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 .

Shakespeare & Company’s special training and its influence on LA Theatre

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by Bonnie MacBird Picture this.  You are an actor, and you’ve always been told you “should” learn Shakespeare.   In your many years of schooling you’ve had exactly one two-week flirtation with Julius Caesar in high school.  That’s it. Shakespeare is like a code you’ve never cracked.  A jewel box unopened.   So you sign up for a Shakespeare acting class.  Perhaps, like me, you’ll choose a ...

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Theatre and Democracy

Every four years America engages in a great community exercise – the national election. In its inception, we can presume that the purpose of this election was to give the varied and often disparate ideas of American citizens a cohesive voice through a representative process. The results of the election would supposedly reflect the general good of the nation. It didn’t quite work out that ...

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A Noise Within

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Modern theatre is replete with description and direction. Eugene O’Neil often spends pages leading up to a moment. George Bernard Shaw so often mixed his drama with prose that many think his work is better read than performed.  Tennessee Williams, Sheppard, Beckett, all trying to assure their visions.  And yet the Father of Modern Theatre, William Shakespeare seldom gave a word of description, and rarely ...

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Mark Roberts is an Affable Man

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Careers in show business are often seen as the “over night success” story. Pretty girl, cute guy walking down the street, stopped by super (producer, agent, director) and suddenly they’re stars. It’s the quintessential Hollywood success story. But in truth, careers in show business like anywhere else are made, and often over a long period of time. For Mark Roberts, the truth actually follows both ...

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New Theaters

How often do you go to see a show without having any idea of what the play is about? If you’re like most people, you go to shows for one of three reasons: you know the material, and want to see it again; you know someone in the show and want to support them; or, someone you know has recommended a production and you’re feeling ...

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Celebration

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In a recent interview with John Michael Beck and Michael Kricfalusi, the Artistic Director and Managing Director of The Celebration Theatre, the relevance and merit of community-focused theatre was amply brought to light. “A need to remember the past and see into the future,” is the operational guideline and vision of this 29 year old company. For the uninitiated, The Celebration Theatre is dedicated to ...

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A Conversation with playwright Craig Wright

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by Marshall Bissett Craig Wright gives me fair warning as we sit in a NOHO eatery next to his temporary home, the stage of the Road Theatre. “As a writer, I go through phases…. sometimes I write plays that are sweet and elegiac but right now I’m in a vicious phase.” His 2007 work The Unseen, set in a prison where a sadistic guard torments ...

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Lisa Wolpe

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by Kyle Moore From the proliferation of theatre companies in Los Angeles, one might be prone to believe that anyone can throw out a shingle and start a company. However, the reality is that for each group that comes to surface, there is a foundation of many stones. The stones are the moments and events in the founding actors’ lives which compel them to fight ...

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Page to Stage — The Director’s Craft

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–by Kyle Moore Sitting in an audience at the American Repertory Theatre for a production of “Waiting for Godot” many years ago, there was a point in the play when Jessica Kubzansky started to wonder where it said in the script that the actors were to gallop around the stage on all fours.  When she read the text and realized that Beckett had never written ...

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Bit by Bit Putting it Together at The Academy for New Musical Theatre

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by Rick Bernstein Five calendars.  That’s what it takes. The Academy for New Musical Theatre (ANMT) has so many programs, performances, readings, concerts, and classes that it takes five calendars in the office to keep track of each meeting, rehearsal, and appointment.  It also requires a certain kind of mindset to keep everything in balance. “It takes two type-A personalities to keep this all together,” ...

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