Tag Archives: intimate theater

What’s the Motivation?

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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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Letter to Editor: Plaintiffs’ Response to AEA President (Part 2)

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“And the other is that – and I think this is one of the things that guided the Council – the idea that a mid-sized theater could open at this point, or even a smallish theater, could open at this point in Los Angeles when they had to compete with the 99-seat business model (which is much more cost-effective) is kind of preposterous.”  ~ Actors’ ...

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A Modern Union

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Actors’ Equity Association, the labor union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States, is getting ready for its annual elections. Out of fifty thousand members, the hope is to get ten thousand members to participate. Should that effort succeed, the result would be a significant increase over the number of votes cast in 2015. And 2015 was actually a spike year in ...

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2015 Stage Raw Award Nominees Announced

Nominees for the Stage Raw Awards for 2015 productions have been announced.  Now in its second year, the Stage Raw Awards are given to honor the excellence found in Los Angeles 99-seat (intimate) theater.  Winners will be announced at the show on Monday night April 25 at Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring Street, Downtown Los Angeles.  Dr. Pinch (Independent Shakespeare Co.’s David Melville) ...

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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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LASA plan for Theatre Centers has a future

The hope of building theatre centers seems one step closer today, as the West Hollywood City Council has earmarked funds to buy the Coast Playhouse on Santa Monica Blvd. “The Coast Playhouse redevelopment and activation will anchor a potential Center City Arts District …”    

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