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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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Keep Your Hands Off of My Kimono, White People

minority culture, The Mikado, Gilbert and Sullivan

AMERICAN THEATRE: On Monday, the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players announced they would mount a production of The Mikado at the NYU Skirball Center next January with an almost all-white cast, using Japanese backdrops, props, clothing, and wigs. Following playwright Leah Nanako Winkler’s perceptive blog post about the show, the hashtag #saynotoMikado was created. It was only last year that Seattle’s Gilbert & Sullivan ...

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Glenda Jackson Laments Lack of Key Acting Roles for Women

women roles in theatre, acting, Glenda Jackson

The Guardian: Five months after standing down from her Hampstead and Kilburn constituency, Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson is acting again, featuring in a radio adaptation of the 20-volume cycle Les Rougon-Macquart by Émile Zola. But the former Labour MP’s reaquaintance with the industry has left her profoundly unimpressed with the dearth of roles for older women and an absence of lead roles for female ...

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The Top 10 Most-Produced Plays of the 2015–16 Season

Discraced, top 10 most produced plays, American Theatre

AMERICAN THEATRE: Each fall, American Theatre compiles its Top 10 Most-Produced Plays and Top 20 Most-Produced Playwrights lists, providing a snapshot of the most popular names and plays planned for the coming season in the U.S. This year’s seasonal bounty encompasses more than 2,159 productions between Sept. 1, 2015 and Aug. 31, 2016.  Ayad Akhtar’s ‘Disgraced,’ a new entry, tops the list, alongside other new entries and some ...

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One Actor’s Tale: Tornado Weather

tornado weather, William Salyers, 99 seat theatre

Bitter Lemons: “…about 5 years ago, I hit a real sweet spot. I was on a TV show that was well-loved and well-payed. I played a lead role, yet could still go to Ralph’s for cat food – and in the evenings, I had my theater… Then, some very concerned folks Re-imagined LA theater for me. As a result, the stage actors’ union, Actors Equity, ...

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