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Deborah S. Craig

You know that indescribable quality that defines a “star”?  Sometimes it is labeled as charisma or sex appeal and other times you just can’t put your finger why someone is extraordinary.  Well, if you spend any amount of time with Deborah S. Craig you’ll get a sense of what I am talking about plus you’ll probably laugh your ass off. “I started acting because people ...

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Send in the Professionals

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“What defines a Professional?”  This seemingly simple question has become a hot topic amid the aggressive and highly unpopular actions the Actors’ Equity Association (the actors’ union) has taken towards its own Los Angeles membership.  Equity’s actions have eliminated a 29-year-old plan that allowed professional, union actors to participate in intimate theater for essentially no pay.  So “pay” is apparently the answer to the posed ...

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Patty McCormack

A stint of much needed rain was falling outside The Whitefire Theatre when a petite woman ducked inside the lobby.  She was wearing a bright pink shirt under her coat that  popped her piercing blue eyes.  The same blue eyes that helped her win the role as Rhoda Penmark in the 1956 classic film, The Bad Seed.  As she threw her bags down on the ...

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The Size of Los Angeles

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You may be aware that actors in Los Angeles are presently trying to prevent their union, Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), from up-ending the local intimate theater culture. At its core, intimate theater is a place where no one expects to make any money. For when the house size is 99 seats or less (and often much less), there is no way to amortize your investment ...

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Voting on AEA proposal Continues.

The debate rages on, and and social media is filled with discussion about the merits and impact of the recently self promulgated proposal by Actors’ Equity Association.  While this initially seemed to be a local issue, parties from around the country are chiming in. Los Angeles for nearly 30 years has enjoyed the opportunity for professional actors to perform on small stages for a stipend. ...

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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

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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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