Editor’s Desk

The Three C’s

Sometimes I feel as if I’m shouting into gale force winds. The louder I scream the less is heard. What am I talking about?  Communication. Community. Communion. The three great C’s of Theatre. How do we inspire the activation and commitment of the entire community to best take advantage of what could be called the noblest art. By its very nature, Theatre is the model ...

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Dare to Adventure

One of the great joys of running FootLights Publishing is that I learn about a lot of shows that are being produced throughout greater LA. The sad part is that because of the sheer numbers, it’s impossible to see everything. Now my want, as I’m guessing is the case with most people, is to go with the familiar. A show we know, a theatre we ...

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Land of Smiles

 Theatre is a powerful and transformative art form. I know, you’ve heard that before, but I’d like to bring your attention to a case in point.  There’s a new play in the forming entitled, Land Of Smiles.  Erin Kamler, perhaps best known in Los Angeles for her play, Divorce, the Musical, has for the last several years been researching and developing a musical that is ...

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Critics

Following a trend seen across the country, The LA Weekly recently downsized its space for theatre criticism.  Economic factors were noted up as the cause, but I think there’s more to it than that. I suspect it has more to do with audience reaction and interest – and I’d like to put that concept to a test. After all, what is a critic?  Elementally, it’s ...

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The Best Gift

The best present . . . Each year, as I prepare to usher out the old and welcome in the new, (this is symbolic, not realistic on my part – ask my wife), I recount the past year and try to be thankful for what gifts I’ve been privileged to receive.  In my early youth, it was probably a bike, or a game …  or ...

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Finding an Audience

Recently I sat on a panel for the Producing School,  a project spearheaded by Mike Abramson of DOMA Productions and Schoen Smith of Venture Hill Entertainment.  There were about 25 people in attendance looking for insight into producing theatre in Los Angeles.  Some were fresh off the boat, and a few had some experience, but what all of them wanted to know was, how do ...

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Los Angeles: Theatre?

There’s a commonly held opinion, not just in LA, but around the country, that Los Angeles is not a theatre town.  Before we get a bunch of folks screaming at me for repeating this slanderous statement, let me make it perfectly clear,  I believe Los Angeles is not just a theatre town, but perhaps the most important center for theatre anywhere in the world. There ...

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What’s it all about?

I’ve got to get this out, I’ve been holding onto it for years, and the situation seems to be getting worse. What am I talking about? Audiences! For years, I have watched audiences at various events develop certain habits. One of the most egregious actions is the propensity of an increasing number of people to run out of a show, before the performance is over. ...

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Artist and Audiences

There are two unique groups that are required to have a thriving theatre community: the artists, and the audience.  These groups are not mutually exclusive, but each should respect their roles in the nurturing of theatre. Each has responsibilities that are unique and each should try to inhabit either the role of artist or the audience for every show they may touch. This is important ...

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The Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles

When I first came to Los Angeles, the Equity-Waiver plan was just being put in place. If you aren’t familiar with the history, it allowed for professional actors, those belonging to AEA (Actors Equity Association), to perform on stage for significantly less money than were quoted under normal contracts. In the intervening years, the plan has changed, the scope has been adjusted, and a lot ...

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