Tag Archives: intimate theater

Actors’ Equity Tells Its Story to Members

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In addition to distributing an official statement on its website, Actors’ Equity told its side of the story to end the 99-Seat Plan in Los Angeles in a letter to its members today.  Significantly, no union official nor any elected union representative was attached to the letter: Over the past year, you have probably become aware of our union’s efforts to organize some of the ...

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Theatre 68 Finds a Permanent Home

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After a nearly 3 year residence at the NoHo Arts Center, the 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company/ Theatre 68 has claimed the one time Deaf West, and soon to be former Antaeus Theatre Company venue at 5112 Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood, CA, as their new permanent home. According to Artistic Director Ronnie Marmo, the 15 year old, eclectic-contemporary, bi-coastal company will take control of ...

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Antaeus Construction Underway

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On April 18, 2016, Antaeus Theatre Company announced that after years of planning and fundraising, construction on their new location at 110 E. Broadway in Glendale, CA has finally commenced. At the tail end of their North Hollywood stay, their production of Hedda Gabler, currently in rehearsal, will finish out the old theater’s final NOHO moments of what has been so far, a glorious journey. ...

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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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LOFT Ensemble Finds a Home

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It happened so quickly. Late November 2015, LOFT Ensemble received an unexpected notice to vacate, after the downtown Los Angeles building that houses the company had been sold. The new owners would be gutting the property and everyone would have to move out. So LOFT began pounding the pavement in early January to find a new home. “We just didn’t want to wait for that ...

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What’s the Motivation?

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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‘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 to the Editor: Plaintiffs’ Response to AEA President (final part)

The intimate theatre community is a community of artists. We believe artists should be paid. We share that common goal with Equity. We also believe Equity’s attempt to radically alter intimate theatre in Los Angeles is precipitous and will not lead to more contract houses and more paying jobs for artists here in Los Angeles. We hope we can work with Equity and other local ...

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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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