Will Hochman on How a Basketball Injury Helped Him Win His The Sound Inside Role & More

first_imgLate BloomerThough he grew up immersed in the culture of New York City, the arts were not Hochman’s focus growing up. He spent his childhood playing basketball and baseball. “As a kid, I’d be lying in bed at night and imagining myself doing the talent shows in middle school or like auditioning for the plays and never did,” he says. “I was too afraid. It took until college to gather up the courage to walk into the theater building and take an acting class.” As soon as he tried it, he was hooked. Determined to double major in theater, Hochman sat down with the chair of the theater department during the spring of his junior year: “She’s like, ‘You don’t have enough time left.’ I said, ‘OK, I want to minor in theater.’ She’s like, ‘There are three semesters left. You don’t have enough credits. You can’t do this,’” Hochman says. “Earnestly I said, ‘No, I really want to do this. I love this.’ So, I took all the classes they would let me take and acted in all the shows I could possibly act in. But ultimately, I have a degree in economics.”Photo FinishHochman’s first big stage moment happened during his senior year of college—and he has the picture to prove it. “I played John Proctor in The Crucible. It was a night of theater to present snippets of what we were doing for the community. It was a packed house, and I did ‘This is my name.’ I remember being backstage after doing it, and I couldn’t feel my hands. My ears were bright red. I took a photo of myself. This has become sort of a documenting experience. Every time I have one of these performative moments where I feel elevated, I take a photo.” Photography is another passion of Hochman’s. “When my grandfather passed away, I got his film camera, this like old-school Pentax K1000. It says his name on the bottom: Stanley I Alperin.” Hochman even celebrated his Broadway debut by treating himself to a new Polaroid. “I’ve been snapping a lot of photos to reflect our experience back at ourselves,” he explains. “Theater is ephemeral and collaborative. It happens now, and then it leaves; so, something about pasting photos up on the wall feels right.” Will Hochman Photos by Caitlin McNaney | Video directed and edited by Kyle Gaskell Nothing But NetThough he has immersed himself in the arts, Hochman’s passion for sports has not dwindled. “I love basketball. I really do. I’ve played my whole life. I love watching the NBA. I love watching March Madness,” Hochman says. “I grew up in Brooklyn, and so I was all excited when the Nets came to Brooklyn. I’m a lifelong Knicks fan—unfortunately. My uncle is also an assistant coach in the NBA, so I’ve been cheering for whatever team he’s been a part of. I’ve had these three teams to juggle.” Which basketball star would he geek out about seeing if they paid a visit to The Sound Inside: “LeBron James, come on down.”Break a Leg Fracture a FootIt’s a performer’s job to connect with the material that they’re given. For Hochman, The Sound Inside has come into his life with a series of strange coincidences. “There’s been magic with this play the whole time,” he says. “So, go back to February 2018 last year: I wake up in the middle of the night and I’m like, ‘I need a typewriter.’ For no good reason. My birthday was coming up, and I got a typewriter.” A few days later, drinks with friends from Dead Poets Society brought up an opportunity that sparked Hochman’s interest. “They’re like, ‘We both have chemistry tests with Mary-Louise Parker for this play.’ Adam Rapp is one of my favorite playwrights. I call my manager. He sends me the script. Three pages in, no script I’ve read has hit me as hard as this script hit me. Christopher Dunn is writing his novella on a typewriter, and he’s an athlete.” Hochman sent a self-tape before the weekend of Passover; over the holiday, he played basketball with his brother: “I fracture my foot. I go to Yale hospital and get my foot put in a boot. The play takes place in at Yale. I’ve got the typewriter, and my foot in a boot that says ‘Yale’ on it. I hobble into the chemistry test with Mary-Louise Parker. This is my part.” Related Shows The Sound Inside Will Hochman is making an A+ Broadway debut as gifted, mysterious Yale student Christopher in Adam Rapp’s The Sound Inside at Studio 54. He originated the role at Williamstown Theatre Festival alongside Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker, who plays his professor, Bella Baird. Hochman himself has a degree in economics from Colby College. In fact, it wasn’t until he was 20 that he decided he wanted to try acting. The Brooklyn native has since appeared in Sweat at the Mark Taper Forum, Dead Poets Society at Classic Stage Company and onscreen in Let Him Go, Critical Thinking, Paterno and more. Now, all eyes are on him and Parker in this intriguing new play. Broadway.com sat down with Hochman to discuss fracturing his foot right before his audition for The Sound Inside, which NBA star he’d geek out over seeing in the audience and more. View Commentscenter_img MLP’s Hot TakeHochman is thrilled to “go toe-to-toe” with Mary-Louise Parker eight times a week: “The first performance, my heart was pounding. I open the door and look at Mary-Louise. I say the line to her, and she says the line to me, and I calm down. Breathe into it. We do our lines. The show ends. People clap and Mary-Louise and I squeeze hands. She gives me this look. It was something like, ‘Here we go,’” he says. “She is a special one. She’s a titan. [I’ve learned] so much just from being on stage and rehearsing with her. The things that I can soak in are unbelievable.” One of the biggest takeaways yet from his on and offstage teacher? “Mary-Louise Parker once said that she thinks all cupcakes should be mini,” Hochman says. “I like that a lot.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:37Loaded: 6.31%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:37 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Odds & Ends: Jessica Vosk Among Stars Tapped for Pride Concert Benefit & More

first_imgJessica Vosk(Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Breast Cancer Research Foundation) View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently.Jessica Vosk and More to Sing Out for the Ali Forney CenterThe eighth annual Night of A Thousand Judys, the Pride concert to benefit the Ali Forney Center, written and hosted by Justin Sayre, will be presented on July 14 at 8PM ET. Performers will include Jessica Vosk, George Salazar, Lena Hall, Natalie Douglas, Eva Noblezada, Nathan Lee Graham, Adam Pascal, Beth Malone, Alice Ripley, Ann Harada, T. Oliver Reid, Spencer Day and more. The Ali Forney Center is the nation’s largest agency dedicated to helping LGBTQ homeless youth. Watch the concert and donate to the cause here.New York Magazine Co-Founder & Artist Milton Glaser Dies at 91Milton Glaser, whose creativity resulted in the original artwork for Angels in America among other well-recognized pieces, passed away on June 26 at the age of 91. According to New York Magazine, which he co-founded in 1967, he died of natural causes. A Bronx native, the visionary illustrator, graphic designer and art director created notable works throughout his incredible career, such as Brooklyn Brewery’s longstanding symbol and, of course, the iconic logo for one’s affection towards New York.Actors’ Equity Asks Walt Disney World to Delay ReopeningThe Actors’ Equity Association, the labor union representing actors and stage managers in live theater, has publicly asked that Disney delay the reopening of Walt Disney World and commit to regularly testing its returning workers for COVID-19. The New York Times reports that the state of Florida is now a hot spot for the virus; Equity has expressed concern that not enough testing has been planned for the parks’ actors who are unable to use face masks when performing unlike other park workers. The union represents about 600 actors at Disney World, out of a total workforce of 77,000 employees at the theme park resort. A petition asking theme park executives and government officials to push back reopening has gathered nearly 17,000 signatures.Broadway’s Sandy Rosenberg Has DiedStage actor Sandy Rosenberg has passed away. Friends and fellow performers have shared the news and paid tribute to her on Facebook. She made her Broadway debut in 1997 in The Scarlet Pimpernel and was a longtime cast member in Mamma Mia! She also appeared on the national tours of Les Miz and Jekyll & Hyde. She is survived by her husband Sidney Meltzer.The Book of Mormon Buds Josh Gad & Andrew Rannells ReuniteBroadway alum and Frozen fave Josh Gad announced on Twitter that he and his fellow Book of Mormon Tony nominee Andrew Rannells reunite on the latest episode of the animated Apple TV series Central Park. They are performing two new songs on the show, which Gad co-created. The series’ voice cast also includes Leslie Odom Jr., Tituss Burgess, Daveed Diggs and more. Get a sneak preview at the songs below.last_img read more

Six & More West End Productions Announce Plans to Reopen

first_imgSome very exciting news has arrived from across the pond! The hit musical Six is slated to become the first West End musical to reopen since theaters shut down as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Six has company: Nimax Theatres plans to reopen all six of its West End venues, including the Apollo, Duchess, Garrick, Lyric, Palace and Vaudeville Theatres, beginning this fall.“On the six-month anniversary of the last performance in the West End I am delighted to announce that we will be switching on all our lights and re-opening with a special season of fantastic entertainment,” Nimax Chief Executive Nica Burns said in a statement.First up will Adam Kay’s This Is Going to Hurt, which focuses on his time as a doctor in Britain’s National Health Service (NHS). It will play the Apollo Theatre, home to the musical Everbody’s Talking About Jamie, beginning on October 23 through November 8. There will be a free show for NHS staff members on October 22. Those interested can apply for tickets on a lottery system here. Six will play nine shows each week and temporarily move from its home at the Arts Theatre to the Lyric Theatre for a limited run from November 14 through January 31, 2021. To maintain social distancing guidelines, the theater will have reduced capacity. All audience members must wear masks.The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre and Magic Goes Wrong at the Vaudeville Theatre are also slated to return this November and December, respectively. Nimax is also working to bring back Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre early next year. Details regarding those reopenings will be announced later.Harry Potter and the Cursed Child producer Sonia Friedman noted, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will definitely return to the West End once social distancing has ended, the Palace Theatre can safely and viably play to full capacity eight times per week, and we have a government backed insurance scheme. Whist we are desperate to be back as soon as possible, given the sheer scale, expense and complexity of our magical show we will need many months’ notice to reignite our huge production, build a box office advance and give everyone enough time to plan.”As previously announced, the Garrick Theatre will be home to The Drifters Girl musical in 2021. View Commentslast_img read more

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgShawnee Mission Health photo via Facebook.Shawnee Mission Health earns five-star rating from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid. Merriam-based Shawnee Mission Health was the only hospital in the Kansas City area to earn a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS uses data from seven categories, including mortality, patient experience and timeliness, to develop the star rankings. Just 2.2 percent of the 4,600 hospitals included in the survey earned a five-star designation.Ousely calls for resignation of Department of Children and Families secretary. Merriam Rep. Jarrod Ousely and Wichita Rep. Jim Ward on Wednesday called for the resignation of Kansas Department of Children and Families Secretary Phyllis Gilmore after the results of a legislative audit of the department found serious deficiencies. “The findings of the report are chilling,” Ousely said in a release. “Kansas children deserve better. I will continue to fight to fix DCF for the benefit of every child placed in their care.” [State audit: DCF fails to ensure safety of children in foster care — Kansas City Star]Mission police hosting car seat safety check Saturday. Mission police will be on hand at the Mission Farm and Flower Market this Saturday, July 30, to offer free car seat installation inspections between 8 a.m. and noon. To have your seat inspected, make an appointment by calling 913-676-8300 ext. 8857 or emailing the department here.Northeast Johnson County morning roundup is brought to you by Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop on Johnson Drive. For updates on the latest blends and specialty drinks available, follow them on Facebook.last_img read more

Training Can Increase Empathy

first_imgScientific American: Can you train someone to be a nicer person? A recent study using meditation techniques shows that it might be possible. The research is published in the journal Psychological Science. [Helen Y. Weng et al, Compassion Training Alters Altruism and Neural Responses to Suffering]One group of subjects learned to practice what’s called “compassionate meditation” by focusing on a specific person while repeating a phrase like, “May you be free from suffering.”Read the whole story: Scientific Americanlast_img

Generation 8s bought at Bauma

first_imgAt Bauma 2019, which took place in Munich, Germany, last month, earth works specialist Meyer Erdbau decided to purchase five Liebherr Generation 8 crawler excavators.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Liebherr and Meyer Erdbau meet at BaumaThe German company’s base is in the state of Brandenburg and the business is active in the capital city Berlin. One R 926, one R 930 and three R 938s will be added to the company’s fleet in the region.The company was especially convinced by the expert advice it received from the sales and technical office of Liebherr, and the machines are equipped with an undercarriage with 3 m (10 ft) wide monoblock boom, as well as the Likufix quick coupler system.The photo shows (from left): Koessinger Frederik (Liebherr Hydraulikbagger); Till Triqueneaux (Liebherr France); Marcus Morgner (Liebherr-Baumaschinen Vertriebs- und Service GmbH in Berlin); Thomas Meyer (Meyer Erdbau); Martin Schickel (Liebherr France), Jan Liebherr (Liebher -International) and Ulrich Klar (Liebherr-Baumaschinen Vertriebs- und Service).last_img read more

Los Angeles sewage spill brings closure of some beaches

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: July 20, 2016 12:23 PM EDT Updated: July 20, 2016 4:47 PM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) – About 5 miles of Southern California beaches remained closed Wednesday due to a massive sewage spill that flowed into the Los Angeles River.A buried pipe near downtown Los Angeles collapsed Monday, causing a blockage and a spill of 2.4 million gallons of raw sewage onto streets and into storm drains that feed into the river, which empties into Long Beach harbor 20 miles downstream.Crews managed to contain, divert or vacuum up at least 750,000 gallons, but the rest flowed into the river.About 4 miles of sand in Long Beach and a mile of coast in neighboring Seal Beach were closed to swimmers and waders while health officials tested the waters for bacteria. Health officials must record two consecutive days of test results showing the beaches are safe“It’s a little bit unlikely that none of it got to the end of the river when you have over a million gallons spilled,” said Nelson Kerr, a Long Beach health official.The sewage leak was initially stopped Monday night, but another rupture occurred during repairs. It was finally stopped Tuesday and an above-ground bypass system was being built so repairs and cleanup could get underway, said Adel Hagekhalil, assistant director of Los Angeles Sanitation.Warning signs and flags were up along the closed beaches and lifeguards shooed away some visitors.“Just pure disappointment,” beachgoer Francisco Aleman of Lake Elsinore told KABC-TV. “My little sister, she wanted to come to the beach forever, the whole summer…she gets here and it’s like, you can’t get in, so what’s the point, you know?”The closure was a financial hit for M&M Surfing School of Seal Beach, which had to cancel classes for 70 students at a loss of $85 each.“Nobody went out,” owner Michael Pless said. “The bummer is I have people coming from all over the world. I have people from England, Sweden. I had people flying in to meet me.”Pless said he took some younger students, whose parents had dropped them off, to his home pool and Jacuzzi.“They didn’t get to surf but they got to play,” Pless said.The 1929 concrete, tiled-lined pipe that broke was 18 feet underground, while more recent pipes are 80 to 100 feet below, Hagekhalil said.The top collapsed and choked the pipe with debris, creating an overflow.The cause of the collapse wasn’t clear.The pipe had been scheduled for replacement in two years. “It just did not wait for us,” Hagekhalil said. SHARE Los Angeles sewage spill brings closure of some beaches last_img read more

Top German court seeks comments on patent court challenge

first_imgThe long-drawn out process of setting up a unified patent regime for Europe has hit a new delay, with the German Constitutional Court extending its deadline for comments about the credibility of a legal challenge. The Bundesverfassungsgericht (BVerfG) said today it will accept submissions until 31 December instead of 31 October – meaning no decision on whether to hear the case will be made until at least next year. As a result, German ratification of the underlying treaty is on hold. The challenge, filed by Düsseldorf intellectual property attorney Ingve Stjerna, questions the constitutionality of the German legislation enabling ratification. A spokesperson for the court told the Gazette the challenge ‘claims a violation of the limits deriving from the right to democracy with respect to the transfer of sovereign powers.’The case also alleges:Violation of the ‘qualified majority requirement’ under German law. This stipulates that a majority of two thirds of the members of the German parliament and Federal Council must rule on anything that transfers sovereign powers to European institutions;Democratic and rule of law deficits in relation to the legislative powers of the UPC;Lack of independence and democratic legitimacy of UPC judges;Allegations that the UPC agreement is incompatible with European Union law.Organisations that have been asked to submit comments include; the Federal Bar Association, the German Lawyers’ Association the European Lawyers’ Association. The European Patent Office, which will grant unitary patents once they come into force, has also been invited to comment.‘During the further course of the proceedings it is possible that the court may ask additional agencies to submit statements,’ the court added.The UPC, which will hear disputes related to unitary patents, has been beset with delays – not even counting the complications of Brexit. One of the court’s major divisions is set to be housed in Aldgate Tower in the City of London. It will, on occasion, have to refer certain matters to the Court of Justice of the EU. The UK Intellectual Property Office stresses that the CJEU’s role will be restricted to issues of interpretation in limited areas where EU law impacts on patent law. The UK government, despite pledging to end the jurisdiction of the CJEU after Brexit, has said it plans to honour commitments to sign up to the patent agreement. Parliament is to debate a statutory instrument that will give the court ‘legal personality’in the coming weeks.However, the German challenge puts the entire project in doubt, as Germany and the UK’s ratification is required before the agreement goes ahead.  The committee tasked with implementing the court has already conceded that the planned start date of December this year will not be met.last_img read more

Thameslink Programme starts to take off

first_imgUK: ‘We are about to break cover’, commented Andrew Mitchell following a presentation to the Institution of Engineering & Technology in London on February 10. As Network Rail’s Major Programme Director for the Thameslink Programme, he is looking forward to March 22, when the past four years of preparation for the £5·5bn upgrade of London’s north-south cross-city line (RG 3.08 p172) becomes properly visible to the line’s 36 million passengers/year and the capital’s inhabitants.According to Mitchell, preparatory work is well advanced for this month’s timetable change, code-named Key Output 0. This will see the closure of the Farringdon – Moorgate branch and changes to the service patterns clearing the way for the start of reconstruction. Enabling works include construction of a new footbridge at Farringdon to improve interchange to London Underground’s Circle Line, and a temporary entrance at Blackfriars station. LU’s District Line platforms at Blackfriars close on March 2 for around 2½ years, during which time the main line station, which is partly sited on a bridge over the Thames, will be completely dismantled and rebuilt at a cost of £500m while the trains keep running. By the time the first phase, or Key Output 1, is completed at the end of 2011, both Blackfriars and Farringdon will have been rebuilt to accommodate 12-car trains running at 16 trains/h. As part of the work a new 20 MW traction substation is being built at Blackfriars, which Mitchell says will be the largest on the 750 V DC third-rail network.After a short pause during the 2012 Olympics, work on the second phase will begin in 2013. This includes complete reconstruction of London Bridge station and new grade-separated approach tracks, plus the completion of a connecting spur from the low-level platforms at St Pancras to the East Coast Main Line. Installation of an ETCS/ATO signalling overlay will allow the operation of 24 trains/h through the core section, with a minimum design headway of 120 sec. The Department for Transport has started procurement of 110 new 240 m and 160 m long EMUs to work the upgraded route. By the time that Key Output 2 is completed at the end of 2015, Mitchell says, the passenger capacity of the route will have been increased by 450%.last_img read more

Walter Presents: Ride Upon the Storm season 2 coming to Channel 4 in April

first_img Credit: Tine Harden / Walter Presents Credit: Tine Harden / Walter Presents Credit: Tine Harden / Walter Presents Credit: Tine Harden / Walter Presents Credit: Tine Harden / Walter Presents Walter Presents: Ride Upon the Storm will debut on Channel 4 on 5th April at 11pm.The series comes from Adam Price and stars Lars Mikkelsen, Ann Eleonora Jørgensen and Simon Sears.18 months on from the tragic death of August, each member of the Krogh family is coping in different ways. Wracked with grief, Johannes continues his spiralling path of self-destruction while Elisabeth tries to make contact with August in the spiritual world. If their marriage is to survive, some truths must be shared.Emilie, now a single mother, has distanced herself from the church and Christian buries himself in his writing, trying to avoid his guilt of being unable to prevent the catastrophic accident. Have the family’s past mistakes tempted the devil? Or could this be a chance to prove their unwavering faith? After all, God works in mysterious ways.Lars Mikkelsen an International Emmy for his role as besmirched priest Johannes and Ann Eleonora Jørgensen, who plays Elisabeth, won two Best Actress awards at the Danish Film Awards.Walter Presents: Ride Upon the Storm season 2 will premiere on Channel 4 at 11pm on 5th April. The full boxset will be available on All 4 immediately after the transmission of the first episode. Preview the series with our gallery below: Credit: Tine Harden / Walter Presentscenter_img Credit: Tine Harden / Walter Presents Credit: Tine Harden / Walter Presents Credit: Tine Harden / Walter Presents Credit: Tine Harden / Walter Presents Credit: Tine Harden / Walter Presentslast_img read more