Peter Finlayson

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Peter Finlayson is the Founder, Publisher and Editor-in-chief of FootLights magazine and footlight.click. While working on a prelaw program at the University of Michigan, he happily got involved with the theatre program. Much to his mother’s chagrin, law school never happened, but in a career spanning more than 4 decades, Peter has performed, directed or designed more than 150 productions. In his spare time, he is working on a new play. You can follow him on Twitter @Thtrdog .

The Three C’s

Sometimes I feel as if I’m shouting into gale force winds. The louder I scream the less is heard. What am I talking about?  Communication. Community. Communion. The three great C’s of Theatre. How do we inspire the activation and commitment of the entire community to best take advantage of what could be called the noblest art. By its very nature, Theatre is the model ...

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Rogue Machine Takes Big Risks and Growing Strong

A good rule of thumb is to start as you mean to go on. For Rogue Machine it all started when TV and film producer John Perrin Flynn renewed his interest in directing for the stage and had big ideas about producing theatre in Los Angeles. After seeing Craig Lucas’ Obie-award-winning play “Small Tragedy” in NYC, he made several attempts to get the rights. For ...

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Dare to Adventure

One of the great joys of running FootLights Publishing is that I learn about a lot of shows that are being produced throughout greater LA. The sad part is that because of the sheer numbers, it’s impossible to see everything. Now my want, as I’m guessing is the case with most people, is to go with the familiar. A show we know, a theatre we ...

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Land of Smiles

 Theatre is a powerful and transformative art form. I know, you’ve heard that before, but I’d like to bring your attention to a case in point.  There’s a new play in the forming entitled, Land Of Smiles.  Erin Kamler, perhaps best known in Los Angeles for her play, Divorce, the Musical, has for the last several years been researching and developing a musical that is ...

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Caryn Desai

Growing up in Philadelphia, Caryn Desai (lower case of her own choosing) knew she was an artist.  Even in her early stages, Caryn remembers her family watching television while she was self-engaged with arts and crafts projects, learning to see and reach beyond what was in front of her.  The church choir and community theatre nurtured her dreams while giving Caryn early opportunities to stretch ...

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Critics

Following a trend seen across the country, The LA Weekly recently downsized its space for theatre criticism.  Economic factors were noted up as the cause, but I think there’s more to it than that. I suspect it has more to do with audience reaction and interest – and I’d like to put that concept to a test. After all, what is a critic?  Elementally, it’s ...

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Brian Canup Remembered for Playhouse Work, Love of Theatre

by Brian Addison (Long Beach Playhouse Board Member) Brian Canup was more than just a large part of the Long Beach Playhouse, the face you would often see at the box office or on stage. He was this essential cog that challenged the term “theatre person” to a new definition and lifted the Playhouse, both in revenue and spirit—and his unexpected passing will be a ...

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The Best Gift

The best present . . . Each year, as I prepare to usher out the old and welcome in the new, (this is symbolic, not realistic on my part – ask my wife), I recount the past year and try to be thankful for what gifts I’ve been privileged to receive.  In my early youth, it was probably a bike, or a game …  or ...

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Finding an Audience

Recently I sat on a panel for the Producing School,  a project spearheaded by Mike Abramson of DOMA Productions and Schoen Smith of Venture Hill Entertainment.  There were about 25 people in attendance looking for insight into producing theatre in Los Angeles.  Some were fresh off the boat, and a few had some experience, but what all of them wanted to know was, how do ...

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Los Angeles: Theatre?

There’s a commonly held opinion, not just in LA, but around the country, that Los Angeles is not a theatre town.  Before we get a bunch of folks screaming at me for repeating this slanderous statement, let me make it perfectly clear,  I believe Los Angeles is not just a theatre town, but perhaps the most important center for theatre anywhere in the world. There ...

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