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Off in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains—not yet in the hills, but you know you’ve been gaining altitude as you approach—sits the Mountainview Cemetery and Mausoleum.  Pulling into the parking lot of the Mausoleum at dusk is slightly eerie.  You know the feeling, the kind you used to get as a kid when driving by a cemetery.  The imagination takes flight and all ...

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Walk into the 24th St Theatre

There is a question that is seldom addressed – what does success look like if your passion is theatre and that is where you want to live?  Well, let’s take a little tour.  Just off of Hoover on 24th Street in Los Angeles, sits a theatre.  The one on the north side of the street.  Only the name of the theatre over the top of the front door ...

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Native Son – Anataeus Theatre

“Did you enjoy the play?” These should not be jarring words. But catching my breath after experiencing Native Son at the Antaeus became neigh on impossible when that question was posed. For 90 minutes I had been submerged in the psyche, experience, history and tumultuous grappling of a man’s assessment of his life, with full awareness that his fate was as inescapable as his past. ...

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Sacred Fools – The Broadwater

In 1997, I was performing in a production of Cyrano De Bergerac at the Knightsbridge Theatre in Pasadena.  One of my cast mates at the time, Stan Freitag, was very excited because he had just gotten involved with a new upstart theatre company in Hollywood called Sacred Fools.  Little aware was I as to how significant the upstart company would become in the subsequent years. ...

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This week: LA Theatre

Want to know what’s opening? What to see? Here’s what’s happening now! For details, visit Opening Soon

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28th Annual Ovation Awards

On the evening of January 29th, the Los Angeles theatre community gathered to honor their own. The United Artists Theatre in the Ace Hotel, was the scene of the 28th Annual Ovation Awards.  With a packed house, attendees watched as awards were announced in 35 categories. It was an evening of celebration and an opportunity to catch up with old friends and comrades. the excitement ...

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It’s Not Just The Message

Have you spent time looking at the cute videos on Facebook?  Not just the kittens and puppies at play, but the ones that show empathetic behavior amongst animals?  The ones that really get me are the bonds that are formed between different species, the dog and lion story, or the pig nursing a kitten… those little gems put a smile on my face, and offer ...

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We The People

How often have we heard some say, “Why do actors have to give us their political opinions? They’re paid to act, not tell me what to think!”  That’s a paraphrase, but I’m sure we’ve all heard something along those lines.  Aside from the fact that actors are always making a political statement by the very way they create a role,  it’s inherent in the process.  ...

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Resource Sharing For Los Angeles Theater

la stage alliance warehouse co-op costumes

Sustainability. It’s the buzz word du jour in Los Angeles theater with most of the current dialog focused on funding (When is it never focused on funding?!). Community partnerships, collaboration and keeping the theaters in business all fall under the broadly topical heading.  But narrow down the focus and you’ll discover one of the more intelligent resources functioning behind the red curtain, for local and ...

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HIPPOLife is Healing Through Art

Anthony and Christina Gilardi HIPPOLife

“I’m an actor and a coach.” OK. What else?  After teaching acting on Hollywood Row for years, Anthony Gilardi of Anthony Gilardi Acting Studio wanted to do more. He did. He created HIPPOLife, a non-profit dedicated to using art as a means of rehabilitation, social awareness, creative expression, empowerment, and helping his fellow man/woman.  I recently sat down with Anthony to find out more. Forming a nonprofit and creating active ...

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