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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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Camus: Why I Work in Theater

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Howlround:  “Camus died in a car accident in January 1960, eleven months before Theatre Arts published his essay Why I Work in the Theater… The essay reads much like his philosophical treatises – in turns amusing and thoughtful, and occasionally narcissistic. Throughout it he describes the qualities of theatermaking that continuously drew him to the theater despite having greater successes as an essayist and novelist.”

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Need a Weekly Shakespeare Fix?

This Week in Shakespeare is the brainchild of bicoastal actors Liza de Weerd and Brian Weiss. Beginning in April of 2014, the 450th anniversary of the Bard’s birth, the pair would perform weekly short scenes under the shadow of Shakespeare’s statue in New York’s Central Park. By June 2015, they had covered the entire canon and have since expanded their body of work to include ...

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Thoughts on Steven Leigh Morris being named new Executive Director of LA Stage Alliance

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A page has turned in the volumes referring to the LA stage community. The Los Angeles Stage Alliance (LASA) has announced Steven Leigh Morris as its new Executive Director. Well known both locally and nationally for his passion about theater and his integrity about journalism, Steven recently founded Stage Raw  after 30 years with the local alternative newspaper, the LA Weekly.  In addition, when the ...

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