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The "Godfather of the Fringe" Explains What the Fringe is Not: Part One - by Ezra Buzzington

Ezra Buzzington, “The Godfather of the Fringe,” was disheartened by the lack of professionalism at last year’s Hollywood Fringe and how that speaks badly for Los Angeles Theater as a whole. He asked us if we might publish a two parter of his on why he’s the guy to make some noise about the sorry trend and why Fringe participants need to step up and show some pride and some professionalism.What the Fringe is NotPart One: The PastBy Ezra BuzzingtonI’ve been called many things in my l...
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"The Godfather of the Fringe" on What the Fringe Is Not: Part Two - by Ezra Buzzington

Here is the second installment from the “Godfather of the Fringe” Ezra Buzzington, on What Fringe is Not and What it Might, Could and Should be. You can read the first part here.Part Two: The Future or Do We Take Ourselves Seriously Enough To Be Taken Seriously?By Ezra BuzzingtonBen Hill rightly decided long ago that the Hollywood Fringe would build its structure on the Edinburgh Fringe’s foundation of a non-juried, “presenting” Festival. One that facilitates the par...
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Committing ArtCrime, or The Influence of Social Identity Politics On the American Fringe Theatre Movement of the Early 21st Century By Ezra Buzzington

 When I was nine years old I was lucky enough to be cast in the chorus of our local Community Theatre production of “The Music Man”. Unfortunately I wasn’t lucky enough to secure the coveted role of Winthrop – tough hides are rendered more firmly when started early in life – but I did get to appear in the rousing Act I closer “The Wells Fargo Wagon”. The subject of which was, by all onstage accounts, “a-comin’ down the street”. That productio...
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STOP THE PLAY - I WANT A NEW DIRECTOR - by Ezra Buzzington

About 400 years ago I was asked to play the role of “Cocky” in a production of Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse’s “The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd”. Well, not so much asked, really, as asked to replace the guy who had booked the gig before me after he demurred his way out of the gig. Wisely, as it turned out. His reasons for leaving the show went unstated but when I stopped by his Hollywood bungalow to get the script the look of concern in his darkening eyes...
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A cause, a cause! My theatre for a cause! By Ezra Buzzington

Lately I seem to be writing a great deal about the American theatre. I’m enjoying it immensely and, from the reports trickling back to me, it would appear that others have been as well. This thrills me no end. But, I keep asking myself why am I suddenly doing this? To be honest, I’m not sure. A sudden awareness of the importance of personal history plays a part, I think. Legacy and all that. But, I’m just not sure. What I do know is that looking back at the myriad experiences I’ve had and the...
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There Is No Try - by Ezra Buzzington

 Earlier this week I was engaged in the briefest of debates with a lovely artist on a lovely social networking site about the quality of our modern American theatrical arts. Big surprise.After reading my article last week, her concern was founded in the belief that the theatre (Fringe in particular) is not meant to be perfect. After all, she pointed out, “No artist sets out to do weak work.” True. But, that doesn’t matter.  Not unless one believes that an artist’s good intentio...
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2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival Generates $400,000 in Ticket Sales

Some people have bitched and complained to me that the Hollywood Fringe Festival is just one big rip off, they make you pay your entrance fee, give you access to a cool website and then you’re on your own. To which I reply, you are absolutely correct, to an extent, but you’re looking at the opportunity incorrectly.And that’s what the Fringe is, always has been and remains, an opportunity, some take advantage of it, some don’t. But even beyond the artistic and creative opportunities that are p...
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To Be Or Not To Be Batshit Crazy - By Ezra Buzzington

You know the best way to get an actor to complain? Hire him. How many actors does it take to screw in a light bulb? 13 – 1 to screw it in, 12 to say they could have screwed it in better. “Actors are human, too!”, “Oh, yeah? Did you ever eat with one?” *We are a unique breed, we actor types. Stuck in the awkward position of needing to express ourselves by telling other people’s stories and compelled to communicate humanity’s emotional complexities through the intima...
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These Men For All Season - By Ezra Buzzington

Manhattan Theatre Club has been catching a lot of flack lately due to the announcement of their 2015 – 2016 season. Whatever wet finger Artistic Director Lynne Meadow lifted to test the direction of our cultural winds misled her into thinking that she could select any collection of plays she wanted and for whatever reasons she wanted them. Girl, was she wrong. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel took to Twitter with: “For a woman who attended Bryn Mawr, where is your sisterhood?&...
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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...