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Need a Weekly Shakespeare Fix?

This Week in Shakespeare is the brainchild of bicoastal actors Liza de Weerd and Brian Weiss. Beginning in April of 2014, the 450th anniversary of the Bard’s birth, the pair would perform weekly short scenes under the shadow of Shakespeare’s statue in New York’s Central Park. By June 2015, they had covered the entire canon and have since expanded their body of work to include ...

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An Interview with Steven Leigh Morris, Newly Appointed Executive Director of LA Stage Alliance

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@ This Stage – Less than 24 hours after the announcement that Steven Leigh Morris, preeminent Los Angeles theater critic, had been named as the new Executive Director of LA STAGE Alliance, Michael Van Duzer had an opportunity to speak with him over the phone and ask a few questions.

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The Making of King Lear: Behind the Scenes

The New York Review of Books:  A thorough review of The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 by James Shapiro discusses Shakespeare’s writing of King Lear in the context of the artist’s life.  How did the final version of the play veer from the source material – and why?

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Photoessay: Touring Shakespeare Company Performs in Refugee Camp

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The Guardian:  The Globe Theatre aimed to have its touring production of Hamlet visit every country in the world to commemorate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, and the 400th anniversary of his death, it has visited 136 countries out of 196. The only country the company could not get permission and insurance to visit was Syria, so they performed in the Zaatari refugee camp ...

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President Makes Second Trip to Hamilton

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Playbill:  President Obama returned to Broadway to see Hamilton on Tuesday.   Being on a fund-raiser stage gave the President an opportunity for a little political stand-up: “Have you noticed that every one of these candidates says, ‘Obama’s weak. Putin’s kicking sand in his face. When I talk to Putin, he’s going to straighten out.’ “Then it turns out they can’t handle a bunch of CNBC ...

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BREAKING: Actors’ Equity Agrees to Meet with Lawsuit Plaintiffs

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Broadway World: Actors’ Equity released a statement today: Actors’ Equity Association announced today that the union and the plaintiffs in the Asner vs. Actors Equity Litigation have agreed to meet. Due to pending litigation Actors’ Equity will not make any further statements about the meeting. See Also: Members of Actors’ Equity File Lawsuit Against Their Union Full Text of LA Actor lawsuit against AEA & ...

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A.R. Gurney on American Theater

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A.R. Gurney, the prolific playwright of such titles as Sylvia, The Dining Room, and, of course, Love Letters, turns 85 today.  We celebrate the day with these two insightful clips from 2000 where he discusses Broadway and the future of American Theater.  For Gurney’s more recent thoughts, including those on his latest play, Love & Money, which just had its World Premiere this summer at ...

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Stage Raw’s 2nd Symposium: “Funding Arts Journalism”

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Stage Raw: These are tumultuous days for the theater community in Los Angeles, but one thing is for sure: There has never been a better time for the community to draw together for the purposes of thought-provoking self-analysis.  Jenny Lower reports on Stage Raw’s second of three symposia: “Funding Arts Journalism.”  

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Video Profile: Ali Stroker, the First Actor in a Wheelchair to Perform on Broadway

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Ali Stroker has been spotlighted in several articles recently.  Here are two very different video profiles of her, the first actor in a wheelchair to perform on Broadway:  

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10 First-Time Ovation Nominated Companies

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@ThisStage:  The rich Los Angeles Theater Scene continues to expand.  Here are 10 companies nominated for the prestigious Ovation awards for the first time.  And many of the usual suspects will be returning as well. The 10 companies (more info in the link above): Four Larks Fresh Produce’d LA Impro Theatre Loft Ensemble Los Angeles Performance Practice Moth Theatre Company Serrano New York, LLC Sierra ...

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