The News That Didn’t Make It: Episode 15

Each week, our #StageDoorLive News Writer / Researcher Hillary Dziminski chronicles her interaction with the news of the week. Some of it that made it to the show, and other bits that didn’t…
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Each week, our #StageDoorLive News Writer / Researcher Hillary Dziminski chronicles her interaction with the news of the week. Some of it that made it to the show, and other bits that didn’t… but they matter damn it. Watch the news that did make it in #StageDoorLive Episode Fifteen.

Hello, fair reader(s)! Remember that time I tried to propagate roses by planting cuttings in sprouting potatoes? Well, good news! I have several very healthy potato plants! Now, on to the news.

Sean O’Casey’s last residence at 422 North Circular Road, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sabina Higgins leads charge for arts centre at Sean O’Casey house

I am, like so many, completely enamored with Ireland’s president Michael D. Higgins. But I am equally enamored with his gorgeous wife, Sabina. I keep trying to get them to come to my shows. (Sabina, if you’re reading this, please stop ghosting me, I just wanna be friends.) At the moment, she’s rallying support to preserve the last home of playwright Sean O’Casey, the house where The Shadow of a Gunman, Juno and the Paycock, and The Plough and the Stars were written. At the moment, the plan is to renovate the building for homeless accommodation, but Mrs. Higgins argues that the house should be  ‘safeguarded for development as a cultural hub’. What do you think?

Burnley Empire. Photo: Scrappy NW/Flickr

‘Sinister act of vandalism’ hinders Burnley Empire restoration

In other building-related news, the 1200-seater Burnley Empire Theatre has been subject to a ‘sinister act of vandalism’. The space has been disused for 20 years but the Burnley Empire Trust has been working to restore the theatre; their efforts include a  £10,000 fundraising appeal which was launched just days before the incident occurred. A representative from the group says that the act was a ‘deliberate and coordinated attempt to cause as much criminal damage as possible to the interior’. This poor theatre! Over the years it’s been subject to break ins and even a suspected arson attempt. Maybe it’s cursed?

A Brief History Of The Delacorte Theater Raccoons

2015, Cymbeline: “One of the characters is killed and beheaded and we had this very expensive dummy that had been produced for the show. And they ate his hands.”

No, you did not read that wrong. It says raccoons. This article is so delightful, if you only read one article in this week’s round-up…please read this one. Because we all need some joy right now. Long story short, the Delacorte Theater in New York City presents free Shakespeare in the park performances every summer; that’s not happening this summer (thanks, Covid) but Delacorte’s stage manager Buzz Cohen AKA The Raccoon Whisperer (seriously) has shared some excellent stories about their long history of raccoon cameos.

Hello campers … Three! By Wrongsemble hosted by Slung Low in Leeds, playing off a flatbed truck with the audience using tents. Photograph: Slung Low
So basically, if this gets made into a musical for the stage, it will be the ultimate combination of two of my favorite things: space and musicals. Bring it on. I’m ready.
And so this is where I leave you, my lovelies! Enjoy the rest of what promises to be a miserably rainy week and weekend. See you next week.
H x
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