The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s staged reading of Death and the Maiden will take place as scheduled on Monday, April 25 at Babson’s Sorenson Center for the Arts at 8pm, but the theatre company has announced that actor Pedro Pascal has had to bow out. Pascal, known for his roles in HBO’s Game of Thrones and Netflix’s Narcos, unfortunately has a scheduling conflict now, as he mentions in this video message.
Pascal is being replaced by an accomplished local actor named Nael Nacer, who will be joined on stage by Chilean actress Cote de Pablo, best known for her role on CBS’s NCIS, and NYC’s Joel Perez, currently appearing on Broadway in the Tony award-winning production of Fun Home.
All of the free general admission tickets have been reserved for the performance, but you can join the waitlist if interested, or can buy a ticket for the post-show reception, which will guarantee you entrance to the performance as well. Those who have tickets and can no longer attend are asked to send notice to [email protected] so that the tickets can be freed up.
The federal government’s helicopters whirring overhead in recent days above the Boston Marathon course to check on radiation levels have been one very public safety display. A much lower profile form of protection, courtesy of a year-old Wellesley startup called KeynectUp, will be virtual business cards on the cellphones of Wellesley police and other organizations handling Marathon coordination and security duties on Monday.
Self-funded KeynectUp has worked with social-media savvy Lt. Scott Whittemore to supply WPD members with so-called vCard technology that can be easily shared with other first responders and Marathon support personnel.
Wellesley resident and KeynectUp business development exec Kevin McDonald says that WPD has a pre-Marathon briefing in town at which attendees from outfits such as the state police, neighboring community police forces and the National Guard will be asked to pull out their cellphones and text a specific term to a certain number. The KeynectUp offering will detect the type of phone and then format the virtual business card appropriately in their contacts list. A second feature will enable those using the vCard to grab a map of the marathon route in Wellesley.
KeynectUp technology is already in use at organizations such as Babson College’s public safety group and at some local school districts for parent and student communications.
Expect a public-facing Wellesley Police card to be available soon that will include an alert sign-up option. Meanwhile, you can try out a general vCard for free here.
Yunus will address the Undergraduate School Ceremony at 10 a.m. and Brooke-Marciniak will address the Graduate Ceremony at 3 p.m. Both will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.
A pioneer in social entrepreneurship who founded Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, Professor Yunus shared the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize with the bank “for their efforts through microcredit to create economic and social development from below.” Yunus has racked up 55 honorary degrees from 20 countries along the way, not to mention an appearance on The Simpsons.
Brooke-Marciniak, a member of EY’s Global Executive Board, has public policy responsibility for the firm’s operations in 155 countries. In addition, she is the global sponsor for EY’s Diversity and Inclusiveness efforts. Among her honors: induction into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
Babson College and the nonprofit Commonwealth Shakespeare Company have extended their partnership for three more years, which means CSC will serve as the school’s resident theater company, ensuring that the arts and business continue to co-mingle and benefit from one another there. Babson and CSC announced their original partnership in 2013.
As a part of renewing the partnership, Babson and CSC announced the following spring initiatives:
Shakespeare & Leadership: Othello with Faran Tahir as the title character
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s fourth annual Shakespeare & Leadership on March 9 focuses on Othello, featuring the actor known as Raza in the 2008 Iron Man movie. Shakespeare & Leadership features a staged reading of excerpts from the play performed by leaders from the business community alongside professional actors. A panel discussion follows the reading, where the participants address leadership questions and themes raised in the text.
Theatre in the Rough: Death and the Maiden featuring Pedro Pascal from Game of Thrones and Narcos, and Cote de Pablo from NCIS
When: Monday, April 25 at 8 p.m.
Where: Babson’s Carling-Sorenson Theater
*The event is free but registration is required
Presented by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company on April 25, Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden is the next installment of CSC’s Theatre in the Rough, a script-in-hand reading series presented without theatrical elements like sets or costumes. Starring Chilean actor Pedro Pascal (HBO’s Game of Thrones, Netflix’s Narcos) and newly added to the cast Cote de Pablo (NCIS), the play takes place after the fall of the totalitarian regime, when a former political prisoner finds herself face-to-face with the man she believes was her captor. Is he guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, or is her paranoia getting the better of her?
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – May, 6/7
When: Friday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 7, 3 p.m.
Where: Babson’s Carling-Sorenson Theater
Learn more and purchase tickets in advance »
CSC2, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s acting company for early-career actors, will perform Shakespeare’s romping comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. With four interconnecting plots dancing between fairyland and real-world Athens, this tale of mixed-up romance lands somewhere between dream and reality.
Babson College founder Roger Babson honored one of his ancestors, the martyr Rev. John Rogers, with this memorial on the college campus across from the Coleman Map Building. Rev. Rogers was burned at the stake on this date, Feb. 4, back in 1555 for what else, religious reasons. A bust in his memory has also been erected in England.
Dr. Ian Lapp has been named Dean of the Undergraduate School at Babson College, joining the Wellesley school from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where he served as associate dean for strategic educational initiatives and lecturer on global health.
Babson serves up the obligatory academic/business speak in its announcement, terming Lapp as a “change agent” and as one known for having transformed “pedagogy…at the undergraduate and graduate level.” But indeed, Lapp has earned a national and international reputation for his efforts in public health education at Harvard and before that, Columbia University.
“Babson is an incubator for innovation in higher education, and I am excited to join this tradition of excellence,” said Dean Lapp, in a statement.
Lapp will officially join Babson in April.
If you’d like to get a feel for Lapp’s style, check out the video below in which he discusses massive open online courses (MOOCs).
Wellesley has a brand new pub, dubbed Roger’s Pub & Grille, but before you think about heading over there do note that it is exclusively for the Babson College community. That community is defined as students, alumni, faculty, staff, family and friends, so there probably is a good chance most Wellesley-ites wouldn’t be more than one or two degrees of separation from a connection.
The new pub replaces the old former Roger’s Pub, which was located at Park Manor Central on campus, but closed in June. While we regret to inform you that Roger’s is described as a “gastropub,” the place looks nice. It’s located adjacent to Trim Dining Hall.
The new pub boasts a traditional bar with dark wood accents, a detailed tin ceiling, and eye-catching lighting fixtures. The space also includes an octagon room with additional seating and a game room with warm, wood paneling. In addition, Roger’s Pub now hosts the new ‘Grille Room’, featuring an industrial style of its own with exposed ceilings, textured glass details on two of the walls, and a stage for entertainment.
The pub, which serves beer, wine and soft drinks, is open 7 days a week and stays open as late as midnight Wednesday-Saturday. The menu features Brick Oven Wings, Creative Personal Pizzas, Creole Popcorn Shrimp and more.
In addition to Roger’s, Babson also still has the Bottom Line Lounge, which is a sort of hotel-like bar — with pool tables — located at the school’s executive conference center.