December 16, 1986 |
"It's like putting together a good oil and vinegar dressing," said actor-director John Schuck about his staging of Romulus Linney's "Sand Mountain," playing Thursdays-Sundays through Feb. 1 at the Back Alley Theatre. "The challenge is to be interesting with very few ingredients."
March 22, 1986 |
The healing process has begun at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre, recently shaken by the resignation--some would say, the deposition--of its founder-director, William Ball. Ball is still on the scene at the Geary Theatre, readying his production of "The Passion Plays." But that will be his last assignment for the theater. It has replaced his final production, "The Woolgatherer," with "The Lady's Not for Burning," staged by Joy Carlin and starring Peter Donat.
November 3, 1988 |
Navy Secretary William L. Ball III, reversing the decision of several predecessors, has authorized an attempt to recover the remains of nine U.S. aviators who died in a plane crash in a remote part of Canada in 1948. Cmdr. Jeff Zakem, a spokesman, said Wednesday that Ball "had reviewed the complete file and granted approval for a recovery mission, to be attempted sometime next summer" in a mountainous area of Vancouver Island, Canada. Raymond H.
February 23, 1988 |
President Reagan today named White House lobbyist William L. Ball III to be secretary of the Navy as the Administration offered swift and strong support for Defense Secretary Frank C. Carlucci a day after James H. Webb Jr. resigned with a blast at his boss and his attempts to curb Pentagon spending. "The budget restructuring under way at the Pentagon now is a difficult and painful process," said White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater. "Secretary Carlucci is doing an admirable job.
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December 15, 1988 |
The Navy is acknowledging responsibility for some medical waste that washed ashore in San Diego County last month, Sen. Pete Wilson's office said Wednesday in Washington. "The Navy has said the investigation is continuing, and the senator expects information later on," said Amy Piskura, a spokeswoman in Wilson's office.
April 4, 1989 |
The Bush Administration has chosen its three civilian service secretaries--Assistant Secretary of Defense Richard L. Armitage for the Army, Undersecretary H. Lawrence Garrett III for the Navy and Donald B. Rice of the RAND Corp. for the Air Force--defense officials said Monday. The three are versed in the issues facing the services they are slated to run and have a low-key style that would not overshadow Defense Secretary Dick Cheney the way former Navy Secretary John F. Lehman Jr.'
December 9, 1991
Two Californians were among 32 American students named Sunday as Rhodes scholars. The winners of the two-year scholarships to Oxford University in England were selected from 1,059 applicants at 333 colleges and universities, said David Alexander, American Secretary of the Rhodes Scholarship Trust, based at Pomona College in Claremont. The estate of Cecil Rhodes, a British philanthropist and colonialist, established the scholarships after his death in 1902.
March 2, 1986 |
William Ball's decision to step down as head of the American Conservatory Theatre may be the best thing Ball has ever done for ACT, next to creating it. As Robert Hurwitt's adjoining article makes clear, ACT has suffered a severe loss of credibility over the last few seasons--not just with a few critics, but with key funding sources, with other regional theaters and (most important) with the San Francisco audience.
November 28, 1987 |
A bright sun and brisk wind drove away the hard rain that had fallen all night. In its wake was left another of those crisp, fresh fall weekends where visibility is as unlimited as hope. Something like that seems to have happened to theater in this city that, in the recent past, has seen the phasing out of Equity Waiver in favor of union contracts, resulting, says a qualified local observer, in less but better work.