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 .

Church and Theatre

Recently, a theatre company looking to enlist new members put out a promo piece which included all the usual attractions that a company offers to bring in new members. However there was one additional point, “build spiritual awareness”, which raised a cry in the theatre community . . . Is theatre church? Why is this even a question? Church is for worship – spiritual fellowship, ...

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Holiday

What does it mean… In my life time, the one in which I’ve been an actor/director/writer, the holidays have always been a bit trepidatious.   Outside of all the anxiety that is usually associated with the holiday season: the gifts, the family gatherings, the hustle of travel and decoration and overeating, and so on and so forth… there is that moment that comes each year for ...

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THAT Time of Year!

Here we are once again, THAT time of year! The decorations are going up, the sales signs are out, and the maniacal rush to stuff ourselves physically, drain ourselves fiscally while trying to develop a touch of humanity, are all under way. So cynicism aside, just for a moment, let’s reflects on what the season means. As the winter solstice nears, the world prepares for ...

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President John F. Kennedy said…

President John F. Kennedy said “I see little of more importance to the future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” In the 60’s and 70’s this message was taken to heart, many ...

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Puppet Up

by Kyle Moore For most performers, you’d think that getting a chance to act up as a rabbit, a dog or a giant talking Tiki idol would be quite enough of a kick.  Not so for the mad puppeteers of the “Puppet Up! Uncensored” ensemble, who decided that adding improv to their skill set would be a fun challenge.  The results:  Well, you’ve probably never ...

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Once upon a time, Not so long ago

Once upon a time, not so long ago, there was a presumption that humanity was so vastly superior to all other species that inhabit this planet that we obviously had the right of rule and should dominate over all that we could see. Now we know that what we used to believe were unique qualities of humankind—tools, communication, social structure and abstract thinking—are not so ...

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What if we asked “What If?”

Let’s begin with the assertion that we at this publication passionately support the art of Theatre. We continually cry out, “If you are a patron, continue to support theatre, go to as many shows as you care to see, and if you have money or time to spare, donate. There is no better forum for grappling with social issues than theatre. There is no more ...

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Sometimes we need a Tomato

There’s a trend moving across the nation. It’s been noted in theatres from New York to Los Angeles.  It’s pernicious and growing and now needs to be addressed so that a halt can be brought to this outlandish practice.  No, it’s not the smuggling of food and drink into theatres, though there is something to be said on that subject. And it is not the ...

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For several months…

For several months, the news-media has been consumed by the Charlie Sheen story. Don’t leave yet, this really is about theatre – We, the theatre community have our own version.  It’s Spiderman, Turn Off the Dark. Three months into previews, nine years after inception, $65 million spent, and now a new creative team is being brought in to re-tool and re-present previews in the spring! ...

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Shakespeare: Generations

by Kyle Moore These days, the shelf life of your average film, TV, music or internet superstar is measured in months, if not weeks.  More often than not, if someone is getting their 15 minutes of fame, chances are they’ll have overstayed their visit by about 13 minutes, and an “overnight sensation” is just that – forgotten overnight.  That’s why it’s a little mind-boggling to ...

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