Tag Archives: Off-Broadway

Updated: Lauded L.A. Theater in 2016

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Local writers are reflecting on the best that appeared on Los Angeles stages, both large and small, the previous 365 days.  Turns out there was a lot: L.A. Times Theater Critic Charles McNulty’s list focused nearly exclusively on the larger stages but Orson Bean’s storytelling at the Pacific Resident Theatre made the list as well. Dany Margolies‘s list at Time Out includes the highly lauded ...

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UPDATED: 99-Seat Plan to Equity Contract – The Data

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Footlights originally published this letter from actress and producer Vanessa Stewart on March 25, 2016. Vanessa has since updated her database making it even more accurate and a more valuable tool for the theater community. She explains her update in an addendum which follows her original letter below: I just spent about a year of researching 99-Seat productions that moved to contracts. And here’s what ...

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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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Fountain Theatre’s ‘Citizen: An American Lyric’ to get off-Broadway production  

Citizen: An American Lyric, adapted for the stage from Claudia Rankine’s award-winning book of poetry by Rankine andFountain Theatre co-artistic director Stephen Sachs, will headline Primary Stages’ 2016-17 season at off-Broadway’s Cherry Lane Theatre. Citizen premiered at the Fountain Theatre last summer to critical acclaim. “We are thrilled that yet another Fountain project has succeeded in moving onward and upward,” says Sachs. “In 2007, our ...

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More on Mother Courage and #BlackPerspectivesMatter

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Tonya Pinkins walking out of the Off-Broadway production, Mother Courage and Her Children, has made clear the difficulties that can occur when artists of varying perspectives collaborate, particularly when sensitive topics like diversity are part of the mix.  As further proof of the nuances involved, Michael Potts, another actor from the production, recently gave his behind-the-scenes perspective about what happened during the rehearsal process: I’ve ...

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The Diversity Conversation Lands on Broadway

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Broadway World:  2015 saw a rise in the discussion about diversity, the way that different members of society are portrayed in mainstream art and have access to mainstream art creation.  Whether focused on gender, sexual orientation, skin tone, or physical disability, the conversation that mainstream art must represent the whole of society – in both subject and artistic participants – has attracted widespread attention.  Locally, StageRaw.com ...

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Daddy Long Legs Live Stream Makes Theatre History

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Playbill: The Off-Broadway musical Daddy Long Legs made theatre history December 10 by being the first-ever Off-Broadway performance to be broadcast online to the world for free. The broadcast was seen in 135 countries worldwide, by over 150,000 people. According to press representatives, “the total viewing audience is equivalent to 2.7 years of sold out audiences in the Davenport Theatre and 10.4 weeks of sold ...

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John Pollono, Ambi-Coastal Writer

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There are likely few new playwrights today who have more experience with both Los Angeles and New York theater than John Pollono. His raw and dark comedy, Small Engine Repair, was originally staged in Los Angeles by Rogue Machine Theatre in 2011 to great commercial and critical success before making the jump to the Off-Broadway MCC Theater in 2013. And while Small Engine Repair was ...

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