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 .

Fringing Around the World

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has a significant milestone birthday this year. It is seventy years old and this means that “fringe” is seventy too. Where there was one fringe festival in 1947, now over 200 fringe festivals across the globe facilitate hundreds of thousands of artists and performers to reach a staggering number of people every year.The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has a significant ...

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Update – NMI needs your help!

Last night, I got a chance to see a new documentary, Love 99.  Yes, it was about the conflict we have endured with AEA, and it was a great reminder that the fight is still in front of us. With more than 200 people in attendance, it was easy to see that the warriors are still ready to stand and do battle. To that end, ...

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LA Theatre, Still Under Siege!

As the intimate theatre scene in Los Angeles is looking to stabilize itself, when in December Actors Equity Association, the national union for stage actors and stage managers, implemented a change in the use of its members by intimate theatres in Los Angeles.  Despite the fact that the change had been put to a vote among members and was overwhelmingly defeated by a 2 to ...

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An Open Letter To LA Theatre Community

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Last week New Musicals Inc. filed a charge against Actors Equity Association through the National Labor Relations Board.  The charge centers upon unfair business practices, accusing AEA of placing New Musicals Inc. on a “Do Not Work” list without cause. Actors Equity Association is demanding that its members do not engage with NMI, threatening union members with penalties, sanctions and possible expulsion from the union.  ...

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What’s a Good Show to See?

Seldom does a day go by that someone doesn’t ask me, “Are there any good plays going on right now? What should I go see?” I guess being the publisher of a theatre magazine supposedly gives me some authority. Now I’m more than happy to share what I’ve seen, but really, how do I know what you might like? How do I know what will ...

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The Lyons at the Road

  The Road Theatre just opened a new show at their Lankershim location –  The Lyons by Nicky Silver. This play Which originally opened off Broadway at The Vinyard Theatre in 2011. The following season, it moved to the great white way starring Linda Lavin at the Cort. Scott Allen Smith, the Associate Artistic Director of The Road Theatre Company, directs The Lyons.  Scott is ...

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Latino Theater Company Announces 2017 season

Three world premieres by Los Angeles-based playwrights Jonathan Ceniceroz, John Pollono and Diane Rodriguez make up the centerpiece of the Latino Theatre Company’s 2017 season at The Los Angeles Theatre Center. The company will also produce and curate the 2017 Encuentro de las Americas, a three-week international theater festival celebrating dynamic contemporary Latinx and Latin American theater that spans Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Central and ...

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What’s it all About? Five Guys Names Moe!

The Nate Holden Performing Arts Center on Washington Blvd in Los Angeles is now presenting a revival of Five Guys Named Moe, by Clarke Peters, and starring Obba Babatundé. The premise of this piece is a sampling of the formidable works of Louis Jordan. If you’re not familiar with the name, Louis Jordan is credited with many accomplishments – The founder of Jump Jazz, the Grandfather ...

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Black Theatre Matters: A Dialogue

Black Theatre Matters: A Dialogue, took place on a Monday February 27th, at the Offices of Actors’ Equity Association in North Hollywood. An eminent group of African American artists: Robert Hook, Brent Jennings, Constance Jewell Lopez, Yvette Carson, Gilbert Glenn Brown. Eric B. Anthony and Wren Brown spoke to a series of questions posed be the moderator, Kim Estes. What became readily apparent, was there ...

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After The Battle

Last December, Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) imposed a new plan regarding the use of its members for productions in intimate theatres in Los Angeles County. A two-year battle between AEA and its members, as well as most of the producers of small theatre, was brought to at least a temporary conclusion with the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by AEA members against the union. Even ...

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