What Good Came from the End of Dawson’s Creek & More Lessons from Children of a Lesser God’s Joshua Jackson on Show People

first_imgThough he may be well-known for making hearts flutter during his time on Dawson’s Creek, Joshua Jackson has grown so much since the days of Pacey Witter puppy love. The actor is making his Broadway debut in the emotionally wrenching love story of Children of a Lesser God alongside fellow Great White Way newcomer Lauren Ridloff. He calls the theater his “happy place,” one that has reminded him why he loves to perform time and time again. In addition, he’s got Showtime’s steamy fourth season of The Affair premiering in June and a big year ahead as he turns 40. Here’s what we learned from the stage and screen star as he chatted about his close connection with Ridloff, learning American Sign Language (ASL), his stage start alongside Patrick Stewart, the review he can still recite and more on this week’s Show People with Paul Wontorek. 3. HE’S LOOKING FORWARD TO THE BIG 4-0“I didn’t put a timeline on coming to Broadway, but it is an excellent birthday present for 40. Every year that clicks by is another year where I think, ‘I can’t believe I still get to tell stories for a living. This is amazing!” Other must-read highlights:ON MAKING HIS BROADWAY DEBUT“The experience of doing a play is such a joyful thing. It’s not the place where I spend the bulk of my work life, so when I do get the opportunity to come and do it, it’s because something really specific that I want to be a part of, a story that I want to tell. To walk up to work every day and and walk onto a Broadway stage is a pretty magical feeling for an actor.”ON SHARING THE STAGE WITH LAUREN RIDLOFF“She never ever leaves my eyes. There’s like this rope tied between the two of us when we’re on stage together. That bond is a joy to experience every night.”ON THE DISCOVERY OF CO-STAR LAUREN RIDLOFF“Kenny Leon was putting together a read-through and had assembled a bunch of people. He called me up. He said, ‘I’ve found everybody else, but I haven’t found my leading lady. I do have this woman, who has been teaching me ASL, who for purposes of the read-through, I think would be amazing.’ She comes in on day one of rehearsal, and we get to the climactic scene in the play where Sarah uses her voice. Lauren says, through her interpreter, ‘I haven’t spoken out loud since I was 13.’ Flash forward the next day, we’re going through the play with people watching. We finally get to that scene. There’s this electricity building, and when she let it go it was a nearly indescribable experience. It was just this raw, emotional outpouring. It was one of those moments that can only happen in a live space. Kenny and I went out to get a drink afterwards, and I was like, ‘Man, that’s the whole thing right there.’”ON CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD’S INTENSITY“When we get it right, it will really just tear your heart out of your chest. It’s the perverse reason why we go to the theater.”ON LEARNING ASL“Particularly for a leading man and leading lady, it’s important to get to know each other, to sort of understand who each other are, especially if you’re going to places that are uncomfortable. I had done quite a bit of work before I got to rehearsal, but had a lot more work yet to do just to get the language of the play down. So we would spend a day in rehearsal, and then she, I and Alexandria Wailes, our ASL director for the show, would then just break out another four hours and slowly but surely build me into a place where I was at like a post-toddler level in that language.”ON THE END OF DAWSON’S CREEK“It was such a long and ultimately complete experience because we knew we were going to end it when we were going to end it. So it was just this tremendous sense of relief. To be perfectly honest, I was quite burnt out at the end of Dawson’s Creek. There were many satisfying moments throughout that experience, but there were also many unsatisfying moments. If I could have ended it a couple of years earlier than we did, I would have.”ON FINDING HIS HAPPY PLACE IN THE THEATER“After Dawson’s Creek ended, I knew within a couple of months that I was going to go and do David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre with Patrick Stewart. The plays that I’ve worked on in my life have all been very specific to a time in my life where there was a challenge or a question that I needed to have answered for myself. To put myself in Mamet’s language in the West End, a two-hander with just Patrick Stewart, is about the deepest of the deep end that you can possibly go into. He is such a skilled theater actor. If he had wanted to slaughter me onstage just to showcase his talents, he absolutely could have done that. That was within his power. But he’s not that man. He was incredibly gracious in allowing my learning curve—which was very steep for that show. Seeing his joy in it and discovering my own joy in it, I thought, ‘Oh right! I’m an actor. This is really truly what I want to do. I love this.’”ON HIS ADVICE TO YOUNG PERFORMERS“Care less about being pretty. There’s a whole industry built around frivolous, external things, which is actually worse now than when I was doing Dawson’s Creek because social media didn’t exist yet. Be honest with yourself: what is it that you love about this job? If you love the part where you’re in a scene with another human being and something magical can happen and a wise voice can give you a little direction and an idea that hadn’t occurred to you can come out, then take the time. The gray hairs and the wrinkles are the good stuff. If you take real joy out of this, and you continue to feed it, you put everything that you have into it and it feeds you back. The truth of the matter is, it’s the chasing the bright shiny thing that kills a lot of the joy.”Watch the full episode of Show People with Paul Wontorek below! 1. BREATH MINTS WERE USED IN THE MAKING OF THIS SEXY POSTER“We shot the photo for the Children of a Lesser God poster about halfway through the out-of-town run last summer, so we were quite used to being in each other’s faces at that point. Lots of breath mints were involved.” Show Closed This production ended its run on May 27, 2018 Star Files Related Showscenter_img View Comments Interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.Did you know Show People is available as a podcast? Listen to your favorite stars talk Broadway and beyond on your way to work, the gym, the theater and more on iTunes and Spotify. 2. THERE’S ONE REVIEW HE CAN STILL QUOTE“I did have one scathingly bad review during A Life in the Theatre, which is of course, the only review that I remember. But it was brilliantly bad. The critic said I looked like, ‘an American cockroach that had been flipped on its back trying to right itself onstage.’ That’s pretty bad. It’s only been 17 years. I’m sure I’ll forget about it eventually. The Evening Standard. Oh yes, I remember.” Children of a Lesser God Joshua Jacksonlast_img read more

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Village Presbyterian’s new childcare center traces its roots to the church’s founding more than 60 years ago

first_imgCenter Director Rosemary Marshall with some of the younger childcare family.Providing childcare has been part of the vision of Village Presbyterian Church since its founding. A new childcare center at the church’s Meneilly Center campus is just the latest evidence of that commitment.“This was part of Dr. Bob’s dream, to get this established,” said Rosemary Marshall, the director of the Village Church Child and Family Development Center. She is talking about Dr. Robert Meneilly, the founding pastor of Village Church and a namesake for the Rev. Robert and Shirley Meneilly Center for Mission at 99th and Mission Road, which houses the childcare center, food pantry, clothing closet, computer ministry, Boy Scouts and other church mission programs.Marshall traces the origins of the church commitment to childcare back more than 60 years to its founding when Shirley Meneilly started women’s circles and childcare was offered while the mothers got together. The circles grew and childcare along with it. Then the culture changed and childcare was a necessity for working mothers. The Village Church commitment to provide childcare grew along with the changes. “This has gone with the changes in our culture,” said Marshall, who has been part of the program for 34 years.The new childcare center, which opened last week, increases the capacity from 92 children to 132 and it is already full. The childcare center has been in operation at the mission center since 1995. The center, which has eight classrooms, offers care for children from six months to five years. The new center has safe rooms for storms, community meeting rooms and large play area rooms plus a kitchen and eating area for the children.Parents from as far away as Olathe and North Kansas City have brought their children to the center. “They are giving us their prize possession,” Marshall said. The children in care at the center get the same instruction as offered during the shorter pre-school hours offered at the church at 67th and Mission.Any religion is accepted at the center and scholarships are available to families who cannot afford the tuition. “We’re a family,” Marshall said. “Family helps out family,”The new Village Presbyterian center offers plenty of social interaction.Active learning and exploring is part of the day.last_img read more

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Goldberg wins Bar Journal writing award

first_imgGoldberg wins Bar Journal writing award G oldberg wins Bar Journal writing award Fred O. Goldberg was selected as the recipient of the 2011 Florida Bar Journal Excellence in Writing Award by the Journal & News Editorial Board for his article “Enforcement of Settlements: A Jurisdictional Perspective” (July/Aug 2011).Each year, a committee of the editorial board selects a recipient of the award based on the writing quality, substance, difficulty, and style of the article.Goldberg is a shareholder with Berger Singerman’s dispute resolution team in Miami. His practice concentrates in complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts, including real estate and mortgage-related disputes, jurisdictional and venue issues, and domestic and international arbitrations and appeals. He received his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.The article is available on the Journal ’s website, www.floridabar.org/journal. June 15, 2012 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Smith remains “on schedule” with retirement plans

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — Steve Smith’s final NFL season wasn’t supposed to go like this.The 36-year-old wide receiver is still playing at a high level in his 15th year, but the 1-5 Ravens are off to the worst start in franchise history after many publications coined them a preseason favorite to win Super Bowl 50. Making matters worse, Smith is still managing the pain of four micro fractures in his back suffered on Oct. 1, an injury that sidelined him from only one game.Even though he hasn’t use the word “retirement” when asked about his future recently, Smith says his plans remained unchanged from when he announced in August that this would be his final season.“I’m taking it one game at a time — not really focusing on that other stuff,” Smith said on Wednesday. “I’m on schedule for what I discussed earlier in the year, and I’m enjoying it with the wins and losses.”Already with 36 catches for 510 yards and three touchdowns in only five games, Smith was even asked by the Arizona media on Wednesday whether he’s having second thoughts about retirement.No one watching Smith play in 2015 can fully be convinced that he’s ready to hang up his cleats, especially with the Ravens languishing in last place and already trailing AFC North-leading Cincinnati by five games.“I’m still on schedule to go and do things that my family and I have scheduled and said we’re going to do,” Smith said in his conference call with the Arizona media. “Until something changes, which I don’t foresee happening, I’m on schedule for what I announced earlier in the year.”The Ravens’ struggles at the wide receiver position beyond Smith are no secret as 2015 first-round pick Breshad Perriman has yet to play this season after injuring his knee on the first day of training camp. Other young receivers such as Kamar Aiken and Marlon Brown haven’t established themselves as starting-caliber options, forcing quarterback Joe Flacco to rely heavily on the elder statesman of the group.Though intending to retire, Smith remains under contract through the 2016 season after signing a three-year, $10.5 million with Baltimore in 2014.Has anyone within the Ravens brass tried to convince him to play one more season?“Man, we’re 1-5. You think they would be talking about persuading [me]?” Smith said. “We’re trying to fix all the damn holes in this boat right now. That’s what we’re focusing on. Our focus is on Arizona.“People keep saying that I avoid the question. It’s not about avoiding. This is a week-to-week season. It’s a week-to-week game. Every game presents its own issues, so I can’t keep following with, ‘This is how I feel.’”last_img read more

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