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 .

On a Recent Saturday Morning

On a recent Saturday morning, a moment of serendipity prompted a drop in viewing of a young playwrights festival. While the intent was to peek in, say hello and then run, the reality was an hour and a half of riveting theatre. Kids still in High School were exploring issues far beyond what one might expect. A woman dominated by her husband, another having a ...

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State of the Stage

In life, in business, it’s always a good idea to access on a regular basis what is going on in the world and how our lives and business are changed or affected. In government, we get the State of the Union, or State of the State, so in kind we’re now addressing the State of the Stage. To be more precise, the State of Stage ...

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Veterans Center for the Performing Arts

There may very well be an unwritten code of conduct – be it institutionalized machismo, mission security, or the tacit understanding that, yeah, brother, we’ve all been there, so why waste your breath? – that as a military veteran, you simply don’t talk about the things that keep you awake at night.  Memories of combat, visions of comrades maimed and killed, sights, sounds and smells ...

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Olivier and Gielgud

While on tour with Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud was performing somewhere in Scotland on a dismal snowy night. As the curtain was about to rise, Gielgud peaked through the curtains and saw one person sitting in the house. Yes, only one person in a venue designed to seat hundreds. Gielgud was rumored to have said,” ah a darling in the house, the show must go ...

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A Quiet Whisper

There is a profound joy to be a part of an industry that is essentially undaunted by economic strife and political turmoil. Theatre is certainly impacted by these events, but the purity, the purpose, the resolve is sustained and often fueled by adversity. The strength of the community is tested time and again and yet artists gather, who strive to affect an audience with vision ...

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The World Depends On Theatre!

When the theatre community begins asking of itself, “what is our purpose? Whom do we serve?” ! Our ears prick up. Why are these questions being asked? What good can come from this introspection? It would appear that there is a storm brewing. To look upon the vast field of theatres and try to understand each in purpose and figure out their individual merits is ...

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What Has the Audience to Say?

The value of theatre to a community has long been a focus of this publication. We extol its virtues and cry aloud that theatre is a cohesive agent for a community. All the benefits that are offered, we argue, stem from long study and presumption of obviously discernable value. But obvious to whom? The philosophical benefits are all well and good, and if we stay ...

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It Takes a Community to Put on a Play

Many scoffed when the world was introduced to the expression, “It takes a village to raise a child.” In time we’re learning that Mrs. Clinton was probably more attuned than most of us, and in fact it can take a lot more than just a village to successfully raise a child. So it goes with theatre. To properly grasp the analogy, understand that to those ...

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Theatre of Change

Theatre is about entertainment. Theatre is about insight. Theatre is the art form that transcends cultural barriers and reaches out to humanity in a vital form. An institution so old, in many ways it can be argued that theatre is what defines culture. Despite what theatre is, theatre is not permanent. As an art form, it is fluid and transformational. As an institution, it is ...

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Where’s the Risk?

Did you watch the Tony awards? There was the usual crowd, lots of pomp, lots of talent, and more than a fair share of hype, but something was different. What was it? The luminaries of the evening were the same people we see perennially at the Academy Awards. At first blush, instinct is to raise a grand “Hazzah”! The glitter of Hollywood has illuminated the ...

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