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UPDATED: 99-Seat Plan to Equity Contract – The Data

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Footlights originally published this letter from actress and producer Vanessa Stewart on March 25, 2016. Vanessa has since updated her database making it even more accurate and a more valuable tool for the theater community. She explains her update in an addendum which follows her original letter below: I just spent about a year of researching 99-Seat productions that moved to contracts. And here’s what ...

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Equity Work Week Numbers by the Numbers

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Actors’ Equity Association has repeatedly expressed concern that the Los Angeles 99-Seat Plan has impeded paid opportunities for actors in the region. Equity President Kate Shindle made remarks along these lines in March of this year: …the idea that a mid-sized theater could open at this point, or even a smallish theater, could open at this point in Los Angeles when they had to compete ...

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UPDATED: Actor Abuse in Chicago’s Profiles Theatre

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The house lights are up on Profiles Theatre.  Way up.  In a recent in-depth expose, Chicago Reader informs its audience about the actor abuse that has taken place there for over 20 years: In her review, [Sun-Times critic Hedy] Weiss noted the bruises on the actors’ arms. “At one point, a female cast member is being brutally choked, then forced to give a makeshift blow ...

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2016 Stage Raw Awards: Nominees & Winners

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Now in its second year, the 2016 Stage Raw Awards, given to honor the excellence found in Los Angeles 99-seat (intimate) theater, were held on Monday, April 25 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in Downtown LA.  The evening’s hosts were Dr. Pinch (Independent Shakespeare Co.’s David Melville) and the Pinchtones will host. Awards winners are listed below in bold, red letters among any nominations. Congratulations ...

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What’s the Motivation?

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Understanding the moment-by-moment emotional drive of a character is fundamental to good acting. That’s why the most clichéd of all actor statements is “What’s my motivation?” (To which Alfred Hitchcock would reply “Your salary.”) When an actor judges a character – imposing their own world view on what the writer wrought – the ability to understand motivation is lost. Or as my acting instructor often ...

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It’s Raining Hamiltons from Heaven

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The Hollywood Reporter takes a look at what is being done with all those dollars that Broadway’s Hamilton  is raking in.  With weekly grosses of $1.5M in ticket sales, 40% immediately goes to theater rental and other operating costs like salaries.  After royalties are then paid, there is $600,000 a week to pay back the investors until the initial capital outlay of $12.5M is recouped.  ...

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‘This Week in Shakespeare’ Hits 100 Episodes

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This Week in Shakespeare, the weekly video series created by bicoastal actors Liza de Weerd and Brian Weiss, hit a major milestone this week by posting its 100th episode.  To mark this special occasion, de Weerd and Weiss chose married actors Kitty Swink and Armin Shimerman as the epsisode’s subjects.  Shimerman, best known for originating the role of popular Ferengi character Quark in the Star ...

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UPDATED: Pay-for-Play Auditions

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Last year, the new Bitter Lemons policy of “pay-for-play,” paying the publication to get them to send a reviewer, created a national debate on the practice – and near-universal condemnation.  (Bitter Lemons is again promoting a pay-for-play review system for the upcoming Hollywood Fringe Festival.) Now, the Hollywood Reporter reveals that a pay-for-play mentality is taking over Hollywood casting sessions. The arguments for this happening ...

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Letter: 99-Seat Plan to Equity Contract – The Data

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[The database discussed in this letter has since been updated.  Details may be found here.] I just spent about a year of researching 99-Seat productions that moved to contracts. And here’s what I found (with help from the Los Angeles Theater Community): At least 127 productions that began in 99-Seat theaters graduated to a level where the actors received Equity contracts. 917 Equity contracts were ...

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Orson Bean: ‘The Most Lucky Fella’

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Just ask yourself every morning when you wake up, ‘Are you or are you not the luckiest son of a bitch you know?’ It’s funny.  Here I was scheduled to meet with cultural icon Orson Bean minutes post a Sunday afternoon performance of his solo show, Safe at Home: An Evening with Orson Bean, at the Pacific Resident Theatre and the one thought that crammed ...

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