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Equity Removes Tweet, Inserts Letter

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Yesterday, Actors’ Equity officially applauded a wording change in the casting notice for Hamilton.  The tweet was controversial because it begged the question about being able to cast by race – something that doesn’t appear to be an issue if the casting notice calls exclusively for Caucasians.  That tweet: spurred a significant Internet backlash.  Equity has since deleted the tweet. Today, Equity issued another tweet ...

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Theatricum Botanicum Announces 2016 Season

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The summer season lineup at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum includes four timeless classics that continue to reflect our life and times centuries after Shakespeare’s death 400 years ago. It all takes place at Theatricum’s unique and spectacular outdoor setting under the California live oaks and summer skies of Topanga.  The five mainstage productions will play in repertory through October 2.  Dates indicate the first performance ...

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UPDATED: Hamilton Casting Raises Diversity Issues

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The diversity argument in the arts has been brewing hotter for at least a year now.   The backlash discussion of Howlround’s Jubilee, an attempt to get theaters to commit to producing only non-white, non-male writers in the year 2020, showed that the boundary between diversity and inclusiveness is not as sharp as might be expected. Now Hamilton, the Broadway sensation that will likely sweep the ...

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UPDATED: Pay-for-Play Auditions

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Last year, the new Bitter Lemons policy of “pay-for-play,” paying the publication to get them to send a reviewer, created a national debate on the practice – and near-universal condemnation.  (Bitter Lemons is again promoting a pay-for-play review system for the upcoming Hollywood Fringe Festival.) Now, the Hollywood Reporter reveals that a pay-for-play mentality is taking over Hollywood casting sessions. The arguments for this happening ...

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Anthony Byrnes: Is LA a Canary in a Coal Mine?

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Los Angeles-based theater critic and essayist, Anthony Byrnes, provides a succinct summary of the present situation between the LA theater community and Actors’ Equity.   As Byrnes emphasizes, the situation seems to continually cycle back to issues that neither the 1980s settlement (in favor of the LA actors) nor the 99-Seat Plan elimination last year (Equity’s initiative) fully resolved. Act I of the latest drama ...

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Hollywood Fringe 2016: Marketing & Official Packets

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Latest from Ben Hill and the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival: Registration Deadline for Guide Inclusion is Friday, April 1.  No Fooling! Official 2016 Hollywood Fringe Participant Packet The Fringe has put together a handy packet of reminders, marketing tips and tricks, promotional opportunities and other goodies. Read the entirety of this packet – it could contain the keys to your festival success! Check out the 2016 ...

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Geffen Playhouse Announces 2016-2017 Season

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Beginning its third decade of producing world-class theater, the not-for-profit Geffen Playhouse announces its upcoming season: Barbecue  (written by Robert O’Hara), September 6 – October 16, 2016.  West Coast Premiere.  From Obie and Helen Hayes Award winner Robert O’Hara comes a new comedy about sibling love and loathing. The Model Apartment  (written by Donald Margulies, directed by Evan Cabnet), October 11 – November 20, 2016. Pulitzer ...

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LASA Director on Recent Theater Closings

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ThisStage: LA STAGE Alliance Director, Steven Leigh Morris, continues to espouse his theme of “we’re all in this together” concerning the recent, near back-to-back production suspensions at both the Colony Theatre in Burbank and the Cabrillo Music Theatre in Thousand Oaks.  From the start of his tenure as Director, Morris has consistently spoken about theater in the City of Angeles as one community despite attempts ...

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Cabrillo Music Theatre to Suspend Production at the Conclusion of the 2015-2016 Season

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Press Release: It is with great sorrow that the Board of Directors of Cabrillo Music Theatre announces that it will suspend its productions at the conclusion of the 2015-2016 season, following the production of THE LITTLE MERMAID, running July 15-24, 2016. As the only locally based professional musical theatre company and Resident Company at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza for the last 22 years, ...

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Pasadena Playhouse Announces 2016-2017 Season

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The Pasadena Playhouse has announced its 2016-2017.  This will be the final season under the guidance of Artistic Director, Sheldon Epps. The Fantasticks (written by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, directed by Seema Sueko), September 6, 2016 – October 2, 2016;  Opening: September 11 at 5:00pm.  Winner of a Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre, The Fantasticks is a lyrical and romantic musical that tells ...

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