Olivier Winner Janie Dee & More Set for Linda

first_img View Comments Two-time Olivier Award winner Janie Dee is set to play the title role in off-Broadway’s Linda, which marks playwright Penelope Skinner’s Manhattan Theatre Club return following her play The Ruins of Civilization. Helmed by MTC’s Tony-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow, the production is now scheduled to begin performances slightly later, on February 7, 2017 (instead of February 3). Opening night is slated for February 28 (from February 23) at MTC’s New York City Center—Stage I.Dee took home the Olivier for Comic Potential and Carousel; additional West End credits include Hand To God, The Seagull and Blithe Spirit. As previously announced, Dee will also star as Phyllis in Follies at the National Theatre opposite Imelda Staunton. She made her New York debut at MTC in Comic Potential and was recently seen in Antony and Cleopatra and Much Ado About Nothing at the Hollywood Bowl.The cast will also feature Meghann Fahy (Next to Normal) as Stevie, newcomer Molly Griggs as Amy, MTC alum Jennifer Ikeda (Vietgone) as Alice, Maurice Jones (The Cherry Orchard) as Luke, Donald Sage Mackay (stop.reset.) as Neil, Molly Ranson (Fish in the Dark) as Bridget and John C. Vennema (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) as Dave.Skinner’s new play follows Linda Wilde, a senior executive who pitches a new concept that could change the way the world looks at women of a certain age. As the potential for her success escalates, so do the stakes as she fights to maintain her carefully considered life, including her career, marriage and parenthood.The creative team for Linda includes scenic designer Walt Spangler, costume designer Jennifer Von Mayrhauser, lighting designer Jason Lyons, sound designer Fitz Patton and dialect coach Ben Furey. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 2, 2017 Related Showscenter_img Janie Dee(Photo: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images) Lindalast_img read more

Former Syracuse forward Tyler Lydon: ‘I’m on cloud 9 right now’

first_imgTyler Lydon was playing wiffle ball at home Thursday afternoon. By the time the clock struck 11 p.m., his name had flashed across the screens of televisions all over the country. He’ll fly across the country to Denver in the coming days and, with a powder blue jersey on, answer questions at a press conference. Soon, he said, his nerves will calm down enough that he’ll be able to eat.It has been a crazy few hours for Lydon. He was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 24th pick in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft, but his rights are likely to be traded to the Denver Nuggets. He wasn’t in Brooklyn for the draft itself, instead choosing to host his closest family and friends for a draft watch party at his home in Elizaville, New York, about 50 miles south of Albany. With them surrounding him, a lifelong dream was fulfilled.“I’m on cloud nine right now,” he said.Lydon said he really started to lock into the television broadcast once the range of picks he was predicted to be selected in arrived. He admitted that he didn’t expect to go to the Nuggets. Lydon worked out for 11 NBA teams, and Denver wasn’t one of them. He said he and his agent thought about trying to fit them into his schedule, but it didn’t make the most sense considering the Denver’s position in the draft. But the stars aligned after the trade with Utah.“They just said ‘Tyler,’ and then I heard ‘Ly,’ and then everybody just exploded,” Lydon said. “This is obviously an incredible moment, something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. I couldn’t be more thankful to share it with the friends and family that came here.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFrom a location perspective, Lydon, who has a wolf tattooed on his chest and is an outdoorsman at his core, isn’t complaining about going to Denver. His family is already envisioning the fly fishing and elk hunting that lies in the future. But he will be there to play basketball, and he thinks his ability to stretch the floor, along with his lifestyle, will fit in right away.“I’m so happy and I’m ready to go in there and work my butt off,” Lydon said. “Those guys, they put their reputation and everything on the line for me.”The former Syracuse forward played in Denver as a part of Team USA’s U-18 squad. The thin air might take a few days of adjustment, he said, but it’s not something he’s worried about.In fact, he said he’s not worried about much at all. Not about when he needs to get to Denver, or about the summer league, or what’ll be the first thing he buys when he signs his name on the dotted line of a rookie contract. He’s living in the moment.“It’s just an unbelievable thing to have your dreams come true,” Lydon said. Comments Published on June 23, 2017 at 12:05 am Contact: jtbloss@syr.edu | @jtbloss Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more