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Edward Albee: I Prefer Yes to No

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When an American playwright with enough interesting insights to win 3 Pulitzer Prizes – 4 if you count the one not given to him because the advisory committee didn’t want to give a prize out in 1963 – dies, it’s best to allow him to write his own column.  Especially for Edward Albee who always seemed to have something prickly – and honest – to ...

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Wendy Worthington’s Tour de Force

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Wendy Worthington is an actor, producer, and founding member of Neo Ensemble Theatre.  She joined Actors’ Equity Association only a few years ago.  Her motivation was to throw in with fellow Los Angeles actors protesting their union’s termination of the 99-Seat Plan – the vehicle which has fostered the development of intimate theater throughout Los Angeles.  Says Wendy: “I had come to Los Angeles to ...

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Historic Armenian Musical Is a Love Story

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On September 10, for one weekend only, native Angelena and three time Emmy award winning composer Denise Gentilini and recording artist Lisa Nemzo will mount their original production, I Am Alive,  for an exclusive showing at the Alex Theatre in Glendale.  Gentilini, who is of Armenian descent, tells the story of the Armenian Genocide through the account of her grandparents who survived the systematic killing ...

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This Is a True L.A. Story: ‘Recorded In Hollywood’

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Dolphin’s of Hollywood was not just a record store with a DJ or an iconic music gathering place for rebellious teens during a time of segregation in Los Angeles. For many people who traveled to the original Central Avenue shop, sometimes even secretly, it was a home. Legendary owner and music producer John Dolphin opened his doors to all ethnicities. By doing so he opened ...

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Ben Hill’s Hollywood Fringe – Part II

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Last month, Hollywood Fringe Festival founder and director, Ben Hill, spoke with FootLights  about the 2016 Summer lineup and the general direction of the festival going forward. Fringe has uniquely positioned itself as a front-runner in the U.S. festival scene, successfully promoting local Los Angeles talent as well as attracting shows from other cities across the country including New York. So it occurred to me ...

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Ben Hill’s Hollywood Fringe: Part I

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The 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival has been gearing up for months with a constant stream of excitement and information appearing on Facebook and Twitter, where local participants are already posting notices of their shows.  I caught up with Festival founder and director Ben Hill in a semi-calm-before-the-storm call to find out, “what’s new”. Radical change has happened on Hollywood Row with Sacred Fools taking over ...

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New Fools On The Block

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“I must learn to love the fool in me – the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries.” ~Theodore Isaac Rubin The survival of Los Angeles Theatre on Hollywood Row may not rest solely in the hands of one ...

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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: Actors’ Equity President on the 99-Seat Plan

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Actors’ Equity President, Kate Shindle, was recently interviewed by Ken Davenport for The Producer’s Perspective.  The podcast covers a number of pressing issues facing Equity and her first 9 months as Union President (she took office in June, 2015).  At the 37:55 mark, Shindle gives her assessment of the situation in LA associated with Equity’s significant alterations of the Los Angeles 99-seat plan and the ...

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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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