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L.A. Theatre Works Announces 2016-17 Season

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L.A. Theatre Works has announced its 2016-17 season of live audio recorded plays to be performed at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater.  Each play in the series will be performed in front of a live audience for future radio broadcast, and distribution on CD, digital download, and online streaming. September 22-25 Amadeus Peter Shaffer’s story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his nemesis, Antonio Salieri is punctuated ...

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Sierra Madre Playhouse Announces 2016-2017 Season

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In its 2016-17 season, Sierra Madre Playhouse continues its focus on American playwrights: Mainstage Shows: Sept. 23–Oct. 22, 2016: Bee-luther-hatchee. Written by Thomas Gibbons. Directed by Saundra McClain. A look at race and cultural appropriation. Who has the right to tell certain American stories? Nov. 18–Dec. 23: A Little House Christmas. Adapted by James DeVita. Based on the Little House on the Prairie books by ...

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BREAKING: LA Plaintiffs serve Equity lawsuit

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BREAKING: LOS ANGELES (July 14, 2016) — Actors and other members of the Los Angeles theatrical community (Ed Asner, Tom Bower, Gregg Daniel, John Flynn, Maria Gobetti, Gary Grossman, Ed Harris, Salome Jens, Veralyn Jones, Karen Kondazian, Simon Levy, Amy Madigan, Tom Ormeny, Lawrence Pressman, Michael Shepperd, Joseph Stern, French Stewart, and Vanessa Stewart) have served the lawsuit they filed against Actors’ Equity Association on ...

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Ojai Playwrights Conference Announces 19th Season

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The Ojai Playwrights Conference (OPC) announces its 19th season with a program of playwrights, new play workshops, and special performance events from August 7–14, 2016 in Ojai, California. The OPC Summer New Works Festival will feature eleven events over five days with established and up-and-coming playwrights.  Nick Gandiello will be this year’s “Writer-In-Residence.” “In our 2016 OPC season entitled ‘Across the Divide,’ our playwrights are reaching out, ...

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Los Angeles Plaintiff Responds to Equity President

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The War of Words between Actors’ Equity and Los Angeles Actors has heated up since the breakdown of mediated talks between the two groups.  First, on June 28, Equity sent out an unsigned email to its entire national membership explaining its version of events.  In response, the Plaintiffs of the lawsuit that has been filed but not yet served on Equity put out their own ...

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Plaintiffs Respond to Equity Announcement

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Footlights has received this letter from the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Actor’s Equity. It is their response to the announcements Equity made on June 28th, 2016 regarding its ending the 99-Seat Plan: Dear Equity Member and Los Angeles Theatre Community – By now you have seen Equity’s Press Release and letter to their members attacking actors for their efforts to preserve intimate theatre in ...

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Actors’ Equity Tells Its Story to Members

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In addition to distributing an official statement on its website, Actors’ Equity told its side of the story to end the 99-Seat Plan in Los Angeles in a letter to its members today.  Significantly, no union official nor any elected union representative was attached to the letter: Over the past year, you have probably become aware of our union’s efforts to organize some of the ...

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2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival Award Nominees and Winners

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Below is the full list of the Hollywood Fringe Festival Award Nominees and Winners for 2016. Congratulations to all who were nominated. Winners are in bold red. Community Award (“The Freaks”) Nominees (Top of the Fringe) “A(partment 8) ” “Angel’s Flight” “My Big Fat Blonde Musical” “Punch and Judy” “THUG TUNNEL” “Tilt” Fringe First (World Premiere) “Apartment 8” “Lamprey: Weekend of Vengeance” “My Big Fat ...

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UPDATED: Hollywood Fringe Ends Relationship with Bitter Lemons

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After The Chicago Reader  story on the long-time actor abuse at Profiles Theatre appeared, Colin Mitchell, Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Bitter Lemons, published an editorial which, while not outright excusing the behavior and culture found at Profiles, claimed: What everyone seems to be either ignoring or intentionally skirting with this bizarre story coming out of Chicago is this: These were all consenting adults. The editorial ...

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UPDATED: Actor Abuse in Chicago’s Profiles Theatre

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The house lights are up on Profiles Theatre.  Way up.  In a recent in-depth expose, Chicago Reader informs its audience about the actor abuse that has taken place there for over 20 years: In her review, [Sun-Times critic Hedy] Weiss noted the bruises on the actors’ arms. “At one point, a female cast member is being brutally choked, then forced to give a makeshift blow ...

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