Editor’s Desk

Ojai Playwrights Conference and Gala

A pinch of words, a drop of insight, a shadow of a doubt, a dust of vision, lots of maybes, countless hopes and endless sentiments. You have the ethereal mist that makes up the alchemy of theatre. It’s magical, because there is no formula that creates great theatre, there’s just dreams. It is most often the right moment with the right people all perfectly stirred ...

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Letter: Equity Stonewalls L.A. Theater Company

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This open letter to the L.A. Theater Community first appeared on Facebook and is reprinted here with permission: Dear Colleagues, Actors Equity has chosen to put us on the public “Do Not Work” list. We want you to know the facts. For the last year, we have been attempting to have the Academy Repertory Company (our member company that was established in 2003) designated as ...

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Actors’ Gang Goes To Prison

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Walking into Walden House off of McArthur Park in downtown Los Angeles, can be a slightly unnerving moment.  It’s a discomforting environment, lots of tough looking guys milling about, tattoos, all a bit of trigger for me. Living in a free world, it’s readily apparent that this environment is not just a social service program, but it’s a half-way house, half way between prison and ...

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Welcome to L.A. Theatre

I had actually considered leaving this column blank. For many, that is the outlook for theatre in Los Angeles this year.  As of December 15th, there are at least 26 theaters that will no longer be able to use members of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).  I say at least, because I can probably name another 50+ that didn’t even bother to apply for company membership ...

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The Stories that Matter

For those of you unfamiliar with my story, there were portions of my life that, let me put this delicately, were a bit seedy. I spent a good number of years looking for easier and softer ways to move through life with little to no concern for those or things that didn’t involve me personally. By the grace of life, in the midst of my ...

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Our Oracle

There was an almost eerie silence on Facebook the night of November 8th, 2016. There was a lot of chatter, but there was a profound absence of my family. To be more precise, my theatre family. There wasn’t the usual banter and jocularity and sniping that had come to be so much a part of the run up to the elections. As I watched the ...

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Art and Labor

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I grew up in Dearborn Michigan.  For those of you unaware, Dearborn is the home of Ford Motor Company and is immediately adjacent to the City of Detroit. I mention this because there is something very unique about this particular environment.  That uniqueness, is in the intense intermingling of labor and art. And nowhere is this more evident than in the Rivera Court of the ...

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LA Theatre Community

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The Los Angeles Theatre Community is facing an existential crisis. After decades of struggle, and a tenuous thirty-year relationship with Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the union for for actors and stage managers, the landscape is about to experience a seismic shift. On December 14th, 2016, the relatively unfettered use of AEA actors in Los Ángeles intimate theatre, wherein the actors voluntarily participate, will no longer ...

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New Opportunities!

“Of course you can bring them over, but wouldn’t it be faster if I came over there?” That would normally sound a bit urgent, but hearing this from Michelle, my wife, while waking me up at 2 am, it was pretty alarming. Ok, so I cleared my head, and realized that Michelle was probably talking to our son, who along with his wife Nicki, were ...

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More from FootLights!

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FootLights is proud to be the premiere print magazine for theatre in Los Angeles. We serve more theatres and provide more information about theatre than anyone. While that has always been our goal, about a year ago, we brought Tracey Paleo on board to help us with our digital development and she proved to be so good, so efficient and so productive that we have ...

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