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 .

Not of an Age

“Not of an age, but for all time” ~ Ben Jonson If there is a single individual voice that speaks to the community of human kind, it is William Shakespeare. In a time when world awareness was essentially limited to the place of birth, with what is assumed to be only be a primary education, this writer managed to observe and comment on human nature ...

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When the theatre community…

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 a ...

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From the proliferation of theatre…

From the proliferation of theatre companies in Los Angeles, one might be prone to believe that anyone can throw out a shingle and start a company. The reality however, is that for each group that comes to surface, there is a foundation of many stones. The stones are the moments and events in the founding actors lives which compel them to fight against all odds ...

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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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