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.

Press Release: Plaintiffs’ Response to Equity Motion

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PRESS RELEASE From Lawsuit Plaintiffs LOS ANGELES (July 25, 2016) — As expected, Equity filed a motion to dismiss our lawsuit. We stand behind our claims and are going to file our response with the federal court. We are confident the court to see the validity of our lawsuit. Equity clearly violated the terms of our 1989 settlement agreement that established the Review Committee, refused to ...

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Final 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival Numbers

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The Hollywood Fringe Festival has released final numbers on its 2016 event: The Festival sold over 56,000 individual tickets. Ticket sales have increased more than 300% since the inaugural festival (2010). The festival sold an estimated $447,000 in tickets this year. Approximately 60% of all tickets were “Fringe-sold” (sold directly through the Fringe’s website and box office) and the remaining 40% of transactions were “venue-sold” ...

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L.A. Theatre Works Announces 2016-17 Season

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L.A. Theatre Works has announced its 2016-17 season of live audio recorded plays to be performed at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater.  Each play in the series will be performed in front of a live audience for future radio broadcast, and distribution on CD, digital download, and online streaming. September 22-25 Amadeus Peter Shaffer’s story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his nemesis, Antonio Salieri is punctuated ...

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Sierra Madre Playhouse Announces 2016-2017 Season

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In its 2016-17 season, Sierra Madre Playhouse continues its focus on American playwrights: Mainstage Shows: Sept. 23–Oct. 22, 2016: Bee-luther-hatchee. Written by Thomas Gibbons. Directed by Saundra McClain. A look at race and cultural appropriation. Who has the right to tell certain American stories? Nov. 18–Dec. 23: A Little House Christmas. Adapted by James DeVita. Based on the Little House on the Prairie books by ...

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BREAKING: LA Plaintiffs serve Equity lawsuit

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BREAKING: LOS ANGELES (July 14, 2016) — Actors and other members of the Los Angeles theatrical community (Ed Asner, Tom Bower, Gregg Daniel, John Flynn, Maria Gobetti, Gary Grossman, Ed Harris, Salome Jens, Veralyn Jones, Karen Kondazian, Simon Levy, Amy Madigan, Tom Ormeny, Lawrence Pressman, Michael Shepperd, Joseph Stern, French Stewart, and Vanessa Stewart) have served the lawsuit they filed against Actors’ Equity Association on ...

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This Is a True L.A. Story: ‘Recorded In Hollywood’

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Dolphin’s of Hollywood was not just a record store with a DJ or an iconic music gathering place for rebellious teens during a time of segregation in Los Angeles. For many people who traveled to the original Central Avenue shop, sometimes even secretly, it was a home. Legendary owner and music producer John Dolphin opened his doors to all ethnicities. By doing so he opened ...

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Ojai Playwrights Conference Announces 19th Season

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The Ojai Playwrights Conference (OPC) announces its 19th season with a program of playwrights, new play workshops, and special performance events from August 7–14, 2016 in Ojai, California. The OPC Summer New Works Festival will feature eleven events over five days with established and up-and-coming playwrights.  Nick Gandiello will be this year’s “Writer-In-Residence.” “In our 2016 OPC season entitled ‘Across the Divide,’ our playwrights are reaching out, ...

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Los Angeles Plaintiff Responds to Equity President

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The War of Words between Actors’ Equity and Los Angeles Actors has heated up since the breakdown of mediated talks between the two groups.  First, on June 28, Equity sent out an unsigned email to its entire national membership explaining its version of events.  In response, the Plaintiffs of the lawsuit that has been filed but not yet served on Equity put out their own ...

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Letter to the Editor: A Response to Equity’s Statement

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Veteran actress Wendy Worthington, who is currently appearing in the National Tour of Wicked, sends this open letter in response to the statement made by Actors’ Equity concerning the 99-Seat Plan on June 28, 2016: My Dear AEA Councilors: Yes, I have indeed “become aware” of all of the events that have transpired in Los Angeles theatre in the last several years. And I am ...

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2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival Award Nominees and Winners

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Below is the full list of the Hollywood Fringe Festival Award Nominees and Winners for 2016. Congratulations to all who were nominated. Winners are in bold red. Community Award (“The Freaks”) Nominees (Top of the Fringe) “A(partment 8) ” “Angel’s Flight” “My Big Fat Blonde Musical” “Punch and Judy” “THUG TUNNEL” “Tilt” Fringe First (World Premiere) “Apartment 8” “Lamprey: Weekend of Vengeance” “My Big Fat ...

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