in Donald Margulies’ The Country House, which celebrates its opening night on October 2. The Daniel Sullivan-helmed production will bring drama to the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre through November 23. Related Showslast_img read more

Obama Evokes a Latin America as U.S. Partner, With a Leading Role in the World

first_imgBy Dialogo March 23, 2011 Speaking at the highly symbolic Palacio de La Moneda in Chile, President Barack Obama said that Latin America will be an increasingly important partner for the United States and will play a greater role in the world. At a press conference with his host, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, Obama acknowledged that “the history of relations between the United States and Latin America has at times been extremely rocky.” In contrast, however, he said in a subsequent speech addressed to Latin America that this is currently “a region on the move, proud of its progress, and ready to assume a greater role in world affairs.” “For all these reasons, I believe that Latin America is more important to the prosperity and security of the United States than ever before,” he added. Obama praised a politically stable region, noting that “the people of the Americas have shown that there is no substitute for democracy,” for which reason “we have then an obligation to defend what has been won.” On being questioned about the coup d’état that overthrew Allende, Obama affirmed that the United States and Latin America should not be “trapped by our history.” Obama recalled that fifty years ago this month, President John F. Kennedy launched the Alliance for Progress, which proposed spending “billions of U.S. dollars to meet the basic needs of people across the region” following the triumph of the Cuban revolution. Obama’s visit was the second stop on a Latin American trip that previously took him to Brazil and that ended on 22 March in El Salvador. For Piñera’s administration, Obama’s visit to Chile represents recognition of the country’s political and economic stability following a successful transition from Augusto Pinochet’s bloody dictatorship (1973-1990) to democracy. Obama met with former presidents Patricio Aylwin (1990-1994), Eduardo Frei (1994-2000), and Ricardo Lagos (2000-2006), all from the center-left, and made a commitment to them to collaborate in shedding light on cases of human-rights violations during Pinochet’s dictatorship. “They’re going to collaborate in order to clarify all human-rights violations,” Frei commented following the meeting. At night, Obama and Piñera presided over a formal dinner with three hundred guests. There, the U.S. president expressed his gratitude for Chilean hospitality with a speech in which he mentioned the beauty of the Andes and quoted writer Isabel Allende. On 22 March, Obama left Chile for El Salvador, the final stop on his first Latin American trip.last_img read more