Peter Finlayson

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Peter Finlayson is the Founder, Publisher and Editor-in-chief of FootLights magazine and footlight.click. While working on a prelaw program at the University of Michigan, he happily got involved with the theatre program. Much to his mother’s chagrin, law school never happened, but in a career spanning more than 4 decades, Peter has performed, directed or designed more than 150 productions. In his spare time, he is working on a new play. You can follow him on Twitter @Thtrdog .

What Are We Buying?

The Big Ticket on Broadway 2017, Hello Dolly.  Big Ticket on Broadway 2018, Frozen.  What is going on with American theatre?  Does that sound a bit condescending?  Yes, maybe a little, but I’m still high on Hamilton, and somehow it feels a bit like a non-sequitur.  I adore Bette Midler, would probably pay for her to read the phone book, but Hello Dolly?  That’s a ...

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What’s it all about? The Art!

Have you ever wondered why it is that some shows just blow you away?  The kind that leaves you feeling as if you’ve just gone through a life event?  Those moments are the magic of theatre.  Now we all know that this isn’t the case for every show.  It may not even be the case for most shows, but it happens often enough that we ...

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What’s next at LA STAGE Alliance?

We recently had a Community Conversation to connect with our members and stakeholders to reconnect, receive feedback, and answer questions about the changes that have been happening at LA STAGE Alliance. We would like to thank all those that attended and sent in their feedback. First and Foremost, LA STAGE Alliance is alive and well, and we are excited for the next chapter, with our ...

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Don’t miss Bronco Billy!

Bronco Billy, the musical, is a delightful romp and a nostalgic adventure into the world of make-believe. Based upon a 1980 film, Bronco Billy, the play faithfully follows the beats of the movie, where characters yearn for easy answers to complex questions. This newly penned production, is layer upon layer of “who can I be?” with glimpses of who I am, really. With boundless energy ...

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Red Ink – Playwrights Arena

In directing Red Ink at Playwrights Arena, Nike Doukas has provided a gem to Los Angeles Theatre audiences. A 95-minute journey into the heart and mind of an accomplished newspaper reporter, the entire play takes place in the activities room of a psyche facility.  Through drama therapy, Jerome (Leo Marks) looks for clarity and redemption after failing at a job he never wanted, as Editor-in-Chief of The ...

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Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, 50 and Going Strong

The year is 1969. In January, Richard Nixon is inaugurated as the 37th president of the United States of America. Ronald Regan was in his third of eight years as Governor of California.  For all intents and purposes, the American dream was alive and well.  The only hic-cup was a place called Vietnam.  And there was another problem, racism.  Oh, one more thing, women had ...

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SCRAPS, Let’s Talk

In The Beginning “The past is nothing but prologue…” Jean-Baptiste Delacroix is a character in Geraldine Inoas’ play SCRAPS, who opens the play with these words, punctuated with a pause, and then N****r.  Then again, and while we wonder why we are watching a young African American man repeat this line over and over, he relates a story about another young black man, Forrest Winthrop, ...

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Safe Space?

I recently came upon an audition notice, and what caught my eye was the phrase, “safe space”. This struck me as a bit odd because art is about seeking the truth. The truth of the artist. A composer may struggle over a single note, a painter a single color, a dancer a step, an actor a character. Each artist knows that every choice is crucial ...

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Boxing Lessons – New American Theatre

In 1978, two men that were accepted into the 11th class of the drama department at The Julliard School became fast friends. Jack Stehlin and John Bunzel developed a kinship which extended so far as to become a part of each others’ families. What makes that important to us is that on April 26th, 2019, they opened a play, Boxing Lessons, written by John Bunzel ...

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something WICKED

Off in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains—not yet in the hills, but you know you’ve been gaining altitude as you approach—sits the Mountainview Cemetery and Mausoleum.  Pulling into the parking lot of the Mausoleum at dusk is slightly eerie.  You know the feeling, the kind you used to get as a kid when driving by a cemetery.  The imagination takes flight and all ...

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