Tracey Paleo

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Tracey Paleo is Associate Editor at FootLights Magazine. She's also the Founder and Chief Editor of the arts and culture site, Gia On The Move, where she often reviews live performance events.

A.R. Gurney on American Theater

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A.R. Gurney, the prolific playwright of such titles as Sylvia, The Dining Room, and, of course, Love Letters, turns 85 today.  We celebrate the day with these two insightful clips from 2000 where he discusses Broadway and the future of American Theater.  For Gurney’s more recent thoughts, including those on his latest play, Love & Money, which just had its World Premiere this summer at ...

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Stage Raw’s 2nd Symposium: “Funding Arts Journalism”

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Stage Raw: These are tumultuous days for the theater community in Los Angeles, but one thing is for sure: There has never been a better time for the community to draw together for the purposes of thought-provoking self-analysis.  Jenny Lower reports on Stage Raw’s second of three symposia: “Funding Arts Journalism.”  

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Video Profile: Ali Stroker, the First Actor in a Wheelchair to Perform on Broadway

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Ali Stroker has been spotlighted in several articles recently.  Here are two very different video profiles of her, the first actor in a wheelchair to perform on Broadway:  

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10 First-Time Ovation Nominated Companies

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@ThisStage:  The rich Los Angeles Theater Scene continues to expand.  Here are 10 companies nominated for the prestigious Ovation awards for the first time.  And many of the usual suspects will be returning as well. The 10 companies (more info in the link above): Four Larks Fresh Produce’d LA Impro Theatre Loft Ensemble Los Angeles Performance Practice Moth Theatre Company Serrano New York, LLC Sierra ...

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Emerson College Faculty Vote to Oppose School’s Colonial Theatre Plan

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Playbill:  Emerson College’s faculty voted Oct. 27 to oppose plans to turn Boston’s vintage Colonial Theatre, a theatre, which was built in 1900, predating all existing Broadway houses, into a student activity center and dining facility. The resolution states, in part, that the “plans were developed without sufficient input from faculty, students, alumni and other city, regional and national stakeholders.” It calls “on the administration ...

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Are Pixels Really that Precious?

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American Theatre:  80 writers protest – in writing, of course – the NY Times decision to cut designer and stage manager credits from play reviews.  Perhaps space is at a premium in a print edition but the Internet is not print media.  Full text of the letter is included in the article.

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The Battle over ‘Translating’ Shakespeare

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HowlRound:  Cultural critic Eli Keel defends the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s decision to translate Shakespeare into contemporary English: …why would you discourage passing on this gift, even if it is in a different form than when you first received it? And project director, Lue Douthit, writes a lengthy explanation of the project. But Kevin Delin has had other ideas about what the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is ...

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Video: Vanessa and French Stewart to host 2015 Ovation Awards

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@ThisStage:  Vanessa and French Stewart will be hosting the 2015 Ovation Awards on November 9, 2015.  They also penned a featured piece this month in Footlights.  More information about the Ovation Awards, including ticket purchases, can be found on the LA Stage Alliance page.

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Dakin Matthews: A Layman Looks at the Lawsuit

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I’m no lawyer, but here’s my quick take on the lawsuit in more or less plain English. Who is being sued? AEA and Mary McColl, sometimes together, sometimes separately. Who is suing? Eighteen parties, all but two, apparently, members of AEA. But not all parties have the same standing; that is, the same basis for a suit: that they have sustained or will sustain harm ...

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Shakespeare goes to San Quentin

A story about how the Bard moves and inspires those who live outside the mainstream of society.   More information about this program at the Marin Shakespeare Company website.

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