Tag Archives: LA scene

Theater-Makers To Become Activists

On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, the last day of the National Month of Outrage: Theatre Artists Unite, Artists Rise Up Los Angeles (ARULA) will stage, E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many, One, a collection of short plays and scenes, music, dance, spoken word, art installations, photography and multi-media presentations at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood at 7pm. The one night only benefit performance, ...

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StageCrafts Keeps Studio/Stage Open

In a year when the Colony Theatre suspended its regular season and  the Courts agreed to dismiss the lawsuit brought against Actors’ Equity,  it is good news indeed to have Studio/Stage continue be a theatrical space in Los Angeles.  The venue, previously managed by Bill Sterritt, will be taken over by theater-couple Gregory Crafts and Jenn Scuderi Crafts under their newly launched venue management firm ...

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Updated: Lauded L.A. Theater in 2016

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Local writers are reflecting on the best that appeared on Los Angeles stages, both large and small, the previous 365 days.  Turns out there was a lot: L.A. Times Theater Critic Charles McNulty’s list focused nearly exclusively on the larger stages but Orson Bean’s storytelling at the Pacific Resident Theatre made the list as well. Dany Margolies‘s list at Time Out includes the highly lauded ...

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UPDATED: L.A. Writers Comment on The End

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With the clock winding down on the Settlement Agreement that was first set up in 1989, L.A. intimate theater is about to face new rules from Actors’ Equity. Needless to say, several L.A. writers didn’t let the moment go unnoticed. LA Stage Alliance Executive Director and Stage Raw Magazine Publisher Steven Leigh Morris penned a column to the L.A. theater community. Long time KCRW critic ...

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Letter: What 99-Seats Means to Vanessa Stewart

Actress and writer Vanessa Stewart is well-known to the Los Angeles theater community and Footlights readers.  With her husband, French, she is a popular host of LA theater award ceremonies and also a Plaintiff in the suit against her own Union, Actors’ Equity.  She compiled an extensive production database proving, once and for all time, just how valuable the Equity 99-Seat Plan was to Equity ...

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A Pair of Letters from Equity

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It’s been quite a day in Los Angeles Theater.  First, the court ruled to dismiss the lawsuit brought on Actors’ Equity Association by a large group of Los Angeles theater-makers.  And now, in anticipation of the termination of the 99-Seat Plan in Los Angeles next week, Actors’ Equity Association sent out two emails. One to LA Equity Members: As you are aware, there has been much ...

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Deer Creek Canyon to PCH – Mitsuo Kato

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Capitol Records Building, Hollywood – Mitsuo Kato

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L.A.’s Latino Theater Company Evolves the Narrative

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José Luis Valenzuela and Evelina Fernández are an all-in-one husband and wife theatrical team.  José Luis Valenzuela is The Latino Theater Company Artistic Director and the head of the UCLA MFA Director Program.  Evelina Fernández is writer of The Mexican Trilogy which opens this month with José directing.  The pair recently sat down with me to discuss the evolving role of theater in Los Angeles: ...

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Atop Santa Monica Mountains – Mitsuo Kato

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