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JUNE 19-25, 2013
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Operating agreement
Police, public safety signprocedure agreement.
The Arts Council ofPrinceton, in partnershipwith the Princeton ShoppingCenter and Edens, will pres-ent free Summer CourtyardConcerts every Thursdaythrough Aug. 15 from 6 to 8p.m. at the PrincetonShopping Center.The series opens Thursday(June 20) with the EricMintel Quartet, a highlyregarded jazz group featur-ing Mintel on keyboard withNelson Hillon alto sax,Dave Mohnon drumsand JackHegyi onbass.Upcomingperformersinclude theSoul-GospelExtravaganza, Swingadelic,Alborada Spanish DanceTheatre, Alex & TheKaleidoscope Band, Animus,Avi Wisnia, Monday BluesJazz Orchestra, RayRodriguez y Swing Sabroso,and The Junior Mack BluesBand.Concerts take place in theshopping center’s courtyard.Bring your own seating.There’s ample free parking.For more info, call theshopping center at 609-921-6234 or www.princetonshop-pingcenter.com.
Courtyard concerts
Hearingheld forpipelineproject
The Princeton Sun
The Federal Energy RegulatoryCommission held a public scopinghearing on June 13 at Hillsbor-ough Middle School to hear com-ments on the proposed naturalgas pipeline expansion project.Some 50 members of the publicsigned up to be heard.FERC is the governmentagency responsible for reviewingand making a decision to acceptor reject an application fromWilliams Company, which oper-ates the Transco pipeline system.The meeting represented theonly opportunity for members of the public to speak directly to rep-resentatives of FERC regardingtheir concerns about the project.Residents of Princeton made the30-minute drive to Hillsboroughin heavy rain.
ABOVE: Billy Magnussen,Sigourney Weaver and DavidHyde Pierce in the McCarterTheatre world premiere of‘Vanya and Sonia and Mashaand Spike’ by ChristopherDurang, directed by NicholasMartin. The production, withthe same cast and creativeteam that launched the play atMcCarter, is now playing onBroadway at the GoldenTheatre.LEFT: Seen are Shalita Grant,Kristine Nielsen and HydePierce. For the complete story,please see page 2.
‘Vania and Sonia and Masha and Spike’
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Police and university sign procedure agreement
The Princeton Sun
The Princeton Police Depart-ment and the Princeton Universi-ty Department of Public Safetyhave signed an agreement detail-ing how the two departments willcooperate and communicate.Capt. Nick Sutter of the Prince-ton Police Department said thatforming the agreement has beena multi-year process, and that theagreement remains in flux.“The first thing to clarify isthat this is not a contract,” Suttersaid. “It is an agreement of oper-ating procedures designed to clar-ify the relationship between twopolice departments. The Depart-ment of Public Safety is notunder the jurisdiction of thePrinceton Police Department.We’re agreeing to coexist as twodepartments in the municipality.”The three-page agreement be-came effective May 14. It is divid-ed into a list of Points of Under-standing and a response checklistthat determines which depart-ment will respond to specific situ-ations.The agreement says the Prince-ton Police Department and theUniversity Department of PublicSafety “have concurrent police ju-risdiction over those geographicareas of the Princeton Universitycampus and its vicinity which fallwithin the political subdivision of the Town of Princeton.”According to the agreement,Public Safety officers will take“routine service calls,” which aredefined as “lockouts, transports,building checks, medical calls,welfare checks, door alarms,fire alarms, maintenance callsand other calls of a similar na-ture.”Sutter said the Princeton Po-lice Department would respond toall calls of a serious matter.“If there’s a public safety issueor some kind of critical incidentin progress, a kidnapping or athreat with a weapon, then wewill respond,” Sutter said. “Oncethe situation is under control, wewill continue to share the investi-gation with the campus police.”Sutter said the biggest factorin determining which depart-ment will respond in certain cir-cumstances is the fact that the of-ficers of the Department of Pub-lic Safety are unarmed.“It’s important to rememberthat these officers are notarmed,” Sutter said. “So as a re-sult, in almost all cases abovewhat would be considered ‘pettymisconduct,’ we’re going to re-spond to that.”The agreement also outlinesstatistical reporting and arrestsfor drug and alcohol violations.In addition, the document in-cludes a “list of responsibilitiesfor service calls and for investiga-tions,” and provides a responsemap.Sutter said the purpose is tohelp officers understand their re-sponsibilities in the field.“It’s very important to provideclarity to our officers,” Suttersaid. “This is the way to do that.”Sutter said the two depart-ments would conduct training to-gether, and would meet frequent-ly to discuss and review aspectsof the agreement.“We’re pooling our resourceshere,” Sutter said. “We’re goingto be training together, and learn-ing this new agreement together.We’re communicating more thanwe ever have before.”Paul Ominsky, executive direc-tor of the University Departmentof Public Safety, said in a state-ment that he looks forward toworking together under theagreement."We believe that working close-ly together is in the best interestof the community, and we lookforward to maintaining ourshared spirit of cooperation,"Ominsky said. "Both depart-ments have carefully thoughtabout the way we can respond toprovide the best law enforcementresponse.”
McCarter show wins 2013 Tony Award for Best Play
The Princeton Sun
McCarter Theatre celebrated avictory on June 9 when play-wright Christopher Durang’scomedy “Vanya and Sonia andMasha and Spike” won the 2013Tony Award for Best Play.McCarter commissionedthe play in 2005, after “MissWitherspoon,” another of Du-rang’s plays, opened at the the-ater.“The first play was such a suc-cess that we offered him anothercommission when that showopened,” Mara Isaacs, McCarterproducing director, said. “Thateventually became ‘Vanya andSonia and Masha and Spike.’”The comedy tells the story of Vanya and Sonia, an adult broth-er and sister who live in theirchildhood home and have neverbeen forced to grow up. Theirthird sibling, Masha, is a moviestar who pays for the home. Cas-sandra, the cleaning lady, man-ages the household.The original McCarter cast fea-tured David Hyde Pierce asVanya, Sigourney Weaver asMasha, Billy Magnussen asSpike, Kristine Nielsen as Sonia,Genevieve Angelson as Nina andShalita Grant as Cassandra.Isaacs said the play took sever-al years to complete. It opened atMcCarter in September 2012 andenjoyed a sold-out extended run.“Every commission is very dif-ferent in terms of timeline,”Isaacs said. “Chris really takeshis time. Originally, he had twodifferent ideas for plays he want-ed to write. He wrote first acts forboth, and we had public readings.Based on the response, we satdown with Chris and decided topursue this one. He finished a fulldraft, and we would go back andforth responding and revising.An important part of the develop-ment process were the readingswe held here and the readings hehad with his students” at the Juil-liard School at Lincoln Center,where Durang is co-chair withMarsha Norman of the Playwrit-ing Program.In late 2011, McCarter broughtin director Nicholas Martin andbegan casting the show.“We all cast the play together,but from the beginning, it wasclear that Kristine, Sigourneyand Shalita would be cast if theywere available,” Isaacs said.“Chris really wrote the parts withSigourney and Kristine in mind.Whether or not they eventuallyended up playing them, in hisheart that is who the roles werefor.”McCarter reached out to AndreBishop, the artistic director at thefamed Lincoln Center Theater inNew York City. Though LincolnCenter had never co-produced ashow with another theater, Bish-op agreed.“This is where the idea of per-sonal relationships being impor-tant in theater comes in,” Isaacssaid. “Although they’d never doneit before, it worked this time be-cause of Andre’s love of Chrisand his love of the material.”After the show’s run at Mc-Carter and subsequent sold-outrun at Lincoln Center, it moved toa Broadway theater. Isaacs saidmuch of the show’s success is aresult of the revisions that hap-pened between runs.“With each stop there was anopportunity to revisit and refine,”she said. “It had tremendous suc-cess here at McCarter and then atLincoln Center it got that muchtighter and that much better.When it moved to Broadway itwas an opportunity to make littlechanges with the same cast andthe same framework. What peo-ple are seeing in New York now isthe result of all those tweaks andall that work.”Isaacs attributed the early suc-cess of “Vanya and Sonia andMasha and Spike” to the uniqueaudience the McCarter Theatrehas within the Princeton commu-nity.“We have a very special audi-ence,” she said. “I am always ap-preciative of the rigor our audi-ence demands in terms of thecraft. They’re not sheep. They aresmart and savvy and have highstandards. They respond to verygood work and they demand verygood work. I’ve been in a lot of places where there isn’t anyonewho wants to see a play they’venever heard of. I’m so gratefulthat we have an audience that willtrust us.”Isaacs said winning the TonyAward leaves the McCarter staff with a sense of validation.“It’s a truly wonderful play andone that resonates in this particu-lar moment,” Isaacs said. “It’s sonice to be able to say to people,‘thank you for believing in us.’ Itgives you courage to take a riskon the next thing. That’s the bestpart about winning – the courageit gives you to produce the nextworld premiere.”
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The Princeton Festival is cele-brating the bicentennial of Richard Wagner, the composerwho changed opera and music it-self, with its production of “Derfliegende Hollander” (“The Fly-ing Dutchman”), with the collabo-ration of The Wagner Society of New York, at McCarter Theatreon Saturday, June 22, at 8 p.m.,and Sunday, June 30, at 3 p.m.This is likely to be the first pro-duction of the classic opera inNew Jersey.The centerpiece of the Festi-val’s 2013 season, “The FlyingDutchman” will be distinguishedby a stellar cast and the Festival’simaginative staging. The Dutch-man himself will be sung byMark Delavan, a MetropolitanOpera star most recently seen asWotan in this spring’s Ring cycleat the Met. A Met regular for 18years, Richard Bernstein willplay the role of Daland. Hisdaughter Senta, the womanwhose faithful love may bring theDutchman redemption, is sung byIndra Thomas, a soprano who ismaking her mark in the UnitedStates and Europe, “one of theforemost Aidas in the worldtoday.”The production team featuresRichard Tang Yuk conducting,with Steven LaCosse, stage direc-tor, Norman Coates, lighting de-signer, Marie Miller, costumes,Martha Muskai, make-up design.“The Flying Dutchman” was asensation when first preformedin 1843. A wild and stormy tale itwas formative in Wagner’s workand for many other composers inthe 19th century and beyond.Built on the legacy of Italianopera, it introduces the har-monies, leitmotifs and psycholog-ical depths which identify Wagn-er’s music dramas.For more information and tick-ets, go to princetonfestival.org orcall (609) 258-2787.
‘The Flying Dutchman’ to bepart of Princeton Festival

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