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Resource Sharing For Los Angeles Theater

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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

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“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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Artful Supporters

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There’s a black and white photograph in my high school yearbook. It’s of people in winter gear hanging around a railing at the skating rink where our hockey team played. A banner of the team’s name, Trojans, hangs on the railing. The picture is captioned “Athletic Supporters.” Sure, it’s sophomoric. It’s a high school yearbook. Because I was Co-Editor-in-Chief of the yearbook, I was called ...

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The Godmother of Rock and Roll!

While visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio,  Randy Johnson, the creator of such seminal works as Always Patsy Cline and A Night Janis Joplin, came upon a book titled Shout Sister Shout! Randy’s first reaction, “That’s a perfect title for a musical.” The fact that the book was a biography of Sister Rosetta Tharpe who is often referred to as ...

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Michael Teoli Branding Theater Through Music

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Doomesday Cabaret, The Magic Bullet Theory, Absolutely Filthy, Skullduggery.  All these Made-in-LA Theater productions that have an extra element unique to them.  Original music. Berklee College of Music alum Michael Teoli has written, arranged or scored (or all three) more than a few out-of-the-box original rock musicals and plays for Los Angeles theater. (Of course, there’s that other fun fact of him being an intern ...

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Fringing Around the World

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has a significant milestone birthday this year. It is seventy years old and this means that “fringe” is seventy too. Where there was one fringe festival in 1947, now over 200 fringe festivals across the globe facilitate hundreds of thousands of artists and performers to reach a staggering number of people every year.The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has a significant ...

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Beyond The Hollywood Fringe

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Is there life after the Hollywood Fringe Festival? Yes! Of course! Last season Hollywood Fringe founder Ben Hill spoke to the excitement and changes with each HFF season, including some of the How To’s for international shows participating in the local scene . But a next step for productions who want to go further than a 2-week run once the #fringeproms, Twitter chats and regular ...

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Open Fist’s Anti-Hero

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Collaborators and artistic directors Guy Zimmerman of Padua Playwrights and Martha Demson of Open Fist Theatre Company,  will tell you, The Gary Plays are a pure product of Los Angeles.  Each part written here and culturally borne of this very city is a sort of Homeric tale prescient in its day, now living in the present moment.  An octet of plays written by Murry Mednick, ...

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Rare Vonnegut Comes To Sacred Fools

Ben Rock (Blair Witch Project, Alien Raiders, Baal, Occupation, Taste) laying out his Sirens of Titan Show & Tell – script, program, tattered teen tome and set design specs – was like discovering ancient artifacts that were going to change the course of human history. “I brought some visual aids to show you. One of them is the original script that I got from the ...

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Chuck Berry and Creating Commercialated Culture

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Chuck Berry may be dead but you know he won’t stay buried.  He’s just too irrepressible for confinement to such a singular state.  He was like his music:  audacious and muscular.  His huge hands easily enveloped the fretboard of his Gibson ES-335 and pulled sounds from it that would electrify the soul.  Is it possible to remain still while experiencing the pure energy coming from ...

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