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 .

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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Walk into the 24th St Theatre

There is a question that is seldom addressed – what does success look like if your passion is theatre and that is where you want to live?  Well, let’s take a little tour.  Just off of Hoover on 24th Street in Los Angeles, sits a theatre.  The one on the north side of the street.  Only the name of the theatre over the top of the front door ...

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Native Son – Anataeus Theatre

“Did you enjoy the play?” These should not be jarring words. But catching my breath after experiencing Native Son at the Antaeus became neigh on impossible when that question was posed. For 90 minutes I had been submerged in the psyche, experience, history and tumultuous grappling of a man’s assessment of his life, with full awareness that his fate was as inescapable as his past. ...

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The Madres at the Skylight

The curtain was down, this performance of The Madres was over.  It had been a small house, maybe 30 people.  Yet, the impact of the show had been so profound that the audience failed to comply with the current trend of giving a rousing standing ovation.  Instead, some continued to sit in their seats, catching their breath, a few were crying, and I walked out ...

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Sacred Fools – The Broadwater

In 1997, I was performing in a production of Cyrano De Bergerac at the Knightsbridge Theatre in Pasadena.  One of my cast mates at the time, Stan Freitag, was very excited because he had just gotten involved with a new upstart theatre company in Hollywood called Sacred Fools.  Little aware was I as to how significant the upstart company would become in the subsequent years. ...

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Theatre Is a Part of Community!

There is no short supply of great theatre in Los Angeles. Better than great, brilliant! Earth shaking, soul transforming, awe inspiring theatre! I’m not just talking about Hamilton. Nor is it limited to The Center Theatre Group, The Geffen, or the other regional theaters here is southern California. Los Angeles is home to somewhere around 300 intimate theatre companies. And while many of these produce ...

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Selling Theatre to the Community

An Abundance of Art There is no short supply of great theatre in Los Angeles. Better than great, brilliant! Earth shaking, soul transforming, awe inspiring theatre! I’m not just talking about Hamilton. Nor is it limited to The Center Theatre Group, The Geffen, or the other regional theaters here is southern California. Los Angeles is home to somewhere around 300 intimate theatre companies. And while ...

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Word of Mouth

What are the points of information that influence you to see a show? How do we expand word of mouth? Let’s find out! How do we Choose What motivates you to see a show? This is not a rhetorical question. In a sense, we in Los Angeles, the theatre going public, are asked to make that choice on a weekly basis. The quandary that arises, is ...

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