Tucked into a corner of Roosevelt Island near The Octagon and the Octagon Park tennis courts is a small gem of a Romanesque church that many Islanders have never noticed. It’s the home of the Dayspring Church headed by Dr. Olusegon Obed, or – as he is known to his parishioners – “Pastor O.”
Says Meredith Bergmann, “My hope is that ... anyone who’s dealing with a really crippling problem – a disability that constrains them, will feel inspired to overcome... will feel encouraged, and made bold by this.”
“I’ve danced on Broadway stages; I’ve danced on stages all over the world. I’ve danced at the Kennedy center for two different Presidents; I’ve danced everywhere,” but when it comes to the Main Street Theatre and Dance Alliance (MST&DA), Executive Director Owen Johnston is sticking to the inside office. “I don’t teach anything at MST. I’ve not been seen on a MST stage in any kind of performance capacity, ever,” he says.
Doug Brandt’s 20-year career in theatre took a giant step forward on Sunday, March 23. That evening, the first staged reading of his new musical play, A Great Infidelity, drew a capacity audience at the Emerging Artists Theatre on 28th Street.
“Why do I have to clean my room and pick up my stuff?” Has there ever been a parent of a teenager who has not heard that complaint? The mother of Fr. Kevin Malik, recently appointed priest of the Island’s St. Frances Cabrini parish, was no exception. Her response to young Kevin was simple, “If it’s yours, take pride in it.”