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Michael Shannon and Kirsten Fitzgerald Talk Chicago Storefront Theater

In a filmed on-site interview at the Old Town Ale House, Shannon and Fitzgerald talk about the history behind A Red Orchid, the challenges of celebrity and why Chicago storefront theater, in the words of Shannon, “makes Antarctica look like a little playground.”

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Steven Leigh Morris on the Future of LA Theater

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American Theatre:  Incoming LA STAGE Alliance Executive Director, Steven Leigh Morris, gives an extended interview on the future of Los Angeles theater and his ideas on how to get it there. We need to get recognition of the theatre art beyond the theatre community, so that people who live in Los Angeles understand really clearly that if they haven’t seen a play, in a large or ...

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Report: Stage Raw Symposium on Diversity in Theater

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Stage Raw: The third and final in a series of recent Stage Raw symposia was held Monday.  It focused on the hot topic of diversity: During the post-symposium questions, a discussion erupted over Howlround’s Jubilee. The general consensus was dismissive.  

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Theatre Banshee to Shutter on December 1, 2015

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From Theatre Banshee’s Facebook page: It is with heavy hearts that we post the sad news that The Banshee will be closing it’s doors Dec. 1. This fall we were hit with a sudden and drastic increase in our rent. We explored many options, none of which were able to cope with the new level of rent. This Thanksgiving, we give our thanks to our ...

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Video: Deaf West’s Spring Awakening Performance on Late Night with Seth Meyers

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Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakenings continues to gain national attention with their cast performance of “Touch Me” on Late Night with Seth Meyers, November 23, 2015.  Marlee Matlin, who is making her Broadway debut in the production, signs the introduction.  This show began its life in a small 99-seat theater before moving to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills and ...

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Ten Finalists Selected for 1st Annual Humanitas/Center Theatre Group Playwriting Prize

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Center Theatre Group Press Release: After reviewing over 230 play submissions, Center Theatre Group announced today that 10 finalists have been chosen for the first annual Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize. The award will be given to the best new, unproduced play written by a Southern California playwright. The winning playwright will receive a $5,000 cash prize and an additional $5,000 will be given to a Southern ...

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LA Times Critic Charles McNulty Lauds New Generation of Playwrights

LA Times Theater Critic, Charles McNulty, writes of the current revolution in American play writing: This fall season has provided Los Angeles theatergoers the opportunity to become better acquainted with the most exciting generation of playwrights to have burst onto the scene since I became a theater critic more than two decades ago.  

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Remembering LA Theater Internet Pioneer Geoff Hoff

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Bitter Lemons:  Geoff Hoff, founder of LA Theater Review  and a pioneer in getting Los Angeles theater onto the Internet, died on November 18, 2015.  He was 60 years old.  David Jette, who wrote for Hoff, provides a personal remembrance. Here’s an editorial Hoff wrote in 2010 about theater etiquette.

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Video: 99 Seat-to-Broadway Production of Spring Awakening at White House

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As part of the celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the cast of Deaf West’s 99-seat-to-Broadway production of Spring Awakening  was invited to perform at the White House on November 18, 2015. The program officially recognized the origins of this production in a 99 seat theater with funding by the National Endowment for the Arts: This is the start of the Spring Awakening  portion ...

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Dramatists Guild President on Writer’s Rights

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Dramatists Guild of America President, Doug Wright, has officially weighed in on the controversy surrounding playwright Lloyd Suh’s decision to prevent Clarion University from producing his play, Jesus in India, over casting issues: November 18, 2015 Recently, issues of casting and race have arisen in our national conversation about theater. While the Dramatists Guild applauds these necessary, rigorous and heartfelt conversations, it seems to us ...

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