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 Our Birthday, Let’s Celebrate!

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FootLights is now ten years old. It started as a dream. The dream was to create a publication that would serve Los Angeles the way Playbill serves New York. A simple idea, hell, how hard could it be? Now ten years later, that question, that idea, has led to a magazine that serves a significant part of the Los Angeles intimate theatre scene. In those ...

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The 2015 Ovation Awards: A New Beginning

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The 2015 Ovation Awards was an impressive event. More than 1100 from the LA Theatre Community showed up to celebrate the accomplishments of our artists over the past year. Just as important to the celebration was the palpable sense that there was a new beginning to the LA Theatre Story, at least a new act with new opportunities. Yes there was a pallor of concern, ...

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Thoughts on Steven Leigh Morris being named new Executive Director of LA Stage Alliance

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A page has turned in the volumes referring to the LA stage community. The Los Angeles Stage Alliance (LASA) has announced Steven Leigh Morris as its new Executive Director. Well known both locally and nationally for his passion about theater and his integrity about journalism, Steven recently founded Stage Raw  after 30 years with the local alternative newspaper, the LA Weekly.  In addition, when the ...

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Letter to the Editor: The Price of Success on Broadway

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I’ve been enjoying all the great things in the media about the show “Hamilton” on Broadway (and love the soundtrack). It seems to be a pretty special show. But I’d also like to tell you why “Hamilton” is special in a bad way. It is such a phenomenon that ticket sales went through the roof. That’s a great thing. I’ve got no problem with that. ...

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Letter to the Editor: Sticks and Stones

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If Britain had defeated its colonies in the war for American Independence, we’d all be speaking English today. More soberly, the word “patriot” would have a very different historical connotation. In revolutionary-era colonial America, that word was up for grabs, to be applied to the side that eventually won. At the time, “Whigs” were rebels, and traitors to the crown, while “Tories” were loyalists to ...

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Theatre is a Part of the Foundation

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Often in this space we talk about theatre as a community, and as a part of a community. But actually, theatre is more. In a very real and substantive way it is a part of the foundation of community and an integral block of our culture. What I mean is that there is such a deep intertwining of values, history and economics, that the mere ...

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Why Is There A Fight?

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The standoff between Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) and its members moves on without any sign of shifting positions. The word from AEA is that they will not consider any changes to the plan they have promulgated, and the majority of the members continue to insist that their Union not only failed to heed the voice of the members, but is also endangering the theatre community ...

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Art vs Commerce

One of the warriors of the Pro99 movement recently posted a statement on Facebook that is not only worthy of repeating, but important to understand. William Salyers said, “Those who believe in art as an end unto itself will ultimately prevail for one simple reason: we will not quit. Those who believe in art as a function of commerce will eventually lose interest, because the ...

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Jon Mullich

There are thousands upon thousands of people coming out of high schools and colleges all over America every year that are determined to pursue a life as an ACTOR! Parents cry, friends smile, family wonders how long they’re going to have to support the lunacy. For most, in short order it becomes apparent that it’s not all fun and games, it’s hardly glamorous, and with ...

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A Round of Applause to Actor’s Equity Association

While Los Angeles is world renowned as the Entertainment Capital of the World, most consider that “Entertainment” as film, television and music. But live theatre is a part of that “Entertainment Capital” title. Los Angeles produces more theatre on a regular basis than anywhere else in the world. Now for us, that’s not a big surprise, but to the world it’s astounding. Theatre in LA? ...

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