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 .

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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Challenge of the Ages

When my grandfather Norman T. Finlayson was born, his hometown of Dundas, Ontario, did not yet have electric lighting. In fact, the notion of electrifying a city, let alone homes, was brand new.  In the eighth grade, my grandfather stopped his formal education school, so he could get a job at a machine shop. He started as the janitor. Nearly 70 years later, he retired ...

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This week: LA Theatre

Want to know what’s opening? What to see? Here’s what’s happening now! For details, visit Opening Soon

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28th Annual Ovation Awards

On the evening of January 29th, the Los Angeles theatre community gathered to honor their own. The United Artists Theatre in the Ace Hotel, was the scene of the 28th Annual Ovation Awards.  With a packed house, attendees watched as awards were announced in 35 categories. It was an evening of celebration and an opportunity to catch up with old friends and comrades. the excitement ...

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Ovation Awards January 29, 2018 Nominees

This information is supplied courtesy of LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards BEST SEASON CENTER THEATRE GROUP Amélie, A New Musical Archduke Citizen: An American Lyric (The Fountain Theatre) Dry Land (The Echo Theater Company) Failure: A Love Story (Coeurage Theatre Company) Good Grief King Of The Yees Ma Rainey‘s Black Bottom Throw Me On The Burnpile And Light Me Up Vicuña Zoot Suit GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE ...

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It’s Not Just The Message

Have you spent time looking at the cute videos on Facebook?  Not just the kittens and puppies at play, but the ones that show empathetic behavior amongst animals?  The ones that really get me are the bonds that are formed between different species, the dog and lion story, or the pig nursing a kitten… those little gems put a smile on my face, and offer ...

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We The People

How often have we heard some say, “Why do actors have to give us their political opinions? They’re paid to act, not tell me what to think!”  That’s a paraphrase, but I’m sure we’ve all heard something along those lines.  Aside from the fact that actors are always making a political statement by the very way they create a role,  it’s inherent in the process.  ...

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What is the responsibility of the artist in these times?

At FootLights, we often struggle with the dilemma of addressing political issues. Here’s a great read from the Clyde Fitch Report.

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Campfire Democracy

The carcass of a wild pig is roasting on a spit over an open fire. Surrounding the fire are the men, women, and children who hope to soon partake of the feast promised by the scents wafting from the drippings falling onto the flames. As the sunset pales and is overcome by the star-filled night sky, the determination of portion and priority must now be ...

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