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Boston Court: Creative, Bold and Daring

There are a lot of buzzwords to describe Boston Court’s artistic vision; among them in their mission statement is creative, bold and daring. In the broadest terms, these are certainly applicable, but what sets Boston Court apart from other theaters requires the experience of seeing one of their productions to appreciate the uncompromising and dedicated passion they have to the eclectic, avant-garde and wholly original ...

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Veronica Brady

Veronica Brady is relaxed.  Or so it seems.  “We found another great actor,” Brady says as she falls into an tattered-old couch backstage at The Malibu Playhouse.  Brady, who is in rehearsal for the West Coast premiere of Billy Roche’s Belfry out in Malibu, has a warm relaxed confidence that you can tell after a minute or two is a refined skill she’s developed in ...

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Simon Levy

The mid-afternoon September sun is scorching as a portable air conditioner blows cool(ish) air into a tight room above The Fountain Theatre.  Simon Levy, one of LA’s theatre gems as well as Producing Director at The Fountain Theatre, sits across a dining room table and tells me he doesn’t like talking about himself.  It’s true.  He likes talking about theatre. Levy doesn’t come off as ...

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Jules Willcox

The Los Angeles actor is often branded with laziness, vanity and hunting for fast fame as their defining characteristics.  Well, Jules Willcox has none of those qualities.  In fact, she is the polar opposite of that lazy, vane, fame-monger bouncing around auditions with their dogs.  She is the real deal, an actors-actor who can do it all. “I’m busy.” Willcox says through a charming smile. ...

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Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden is right on time as she pulls up to the Atwater Village Theatre.  There is no designated spot listed for her, she just parks wherever.  I mean, she does run the place.  “Honey, you mind carrying this in for me?”, as she hands me a bag stuffed with scripts.  I follow her inside the bustling theatre and she keys open her office, which ...

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A Day in the Life

by Jamie Ferguson Usually in college, people learn things like math, history, or science. They take lots of exams, do homework, and spend at least some time in the library. I, on the other hand, majored in acting. I spent four years learning how to figure out a character’s objective, how to appropriately apply fake facial hair, and how to slap somebody across the face. ...

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Is Theater Serving Its Audience, Take Two: Defining Audience

by Jason Rohrer Every year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) reports on the artistically praiseworthy habits of each American region: Pacific residents go to a lot of straight plays; New Englanders are more apt to see a musical; East South Central dwellers don’t read as much as Mountain inhabitants. These divisions largely support the stereotype of cultured, elitist coastlines flanking a large, simple-minded heartland. Let’s, ...

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Community

by Jamie Ferguson I am a theater person. Surprising, I know, to find a theater person writing an article in a theater program, but anyway. I moved to Los Angeles recently, and I was a bit nervous about what I would find once I ventured into the theater community out here. I was afraid that in L.A., theater might get pushed to the side, marginalized ...

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Little Theatres, Big Effects: How Theatre Changed My Life (and what it can do for you)

By Hannah Logan The first live theatre I ever saw was a production of Princess and the Pea. As soon as the lights went down I was transfixed…the story, the costumes, the handsome prince and of course the GIANT MATTRESS held me in awe. This was not at all like the 6-8 hours a day of television I watched. This thing called “theatre” breathed, was ...

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Is Theater Serving Its Audience…

By Jason Rohrer According to Aristotle, theater is supposed to provide catharsis, a purging of negative emotion, resulting in a refreshed body and mind and, therefore, a more productive citizen. So when’s the last time you got all that out of a trip to the theater? In order to perform that valuable function, a play has to galvanize us, to make us think and feel ...

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