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Working Black Actor Talks Inequality

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Vox:  A powerful piece by a Chicago-based black actor who relates what it’s like to be a black actor in both film and theater. So when we yell #OscarsSoWhite, I stand here thinking, “So is the rest of the industry.” The inequality starts from the bottom and works its way to the top until it becomes fully institutionalized.

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Dakin Matthews on Acting

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Dakin Matthews is a well-known LA actor, scholar, and the founder of the Antaeus Theatre Company.  Most recently seen in the film Spies Like Us – playing scenes opposite Tom Hanks – he recently spoke at USC about, well, acting and theater. To have to work at the extreme edge of your experience at the age of 75 is wonderful.

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‘It Doesn’t Matter If Actors Are Male or Female’

Radical? Maybe. Pursuing a modern concept of producing Shakespeare’s plays, artistic director and actor Scott Ellis founded Merely Theatre, which stage gender-blind productions in repertory, which he discusses in a brief interview with The Stage, UK. “I think in a modern society we should be aiming to be as 50:50 as possible. As good feminists, we believe that there should be equal opportunities for male ...

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Goodbye, Alan Rickman

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Alan Rickman was that rarest of actors, a true star of both stage and screen.  It seems fitting to honor his passing with his reading of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130.

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Gregg Daniel Profiled in Huffington Post

Huffington Post:  Film actor and local theater presence Gregg Daniel gets some national mainstream exposure as he expands his creative endeavors to include directing. “Learn everything there is to know about the craft you hope to practice for the rest of your life.”

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A Classic Tradition

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In the Oxford Dictionary, the first definition of the noun, “classic,” is classic (noun): A work of art of recognized and established value. The inclusion of the words “of art,” however, makes this definition unnecessarily narrow.  Here’s a better one: classic (noun): A work of recognized and established value. It’s necessary to widen the definition because works of science can also be classics.  Examples include ...

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6 Theatre Artists Share What They’re Looking Forward To

American Theatre: Los Angeles actor and Sacred Fools Theater Company member, Leon Russom,  gets a national platform to talk about his plans for 2016: Los Angeles actor Leon Russom who spent some of 2015 recovering from an illness (and vociferously opposing Equity’s changes to the city’s longstanding 99-Seat Plan), of Sacred Fools Theater, says he’ll return to the Fools for the premiere of Padraic Duffy’s ...

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More on Mother Courage and #BlackPerspectivesMatter

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Tonya Pinkins walking out of the Off-Broadway production, Mother Courage and Her Children, has made clear the difficulties that can occur when artists of varying perspectives collaborate, particularly when sensitive topics like diversity are part of the mix.  As further proof of the nuances involved, Michael Potts, another actor from the production, recently gave his behind-the-scenes perspective about what happened during the rehearsal process: I’ve ...

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A Study of the Broadway Understudy

The New Yorker provides a glimpse of the world of the Broadway Understudy: Understudies suffer the artistic frustration of not being able to make a role entirely their own, even should they have the opportunity to perform. They bear the difficult knowledge that their own opportunity for success depends upon the chance of someone else’s misfortune; possibly, they even wish for it. “I secretly wanted ...

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A South Florida Theater Critic Reflects

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Miami is not particularly known for being a theater center for the US which is all the more reason why Christine Dolen’s thoughts on the scene there, after 36 years of watching it as a critic, are particularly compelling. I talked to Tennessee Williams at a table by the water in Key West. I met Edward Albee for the first time in the lobby of ...

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