Tony Winner Jack Hofsiss Dies at 65

first_imgJack Hofsiss(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Jack Hofsiss, a Tony Award winner for directing the original production of The Elephant Man, has died at the age of 65, according to Deadline. His death was confirmed by the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office.Hofsiss was born in 1950 in Brooklyn, where he attended a Jesuit high school. It was there that Hofsiss learned to find a balance between faith and his sexuality. In a 2000 interview with The Advocate, he said, “They shared the fact that ultimately your relationship to God is your own thing, that you can be gay and have a relationship with the God of the Catholic church.” Similar themes appeared in the 2000 off-Broadway play he directed, Avow.While studying at Georgetown University, Hofsiss created the show Senior Prom, which ended up running locally at the O Street Theatre and was briefly considered for a New York transfer.After directing the TV mini-series The Best of Families, Hofsiss helmed The Elephant Man on Broadway, earning him a 1979 Tony and Drama Desk Award at the age of 28. He went on to direct Total Abandon and The Shadow Box on the Great White Way. He returned to the screen to direct an episode of 3 by Cheever, as well as The Oldest Living Graduate and the 1982 film I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can.In 1985, Hofsiss suffered a severe spinal cord injury after diving into a shallow pool, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. While the incident left him in a wheelchair and in a period of severe depression, it ultimately did not stop his career, beginning with his return to stage work the following year with All the Way Home at the Berkshire Theatre Festival View Commentslast_img read more

Germany go to WC atop FIFA rankings

first_imgPARIS, June 7: Defending champions Germany will have the psychological advantage of going to the Russian World Cup finals sitting atop the FIFA rankings.The Germans are in good shape heading to Russia after their talismanic goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, a key player in their 2014 victory, returned to action after a long absence through injury.Neymar’s on-form five-time World Cup winners Brazil are second, multi-talented Belgium are third, Cristiano Ronaldo’s European champions Portugal fourth and Lionel Messi’s Argentina are fifth.British bookmakers would agree with the top two as they make Germany and Brazil joint World Cup favourites at odds of five to one followed by Spain, France and Argentina.World Cup host nation Russia meanwhile slide to 70th position after a seven-game winless streak. They kick off the tournament against Saudi Arabia on June 14. IANSlast_img read more

Assembly members join Unruh Institute

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Meghan GinleyLast year, former assemblymembers Mike Gatto and David Hadley were working in their respective offices, crafting policy for the state of California. This year, Gatto and Hadley have swapped their offices at the California State Assembly for new ones at USC. Gatto, a Democrat, and Hadley, a Republican, are the two former elected officials who now comprise the bipartisan USC Unruh Institute of Politics’ Legislators in Residence program. In its fifth year, the program aims to bridge the gap between former and future policymakers through open conversation with all students.“The thought process was to have practitioners in policy come teach students what they know and to give a first-hand perspective to our students,” said Meghan Ginley, the community engagement director at the Unruh Institute of Politics. “You have all of these awesome professors here that teach theories and public policy, but wouldn’t it be cool to have people who have actually done that?”In addition to holding open office hours for all students — regardless of major — and participating in Unruh panels, Gatto and Hadley will each teach a class in the political science department. Gatto is currently teaching a class titled POSC 323: Practical Politics — How Campaigns are Won or Lost.“Hopefully I can relay a lot of valuable information to students,” Gatto said. “I had a reputation, I hope, as somebody who was willing to unite the two sides and accomplish something for the good of the state. I hope I can get students to think along those lines because both sides have a lot to offer and both sides probably believe that they are part of the solution.” Hadley also looks forward to teaching a class on politics and public policy in California this spring.“I’ve guest lectured before and done public speaking in my political work,” Hadley said. “But the chance to engage directly with the same students for a full semester and to have discussions in more than sound bytes is great.”According to Gatto, more students are becoming interested in being politically educated and active.“Political awareness has reached a level this year that I haven’t seen in a long time,” Gatto said. “More people naturally want to get involved.”Gatto and Hadley are entering their positions at USC at a time that many have referred to as a period of “political unrest.” Ginley believes that political life at USC took a turn starting with election night in 2016.“There was a huge level of uncertainty when the election happened,” Ginley said. “Regardless of where you are on the political spectrum, a majority of the students expected an outcome that just didn’t happen. People didn’t really know what to say or do and students start looking at us and say, ‘Well, what now?’ We, at that point, made this decision to have open dialogue conversations and host events that cater to collaboration.” According to Hadley, collaboration is the essence of the Legislators in Residence program, as he and Gatto represent cohesion between the two major political parties. “Many people, not just students, are very cynical about politics and think about it as some kind of partisan war or partisan game,” Hadley said. “It’s great that USC pairs up two legislators from the two major parties because there are a lot of political issues that cut across party lines, and we have common issues and common opportunities we are trying to confront.”Although the Legislators in Residence program consists of just two officials at the moment, Ginley said the Unruh Institute is looking forward to possibly expanding the program in the future.“There is absolutely something in the works,” Ginley said. “That’s going to be something very, very exciting that our team is working on.”last_img read more