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 Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles

When I first came to Los Angeles, the Equity-Waiver plan was just being put in place. If you aren’t familiar with the history, it allowed for professional actors, those belonging to AEA (Actors Equity Association), to perform on stage for significantly less money than were quoted under normal contracts. In the intervening years, the plan has changed, the scope has been adjusted, and a lot ...

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Reprise Theatre

June 24, 2013, can be marked as a sad day for Los Angeles. The Reprise Theatre Company shuttered their doors and have left the building. In their sixteen year stint at locally producing Musical Theatre in Los Angeles, Reprise mounted dozens of amazing shows, and won numerous awards. The cause of their demise was an unsustainable financial plan. From their very first production, Reprise hoped ...

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Lee Melville

The Los Angeles Theatre scene is vast and at times disparate, there has been one voice which tried to bind the scene over the last four decades. That voice was Lee Melville. A writer, critic, director, actor, he lived and breathed theatre or his entire adult life. His presence is noted and his wisdom will be missed.

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Getting Real

I never fail to be excited about going to see a show. It doesn’t matter if I know the play, or if it’s a piece that’s brand new to me. My guess is that it’s my anticipation at traveling to new places and meeting new people. For that is a great part of theatre. And much like going on a vacation, my expectations are adjusted ...

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Defining the Temples

There is an interesting correlation reflecting the inverse health of the economy and the health of the intimate theatre community in Los Angeles. Mass media is all abuzz with news that property prices in Southern California are at the highest point in five years. Hurrah! Properties are for sale, and deals are being made for cash well above asking prices. Yet there is another part ...

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Theatre and Religion

Theatre and religion, two topics not to be discussed in polite company. No, wait, that’s politics and religion, but then that’s pretty much being redundant. Ok, here’s what we’re really talking about: theatre and religion are very similar institutions, and both have profound political clout. Amongst academics, there is an endless debate as to which came first, theatre or religion. Orthodox religiosity claims religion was ...

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A Life with Purpose

Charles Dickens opens, A Tale of Two Cities, with “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” the novel then goes on giving us a feel for living with purpose through the French Revolution. I bring this up because the same can be said of today. We live in a world so full of marvel, so full of opportunity that it ...

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Theatre Keeps Us Human

Why is theatre such a different experience than going to a movie? After all, it’s ostensibly the same genre. It certainly has the same elements and many of the artists move easily between the two. Perhaps it has more to do with expectations than it does with the art itself. At it’s very core, going to see a play is a personal experience. It’s a ...

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The End of Each Year Brings a Time of Reflection

The end of each year brings a time of reflection. How was our year, what did we accomplish, where did we fail, and what can we change to better ourselves and our place in the world? We look back not just at the recent past, but also at the totality of our history. In the same way, we can ponder the nature of theatre. All ...

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Valley Performing Arts Center to Receive USITT Architecture Award

The Valley Performing Arts Center at California State University Northridge has been chosen to receive an Architecture Merit Award from USITT, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, USITT Executive Director David Grindle announced Monday. USITT is the professional association serving individuals and organizations in the performing arts and entertainment design and technology industry. USITT’s annual Architecture Awards recognize outstanding architecture in performance spaces.This year, ...

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