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 .

It’s Not Just The Message

Have you spent time looking at the cute videos on Facebook?  Not just the kittens and puppies at play, but the ones that show empathetic behavior amongst animals?  The ones that really get me are the bonds that are formed between different species, the dog and lion story, or the pig nursing a kitten… those little gems put a smile on my face, and offer ...

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We The People

How often have we heard some say, “Why do actors have to give us their political opinions? They’re paid to act, not tell me what to think!”  That’s a paraphrase, but I’m sure we’ve all heard something along those lines.  Aside from the fact that actors are always making a political statement by the very way they create a role,  it’s inherent in the process.  ...

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What is the responsibility of the artist in these times?

At FootLights, we often struggle with the dilemma of addressing political issues. Here’s a great read from the Clyde Fitch Report.

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Campfire Democracy

The carcass of a wild pig is roasting on a spit over an open fire. Surrounding the fire are the men, women, and children who hope to soon partake of the feast promised by the scents wafting from the drippings falling onto the flames. As the sunset pales and is overcome by the star-filled night sky, the determination of portion and priority must now be ...

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The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival

“Harlem to Central Avenue” The Robey Theatre Company in association with the Los Angeles Theatre Center, is presenting a three day festival Starting August 25th. Danny Glove and Ben Guillory will be hosting the opening night with a World Premiere reading of “Birdland Blue” by Randy Ross, a peek into the world of Miles Davis in the summer of 1959. “While performing at New York ...

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The Godmother of Rock and Roll!

While visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio,  Randy Johnson, the creator of such seminal works as Always Patsy Cline and A Night Janis Joplin, came upon a book titled Shout Sister Shout! Randy’s first reaction, “That’s a perfect title for a musical.” The fact that the book was a biography of Sister Rosetta Tharpe who is often referred to as ...

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Reaching the Audience

Just recently, I went to Rogue Machine’s production of Loraine Hansberrys’ Les Blancs. An evening of exemplary theatre. Profound, evocative, well-conceived and beautifully presented. At the same time, barely a mile away, the Fountain Theatre continues to challenge audiences with their newest production, Building the Wall, and further sheds light on just how valuable intimate theatre can be and why it should be treated with ...

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20th STAGES FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS

A twenty-year musical theatre tradition will be streamed live for the first time this year.  New Musicals Inc. will host the 20th STAGES FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS from July 28th through July 30th in North Hollywood, and streamcast it across the globe. For the first time since its inception, the STAGES Festival will feature streaming of live and recorded new musical theatre events 24/7 beginning ...

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Letter to the Editor: Don’t Give AEA a Raise

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What’s the difference between the Internal Revenue Service and Actors Equity Association? One is a callous, far-flung bureaucracy that wants more of your money – and the other collects taxes. Ba-DUH-bump! But seriously, folks… The people on West 46th who have such strict and pristine ideas about what makes for acceptable theater in Los Angeles (hint: musical$, revue$ and revival$) have decided their hard work ...

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Banner Year for the Hollywood Fringe

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The 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival did it again, With a significant rise in participation, attendance and revenue, it would seem that there is a hunger for new edgy works for Los Angeles audiences. Official HFF17 Stats The eighth Hollywood Fringe sold an estimated $540,000 in ticket sales. This is a 21% increase in ticket sales from last year. The numbers reflect a growth trend that has been ...

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