Tracey Paleo

Tracey Paleo is Associate Editor at FootLights Magazine. She's also the Founder and Chief Editor of the arts and culture site, Gia On The Move, where she often reviews live performance events.

A Facelift for Shakespeare

shakespeare, theatre

WSJ: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will announce next week that it has commissioned translations of all 39 of the Bard’s plays into modern English, with the idea of having them ready to perform in three years. Yes, translations—because Shakespeare’s English is so far removed from the English of 2015 that it often interferes with our own comprehension.    

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Antaeus Theatre Company Announces its 2016-17 Season

The Antaeus Theatre Company has announced its 2016-17 season: 1)  Cloud Nine: Caryl Churchill’s Obie Award-winning, comic farce of gender and sexual politics will be directed by Casey Stangl 2)  Hedda Gabler: Henrik Ibsen’s study of a woman trapped in a loveless marriage, her tormented desire for escape, and her yearning for individual and spiritual freedom will be directed by Steven Robman. 3)  Cat on ...

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Real Women of East LA Are in the Palisades and Pasadena

real women have curves, theater

LAObserved: Center Theatre Group calls itself “L.A.’s Theatre Company,” yet continues to demonstrate virtually no interest in LA stories. Fortunately two of the area’s larger theaters are compensating for CTG’s apathy toward its home town with productions about “real women” Eastside garment workers, for starters.    

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Disability in Theater: What’s Taking So Long?

Def West, Spring Awakening,

@ This Stage: In recent weeks, a 28-year-old actor named Ali Stroker has been making headlines across theater-news outlets. The reason: She’s the first performer who uses a wheelchair to be cast in a Broadway production. Stroker, who plays Anna in North Hollywood-based Deaf West Theatre‘s production of Spring Awakening (which is now Ovation Nominated), has been building momentum for years. The appearance of Stroker’s ...

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Announcing the 2015 Ovation Awards Nominees

Ovation Awards,

This Stage:  We’re thrilled to announce this year’s Ovation Awards nominees. For the unacquainted, the Ovation Awards are the only peer-judged theatre awards in Los Angeles, created to recognize excellence in theatrical performance, production and design in the Greater Los Angeles area.

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24th Street Theatre Presents ‘Man Covets Bird’

24th Street Theatre, Man Covets Bird

Los Angeles Daily News:  Award-winning 24th Street Theater directors Debbie Devine and Jay McAdams befriended one of the world’s leading playwrights for young audiences, while attending an international children’s theater conference in Copenhagen, Finegan Kruckemeyer.  The Irish playwright gave the couple a copy of his manuscript about a man who falls in love with a bird. Now the theater company will present the U.S. premiere of ...

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What Lies Beneath: The Truth About Unconscious Bias

American Theatre, gender bias

AMERICAN THEATRE – Do men write better plays than women? We think we know that’s not true. So why does the disparity persist?  What is the truth about unconscious bias?

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Deaf West’s Spring Awakening Extends Broadway Run

Spring Awakening, Broadway, Def West Theatre, Brooks Atkinson Theatre  Deaf West’s new revival play incubated in Los Angeles Intimate Theatre is extending its Broadway run at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Michael Arden’s production, which was originally announced as “absolutely 18 weeks only,” will now end its run on January 24 owing to audience demand.

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Denzel Washington Says He Will Bring 10 August Wilson Plays to HBO

August Wilson, HBO, fences, Denzel Washington

The New York Times: During an interview at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Thursday night Denzel Washington said that he would produce adaptations of all 10 plays in August Wilson’s cycle about African-American life in the 20th century for HBO.

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L.A. Arts Groups Get $4.5 Million from Michael Bloomberg’s Foundation

99 seat theater bloomberg grant winners

LA Times: Michael Bloomberg, the publishing mogul and former New York City mayor, will pump $4.5 million into L.A.’s nonprofit arts scene over the coming two years, as part of a national initiative by his Bloomberg Philanthropies to help small and mid-size arts organizations. Here are the LA recipients, including several 99-seat theaters (click to enlarge):

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