By the Water In addition to Ruginis and O’Connell, the cast includes Cassie Beck as Emily Mancini, Quincy Dunn-Baker as Sal Murphy, Charlotte Maier as Andrew Carter, Tom Pelphrey as Brian Murphy and Ethan Phillips as Philip Carter. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 7, 2013 View Comments By the Water takes place after Hurricane Sandy has ravaged the lifelong home of Marty (Ruginis) and Mary (O’Connell) Murphy. The storm has ripped apart more than just the walls: with their neighbors too devastated to stay, the couple’s beloved Staten Island community is in danger of disappearing forever. Determined to rebuild, Marty wages a campaign to save his neighborhood and his home, but when the Murphys’ sons arrive to help their parents dig out, past betrayals come rushing to the surface. Related Shows The world premiere of Sharyn Rothstein’s By the Water opens officially on November 18, starring Vyto Ruginis and Deirdre O’Connell. The off-Broadway production, directed by Hal Brooks, is part of the Manahattan Theatre Club and Ars Nova’s commissioning partnership, The Writer’s Room. The play will run through December 7 at New York City Center—Stage II.
Texas has reported more than 11,000 new cases in the previous two days alone. CARROLLTON, Texas – A surprise birthday party that resulted in 18 people testing positive for the coronavirus has left a North Texas man horrified as his father continues to fight for his life in a hospital intensive care unit (ICU). Ron Barbosa, who is married to a doctor and refused to attend the May 30 party for his daughter-in-law because of safety concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, said those hospitalized included his parents, both in their 80s, and his sister, who is also battling breast cancer. He said his father, Frank, who didn’t attend the get-together but later contracted COVID-19, was hospitalized June 17. He said his dad is currently “hanging on by a thread” in the ICU while on life support. (AP) Barbosa said his nephew, unknowingly infected with the virus, hosted last month’s gathering of 25 people that only lasted a few hours and followed the state’s latest health standards. During the party, he said the nephew interacted with seven relatives, who subsequently contracted the virus and spread it to 10 other family members, including two children. Barbosa’s mother, Carole, tested positive for coronavrius June 6 and was admitted to the hospital a week later. Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday said Texas would halt its aggressive reopening as it deals with a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations that has made the state a virus hot spot.
The Wisconsin women’s basketball team (6-2) travelled across I-94 this weekend and took down in-state rival Marquette (6-2) in a 62-60 nail biter. Senior Morgan Paige hit the go-ahead layup with seconds remaining and propelled the Badgers to victory with a team-high 16 points.After the Badgers grabbed a rebound off a missed tip-in following a pair of Marquette missed free-throws, head coach Bobbie Kelsey called timeout with 15 seconds left in the game and drew up a play to get Paige the ball. One of the Marquette bigs switched on to her following an on-ball screen, and she used that advantage to drive to the basket and finish strong.It was the Badgers’ second-straight win against Marquette, on a day the men’s team took care of business, handling the Golden Eagles 70-64.“I took what they gave me,” Paige said. “The big girl switched on to me and I changed directions on her and went up for the right-handed layup and it fell for us.”Next up for the Badgers is Gonzaga (7-1) Tuesday night. The Bulldogs are currently ranked 23rd in the nation, one spot up from last week. Their lone loss came against then-No. 11 Oklahoma (6-3), but they won all three of their games last week, including a one-point victory against Ohio State 59-58. This will be the first matchup of the season for Wisconsin against a ranked team, but Coach Kelsey insists the team is preparing for the game the same as any other.“The whole point of every game is to make their best players uncomfortable and make their supplementary and alternative players beat you,” Kelsey said. “You can’t let the best players take their comfortable shots when they want to, and that is what we do every game, we try to take those things away.”Gonzaga has several perimeter scoring threats, most notably senior Haiden Palmer. The 5-8 guard averages 17.3 points per game this season, adding 6.4 rebounds and 2.9 steals per outing. She will be the primary focus of the perimeter defense Tuesday night.“Making sure we contain Palmer,” Paige said after she was asked what the game plan would be. “They also have a lot of three-point shooters, so defending the three line is going to be huge for us.”In the paint, it will be up to junior Michala Johnson to contain a tall front line that features two players towering at 6-foot-5. Johnson says that she will not let them get easy baskets by being physical and making it difficult for them to get close to the basket. Kesley added that her players are going to have to deny the ball to Gonzaga’s players by fronting them on the block and rely on backside defense to help get the job done.“On defense, I just have to focus on making sure they don’t get a clean shot off,” Johnson said.Offensively, Johnson, the Badger’s most formidable scoring threat, will look to elude the double-team with passes out to the open guards or a quick shot as soon as she catches the ball in the post. She notched a double-double with 14 points and 12 boards against Marquette Saturday.The Badgers will look to correct several miscues from the Marquette game against Gonzaga, although the players and coaches insist that they are two different teams with totally different styles of play. They realize that certain aspects of each game transfer into the next.Coach Kelsey felt that her team turned the ball over a few times too many down the stretch and struggled to finish at the rim. Wisconsin was also lazy with their personnel assignments, sentiments that were echoed by the players.“It was not the cleanest game for either team,” Paige said. “Hopefully we do a better job on the boards and a better job on personnel … just communicating with each other. We messed up a lot of our plays, there are a lot of things that we can control that we could have fixed in the Marquette game.”Paige and the rest of her team hope they make the proper adjustments so her heroics will not be necessary once again come Tuesday night.
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Afcon 2017 qualifierMatch: Ghana v MauritusVenue: Accra Sports StadiumTime: 1530GMT–Mauritius arrived in Ghana on Thursday, trained on Friday and looked decidedly determined to cause an upset.But the Black Stars, playing in Accra for the first in Accra in close to three years, want to send a message to the rest of Group H.Not that the Mauritius skipper cares much about that.Captain Jonathan Bru: ‘‘We are here to play as we used to do. We are going to try to do a miracle because we know Ghana is a strong team and is one of the best teams in Africa. But we are going to do everything to try win a point at least or the three points.”Venue advantage The last time the Stars played a qualifier in Accra was on September 8, 2012 when they beat Malawi 2-0 en route to qualifying for the 2013 Afcon.The capital city has historically not been a good grounds for the Black Stars, with Kumasi having pride of place due to a seeming better atmosphere it offers the team.But in the last year, the Garden City has also had a tetchy relationship with the Black Stars in the run to qualify for the last Afcon leading to the GFA’s decision to opt for Tamale.“We have not played in Accra for a very long time and if my memory serves me right is been more than two years since we last played here,” Ghana skipper Asamoah Gyan said.“[Playing in venues across Ghana] is a policy implemented by the officials to rotate all our home games, in the past two years, we have played in Kumasi and Tamale and if we are coming to Accra I think it is in the right direction. “For us as players we are comfortable with any venue the authorities tell us to play. This is Ghana and we know we have the support of our people so I expect to see the fans come in their numbers on Sunday.”It’s been rainy so far this month, and weather-permitting, Gyan will get his wish of a good turnout.Not much to loseMeanwhile, Mauritius’ Bru (in red, above) wants his team, who don’t have a recognisable coach at the moment, to stun the home crowd. ‘‘I played with John Boye in France nine years ago, and I know he is a strong defender, Dede Ayew too is good but he will not play this game, but we have some players as well and we can surprise them and do something here.Mauritius are chasing a second Afcon appearance since 1974, but as far as Ghana midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu is concerned, the three points must be bagged.”Normally, qualifiers can be tricky especially, because we are in a league format,” Badu told Cafonline.com.”For us, we have decided not to depend on any ifs or buts. We want to take our destiny into our own hands and qualify as quickly as possible. We will rather qualify well in time than depend on calculations or arithmetic later on.”This means we must start getting every point out of every match and off each team we approach and that starts with Mauritius.” Ghana will know by now that in other groups, Tunisia have scored eight while Cape Verde got seven against their respective opposition, and so the Stars will be expected to really get in the goals on Sunday.They’d have to, if a seventh straight Afcon appearance since 2006 is to be the result of this qualifying campaign.Distraction of politicsRwanda host Mozambique in the group’s other game and Ghana need every ounce of concentration they can muster. But Avram Grant has not been happy.Between Wednesday night and Thursday, the government of Ghana released a long-awaited White Paper over the work of a Presidential Commission of Inquiry’s report into the country’s flawed participation in the last World Cup. The country’s media, understandably, veered towards dissecting the sensational contents of the 23-paged report, rather than the qualifier. “I do not worry about the document because I don’t know what is in it but I don’t think it is fair to release it with three days to a game like this,” he said at a pre-match press briefing.With the report encouraging investigation into alleged financial malfeasance on the part of top sporting officials and also touching on various aspects of the Black Stars, Avram has been worried about distractions.“Why did the people wait with three days to the game before releasing it?“My players are matured and it cannot derail them but I think it has taken all the attention from the game.”Team news There are no injuries to report from either camp. But it is the coaching situation of the islanders that is intriguing. They recently appointed a trio of coaches – Alain Happe, Akbar Patel and Désiré L’Enclume – following the exit of Didier Six a couple of weeks ago.It is not clear who the head coach is, but the trio have all had a hand in prepping the team. “The question of their quality does not arise. Ghana is a big team, being runner-up to the Africa title. We must not forget that Ghana has a significant African presence, with constant results. We have before us players who play in Europe – with Gyan, Ayew and others,” admits Alain Happe (pictured below). “Ghana are the favourites in Group H. Maybe they’ll give us a superiority complex. It’s true that the game will not be easy but that does not mean I think we have no chance. In a match, anything can happen. First and foremost, we want to offer the best possible opposition,” Happe concluded.LeaderlessFormer France international Didier Six was sacked last month by the country’s football association.It followed his suspension ‘for unacceptable behaviour’ at the Southern African championship, the Cosafa Cup.”He [Six] informally said that he didn’t want to continue after the defeat against Zimbabwe in the Cosafa Cup,” MFA president Sameer Sobha said.”But he never informed the MFA officially of his decision and did not attend the training.”Sobha added that Six has not returned to Mauritius as far as he is aware and hence his dismissal.The 60-year-old, who was appointed in January, was also fined US$2,000 for his poor behaviour at the tournament as he was sent off during his side’s 2-0 defeat by Namibia.For the dead and injuredIt’s been a tough week for Ghana, who ended three days of national mourning following the deadly floods and fire that hit the capital a week ago.Official figures say 150 people died, but many believe it is upwards of 200. In response, the Black Stars visited the site of the fire explosion in the heart of Accra, donating the equivalent of $11,500 (GHS 50,000) to those affected.The players have variously said this qualifier will be played in the spirit of remembering the fallen and the injured, and black armbands are expected to be worn to mark the twin disasters.–CLICK HERE FOR A REPORT OF ALL THE QUALIFIERS SO FAR–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith