Editor’s Desk

Intimate Theatre

Los Angeles intimate theatre is now under siege. Even if you’re tired of hearing about it, it continues. Actor’s Equity Association, (AEA) besides unilaterally changing the basic plan for theatres her in LA, has now gone an extra step and is telling theatres that have been producing for more than 20 years, that they have no record of for example the Evidence Room ever having ...

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The Cost of Theatre

As you may be well aware, there is a battle raging as to what the landscape of LA theatre will look like in coming days. At stake is the ability of seasoned actors that are members of Actors Equity Association (AEA) to be able to engage in their art without a contract. For more than 30 years, AEA members have been willing to provide their ...

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Bully on the Block

bullies

What do you call it when a 6th grade hall monitor goes up to the smallest 4th grader and “says get off the playground!”? We call it bullying, right? Mr. Boss approaches the mail boy and says, “Norbert, get out of my way, get me some coffee!”? It can be seen as abuse? When a union tells its members that you can’t volunteer, you can’t ...

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The Temple of Theatre

Theatre is an art form. But what is Art? From Wikipedia, we get “Art is a diverse range of human activities and the products of those activities …..”. fair enough, but I think it goes a little deeper.  From me you get, Art is the effort of the individual to express their innermost passions. Art can be created without any further consideration than the intent ...

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What is Diversity?

I wake up every day, well most every day, with the same ambitions and expectations of myself that I had when I was 25. Of course, the moment I move I’m immediately reminded that I am no longer 25, nor have I been near that age in decades. But my perspective on life, my ambition to explore my environment and my nature don’t feel any ...

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Multicultural

Theatre was born the moment one being tried to express a story to another. It’s as simple as that.  Given that every culture anywhere in this world has some form of theatre, it can easily be claimed that theatre is a universal art form. In some cases it looks like dance, in others it looks like religious ceremony. In some it is the ritualized process ...

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Coming of Age

For those that want to know how life changes as you gain seniority, let me offer this perspective. Mostly it doesn’t. But what does happen is you, or me in this case, pause for reflection about what has changed around me. As my focus is pretty much aimed on theatre, I thought it time to reflect how theatre has changed in LA, since my early ...

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Why Theatre? Why Now?

Theatre has been an institution of western culture for more than 3000 years. That’s a ton of tradition, and a lot of baggage. While admittedly there have been periods where the art was overshadowed by message, by-in-large the form has held up fairly well. Each age has found a place for this indomitable art, and every era has added to the mystique of what it ...

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Arts and Entertainment

Recently there has been a rumbling, a conversation in the zeitgeist, pondering the value of theatre. There seems to be some contention about whether theatre is entertainment, or a forum of change. At the center is the age-old conflict between art and entertainment. Which comes first, and which is the master. Does one have a dominant position, and should that influence the other. And more ...

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The times, they are a changin’

For more than a century, Theatre as an institution has been facing a challenge of audience interest. While theatre along with sports were the principal sources of popular public entertainment for thousands of years, the advent of the moving picture, followed by the proliferation of television sounded a warning that Theatre as an art form may no longer be a mainstay of public interest. If ...

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