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Sienna Miller Quits Play After Being Offered Half the Wage of Her Male Co-star

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Stylist Magazine: Sienna Miller has revealed that she refused the Broadway role of Sally Bowles in Cabaret in New York when she discovered she was offered only half the wage salary of her male co-star.  The issue of gender inequality among actors has been a hot topic of late, as many have come out to whistle blow the sexism they encounter on a regular basis ...

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Why Doesn’t L.A. Get the Cool New Plays Like Those Cities Back East?

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LA Weekly:  Los Angeles has a lot going for it when it comes to theater. It’s filled with creative types, has a large and vocal 99-seat theater scene, is home to some heavyweight large theaters putting on big-budget productions and is crawling with successful TV and film actors who enjoy doing stage work.  Why, then, do so many of the country’s coolest plays — including ...

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Elephant Theatre Co. in Hollywood Bids Farewell, For Now at Least

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LA Times: The Elephant Theatre Co. in Hollywood has ceased operations and its members are considering their options following the recent sale of the company’s longtime home on Santa Monica Boulevard, leaders said in recent interviews.  The award-winning company, which has built a reputation for championing new American plays, is the latest casualty on Hollywood’s Theatre Row. http://lat.ms/1iaO38u

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Theater Needs To Pay A Lot More Attention To Female Playwrights

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Huffington Post: The gender gap pervades every industry and measurable statistic of modern life, except maybe roundups of gynecology patients. The theater is one of our worst examples. While festivals like Fringe work to include a wider range of female voices, overall far too little progress has been made in terms of gender parity. And according to a study from the U.K., we’ve only made around one ...

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12 Best Theater Companies In Los Angeles

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LAist: The vitality and fun of Los Angeles’s theater scene should not be a well-kept secret.  L.A. is home to dozens of excellent theater organizations and companies offering great productions all the time in venues large and small. Here are some of the best of them. http://bit.ly/1JRpIKw

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Pro-99 Movement Release Letter to AEA President Kate Shindle

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Stage Raw:  Last week, members of the Pro-99 movement, whose current contact person is Lisa Glass, released their long-awaited congratulatory letter to newly elected AEA President Kate Shindle, who actively courted the Pro-99 seat faction during the months leading up to her election while the Union management’s abrasive campaign battered their Pro-99 members. The letter represents a cordial attempt to remind her of that fact. Paul Birchall ...

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Fountain Theatre Celebrates 25 Years as Vital, Intimate L.A. Stage

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Los Angeles Times: Fountain Theatre co-founder and co-artistic director, Stephen Sachs recalls a quarter-century of productions on one of L.A.’s most vital intimate theaters from Deborah Lawlor’s first phone call from a hospital bed to looking ahead at expansion. ‘I want to start a theater. Will you run it with me?’  ‘Absolutely.’ ”  

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Audience Member Seeks Relief Backstage During Performance

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Playbill: Oh No She Didn’t! There are many kinds of actor nightmares, but this looks like a new one. An intoxicated audience member climbed onto the stage of the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA,  in the middle of Tina McCoy and Cal Chandler’s onstage duet “Alleluia” during an actual performance of The Fix, and exited through a door on the set seeking a restroom. http://bit.ly/1WAB6UT

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The Sounds of Silence

Stage Raw: Can Actors’ Equity Association new president Kate Shindle save her union by setting the factual record straight to the rank-and-file membership from Los Angeles to New York, on Equity’s aggressive behavior towards its LA members and its unwillingness to speak to the community regarding the 99-Seat plan? Kevin Delin looks at Shindle’s deafening silence, the current cost to the membership and why she can ...

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Dramatists Guild Clashes With Minnesota Troupe Over New Play Fest

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Playbill.com: “Arrogant” and “cowardly” were words used by Doug Wright, president of the Dramatists Guild, to describe guidelines posted by the Words Players Theatre of Rochester, MN for its planned 2015 Original Short Play Festival. http://bit.ly/1IO1Maq

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