This weekend, an original dramedy called “Lucky, Liar, Loser” will premiere at Saint Mary’s in Moreau’s Little Theatre beginning Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. The show, which centers on the theme of violence against women, was written and is directed by Casey Whitaker, a member of The Second City — a comedy theatre in Chicago — who is this year’s annual Saint Mary’s Margaret M. Hill visiting artist in residence.After previously coming to teach some workshops at Saint Mary’s in 2015, Whitaker said she fell in love with the Saint Mary’s community.“When I started writing this play, I reached out and we started figuring out a game plan,” she said. “The topic of the play was already established before Saint Mary’s was interested — I think it is the perfect place to display it.”Whitaker defines a dramedy as a serious and dramatic play with elements of comedy. She added that originally, she did not mean for the comedy aspect to be such a major part of the show.“Violence against women is not a laughing matter — it just crept in,” Whitaker said. “Then you think about what humor is actually used for — a lot of time it’s just a cover for what’s on the inside. That’s why we are able to find the truth so quickly, it’s because we’re broken.”She said the comedy is not meant to disrespect or offset the seriousness of the topic.“It’s more of comedic relief,” she said. “ … A lot of times the characters don’t even know they’re as funny as they are. I don’t think people will think it’s disrespectful, it’s just honest and truthful.”Whitaker had originally written the show as a short-film for the Goodman Theatre in Chicago when they requested entries for a screenplay to produce. However, the Theatre never produced any of the screenplays. Last December, Whitaker rewrote the screenplay into the current dramedy in only 48 hours.“I had carried around every single scene in my head for over a year,” she said. “This project was in my head and now it’s time to do it.”Her inspiration for writing this first came when a man broke into her bedroom two years ago. Whitaker said her boyfriend happened to be there that night to fight the intruder off, but the event stuck with her.“It kind of opened my eyes to what I already knew and how this topic is handled,” she said. “It broke my heart.”Whitaker said the nine main characters in the show are based on her personal experiences and other women who were willing to tell her their experiences.“Anyone I met who was willing to tell me their story, I listened,” she said. “It’s a tribute to all the women I have met and the women who have survived and the women who aren’t ready to talk.”Based on the experiences she had in mind, she separated the nine characters into three sections with three characters in each — the lucky, the liars and the losers — and left the characters unnamed.“The different mini themes are me wanting to understand the different ways people experience violence,” Whitaker said. “I wanted the cast and the audience to know we are all these women.”The lucky are those who say they are lucky because they have not been physically abused, but instead have possibly been emotionally abused without realizing it. The liars are those who tell themselves and others they are not victims, when they are, for various reasons.Senior Olivia Jackson said she is playing one of the liars in the show.“She’s a lawyer who is outnumbered by the men at her law firm,” Jackson said. “She has to joke around to be accepted as one of the guys, even if she doesn’t agree with what they’re saying.”Whitaker said the loser section was the trickiest section to express. The losers are those who know violence is occurring but don’t do anything about it — don’t act in the moment or don’t share their survival story.“Loser is a tricky word because it’s hard to make it not sound so negative,” she said. “The actual definition is a person or thing that is put at a disadvantage by a particular situation – so it’s a temporary thing.”Gabrielle Weldy, a junior at Saint Mary’s and the stage manager for the show, said there are cast members from Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Holy Cross, the South Bend Community and Fischer Dance Company.“The cast of the show has 27 people total — a large cast for the small department,” Weldy said. “That’s not including all of the contributors — costume, set, sound and lighting.”The cast members of the production have been working two months to get the show to where it is now. Jackson said Whitakers work on this show has been especially admirable for that reason.“Usually we only get to spend one weekend with the Margaret Hill visiting artist,” Jackson said. “It’s nice that we’ve gotten to spend two months learning from her.”However, Whitaker said she has gotten a lot from the cast’s contributions to the production as well.“I’m an improviser so I live by the philosophy ‘yes and’ so I am open to people’s suggestion and building as a group,” she said. “This cast had to do with a lot of the shaping and what the script had to be as the final product.”Whitaker said Hannah Fischer, the owner of Fischer Dance Company in South Bend, has especially contributed to making the show what it is.“I had written in movement sequences to the show,” she said. “I have some dance training, but I would have never been able to do what Hannah did with the dance.“There are pre-filmed elements, a shadow puppet tree, a live quartet playing all the music and this modern dance element. Hannah Fischer is choreographing the elements.”Fischer graduated from Saint Mary’s in 2011 with a major in women’s studies and dance. Only six of the cast members are from her dance company; the rest are from the community.“This show is focusing on modern dance, but I’m working with a cast that hasn’t been trained in modern dance,” Fischer said. “The whole show is a combination of modern dance, theater and everyday movements in block features that look like dance”Jackson was one of the cast members who needed to adapt to the dance element.“I’m not a dancer — I knew nothing before,” she said.“We’re also using a lot of projection and shadow puppetry which as an actor I’m not always involved with, but it’s really fascinating and I haven’t seen it before. It’s been really cool to break down genre.”On the other hand, those who have been trained in dance have experienced a new element of acting. Saint Mary’s senior Margaret Davis and first year Elyse Paul said this is their first production with an acting role.“I think it’s really interesting how Casey is incorporating dance,” Davis said. “I think it brings it together — it keeps the audience thinking.” Fischer said the dance element is essential to delivering the message to the audience.“It’s a heavy topic, so the movement itself had to be simple to deal with that very complex conversation,” she said. “The movement itself is more about the intention and where you’re looking at and who you’re responding to rather than a line or the shape of the movement.”Those who come to the show who have experienced violence should not have to worry about triggers, Whitaker said.“I can’t say for sure, but I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised with how accessible the material is,” she said. “If one is a little too close to home, there’s eight more you might feel a little more connected with.”Fischer said the style of this show is unique, especially to the South Bend community.“This show is groundbreaking for South Bend,” she said. “Work like this isn’t done in the area.”Whitaker says the end may not be happy, but it is powerful.“All I can do is start a conversation and let people know they are not alone,” she said. “The message is empowerment, I don’t think anyone will leave and feel worse than they did when they walked in.”Tags: Casey Whitaker, Lucky Liar Loser, Second City, sexual assault
Hywind Tampen JDR Cable Systems, part of the TFKable Group, has signed a contract with Equinor for the Hywind Tampen offshore wind farm development located off Norway. Image: JDRJDR said on Thursday that it would design and manufacture eleven 66kV dynamic inter-array cables and two static export cables, each equipped with a JDR designed breakaway system and a range of cable accessories for delivery in 2022.The 2.5 km long 66kV dynamic array cables will connect to the eleven turbines in a loop, and the two static 12.9km and 16km export cables will be used to connect the loop to the Snorre A and Gullfaks A platforms.Hywind Tampen will be the first worldwide project to power oil and gas platforms – Gullfaks A, B, C and Snorre A and B – using floating offshore wind, which is more technically challenging and less mature technology than traditional fixed-foundation offshore wind.The project will consist of 11 wind turbines developed by Equinor. The turbines will have a total capacity of 88 MW, capable of meeting about 35 percent of the annual power demand of the Snorre and Gullfaks oil and gas platforms.Also, the floating wind project is in water depths of 300 meters, much deeper than any previous floating wind project.Robert Weeks, sales manager at JDR, said: “Floating wind is still in its infancy compared to fixed-foundation offshore wind, but has the potential to revolutionize how we generate power for deepwater platforms and on coastlines which only have access to deeper waters.”The power cores for the cables will be manufactured by JDR’s parent company TFKable at its Bydgoszcz factory in Poland. All the cables and accessories will be assembled at JDR’s facilities in Hartlepool UK. Equinor, along with its partners in the Snorre and Gullfaks fields, submitted a development plan of supplying power from floating offshore wind to the fields via the Hywind Tampen wind farm back in October.In the same month, Snorre and Gullfaks partners made a final investment decision for the Hywind development.The Hywind investments will total almost NOK 5 billion (around $550 million). Norwegian authorities through Enova have made a funding commitment of up to NOK 2.3 billion for the project. In addition, the Business Sector’s NOx Fund decided to support the project by up to NOK 566 million.Following the development plan submission, Equinor in late October signed contracts totaling around NOK 3.3 billion ($357.6M) for the Hywind development.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.
Young people and key stakeholders gathered at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny on the 8th of May to discuss the mental health services in the CHO 1 area.The event was held with an aim to engage with young people, HSE staff, community and voluntary groups working with young people and to discuss services in the CHO 1 area and to inform the CHO 1 Mental Health Services Reform funding application to Genio.Rural access and early intervention were among the issues identified as key priorities locally. Grace Diver, 20, who is from Moville, Co. Donegal is a youth advocate from the Rural Resource Centre.Grace spoke at a conference last year in the Radisson Blu Hotel about her own mental health issues and the services and has since partnered with the HSE to make a change in the services for young people.Grace Diver, MovilleGrace shared her views on what needs to be done to improve the services and wellbeing of young people in Donegal, “I’m from east Inishowen myself so the services are quite far away for young people and they aren’t easily accessed and there’s the lack of transport. So what I would like to see is the services coming out into the small communities and into the small areas to give better access and better support for young people. I think it would make a massive difference.”HSE Youth Mental Health seminar Radisson Letterkenny. L to R, Picture 3: L-R Lorraine Kirwan, Margaret Ann O Leary, Sinead Fallon. Photo Clive WassonThe event had a lot of people giving their ideas and thoughts on what can be done in the plans ahead for the future of the youth that are struggling with their mental health and who need more accessible care. When asked about her thoughts on the event, Grace said, “This is the second conference now I’ve been with other young people and other opinions and things like that. We have definitely come a long way with the HSE and we can start to see things moving and things start changing so it’s just about getting there and achieving that.”HSE Youth Mental Health seminar Radisson Letterkenny. L to R, Naomi Finn, Patricia O Dowd, Damien McSharry, Una Mc Ginley, Marguerite Cryan, Trish Kane Photo Clive WassonOne main strategy that is trying to be fully implemented is early intervention so that young people can get the help they need at an earlier age rather than later on in life when the issue has grown. Grace also shared her thoughts on this strategy to combat mental health: “Early intervention is the key to stopping people before it gets too far and then they need more help whereas if we had early intervention maybe all people need is one to one support and just learning how to look after themselves and self-help and self-care. Then there is the need, if it needs to go further, for young people if they are suffering more than intended but one to one support and just having someone there would be a big step.”B Row: L to R, Sharon Ferguson (Peer Support Facilitator), Teresa Dykes (General Manager, CHO1 Mental Health Services), Ita Madden (Mental Health Service Coordinator for Travellers CHO1), Patrick Nwaokorie (Area Lead Mental Health Engagement CHO 1), Sinead Fallon (Peer Support Facilitator), Sean Mc Grory (Youth/Young Adult Mental Health Development Manager) Trish Kane (Housing Coordination – Mental Health CHO1). Front Row: L to R, Leo Kinsella (Head of Service, Mental Health CHO 1), Rosaline Keenan (Service Reform Fund Lead, CHO 1), Nora McCabe (Management Accountant, Mental Health CHO 1. Photo Clive WassonRosaleen Keenan who is the Senior Manager Performance and Service Innovation, CHO 1 Mental Health Services commented, “Today’s event, based on meaningful engagement, will enable a collective approach to the development of youth mental health services with young people and key stakeholders.” ‘Rural mental health services would make a massive difference’ – Donegal youth worker was last modified: May 13th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CHO 1 Mental Health Services Reformgrace diverHSEmoville