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Are Pixels Really that Precious?

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American Theatre:  80 writers protest – in writing, of course – the NY Times decision to cut designer and stage manager credits from play reviews.  Perhaps space is at a premium in a print edition but the Internet is not print media.  Full text of the letter is included in the article.

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The Battle over ‘Translating’ Shakespeare

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HowlRound:  Cultural critic Eli Keel defends the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s decision to translate Shakespeare into contemporary English: …why would you discourage passing on this gift, even if it is in a different form than when you first received it? And project director, Lue Douthit, writes a lengthy explanation of the project. But Kevin Delin has had other ideas about what the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is ...

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Video: Vanessa and French Stewart to host 2015 Ovation Awards

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@ThisStage:  Vanessa and French Stewart will be hosting the 2015 Ovation Awards on November 9, 2015.  They also penned a featured piece this month in Footlights.  More information about the Ovation Awards, including ticket purchases, can be found on the LA Stage Alliance page.

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Dakin Matthews: A Layman Looks at the Lawsuit

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I’m no lawyer, but here’s my quick take on the lawsuit in more or less plain English. Who is being sued? AEA and Mary McColl, sometimes together, sometimes separately. Who is suing? Eighteen parties, all but two, apparently, members of AEA. But not all parties have the same standing; that is, the same basis for a suit: that they have sustained or will sustain harm ...

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Shakespeare goes to San Quentin

A story about how the Bard moves and inspires those who live outside the mainstream of society.   More information about this program at the Marin Shakespeare Company website.

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A View of the AEA Member Lawsuit from the Bay Area

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Bitter Gertrude: A take on the lawsuit that Actors’ Equity members had to bring on their own Union from the Bay Area.  It all comes down to funding.  Will this latest from Equity drive all American theater to “go indie”?  

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Act II, Scene 1: H Street NE, Enter Ari Roth with Mosaic Theater Company

The Washington Post: Ari Roth, fired 10 months ago as Theater J’s artistic director, is already making his next entrance on the D.C. scene as the founder of the Mosaic Theater Company of DC, with a $1.6 million budget, a full season of plays and 38 actors.

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Video: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival Experience Online

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OPB Video – This one-hour episode explores the origins and the evolution of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival – how one man’s vision for a holiday event grew to become the economic mainstay of the city of Ashland and a major presence in American Theater. Watch online: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival from Oregon Experience. On demand, streaming video from OPB.  

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Back To The Future inspires German Theater

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American Theatre Magazine: It’s Back to the Future day, when Doc Brown and Marty (and Marty’s girlfriend, Jennifer) come in from 1985.  The film trilogy has inspired social commentary in Germany’s theaters.

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Special Section in American Theatre Magazine covers Artists with Disabilities

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The November 2015 issue of American Theatre Magazine includes a special section covering theater artists with disabilities and associated topics: Deaf and disabled theatre artists have been claiming a place on American stages for their stories and their bodies for some time now. The larger field is—perhaps too slowly, if not too late—recognizing these as the newest fronts in representing full human diversity onstage.

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