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Not in Our Theatre: The Fight Against Sexual Harassment

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American Theatre – The Chicago advocacy organization Not in Our House (NIOH) joins theatres across the country in combatting sexual harassment. “The theatrical unions’ and guilds’ existing processes for addressing this kind of unacceptable behavior are inadequate. There is a sense that the response from unions and theatres has been non-existent or insufficient. In addition, the unions and guilds take the position that if an ...

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Is “Fringe” a Pejorative Term?

The Stage: With people beginning to plan for the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival, this article from London is an interesting conversation starter.  West End director, Phil Willmott, worries that publications have decided that “Fringe” means, well, fringe.  Couple this with a loss of theater critics who could properly vet the theater scene for the general public and he claims there is now a situation where ...

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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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A Study of the Broadway Understudy

The New Yorker provides a glimpse of the world of the Broadway Understudy: Understudies suffer the artistic frustration of not being able to make a role entirely their own, even should they have the opportunity to perform. They bear the difficult knowledge that their own opportunity for success depends upon the chance of someone else’s misfortune; possibly, they even wish for it. “I secretly wanted ...

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Redmoon Theater Chicago to Close Its Doors Next Month

American Theatre: Redmoon Theater, the innovative and ambitious company that has brought free art to the Windy City for 24 years will shutter in early 2016.  The site-specific company, known for its large-scale outdoor festivals and events, has recently faced financial woes.

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A South Florida Theater Critic Reflects

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Miami is not particularly known for being a theater center for the US which is all the more reason why Christine Dolen’s thoughts on the scene there, after 36 years of watching it as a critic, are particularly compelling. I talked to Tennessee Williams at a table by the water in Key West. I met Edward Albee for the first time in the lobby of ...

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Actors’ Equity 2015 Membership by the Numbers

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Actors’ Equity, the union for stage actors and managers, released some interesting membership data today.  According to their analysis: “Over the [2005-2015] decade, paid membership has increased by almost 8%… The ten cities with the largest numbers of Equity members… comprised the same ten cities ten years ago, but Washington DC/Baltimore and Philadelphia have exchanged positions over the decade.  All ten cities have seen their ...

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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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Celebrate #LoveTheatreDay 2015 on Wednesday November 18!

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The Guardian:  Theatre needs our love!  On Wednesday 18 November, theatres, amateur groups, arts companies and audiences from across the UK and beyond will take part in the second #LoveTheatreDay on Twitter. The 24-hour Twitter event is open to all, from the people behind the scenes who make the magic happen, to the audiences who put bums on seats every week. Here’s all you need to ...

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Television: Theater’s New Friend?

American Theatre:  “I was less interested in just putting theatre on TV, but I am very interested in not-for-profit, small regional theaters, and I also saw that they were really struggling to survive,” explains Mary Salter. “We’re trying to develop an audience for people to go into theaters and be in a place with real human beings in real time.”

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