Stock image.NEW YORK — Attorney General Letitia James has issued a warning about new, recently reported scams using New Yorkers’ personal information to file fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits.“We must remain vigilant about potential scams and ensure residents remain alert,” James said. “During these uncertain times, unemployment benefits are a safety net for many individuals and families who have lost their jobs. To exploit the use of these funds and overload a system that is already processing unprecedented numbers of claims per day is as shameful as it is illegal. My office remains committed to holding accountable anyone who violates the law, and I continue to encourage the public to report suspected scams to my office.”State officials have received recent reports of scammers having access to detailed databases with Personally Identifiable Information (P.I.I.). Armed with P.I.I., scammers have sought out cooperation from “mules” who are used as intermediaries for filing claims online seeking benefits, exploiting the avalanche of legitimate claims that have hit the New York State Department of Labor due to the COVID-19 crisis.Individuals who have been contacted by the NYS Department of Labor about unemployment benefits they did not apply for must be aware of the possibility of identity theft. Attorney General James highlights the following tips for New Yorkers to protect themselves from these scams:Be suspicious of anyone who calls you over the phone seeking money or personal information. If you owe money, you will receive a legitimate notice in writing that identifies the agency and the reason you owe money.Do not give out personal and sensitive information, including your Social Security number and bank account information, to individuals over the phone. In addition, ensure to independently verify the authenticity of the caller.Victims of unemployment benefits fraud should report any incidents to their employer and to the NYS Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance Program. Victims can also file a complaint online with the Office of the Attorney General or call 1-800-771-7755.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
MGN ImageMAYVILLE – Chautauqua County health officials have reported 16 new COVID-19 cases Thursday afternoon, bringing the total number of positive cases to 550.According to officials, 11 cases are in Battalion 1, one case in Battalion 2, three cases in Battalion 3, and one case in Battalion 4. Of these new cases, two cases are SUNY Fredonia students.485 cases remain under quarantine or isolation orders by the Public Health Director and 235 people are under domestic quarantine for having arrived to Chautauqua County from a state listed on the New York State travel advisory. There also remains two hospitalizations.To date, there have been 416 recoveries, 10 fatalities, and 37,453 negative test results. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Blanco will be penned by Mark Rosner (Blue Bloods) and directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Days Later). Both Arcelus and Rodriguez are also currently starring in the successful Netflix series House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, respectively. View Comments Star Files Main Stem vets Sebastian Arcelus (A Time to Kill) and Tony nominee Elizabeth Rodriguez (The Motherf*cker with the Hat) are set to star in Cinemax’s pilot Blanco. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Arcelus will play mobster Blanco’s lawyer and Rodriguez an NYPD detective. Sebastian Arcelus The show centers on a gangster dubbed ‘Blanco’ (Fernandez) who uses his status as informant to turn the tables on the law and manufacture his illegal empire. The drama will also feature amongst others Shiloh Fernandez (Evil Dead), Erik LaRay Harvey (Boardwalk Empire), Franka Potente (Copper), Amaury Nolasco (Prison Break), Audrey Esparza (The Following) and Alex Hernandez (Law & Order: SVU).
Stage and screen star James Rebhorn died March 21 at his home in South Orange, N.J. According to The New York Times the cause of death was melanoma. He was 65. His aunts Jean, Dorothy and Florence, numerous cousins and their families, and many devoted friends also survive Jim. He loved them all, and he knows they loved him. Rebhorn is survived by his wife, Rebecca Linn, and his daughters, Hannah and Emma. He penned an incredibly touching obituary for himself, which we’ve printed in full below. James Robert Rebhorn was born on Sept. 1, 1948, in Philadelphia, PA. His mother, Ardell Frances Rebhorn, nee Hoch, loved him very much and supported all his dreams. She taught him the value of good manners and courtesy, and that hospitality is no small thing. His father, James Harry Rebhorn, was no less devoted to him. From him, Jim learned that there is no excuse for poor craftsmanship. A job well done rarely takes more or less time than a job poorly done. They gave him his faith and wisely encouraged him to stay in touch with God. –Jim Rebhorn, March 2014 His children made him immensely proud. Their dedication to improving our species and making the world a better place gave him hope for the future. They deal with grief differently, and they should each manage it as they see fit. He hopes, however, that they will grieve his passing only as long as necessary. They have much good work to do, and they should get busy doing it. Time is flying by. His son-in-law, Ben, also survives him. Jim loved Ben, who was as a son to Jim, especially through these last months. He is also survived by his wife, Rebecca Fulton Linn, and his two daughters, Emma Rebecca Rebhorn and Hannah Linn Rebhorn. They anchored his life and gave him the freedom to live it. Without them, always at the center of his being, his life would have been little more than a vapor. Rebecca loved him with all his flaws, and in her the concept of ceaseless love could find no better example. His Life, According to Jim Homeland star Rebhorn was most recently seen on stage last year in Roundabout’s Too Much, Too Much, Too Many. His notable Broadway credits included Prelude to a Kiss, Twelve Angry Men, The Man Who Had All the Luck, I’m Not Rappaport, Our Town and Dinner at Eight. He appeared on the big screen in films including Scent of a Woman, Independence Day, Real Steel, The Game, Meet the Parents, My Cousin Vinny and Cold Mountain. Jim received his BA at Wittenberg University and his MFA at Columbia. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Nu Zeta 624, a life-long Lutheran, and a longtime member of both the AMC and ACLU. Jim was fortunate enough to earn his living doing what he loved. He was a professional actor. His unions were always there for him, and he will remain forever grateful for the benefits he gained as a result of the union struggle. Without his exceptional teachers and the representation of the best agents in the business, he wouldn’t have had much of a career. He was a lucky man in every way. He is survived by his sister, Janice Barbara Galbraith, of Myrtle Beach, SC. She was his friend, his confidant, and, more often than either of them would like to admit, his bridge over troubled waters. View Comments
Children of a Lesser God tells the story of James Leeds, a new teacher at a school for the deaf, and Sarah Norman, the school’s one-time star student who has stayed behind as its cleaning woman rather than venturing out into the hearing world. James immediately takes a keen interest in Sarah, and tries to persuade her to communicate orally by lip reading as they kindle a romance beyond word. The original Broadway production starred Phyllis Frelich and John Rubinstein, who both won Tonys for their performances. The screen adaptation received five Academy Award nominations and earned Marlee Matlin the 1987 Oscar for Best Actress. The Tony-winning 1980 play Children of a Lesser God is set to return to Broadway for the first time. The new production will be directed by Kenny Leon, who took home the Tony this year for directing A Raisin in the Sun. The Mark Medoff-penned show will open at a theater to be announced in the 2015-16 season. View Comments No cast has been set for the revival, although producer Hal Luftig told The New York Times that he and Leon aim to cast a company comprised of various ethnicities. The producer also confirmed that he and Leon did intend to cast a deaf actress as Sarah, noting, “anything else would be insulting to the deaf community.”
The ensemble cast of Punk Rock features Douglas Smith, Pico Alexander, Lilly Englert, Annie Funke, David Greenspan, Colby Minifie, Will Pullen and Noah Robbins. View Comments Inspired by Stephens’ own experiences as a teacher, Punk Rock explores contemporary adolescence at the breaking point as a group of seventeen-year-olds in Manchester, England flirt and posture their way through the day while preparing for exams. With hormones raging and minimal adult supervision, nothing can mask the underlying tension that becomes increasingly pronounced as the clock ticks towards the ultimate dismissal. Being bad and breaking the rules pays off! The New York premiere of Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock has extended its off-Broadway run at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. The gritty high school drama, which opened on November 17, will now run through December 14. The MCC Theater production, which is directed by Trip Cullman, was originally scheduled to play through December 7. Punk Rock Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 7, 2014 Related Shows
Star Files View Comments Broadway supernova Idina Menzel recently talked to Access Hollywood about what we can expect from her upcoming world tour, including her song choices. Broadway fans can breathe easy, as she revealed that she’ll be belting “things that you’d be mad at me if I didn’t sing!” And any update on Frozen 2? Just that the creative team are in the “writing stages.” Check out the interview below and if you haven’t managed to get tickets to the Tony winner’s gravity-defying world tour, there’s always the upcoming national tour of If/Then to look forward to! Idina Menzel
Star Files View Comments Sutton Foster We’re fully confident this cast knows how to raise the roof. Steven Pasquale, Brandon Victor Dixon, Miriam Shor, John Ellison Conlee and more will join the previously announced Sutton Foster in Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party at New York City Center. Performances will run from July 15 through 18 as part of the Encores! Off-Center series.Pasquale will take on the role of Burrs, a part that he understudied in his New York stage debut in the original MTC production of the musical. Since then, he has appeared on Broadway in The Bridges of Madison County and Reasons to be Pretty; he recently starred in Chicago Lyric Opera’s Carousel.Dixon replaces the previously announced Joshua Henry as Mr. Black. His Broadway credits include Motown and a Tony-nominated performance in The Color Purple. Shor will play Madelaine True; she originated the role of Yitzhak off-Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and recently wore multitudes of statement jewelry in the TV Land series Younger opposite Foster. Conlee, who is set to play Eddie, earned a Tony nomination for The Full Monty. His additional credits include The Constant Wife, 1776, Murder Ballad and The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence.Additionally, Broadway alum Ciara Renée will take on the role of Kate, having previously appeared on in Pippin and Big Fish on the Great White Way and in The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Paper Mill Playhouse. Kimiko Glenn, who has appeared in Spring Awakening on tour and in Orange is the New Black, will play Mae.The musical is adapted from the Jazz Age narrative poem by Joseph Moncure March and is the story of one tragic, decadent night in a Manhattan apartment shared by Queenie (Foster) and her menacing lover, and the handsome stranger (Dixon) who wants to lure her away. It opened at Manhattan Theatre Club on February 24, 2000 and played 54 performances. This production will be directed by Leigh Silvermand and choreographed by Sonya Tayeh.Rounding out the cast are Penelope Armstead-Williams, James Brown III, Rachel DeBenedet, Raymond J. Lee, Kenita Miller, Talene Monahon, Sydney Morton, Clifton Oliver, Charlie Pollock, Britton Smith, Ryan Steele, and Samantha Sturm. Brandon Victor Dixon
Nick Payne photographed at Culture Espresso(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Incognito British playwright Nick Payne made a splash on Broadway in 2015 with Constellations, an entertaining piece about quantum physics that starred Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson. The scribe, who is also known for his plays If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, One Day When We Were Young, Lay Down Your Cross, The Same Deep Water as Me, Elegy and more, is back at MTC (where Constellations also played) with Incognito. The piece features four actors playing multiple characters grappling with memory, questions about selfhood and mysteries of the brain. Payne met up with Broadway.com at one of his favorite places to write in New York (Midtown’s Culture Espresso) to talk science, structure and what he sticks on his wall.What’s the first thing you do when you’re getting ready to write?I make a coffee. This is really nerdy, but I have an AeroPress; I grind the beans and everything. It takes about 15 minutes and that wakes me up. I like the routine of it. Then I sit down at my desk, and I start straight away.Do you procrastinate before you get going?Not when I have something I’m working on. I don’t have a smartphone—just an old Nokia, so I try not to look at emails in the morning. I just start. I just write…but then I waste the afternoons.What inspired Incognito?The honest answer is a bit like the play—a mishmash of things. The way in which I came to the stories was almost random. During Constellations, I read a biography of Einstein; I was trying to understand relativity and that sort of thing. There was either a footnote or reference towards the end about Thomas Harvey, who took [Einstein’s] brain. It stuck with me, so I did a bit more reading about him, and I ended up reading a great book by Suzanne Corkin called Permanent Present Tense [about Patient HM, Henry Molaison]. At the end of the book, she talks about when Henry was in his late 80s and was very ill. They could see that he was going to die and wanted to secure his brain for research. I found a weird link between those two stories and thought maybe they could overlap in some way. How do you synthesize your research?I read a lot and then I laboriously type up quotes that I think might be of use to me. Then highlight all the bits I want to remember. I’m not copying from the book because I’m going to literally put that stuff in the play; it’s so I have a map of everything. Then I stick that on the wall, so if I’m writing—funnily enough my memory actually isn’t that good—I will be able to quickly refer to something and check a date or a place or an idea. Do you create an outline or jump right in?I do have a sort of plan, but it’s really just a basic sentence for each scene.What plays changed your life?Why do you write in such an unusual structure?I’m led by the ideas: In Constellations, the idea was everything that can happen does happen and is happening right now. So I thought if I want to deliver that idea as clearly as I can, I’m not sure a linear way could do that. I hoped that was the best way to communicate that amazing idea, which is both brilliant and beautiful but also really horrifying. In this play, likewise, the idea is there is no continuous self, so you have four performers and you don’t have a continuum between how and when and who they play. It’s never about a game or experiment, I honestly go in thinking it’s the best way to try and deliver the material.You are obviously inspired by science. Where does that come from?I don’t know. I’d be a very bad scientist. I think it’s because I had written a few plays that were naturalistic in their form, and I found something unsatisfying about it. I hadn’t quite cracked those plays. And then just by sheer chance, I read a few books on physics—just because I was interested and didn’t know anything about it. I came across the multiverse thing and thought I could tell a story in a nonlinear way. I found that really freeing. It’s funny; it’s less about the science and more that the science freed me from having to worry about doorknobs and bedroom suitcases. You don’t need any of that stuff—you just need some people in a room. Do you think you’ll ever write another naturalistic play?I don’t know. I fear I’m starting to get accused of repeating myself or being Mr. Science Playwright, so maybe I should. Which playwrights inspire you?What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received about writing?My agent years ago said, “Get a job that’s not writing so you don’t have to worry about making money from writing.” You should just try to do the things you want to do because when it comes time for it to be a job, you’ll have to do stuff to make money. That’s why I worked in bars or the bookshop or ushering. The only other thing that occurs to me is a quote from Ronald Harwood, where he says of writing: “Only stop when it’s going well.” It’s true if I stop when I’m stuck on something or struggling, then I don’t want to go back to it and it has a fog of dread about it. Whereas when you stop when it’s going really well and leave it for 24 hours you come back to it and you’re raring to go. It’s quite basic but quite useful. What’s the nitty, gritty hard work of being a playwright no one ever told you?Well, production meetings. There’s a really boring answer. You’re suddenly faced with the reality of people have to make this thing that was just in your head. Sometimes if you’ve written something that’s a bit challenging, you have to sit in a room full of people, who are like: “This is going to be hard.” And you start to think: “God, what have I done?” There’s that. What’s something you think all aspiring playwrights should do or see or know about?I think not just to be interested in theater is really good; it’s healthy. I don’t necessarily think seeing plays and reading them is the best way to figure out how to do it. Like actually go and wander around a gallery or go and meet someone who doesn’t like theater, who works in a completely different field and find out why they hate it or why they find it boring.Where did the title come from?A book by David Eagleman called Incognito. I just stole it. There is almost nothing in the play from that book. Actors are incognito, it’s what they do. In my head, the four people come on, put on sunglasses and can be anyone. What’s your favorite line in Incognito? Show Closed This production ended its run on July 10, 2016 Related Shows View Comments
© Justin “Squigs” Robertson Frank Langella Cynthia Erivo Jessica Lange History had its eyes on the Beacon Theatre on June 12! The Tony-winning Carpool Karaoke king himself, James Corden, hosted the 70th Annual Tony Awards and Broadway.com Resident Artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson was on hand to pen a portrait of the celebration. There are all the acting winners: Cynthia Erivo, Jessica Lange, Leslie Odom Jr., Frank Langella, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Daveed Diggs, Jayne Houdyshell and Reed Birney, along with all the winning musicals and plays, as well as Barbra Streisand, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Steve Martin, Edie Brickell, Sara Bareilles, James Corden and little James Corden. A true snapshot of the room where it happened! Star Files View Comments Reed Birney 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. Jayne Houdyshell Daveed Diggs View All (7) Leslie Odom Jr.