Tag Archives: intimate theater

Sierra Madre Playhouse Wins Grant

Sierra Madre Playhouse

The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation has bestowed a $15,000 grant on Sierra Madre Playhouse in support of its upcoming production, Thomas Gibbons’ Bee-luther-hatchee.  The Sierra Madre Playhouse is one of four Los Angeles and Seattle area theaters newly designated as a grantee and is the only intimate theater to be so awarded. According to the Foundation, its “theater enrichment work fosters the art ...

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Welcome to L.A. Theatre

I had actually considered leaving this column blank. For many, that is the outlook for theatre in Los Angeles this year.  As of December 15th, there are at least 26 theaters that will no longer be able to use members of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).  I say at least, because I can probably name another 50+ that didn’t even bother to apply for company membership ...

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StageCrafts Keeps Studio/Stage Open

In a year when the Colony Theatre suspended its regular season and  the Courts agreed to dismiss the lawsuit brought against Actors’ Equity,  it is good news indeed to have Studio/Stage continue be a theatrical space in Los Angeles.  The venue, previously managed by Bill Sterritt, will be taken over by theater-couple Gregory Crafts and Jenn Scuderi Crafts under their newly launched venue management firm ...

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A Pair of Letters from Equity

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It’s been quite a day in Los Angeles Theater.  First, the court ruled to dismiss the lawsuit brought on Actors’ Equity Association by a large group of Los Angeles theater-makers.  And now, in anticipation of the termination of the 99-Seat Plan in Los Angeles next week, Actors’ Equity Association sent out two emails. One to LA Equity Members: As you are aware, there has been much ...

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LA Drama Critics Circle Addresses Impending Equity Deadline

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PRESS RELEASE LOS ANGELES (October 17, 2016) — The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC) has issued the following statement on behalf of the current situation regarding the current proposed changes by Actors Equity Association (AEA) to the Los Angeles intimate theater community: As the dispute over the Los Angeles theater’s 99-Seat Plan nears a crisis point, with a new policy set to be unilaterally ...

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Miami Flies 99-Seat to London

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Kemp Powers’ One Night in Miami… has now crossed the Atlantic.  World Premiering in 2013 at Los Angeles’ Rogue Machine Theatre, the show moved eastward in 2015: first to Baltimore, then Denver.  Now it moves even farther eastward,  jumping the Atlantic to London’s Donmar Warehouse where the show runs October 6 through December 3, 2016. Powers is a founding member of The Temblors, an Angeleno ...

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99-Seat Theater Documentary Trailer

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Helen Mirren narrates the trailer (below) to a new documentary about the ongoing struggle Los Angeles actors have had with their own Union, Actors’ Equity.  In addition, the production companies behind the film, Planet Grande Picture and Hybrid Collective, currently have a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds ($25,000 by November 4, 2016) and move the 65-minute rough cut to completion and festivals.

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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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Union Members Unveil Alternative 99-Seat Vision

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The center of discussion at the town hall meeting this past Monday was an alternative vision from that of Actors’ Equity for what intimate theater can look like in Los Angeles.  Presented by Larry Poindexter, the alternative vision (official PDF here) represents input from a large number of interviews with both Union members and theater companies. The new plan, the Los Angeles Intimate Theatre Code ...

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Product Review: Actors’ Equity Launches New Website

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Actors’ Equity has launched a new website, equityworksla.com.  I wondered why a new website?  After all, Equity already has a website and anyone in IT will tell you that maintaining a single website is easier and more efficient than two.  The domain name was registered on May 18, 2015 – two days before voting ended in Equity’s national election.  In other words, the domain was ...

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