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2016 Stage Raw Awards: Nominees & Winners

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Now in its second year, the 2016 Stage Raw Awards, given to honor the excellence found in Los Angeles 99-seat (intimate) theater, were held on Monday, April 25 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in Downtown LA.  The evening’s hosts were Dr. Pinch (Independent Shakespeare Co.’s David Melville) and the Pinchtones will host. Awards winners are listed below in bold, red letters among any nominations. Congratulations ...

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Steve Julian – A Voice in the City of Angels

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Sometimes you can be a strong presence without being a physical presence. If you lived in Los Angeles in the past 15 years, it’s likely you’re familiar with Steve Julian’s voice.  I can’t remember a time when I was in my car in the morning when he wasn’t there with me.  He was the morning man for NPR station KPCC, the station’s call letters alluding ...

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Orson Bean: ‘The Most Lucky Fella’

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Just ask yourself every morning when you wake up, ‘Are you or are you not the luckiest son of a bitch you know?’ It’s funny.  Here I was scheduled to meet with cultural icon Orson Bean minutes post a Sunday afternoon performance of his solo show, Safe at Home: An Evening with Orson Bean, at the Pacific Resident Theatre and the one thought that crammed ...

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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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Writing For LA Theatre-Land

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During a ’shoot from the hip’ L.A. theatre chat, TV writers (also producer & director respectively), David Castro (Married with Children, Bobby’s World, HBO) and Stan Zimmerman (The Golden Girls, Roseanne, Gilmore Girls) opened up about what it’s been like writing for stage after having lengthy and successful careers in network television. For David, theatre has been a life-long passion since attending Broadway matinees as a ...

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A Classic Tradition

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In the Oxford Dictionary, the first definition of the noun, “classic,” is classic (noun): A work of art of recognized and established value. The inclusion of the words “of art,” however, makes this definition unnecessarily narrow.  Here’s a better one: classic (noun): A work of recognized and established value. It’s necessary to widen the definition because works of science can also be classics.  Examples include ...

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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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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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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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Ten Finalists Selected for 1st Annual Humanitas/Center Theatre Group Playwriting Prize

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Center Theatre Group Press Release: After reviewing over 230 play submissions, Center Theatre Group announced today that 10 finalists have been chosen for the first annual Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize. The award will be given to the best new, unproduced play written by a Southern California playwright. The winning playwright will receive a $5,000 cash prize and an additional $5,000 will be given to a Southern ...

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