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SCRAPS, Let’s Talk

In The Beginning “The past is nothing but prologue…” Jean-Baptiste Delacroix is a character in Geraldine Inoas’ play SCRAPS, who opens the play with these words, punctuated with a pause, and then N****r.  Then again, and while we wonder why we are watching a young African American man repeat this line over and over, he relates a story about another young black man, Forrest Winthrop, ...

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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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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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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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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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