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 .

Coming of Age

For those that want to know how life changes as you gain seniority, let me offer this perspective. Mostly it doesn’t. But what does happen is you, or me in this case, pause for reflection about what has changed around me. As my focus is pretty much aimed on theatre, I thought it time to reflect how theatre has changed in LA, since my early ...

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Why Theatre? Why Now?

Theatre has been an institution of western culture for more than 3000 years. That’s a ton of tradition, and a lot of baggage. While admittedly there have been periods where the art was overshadowed by message, by-in-large the form has held up fairly well. Each age has found a place for this indomitable art, and every era has added to the mystique of what it ...

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Arts and Entertainment

Recently there has been a rumbling, a conversation in the zeitgeist, pondering the value of theatre. There seems to be some contention about whether theatre is entertainment, or a forum of change. At the center is the age-old conflict between art and entertainment. Which comes first, and which is the master. Does one have a dominant position, and should that influence the other. And more ...

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A Timely Portrayal: Pamela Daly as Margaret Sanger

Timing is everything. Acting teacher and professional veteran of film/TV, Pamela Daly, appreciates the divisive climate as she prepares to bring women rights activist Margaret Sanger to the stage in her one-woman show at the El Portal Theatre in NoHo succinctly called “Sanger.” “It’s so charged!” Daly utters with a wide-eyed expression of wonder tinged with apprehension. “I always wanted to portray a strong, historic ...

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The times, they are a changin’

For more than a century, Theatre as an institution has been facing a challenge of audience interest. While theatre along with sports were the principal sources of popular public entertainment for thousands of years, the advent of the moving picture, followed by the proliferation of television sounded a warning that Theatre as an art form may no longer be a mainstay of public interest. If ...

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The Three C’s

Sometimes I feel as if I’m shouting into gale force winds. The louder I scream the less is heard. What am I talking about?  Communication. Community. Communion. The three great C’s of Theatre. How do we inspire the activation and commitment of the entire community to best take advantage of what could be called the noblest art. By its very nature, Theatre is the model ...

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Rogue Machine Takes Big Risks and Growing Strong

A good rule of thumb is to start as you mean to go on. For Rogue Machine it all started when TV and film producer John Perrin Flynn renewed his interest in directing for the stage and had big ideas about producing theatre in Los Angeles. After seeing Craig Lucas’ Obie-award-winning play “Small Tragedy” in NYC, he made several attempts to get the rights. For ...

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Dare to Adventure

One of the great joys of running FootLights Publishing is that I learn about a lot of shows that are being produced throughout greater LA. The sad part is that because of the sheer numbers, it’s impossible to see everything. Now my want, as I’m guessing is the case with most people, is to go with the familiar. A show we know, a theatre we ...

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Land of Smiles

 Theatre is a powerful and transformative art form. I know, you’ve heard that before, but I’d like to bring your attention to a case in point.  There’s a new play in the forming entitled, Land Of Smiles.  Erin Kamler, perhaps best known in Los Angeles for her play, Divorce, the Musical, has for the last several years been researching and developing a musical that is ...

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Caryn Desai

Growing up in Philadelphia, Caryn Desai (lower case of her own choosing) knew she was an artist.  Even in her early stages, Caryn remembers her family watching television while she was self-engaged with arts and crafts projects, learning to see and reach beyond what was in front of her.  The church choir and community theatre nurtured her dreams while giving Caryn early opportunities to stretch ...

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