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.

Theater-Makers To Become Activists

On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, the last day of the National Month of Outrage: Theatre Artists Unite, Artists Rise Up Los Angeles (ARULA) will stage, E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many, One, a collection of short plays and scenes, music, dance, spoken word, art installations, photography and multi-media presentations at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood at 7pm. The one night only benefit performance, ...

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StageCrafts Keeps Studio/Stage Open

In a year when the Colony Theatre suspended its regular season and  the Courts agreed to dismiss the lawsuit brought against Actors’ Equity,  it is good news indeed to have Studio/Stage continue be a theatrical space in Los Angeles.  The venue, previously managed by Bill Sterritt, will be taken over by theater-couple Gregory Crafts and Jenn Scuderi Crafts under their newly launched venue management firm ...

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Most-Read Footlights Stories of 2016

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Although 2016 theater news in Los Angeles was dominated by the battle over the elimination or preservation of the 99-Seat Plan, there were other stories that captured Footlights  readers’ attention as well.  Here are the 10 most-read pieces of 2016, along with their opening paragraphs.  There’s a mix of both aggregated coverage and original insights.  The list gives some indication of what theater-goers found most ...

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Updated: Lauded L.A. Theater in 2016

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Local writers are reflecting on the best that appeared on Los Angeles stages, both large and small, the previous 365 days.  Turns out there was a lot: L.A. Times Theater Critic Charles McNulty’s list focused nearly exclusively on the larger stages but Orson Bean’s storytelling at the Pacific Resident Theatre made the list as well. Dany Margolies‘s list at Time Out includes the highly lauded ...

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Press Release: 3 99-Seat Remounts at Kirk Douglas Announced

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Press Release: LOS ANGELES (December 20, 2016) — Center Theatre Group has selected three local productions for the inaugural Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Block Party will remount Coeurage Theatre Company’s production of Failure: A Love Story  by Philip Dawkins, Echo Theater Company’s production of Dry Land  by Ruby Rae Spiegel and Fountain Theatre’s production of Citizen: An American Lyric  ...

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Little Fish Theatre Presents Pick of the Vine

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Little Fish Theatre presents Pick of the Vine opening on January 13, 2007, as the first production of its 2017 season. Pick of the Vine is a collection of original short-subject plays.  This year’s selections take a look at life from beginning to end and provide insight about what happens outside of the public eye: What happens when your adult son still believes in Santa? ...

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Press Release: Pro99 Calls For New Referendum

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Press Release: LOS ANGELES (December 14, 2016) — Members of L.A.’s “Pro99” theater community continue to gather signatures to demand a new referendum on Actors’ Equity’s 99-Seat Theater Plan, which is scheduled to end today. Despite an overwhelming “No” vote by over 66% of the Los Angeles membership on a referendum put before it last April, the union moved forward to eliminate the existing plan ...

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UPDATED: L.A. Writers Comment on The End

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With the clock winding down on the Settlement Agreement that was first set up in 1989, L.A. intimate theater is about to face new rules from Actors’ Equity. Needless to say, several L.A. writers didn’t let the moment go unnoticed. LA Stage Alliance Executive Director and Stage Raw Magazine Publisher Steven Leigh Morris penned a column to the L.A. theater community. Long time KCRW critic ...

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BREAKING: Plaintiffs Will Fight To Be Heard

PRESS RELEASE From Lawsuit Plaintiffs LOS ANGELES (Dec. 9, 2016) — In response to a court decision on Thursday, Dec. 8 dismissing their lawsuit against Actors’ Equity Association, the Plaintiffs announced that they will continue to fight for the survival of the 99-seat theater system. Gary Grossman, an actor, producer and one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, stated that, “We are very disappointed in ...

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A Pair of Letters from Equity

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It’s been quite a day in Los Angeles Theater.  First, the court ruled to dismiss the lawsuit brought on Actors’ Equity Association by a large group of Los Angeles theater-makers.  And now, in anticipation of the termination of the 99-Seat Plan in Los Angeles next week, Actors’ Equity Association sent out two emails. One to LA Equity Members: As you are aware, there has been much ...

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