Jeanie Hackett

5,532 Added | 28 Magazines | 8 Likes | 26 Following | 2,784 Followers | @purejeanie | I'm an actor / director / acting coach & teacher / author & sometime artistic director. My virtual space, THE WORKROOM at = a resource for all things acting + creative process + theater art. My strength = making connections: between a play & an audience, a text & a vision, between who you are in the work & who you can become. My goal: to embolden you to claim all your promise as an artist. Come in, find something. Let's work.

At First Performance of ‘My Fair Lady,’ the Drama Was Offstage

NEW HAVEN — The snow was coming down. The turntables didn’t turn. The star refused to perform. The cast was dismissed, thinking that that night’s show would not go on.<p>Yet “My Fair Lady” opened improbably, triumphantly, to its first paying audience on that Saturday, Feb. 4, 1956, at the Shubert …

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After ‘Hamlet’ and ‘King Lear,’ Where Else Can Paapa Essiedu Go?

LONDON — No one from the Royal Shakespeare Company was sure if Paapa Essiedu would have time for an interview recently. He was busy rehearsing the title role in “Hamlet” while also preparing for “King Lear,” in which he is playing Edmund alongside Antony Sher.<p>Both productions were about to travel …

The Arts

Review: ‘This Flat Earth’ Traces Childhood Fears No Parent Can Allay

The time, it seems, has finally arrived for a certain father-daughter talk, the kind of conversation that parents dread. But for Dan, a single dad, and Julie, a very unworldly 13-year-old, the subject isn’t the awkward Topic A that has fueled so many frantic scenes in sitcoms.<p>It’s not the mysteries …

Flat Earth

19th-Century Playbills to Be Restored and Digitized

Hundreds of playbills mostly from 19th-century New York theater performances will be restored and digitized, thanks to a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities to the Museum of the City of New York.<p>The museum’s collection consists of about 700 of these broadsides, many of which are …


Cancer immunotherapy

Focus<p>Focus home<br>• Reviews & Perspectives<br>• News & Comment<br>• Additional content<p>Cancer immunotherapy – the targeting or use of immune system components to kill …


A Healthy Gut Is the Secret to Better Sleep, Clear Skin, and Less Stress

They don’t call it the “second brain” for nothing. The gut microbiome, which consists of no less than 100 trillion bacteria, affects everything from skin health and sex drive to energy levels and hormone balance. How, exactly? The gut has its own nervous system called the enteric nervous system …


5 Psychological Principles for Maintaining a Happy Marriage

It all comes down to prioritizing the positive.<p>By<p>Apr 05 2018, 7:21 PM<p>Marriage takes work. We know this, you know this, everyone knows this. But what …


When do you know you're old enough to die? Barbara Ehrenreich has some answers

With her latest book, Natural Causes, Barbara Ehrenreich notes that there’s an age at which death no longer requires much explanation<p>Four years ago, Barbara Ehrenreich, 76, reached the realisation that she was old enough to die. Not that the author, journalist and political activist was sick; she …

Breast Cancer

Patient Voices: Psoriasis

The scaly, itchy skin of can be embarrassing and even painful. What is it like to live with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis? Five men, women and children speak about living with this disorder.


What We Know (and Don’t Know) About How to Lose Weight

The endless array of diets that claim to help you shed pounds tend to fall into two camps: low fat or low carbohydrate. Some companies even claim that genetics can tell us which diet is better for which people.<p>A rigorous recent study sought to settle the debate, and it had results to disappoint …

Holistic Medicine
Hearing Loss

Patient Voices: Restless Leg Syndrome

Creepy-crawly, itchy, tingly, aching legs — while different people may describe restless leg syndrome differently the results are the same: sleepless nights and restless days. What is it like to be diagnosed with R.L.S.? Six men and women speak about their experiences. (Join the discussion here.)

Fitness in Midlife May Help Fend Off Dementia

Being physically fit in midlife may reduce a woman’s risk for dementia.<p>In 1968, Swedish researchers evaluated the cardiovascular fitness of 191 women ages 38 to 60, testing their endurance with an ergometer cycling test. Then they examined them periodically through 2012. Over the years, 44 women …


Coffee Drinkers Need Cancer Warning, Judge Rules, Giving Sellers the Jitters

Coffee sellers are mulling how to fight a California judge’s ruling that would require the beverage to be branded with cancer warning labels.<p>The National Coffee Association, whose members include Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts, said in a statement on Thursday that it was “currently considering all of …


Is This Tissue a New Organ? Maybe. A Conduit for Cancer? It Seems Likely.

Researchers have made new discoveries about the in-between spaces in the human body, and some say it’s time to rewrite the anatomy books.<p>A study published in Scientific Reports this week described a fluid-filled, 3-D latticework of collagen and elastin connective tissue that can be found all over …

Dental Care

A Reckoning With an Imperfect Science in ‘Blue Dreams’

<b>BLUE DREAMS</b> <b><br>The Science and the Story of the Drugs That Changed Our Minds</b><br>By Lauren Slater<br>400 pp. Little, Brown & Company. $28.<p>In 1988, Lauren Slater put a single cream-and-green pill in her mouth and, with a sip of water, became one of the first patients in the United States to take Prozac. She also …


Risotto From Sri Lanka Is Just as Good

AGAZZANO, Italy — If you’re tired of reading terrible things about immigrants — how they never integrate, how they rape and steal, how they deal drugs, how they create “no-go zones” in European cities — here’s a success story to ponder. I’d say there are millions of such stories across Europe.<p>It …

Sri Lanka

Those 2-Minute Walk Breaks? They Add Up

Walk for two minutes. Repeat 15 times. Or walk for 10 minutes, thrice. The benefits for longevity appear to be almost exactly the same, according to an inspiring new study of physical activity patterns and life spans.<p>It finds that exercise does not have to be prolonged in order to be beneficial. It …


What It Was Like to Finally Write My Will

Did you know Prince died without a will? It’s true!<p>All that money, and one of the greatest performers I ever saw onstage didn’t spend a little of it on sorting out his estate? It amazes me.<p>Death is inevitable, but we continue to make long-term bets: My wife, Jeanne, and I might have enough …


Why Now May (Finally) Be Meg Wolitzer’s Moment

Meg Wolitzer’s new novel, “The Female Persuasion,” seems uncannily timely, a prescient marriage of subject and moment that addresses a great question of the day: how feminism passes down, or not, from one generation to the next.<p>But Ms. Wolitzer, who is 58, wanted less to write some sort of State of …


At the theater, eager anticipation for Manville, Irons, 'Soft Power' and more

The best shows I’ve seen in 2018, Michael Michetti’s (still running) production of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” at Boston Court Performing Arts Center and Richard Nelson’s production of Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” at the Old Globe, were classic plays treated as though they were …

Jeremy Irons

6 of the best love poems for World Poetry Day 2018

World Poetry Day is today, so what a perfect time to get stuck into some beautiful words.<p>Love is a common theme in poetry.<p>After all, it’s an emotion …


9 Poets to Know for World Poetry Day

Though April is the more official “Poetry Month,” today marks World Poetry Day, a 24-hour period incepted by UNESCO in 1999 to recognize and appreciate the form’s ability to transcend language, culture, and human differences. And while, in our digital-crazed world, it might be more tempting to …


Eating chia seeds every day cleared up my skin — here are 6 reasons why you should eat them too

Nearly everyone has their healthy go-to — a specific supplement, fruit or vegetable that they'll tell you changed their life. I've usually taken that advice with a grain of salt, assuming a single ingredient can't drastically change your body. But once I found my go-to, I realized I had been …

Chia Seeds

Be Unreasonable in Pursuing Your Goals

There is no law of attraction, just the law of action.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I’m not the smartest guy out there. When I can’t beat you in words, I can beat you in work. A lot of you spend too much time thinking, reading, planning and strategizing, yet you never …


Feeling intense shame can turn some people into narcissists — here's how

When was the last time you felt shame? Maybe you were embarrassed in front of your colleagues, or you felt guilty because you let someone down. Whatever it was, you'll remember it wasn't a nice feeling.<p>Many of us can eventually shake off the discomfort and get on with our lives. But others find it …