Devin Day, meet the Tonys
At least one former Woodville resident will be watching the 70th annual Tony Awards closely on June 12. That would be Devin Day, 28, a 2006 Rappahannock County High School graduate and daughter of Kevin and Hazel Zinn-Day — who, eight times a week since February, dons her headset and is the assisant stage manager of “The Humans.”
The play, written by Stephen Karam and directed by Joe Mantello, was nominated last week for six Tonys, including best play, best director, and best performances by both an actor and an actress in featured roles.
“We’ve had some really good houses since,” says Day on the phone from New York, where she’s been working in theater, both on and off Broadway, since 2013. “But tickets are still available.”
Theater has been a longtime love of Day’s, who has fond memories of acting as part of the small drama department at RCHS. “Our instructors, Jean Elizabeth and Miranda Hope, were just excellent teachers.
“At the time I thought I wanted to act, but in college [at Mary Washington], I started taking theater classes and took one in stage management — and that was it. What I really liked was being part of the proces, but in a way where you’re in touch with everyone and every detail, from the table work to the technical rehearsal and through the end of the production.”
The assistant stage manager — for every production, including “The Humans,” a comic drama that was also a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize and which the New York Times called the “finest new play of the Broadway season so far” — is the point person for every detail, every light and sound cue, every possible thing that could happen, or must happen, on and off stage. Working with production stage manager Billy Barnes, Day says she enjoys every moment.
“I’ve always been a very observant person,” she says.
Occasionally — as in a technical run-through of the 2013 “I’ll Eat You Last,” which starred Bette Midler — she will “just have this oh-my-gosh, pinch-me moment — just to be in the room.”
Besides the famous directors and playwrights she’s gotten to work with, Day’s aunt, Johanna Day, another Rappahannock alum, is a well-known film and television actress herself. And she’s also based in New York.
Her advice, if she had to give any to those just starting out and feeling a long way from New York, would be: “Discover what you’re good at, and learn to do what you’re good at — and I’m quoting my college professor [Gregg Stull, head of Mary Washington’s theater and dance department]. . . . The way to do that is to try everything, try things that are new — always step outside your comfort zone.”
Whited’s other Washington will have to wait
Washington town resident and former congressional security consultant Joe Whited’s quest for the 5th Congressional District seat of Rep. Robert Hurt ended at last Saturday’s district-wide convention in Nelson County, where 856 delegates — three votes and some seven hours after they began — nominated state Sen. Thomas A. Garrett Jr., R-Buckingham to run against Albemarle County Democrat Jane Dittmar in November.
Whited, eliminated as the lowest vote-getter in the second round (Bedford developer Jim McKelvey was eliminated in the first round), declined to endorse either of the then-remaining candidates, Garrett and Charlottesville-area technology executive Michael Del Rosso. But McKelvey had endorsed Garrett after his elimination, providing a boost to Garrett, who won the nomination with 58 percent of the final ballot.
“It’s their choice to pick who their congressman is, it’s not for me to tell them who they should vote for,” Whited told the Lynchburg News & Advance’s Alex Rohr. Whited had announced his candidacy before an enthusiastic crowd in February at the Washington fire hall.
Culpeper Medical Center earns another ‘A’
Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center earned an A in patient safety for the eighth consecutive scoring period from the Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit that evaluates 2,500 hospitals every six months and assigns a score of A to F based on performance in 28 categories related to the delivery of safe care.
The Leapfrog Group challenges hospitals to make giant “leaps” forward in the safety, quality and affordability of healthcare in the United States by promoting transparency and value-based hospital incentives. A top grade of “A” helps patients assess the safety of a hospital. The higher the grade, the safer the hospital.
“This remarkable achievement is made possible by the dedicated employees and medical staff of our hospital,” said Greg Napps, CEO of Culpeper Medical Center. “We take great pride in providing high quality, safe care for the communities we serve.”
Leapfrog’s most recent ratings of Fauquier Hospital and Warren Memorial Hospital, the other two facilities nearest to central Rappahannock, were a C for each. To see all the ratings, visit hospitalsafetyscore.org.
RAAC Community Theatre sees ‘RED’
In the award-winning play “RED,” by American playwright John Logan, Mark Rothko, a master abstract expressionist painter, has landed a huge contract for a series of paintings which are intended to hang in the new Four Seasons Restaurant in the Seagram’s Building in New York City. As the play opens, Rothko shows a large painting to his young assistant Ken.
“What do you see?” Rothko asks Ken. “Wait. Stand closer. You’ve got to get closer. Let it work on you. Closer. Too close. There. Let it spread out. Let it wrap its art around you.”
That is precisely what RAAC Community Theatre artistic director Peter Hornbostel hopes the play will do for the audience in the theater’s upcoming production in June starring Howard Coon as Rothko and Brendan Martyn as Ken. Andy Platt directs.
Winning six Tony Awards (including best play) in 2010, the fictional play examines, through Rothko’s eyes and oversized ego, the creation of art and color and the work of other modern painters.
“RED” plays at RAAC Community Theatre (310 Gay St., Washington) at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 17-18, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 19. For tickets ($15), visit raac.org or call 1-800-695-6075, ext. 1.
A web of intrigue
Dear Citizens of Rappahannock County,
I am absolutely disturbed by some terrible news I have heard floating around Culpeper.
A farmer that goes by the name Homer Zuckerman plans to kill some pig! It’s an absolute outrage and I won’t stand for it! Citizens, please join me in protesting this man’s heinous plans for my dear friend, Wilbur the pig. Wilbur is a terrific, radiant and humble pig. He does not deserve this tragic end to his short life!
Please come and support Wilbur and all the rest of his barnyard friends this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the State Theatre. I just know there will be a miracle at Zuckerman’s barn to save Wilbur’s life.
Charlotte A. Cavatica, loyal spider
Sent via the . . . web
P.S.: To save Wilbur — or just get a ticket to see “Charlotte’s Web” ($25, or $15 if you’re 17 or younger) — visit culpepertheatre.org or call 540-829-0293.