Editor’s Desk

Oh Ho! The Fringe Festival’s a Comin’!

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Do you hear the faint sound of trumpets blaring an announcement of something about to happen? Do you feel the tremor of excitement as a whirlwind of activity is beginning to transform Hollywood, the way a new circus changes an open field into a land of fun and excitement? Listen for it, it’s happening soon. The June 6th opening of the 7th Annual Hollywood Fringe ...

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Advancing Theatre

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For ten years, FootLights has been trumpeting the merits of Los Angeles Intimate Theatre. Innovative work, intimate, powerful, the vision of the new American Theatre….and the value of theatre is boundless. While FootLights is no longer a lone voice in the wilderness on this topic, there are a few obstacles that have yet to be overcome. We live in a region, which if we include ...

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Letter to the Editor: Plaintiffs’ Response to AEA President (final part)

The intimate theatre community is a community of artists. We believe artists should be paid. We share that common goal with Equity. We also believe Equity’s attempt to radically alter intimate theatre in Los Angeles is precipitous and will not lead to more contract houses and more paying jobs for artists here in Los Angeles. We hope we can work with Equity and other local ...

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A Modern Union

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Actors’ Equity Association, the labor union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States, is getting ready for its annual elections. Out of fifty thousand members, the hope is to get ten thousand members to participate. Should that effort succeed, the result would be a significant increase over the number of votes cast in 2015. And 2015 was actually a spike year in ...

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Looking for the Promised Land

February is Black History Month, an organized effort to recognize, accept and validate the African American Experience in Western Culture. It’s complicated. It’s about pride, it’s about history, it’s about education, it’s an effort to merge two ideas that often seem conflicted. Community And Diversity. How do we meld common interests (community in this case Western Culture), and special/individual interest (again in this case, the ...

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What do you mean, Diversity?

Do you want to start an impassioned discussion? Get a range of opinions you didn’t even know existed? Mention the word, “Diversity.”   Boom, there it is.   The word that is fraught with contention, loaded with preconception and armed with rampant militancy. It is an ideal that is sought, a concept that is at times avoided, and for most part, profoundly misunderstood. As a nation, we ...

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In With the New

2015 was a big year for Los Angeles Theatre and here at FootLights, we couldn’t be more proud. Every step of the way brought enormous upheaval and sometimes difficult change for the community. But with that change also came triumph. We’ve seen gorgeous original plays emerge, local female playwrights taking more of the lead, another successful Summer festival season, Hollywood Theatre Row officially designated, strategic ...

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Los Angeles Theatre: Let’s Stand Together

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We are days away from the end of 2015 and “What a ride it’s been!” This year the greater Los Angeles Theatre Community discovered it was more than just the sum of its parts. We came to realize through, communication, collaboration, struggle and triumph, through art, commerce, discussion and criticism, that we are a broad and powerful voice capable of impacting the national stage. One ...

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Raising Theatre

When a new baby is born, everybody gushes and compliments and speaks of the promise of youth. In most cases for the next 25-30 years, the only people that usually continue with that optimistic outlook is the parents, and they more out of hope then knowledge. So too can be said for a theatre movement. By virtue of all that went before it, the notion ...

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It’s Our Birthday, Let’s Celebrate!

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FootLights is now ten years old. It started as a dream. The dream was to create a publication that would serve Los Angeles the way Playbill serves New York. A simple idea, hell, how hard could it be? Now ten years later, that question, that idea, has led to a magazine that serves a significant part of the Los Angeles intimate theatre scene. In those ...

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