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 .

Bully on the Block

bullies

What do you call it when a 6th grade hall monitor goes up to the smallest 4th grader and “says get off the playground!”? We call it bullying, right? Mr. Boss approaches the mail boy and says, “Norbert, get out of my way, get me some coffee!”? It can be seen as abuse? When a union tells its members that you can’t volunteer, you can’t ...

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The Temple of Theatre

Theatre is an art form. But what is Art? From Wikipedia, we get “Art is a diverse range of human activities and the products of those activities …..”. fair enough, but I think it goes a little deeper.  From me you get, Art is the effort of the individual to express their innermost passions. Art can be created without any further consideration than the intent ...

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What is Diversity?

I wake up every day, well most every day, with the same ambitions and expectations of myself that I had when I was 25. Of course, the moment I move I’m immediately reminded that I am no longer 25, nor have I been near that age in decades. But my perspective on life, my ambition to explore my environment and my nature don’t feel any ...

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Multicultural

Theatre was born the moment one being tried to express a story to another. It’s as simple as that.  Given that every culture anywhere in this world has some form of theatre, it can easily be claimed that theatre is a universal art form. In some cases it looks like dance, in others it looks like religious ceremony. In some it is the ritualized process ...

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24th Street Theatre Answers the Question: What is Theatre?

It all started with a simple question from an inquisitive young boy strolling past the open doors of a converted 1928 carriage house on the corner of 24th STreet and Hoover, just as Jay McAdams and his wife Debbie Devine were on a ladder hanging their light grid in their recent new home. “What is theatre?” Since Aristotle’s “Poetics,” dramaturges, critics, artists and audiences alike ...

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Vox Lumiere at the Los Angeles Theatre Center

The breadth of human creation is a derivative of prior moments. Art, all human knowledge is built upon a foundation originally started before the dawn of man and added to by each subsequent generation. Now, after an eight-year absence from Los Angeles, VoxLumiere, (Latin for hear the light,) is re-introducing their version of this continuum. Utilizing the bare-boned industrial facade of the Los Angeles Theatre ...

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Coming of Age

For those that want to know how life changes as you gain seniority, let me offer this perspective. Mostly it doesn’t. But what does happen is you, or me in this case, pause for reflection about what has changed around me. As my focus is pretty much aimed on theatre, I thought it time to reflect how theatre has changed in LA, since my early ...

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Why Theatre? Why Now?

Theatre has been an institution of western culture for more than 3000 years. That’s a ton of tradition, and a lot of baggage. While admittedly there have been periods where the art was overshadowed by message, by-in-large the form has held up fairly well. Each age has found a place for this indomitable art, and every era has added to the mystique of what it ...

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Arts and Entertainment

Recently there has been a rumbling, a conversation in the zeitgeist, pondering the value of theatre. There seems to be some contention about whether theatre is entertainment, or a forum of change. At the center is the age-old conflict between art and entertainment. Which comes first, and which is the master. Does one have a dominant position, and should that influence the other. And more ...

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A Timely Portrayal: Pamela Daly as Margaret Sanger

Timing is everything. Acting teacher and professional veteran of film/TV, Pamela Daly, appreciates the divisive climate as she prepares to bring women rights activist Margaret Sanger to the stage in her one-woman show at the El Portal Theatre in NoHo succinctly called “Sanger.” “It’s so charged!” Daly utters with a wide-eyed expression of wonder tinged with apprehension. “I always wanted to portray a strong, historic ...

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