TAGGED WITH 99 SEAT THEATER

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Los Angeles Theater Throws Itself a Party

And it was pretty damn fun. Even though I was still under the weather. If I dissed anyone, it was purely intentional.If you missed it, this happened over at the Golden Road Brewery, complete with Live Band Karaoke, food, drinks. illegal drugs (what?), scintillating conversation, good will and just an overall excellent gathering of the people who are making the majority of theater in this town.You remember them? They were the ones who were summarily dismissed by their own union.But according to AEA Executive Dir...
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Some Realities on Producing in the 99 Seat World

I had the great privilege of being among the first-nighters knocked out by Angeliki Giannakopoulos’ innovative stage adaptation of her award-winning PBS documentary MY CHILD: MOTHER OF WAR, which opened Sunday night, April 26, at the 99-seat Hudson Backstage Theatre in Hollywood. Look for my full review soon at Arts in LA but still, Bitter Lemons seems to be the place to make another kind of critical statement this presentation so clearly ascertains. Starring the Pro-99 movement’s own glorious Warri...
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Don Shirley: "...a 99-seat company that decided to go backwards into non-Equity status...could easily vanish from the media map."

Downer Don ain’t exactly grieving over Equity’s apparent elimination of the 99 Seat Plan and he cares not who knows it. Check this from his latest over at LA Observed:In Los Angeles County, where there are so many more Equity actors than in OC, a 99-seat company that decided to go backwards into non-Equity status — in order to avoid paying the minimum wage — could easily vanish from the media map. Let’s pretend that I’m an editor, considering two opening productions that coul...
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Hoyt on the 99 Seat Lull: "Time Rarely Favors an Insurgency"

I have to agree with Hoyt Hilsman’s take on the lull that’s been going on these last few months concerning the LA Theater vs. Actors’ Equity clash. Equity appears to be winning.Frankly, I’ve lost interest in the story from a personal perspective because Equity has shown over and over again that they care not one whit what its LA membership has to say concerning its own future. And so, for me, my experiment in engagement with my union turned out to be a reinforcement that U...
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Fountain Theatre's "Citizen: An American Lyric" to Get Off-Broadway Run

More good news from the Los Angeles Theater 99 seat trenches. This from Fountain Theatre’s blog Intimate Excellent:Citizen: An American Lyric, adapted for the stage from Claudia Rankine’s award-winning book of poetry by Rankine and Fountain Theatre co-artistic director Stephen Sachs, will headline Primary Stages’ 2016-17 season at Off-Broadway’s Cherry Lane Theatre. Citizen premiered at the Fountain Theatre last summer to critical acclaim.“We are thrilled that yet another Fountain ...
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Plaintiffs in Actors vs. Actors Equity Association respond to AEA statement

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 Los Angeles. Equity’s letter is malicious and false.The Plaintiffs filed this suit on behalf of the entire Los Angeles Theatre Community after Equity ignored a referendum in which the Equity members of this community defeated Equity’s proposed changes by one of the widest margins in Equity’s votin...