Monday, November 20, 2017

What is the responsibility of the artist in these times? by Peter Finlayson

At FootLights, we often struggle with the dilemma of addressing political issues. Here’s a great read from the Clyde Fitch Report. The post What is the responsibility of the artist in …

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28th Annual LA STAGE Ovation Awards by Peter Finlayson

The 28th Annual LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards will take place on January 29, 2018, with a 7:30pm curtain at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. The list of nominees can be found on @ This Stage. …

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Campfire Democracy by Peter Finlayson

The carcass of a wild pig is roasting on a spit over an open fire. Surrounding the fire are the men, women, and children who hope to soon partake of the feast promised by the scents wafting …

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Resource Sharing For Los Angeles Theater by Tracey Paleo

Sustainability. It’s the buzz word du jour in Los Angeles theater with most of the current dialog focused on funding (When is it never focused on funding?!). Community partnerships, co…

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

HIPPO Life is Healing Through Art by Tracey Paleo

“I’m an actor and a coach.” OK. What else?  After teaching acting on Hollywood Row for years, Anthony Gilardi of Anthony Gilardi Acting Studio wanted to do more. He did. He created…

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival by Peter Finlayson

“Harlem to Central Avenue” The Robey Theatre Company in association with the Los Angeles Theatre Center, is presenting a three day festival Starting August 25th. Danny Glove and …

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Artful Supporters by Kevin Delin

There’s a black and white photograph in my high school yearbook. It’s of people in winter gear hanging around a railing at the skating rink where our hockey team played. A banner of the …

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The Godmother of Rock and Roll! by Peter Finlayson

While visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio,  Randy Johnson, the creator of such seminal works as Always Patsy Cline and A Night Janis Joplin, came upon a book titled S…

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Reaching the Audience by Peter Finlayson

Just recently, I went to Rogue Machine’s production of Loraine Hansberrys’ Les Blancs. An evening of exemplary theatre. Profound, evocative, well-conceived and beautifully presented.…

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Shout Sister Shout! – A new musical by Peter Finlayson

While visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, Randy Johnson, the creator of such seminal works as Always Patsy Cline and A Night with Janis Joplin, came upon a book entit…

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Friday, July 28, 2017


A twenty-year musical theatre tradition will be streamed live for the first time this year.  New Musicals Inc. will host the 20th STAGES FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS from July 28th through July…

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Letter to the Editor: Don’t Give AEA a Raise by Peter Finlayson

What’s the difference between the Internal Revenue Service and Actors Equity Association? One is a callous, far-flung bureaucracy that wants more of your money – and the other collects t…

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Banner Year for the Hollywood Fringe by Peter Finlayson

The 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival did it again, With a significant rise in participation, attendance and revenue, it would seem that there is a hunger for new edgy works for Los Angeles aud…

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Michael Teoli Branding Theater Through Music by Tracey Paleo

Doomesday Cabaret, The Magic Bullet Theory, Absolutely Filthy, Skullduggery.  All these Made-in-LA Theater productions that have an extra element unique to them.  Original music. Berklee C…

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At Harvard?! by Peter Finlayson

In January, the federal government called out the institute (Harvards A.R.T. Institute) for burdening its students with loan debt averaging about $78,000 each… will take the next thre…

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Fringing Around the World by Peter Finlayson

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has a significant milestone birthday this year. It is seventy years old and this means that “fringe” is seventy too. Where there was one fringe fest…

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Update – NMI needs your help! by Peter Finlayson

Last night, I got a chance to see a new documentary, Love 99.  Yes, it was about the conflict we have endured with AEA, and it was a great reminder that the fight is still in front of us. W…

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

LA Theatre, Still Under Siege! by Peter Finlayson

As the intimate theatre scene in Los Angeles is looking to stabilize itself, when in December Actors Equity Association, the national union for stage actors and stage managers, implemented a…

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

An Open Letter To LA Theatre Community by Peter Finlayson

Last week New Musicals Inc. filed a charge against Actors Equity Association through the National Labor Relations Board.  The charge centers upon unfair business practices, accusing AEA of …

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Friday, June 16, 2017

What’s a Good Show to See? by Peter Finlayson

Seldom does a day go by that someone doesn’t ask me, “Are there any good plays going on right now? What should I go see?” I guess being the publisher of a theatre magazine supposedly g…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Beyond The Hollywood Fringe by Tracey Paleo

Is there life after Hollywood Fringe Festival? Yes! Of course! Last season Hollywood Fringe founder Ben Hill spoke to the excitement and changes with each HFF season, including some of the H…

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Black Theatre Matters: A Dialogue by Peter Finlayson

Black Theatre Matters: A Dialogue, took place on a Monday February 27th, at the Offices of Actors’ Equity Association in North Hollywood. An eminent group of African American artists: Robe…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Open Fist’s Anti-Hero by Tracey Paleo

Collaborators and artistic directors Guy Zimmerman of Padua Playwrights and Martha Demson of Open Fist Theatre Company,  will tell you, The Gary Plays are a pure product of Los Angeles.  E…

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Monday, May 1, 2017

The Colony Theatre Unveils New Kids Summer Camp by Tracey Paleo

The Colony Theatre in Burbank has unveiled its new groundbreaking summer camp, C.R.E.A.T.E. The highly innovative camp is part of a new Colony Kids Programming Initiative. Colony Kids C.R.E.…

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Newly Formed ‘Independent Theatres of Los Angeles’ To Hold Citywide Auditions by Tracey Paleo

Press Release Intimate theater companies in Los Angeles that have been denied membership status by Actors Equity Association, and/or find themselves financially unable to sign AEA’s new Lo…

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

CTG To Hold ‘Into the Woods’ Open Cast Party by Tracey Paleo

On Saturday, May 13, 2017, following the 2 p.m. matinee performance of Fiasco Theater’s Into the Woods at the Ahmanson Theatre, Center Theatre Group will throw a cast party for all the Bak…

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After The Battle by Peter Finlayson

Last December, Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) imposed a new plan regarding the use of its members for productions in intimate theatres in Los Angeles County. A two-year battle between AE…

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Coeurge Theatre Company 2017 Season by Tracey Paleo

Coeurage Theatre Company Los Angeles’ Pay-What-You-Can  theater company (Jeremy Lelliott, Artistic Director; Nicole Monet, Executive Director), begins its eighth season with a slate …

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

ISC Announces New Board Member by Tracey Paleo

Press Release Los Angeles Independent Shakespeare Co. (ISC) announces that Halle Stanford has been unanimously elected to the board of directors. A nine-time Emmy-nominated children’s tele…

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Rare Vonnegut Comes To Sacred Fools by Tracey Paleo

Ben Rock (Blair Witch Project, Alien Raiders, Baal, Occupation, Taste) laying out his Sirens of Titan Show & Tell – script, program, tattered teen tome and set design specs – was lik…

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Kennedy Center College Theatre Awards by Tracey Paleo

9 Awards in total were presented to works in Northern and Southern California schools including University of Southern California, University of California, Irvine, Los Angeles City College …

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