Tag Archives: history

UPDATED: LA v Equity enters Act III

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It’s been 2 years since this story began: After a Prologue of ReImagine LA activity, followed by Equity engagement with the  Los Angeles theater community via survey, focus groups, and town hall meetings, Act I opened in February 2015 dramatically:  Equity’s dropping of a “Promulgated Plan” onto Los Angeles and the announcement that the 99-Seat Plan would be terminated. Act I consisted of phone banking, ...

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L.A. Plaintiffs’ Response to Union’s Motion to Dismiss

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In the latest of the legal battle shaping up between a group of Los Angeles actors who are suing their own union, Actors’ Equity Association, comes the official legal response to Equity’s Motion to Dismiss their lawsuit.  The 34-page document, submitted to the court, is a point-for-point rebuttal of Equity’s motion filed on July 21, 2016. These volleys back and forth make clear this legal ...

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The Meaning of Actors’ Equity’s Motion to Dismiss LA Lawsuit

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Following the LA actors serving a lawsuit on their union (Actor’s Equity), the Union has countered with a motion to dismiss that lawsuit.  The complete text of the motion can be found here in PDF format.  (It’s a 45 MB file.  A lighter, text-version of the primary document appears below.) Lawsuits are often about the rules of the conflict – and how they apply to ...

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BREAKING: LA Plaintiffs serve Equity lawsuit

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BREAKING: LOS ANGELES (July 14, 2016) — Actors and other members of the Los Angeles theatrical community (Ed Asner, Tom Bower, Gregg Daniel, John Flynn, Maria Gobetti, Gary Grossman, Ed Harris, Salome Jens, Veralyn Jones, Karen Kondazian, Simon Levy, Amy Madigan, Tom Ormeny, Lawrence Pressman, Michael Shepperd, Joseph Stern, French Stewart, and Vanessa Stewart) have served the lawsuit they filed against Actors’ Equity Association on ...

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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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Sheldon Epps Talks Diversity and LA Theater

Sheldon Epps has been the Artistic Director of the Pasadena Playhouse since 1997. He came to that position with a great many credits, including being the Assistant AD at the Old Globe, the founder of several theatre companies, and a noted director on and off Broadway. His television credits read like a who’s who of Hollywood.  We talked just before his announcement to step down ...

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The Making of King Lear: Behind the Scenes

The New York Review of Books:  A thorough review of The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 by James Shapiro discusses Shakespeare’s writing of King Lear in the context of the artist’s life.  How did the final version of the play veer from the source material – and why?

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Emerson College Faculty Vote to Oppose School’s Colonial Theatre Plan

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Playbill:  Emerson College’s faculty voted Oct. 27 to oppose plans to turn Boston’s vintage Colonial Theatre, a theatre, which was built in 1900, predating all existing Broadway houses, into a student activity center and dining facility. The resolution states, in part, that the “plans were developed without sufficient input from faculty, students, alumni and other city, regional and national stakeholders.” It calls “on the administration ...

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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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Emerson College President Responds to Boston’s Colonial Theatre Protests

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Playbill.com: Lee Pelton, president of the Emerson College in Boston, used an Oct. 18 column in the Boston Globe to defend plans to repurpose the historic Colonial Theatre, Boston’s oldest continually-running theatre, which is owned by Emerson.  The idea has not been well-received.

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