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When Actors Wage Battle

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Steven Leigh Morris reports the latest twist in the ongoing discussion about the preservation of intimate theater in Los Angeles: actor Ann Colby Stocking has filed an official wage claim against the Odyssey Theatre for back wages from a 2013 show.  Her claim, which concerns not being paid minimum wage, had to be filed within 3 years time of her employment. Her show at the ...

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Wallis Annenberg Center Announces 2016-17 Season

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The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts’ 2016-17 season will include over 300 performances of more than 50 different programs of theater, dance, and music featuring both local and world-renowned talent: Theater @ The Wallis The Wallis and For The Record production of Scorsese: American Crime Requiem September 21 – October 16, 2016 For The Record series is a form of live entertainment turning ...

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Goodnight, Sweet Prince

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The-Artist-Formally-Known-As-“The-Artist-Formally-Know-As-Prince” is no more, having died today, April 21, 2016.   Like David Bowie, who died only a few months ago, Prince was his own musical style and his own sexual style.  And, like Bowie, he was still making music to the end. Unlike Bowie, Prince passed before even making it to age 60. Prince always had an ethereal aspect to him and it made him ...

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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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Computers Are Writing Broadway Musicals

Can Science really create Art? Musical fans on London’s West End are about to find out whether machines have caught up to man in the elaborate theatrical production department. Beyond The Fence is the first show completely written by a computer program – the next phase of the inevitable robot uprising. Don’t know whether to laugh or cry, do you?

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Audiences Can Fix the Diversity Problem in Hollywood

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Diversity is making headlines in both theatre and film. During an interview with Variety, “Mr. Pig” star Diego Luna offers a different take on the issues of diversity and responsibility, illuminating the widespread controversy as a topic not just generated by productions, casting or voting seasons. “Audiences also play a role in what’s reflected…”

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Goodbye, Alan Rickman

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Alan Rickman was that rarest of actors, a true star of both stage and screen.  It seems fitting to honor his passing with his reading of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130.

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Steve Julian: An LA Presence

The City of Angeles is the land of the motored commute.  And so it’s not surprising that many in Los Angeles are accustomed to the radio sound of Steve Julian, the Morning Edition  host of Southern California’s NPR affiliate KPCC (89.3 FM).  His voice, after all, is boomed from the antenna atop Mt. Wilson and reaches all of Los Angeles and Orange Counties.  But many ...

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LA County’s Free Holiday Spectacular Returns Dec 24th

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“I’ve been producing the Holiday Celebration for ten years, so I’m most excited about the sounds and groups that have never been on the show before,” said producer Adam Davis.  “This year’s Celebration will feature music by SK Kakraba, who will be playing the gyil (a Ghanaian xylophone) that SK made himself. Another highlight is the Citrus Singers who sing and play handbells at the ...

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