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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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Actors' Equity Election Results Could Post As Early as Tomorrow, May 21st

Stay tuned.We’ll see if the organizers of the Pro99 movement have made their case and if that highly concentrated and now-extremely -nfluential voting bloc has the oomph to knock out the morons who voted all this nonsense into existence.We’ll bring you the results as soon as we get them....
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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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Is the Pro99 Movement Splintering?

Kinda seems that way, especially after reading this somewhat schizophrenic article from SLM over at the Weekly:After the L.A. membership roundly rejected the union’s new scheme in an advisory April vote, the union’s National Council voted to proceed with the new plan anyway. For that reason, among many others related to the debacle, lawsuits are being quietly prepared against the union — which seems like déjà vu for Gobetti, one of the original plaintiffs in a 1987 lawsuit agains...
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New Actors' Equity President Kate Shindle Releases Her First Statement...

…and gets taken to task on social media by a couple of the Pro99 folks who feel she is just paying them lip service. Here’s a little tweetle dee tweetle dum exchange on Twitter…And you can go here for a good times adventure with the Facebook crowd. Heck one of the LA members got “muted” by the prez! Whatever the hell that means…To her credit, Kate actually ventured into the echo chamber to engage a few of the folks and as usual with that crowd it quickly turned into a lo...
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LA Weekly Theater Critic Katie Buenneke Doesn't Believe Deaf West's "Spring Awakening" Move to Broadway is a Good Thing

But that’s not what I want to talk about.Katie is of course entitled to her opinion and she makes some interesting points in her LA Weekly article, points like this:I love seeing unexpected takes on familiar stories, and that’s something that’s unique to theater: different groups of people performing the same show over and over again in different places, bringing something new to it each time. And that freedom to explore a show comes with distance from the “definitive” product...
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An Open Letter to Actors’ Equity President Kate Shindle from #Pro99 AEA Members

Picked this up off the Facebook wires, with the blessing of one of the creators. If you’d like to add your name to the list by all means go here and sign on.An Open Letter to Actors’ Equity President Kate Shindle from #Pro99 AEA MembersDear President Shindle,We, the undersigned members of AEA who support the Pro99 movement, both in the L.A. area and around the nation, congratulate you on your win, and wish you a successful term as President of our beloved union. We were satisfied that our passi...
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TORNADO WEATHER

I’m annoyed that Colin Mitchell asked me to write for Bitter Lemons. Or, to be clearer, I’m annoyed that I’ve written so much on Facebook, and Twitter, and public forums, that Colin saw enough of it to think this was a good idea. I’m annoyed that my labor union brought that about.Now, I’m going to annoy you by telling you things about myself that you won’t give a sh*t about. I’m 51 years old. I’ve been acting since I was 15. I turned down a casting offer from a theater...
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What Exactly Is Doug Writing For? (A response to Douglas Clayton's "What Exactly Is Los Angeles Theatre Fighting For?") - by Ezra Buzzington

Oh, Doug, Doug, Doug. What the hell are you doing, man? I have known you since we appeared together in ICT’s production of “A Christmas Carol” in 2003, really enjoyed directing you in my 2006 film “Outta Sync” and have danced the dance of local theatre with you via your involvement in LASA ever since. I’ve always viewed us as friends more than acquaintances though we’ve never dined at each others’ homes. I was thrilled when you got married and had a kid, celebrate...
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The Saturday Saying

“Given Equity’s outstanding track record with surveys, I think I’ll be skipping the one they sent me this morning.”William Lewis Salyers - in response to AEA’s LGBT Equality survey that they recently sent to their members....