When Rodney “Rock” Williams watches the demolition of the last vestiges of the former Winchester Arms plant in Newhallville, he sees more than childhood memories and the neighborhood’s past slipping away. He sees the alarming potential for the neighborhood’s political power to slip away too.
Doug Hausladen came to East Rock looking to make an elusive sale: a flexible parking space designed to bridge the gap between meter-wary merchants who need more on-street parking and neighbors who want to park their cars on the streets where they live.
Daniel Shaw, the artistic director for the New Haven Oratorio Choir, wants people to audition for the choir. He also wants the choir to audition for them.
That’s the idea behind the choir’s open rehearsal, which is coming up on Sept. 13 at the Church of the Redeemer on Whitney Avenue. The open rehearsal is a chance for people interested in joining to see what being in the Oratorio Choir is all about, even beyond the singing.
Two Connecticut politicians who have ardently defended New Haven’s status as a sanctuary city promised supporters that they would continue to protect local immigrants from what they see as unjust federal orders of deportation.
On Tuesday afternoon last week, a funeral was taking place in Edgerton Park.
It was for Juliet (Courtney Jamison), who was a part of the procession until she lay down on a bed prepared for her. As musicians played in the background, Juliet’s mother Lady Capulet (Samantha Dena Smith) covered her in a white sheet, then joined the tableau of grief-stricken characters onstage. Director Raphael Massie surveyed the proceedings with approval, making only minor adjustments.
“Sam,” Massie said, “can you have a moment after you put the sheet on her? Something with your daughter.”
They ran the scene again, and this time, Smith knelt down and placed a small kiss on Juliet’s shrouded head. It worked. It made Lady Capulet more human, not simply a noblewoman in a Shakespeare play, but a mother grieving for her child.