Profiles

A Conversation with playwright Craig Wright

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by Marshall Bissett Craig Wright gives me fair warning as we sit in a NOHO eatery next to his temporary home, the stage of the Road Theatre. “As a writer, I go through phases…. sometimes I write plays that are sweet and elegiac but right now I’m in a vicious phase.” His 2007 work The Unseen, set in a prison where a sadistic guard torments ...

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Lisa Wolpe

by Kyle Moore From the proliferation of theatre companies in Los Angeles, one might be prone to believe that anyone can throw out a shingle and start a company. However, the reality is that for each group that comes to surface, there is a foundation of many stones. The stones are the moments and events in the founding actors’ lives which compel them to fight ...

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Page to Stage — The Director’s Craft

–by Kyle Moore Sitting in an audience at the American Repertory Theatre for a production of “Waiting for Godot” many years ago, there was a point in the play when Jessica Kubzansky started to wonder where it said in the script that the actors were to gallop around the stage on all fours.  When she read the text and realized that Beckett had never written ...

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Bit by Bit Putting it Together at The Academy for New Musical Theatre

by Rick Bernstein Five calendars.  That’s what it takes. The Academy for New Musical Theatre (ANMT) has so many programs, performances, readings, concerts, and classes that it takes five calendars in the office to keep track of each meeting, rehearsal, and appointment.  It also requires a certain kind of mindset to keep everything in balance. “It takes two type-A personalities to keep this all together,” ...

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Mark Roberts

Footlights

Careers in show business are often seen as the “over night success” story. Pretty girl, cute guy walking down the street, stopped by super (producer, agent, director) and suddenly they’re stars. It’s the quintessential Hollywood success story. But in truth, careers in show business, like anywhere else, are made, and often over a long period of time. For Mark Roberts, the truth actually follows both ...

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Puppet Up

by Kyle Moore For most performers, you’d think that getting a chance to act up as a rabbit, a dog or a giant talking Tiki idol would be quite enough of a kick.  Not so for the mad puppeteers of the “Puppet Up! Uncensored” ensemble, who decided that adding improv to their skill set would be a fun challenge.  The results:  Well, you’ve probably never ...

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Shakespeare: Generations

by Kyle Moore These days, the shelf life of your average film, TV, music or internet superstar is measured in months, if not weeks.  More often than not, if someone is getting their 15 minutes of fame, chances are they’ll have overstayed their visit by about 13 minutes, and an “overnight sensation” is just that – forgotten overnight.  That’s why it’s a little mind-boggling to ...

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Art Shulman

In the theatre world, there are many big moments, moments when the culture of theatre takes notice. Benchmarks, accomplishments if you will, that become the fodder of legend. It may be the sheer number of production of a given show (The Fantasticks), ovations for a particular performance (Ray Bolger’s Performance in Where’s Charley?), or the number of shows a playwright may have running at the ...

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A Noise Within: Moving Stage Right

by Marshall Bissett In a town where the terms longevity, loyalty and consistency rarely spring to mind,  A NOISE WITHIN  is thriving while other theatre companies are wilting.  A Glendale cultural  landmark housed temporarily (for the past eighteen years) in the iconic Masonic Temple on Brand Boulevard, the company produces classic repertory theatre of exceptional quality.  The theatre is run in the style of the ...

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Who’s Got a Barn?

by Bonnie MacBird Stock market down?  Musicals up!  If you, like this writer, love musicals no matter how life is going – it turns out that Los Angeles is the city of golden abundance. Because of film and television, we have more Mickey Rooneys and Judy Garlands and their bands looking for “barns” than any other city on the planet.  More competition…more talent… and more ...

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