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A Conversation with Vanessa and French Stewart

Vanessa and French Stewart

Vanessa:  French thinks of LA Theater like farming. I think of it like cooking. Both metaphors are about creating something from nothing.  Growing up in the kitchens of Louisiana, I would try one of my mother’s recipes over and over again until I got it right. And getting it right meant people walking away from the dinner table having experienced something special. No wonder that ...

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What Lies Beneath: The Truth About Unconscious Bias

American Theatre, gender bias

AMERICAN THEATRE – Do men write better plays than women? We think we know that’s not true. So why does the disparity persist?  What is the truth about unconscious bias?  http://bit.ly/1LLF0Sg

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The Top 10 Most-Produced Plays of the 2015–16 Season

Discraced, top 10 most produced plays, American Theatre

AMERICAN THEATRE: Each fall, American Theatre compiles its Top 10 Most-Produced Plays and Top 20 Most-Produced Playwrights lists, providing a snapshot of the most popular names and plays planned for the coming season in the U.S. This year’s seasonal bounty encompasses more than 2,159 productions between Sept. 1, 2015 and Aug. 31, 2016.  Ayad Akhtar’s ‘Disgraced,’ a new entry, tops the list, alongside other new entries and some ...

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The Top 20 Most-Produced Playwrights of the 2015–16 Season

top 10 most produced plays, playwright

AMERICAN THEATRE: You’ve seen (and maybe argued about) our Top 10 Most-Produced Plays list. Now let the debate begin over the most-produced playwrights in the country; goodness knows we’ve wanted to shout these names from the rooftop in the past few weeks. This year’s top playwright won a Pulitzer for his first play (and we published it). http://bit.ly/1KoT6bh

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Why Doesn’t L.A. Get the Cool New Plays Like Those Cities Back East?

L.A. Theatre, plays, Everything You Touch

LA Weekly:  Los Angeles has a lot going for it when it comes to theater. It’s filled with creative types, has a large and vocal 99-seat theater scene, is home to some heavyweight large theaters putting on big-budget productions and is crawling with successful TV and film actors who enjoy doing stage work.  Why, then, do so many of the country’s coolest plays — including ...

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Theater Needs To Pay A Lot More Attention To Female Playwrights

female playwrights, gender parity,

Huffington Post: The gender gap pervades every industry and measurable statistic of modern life, except maybe roundups of gynecology patients. The theater is one of our worst examples. While festivals like Fringe work to include a wider range of female voices, overall far too little progress has been made in terms of gender parity. And according to a study from the U.K., we’ve only made around one ...

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Steve Julian

Theatre lovers are everywhere. Yes, even in Los Angeles. No, especially in Los Angeles. Sure, they support our theatre scene by attending but a lot of them have a personal stake in it somehow, but some are being cornered into seeing shows by friends and family. But then there are theatre lovers like Steve Julian, who love it because of something more… You may recognize ...

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