TAGGED WITH WILLIAM SALYERS

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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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Jason Rohrer's "A Fable of Equity" as Read by William Salyers

I love when stuff like this happens, this kind of collaborative collision, it’s the beauty of Los Angeles Theater at the moment, this wonderful blending of technology and performance art.Our very own Jason the Roar wrote this little ditty last week and published it at the Lemon and today William Salyers, proud LA Theater actorvist, was so inspired that he decided to do a little “books on tape” number on the poem. With Jason’s permission of course.And we get this…Well done, lad...
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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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Become a Part of the Arts-Lit Network Here at Bitter Lemons

Much of what is written here at Bitter Lemons, even if its news-related, often takes the form of a sort of Arts-Lit hybrid, embracing aspects of both literature and journalism, creating a kind of mutant that sometimes succeeds in merging the best of each of these disciplines and sometimes just leaves author and audience divinely disgruntled. This “style,” for want of a better word, has mostly been born of two parents; our ability to continue to allow ourselves to evolve as a medi...
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THE OTHER ELEPHANT

Full disclosure: I’m a raccoon. Not literally, of course; it’s just how I make my living. I voice one for a popular Cartoon Network series. Besides being my job, I believe it’s also art, and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has agreed with me at least once. That’s not why I came to Los Angeles, of course. I didn’t say to myself “I’m gonna move to LA to make it big in cartoons!” (and video games; I voice a lot of those). I moved here nearly twenty years ago...
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“ART” VERSUS “PAY” (VERSUS “PLEASE JUST GO AWAY”)

People from the anti-99 side of our community, and even some friends of mine, have asked why I frame this debate as acting for “art” versus acting for “pay.” The answer is simple: what’s the alternative?The 99-seat debate, by its nature, cannot be described without attributing motives. As a result, most people use a sort of short-hand to describe different reasons actors choose to act. Both sides do this, sometimes innocently (I’ve been called “amateur,” as in “s...
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Have I Got a Deal For You!

UPDATE #3: Over $15,000 IN 6 DAYS! WAY TO GO, LA THEATER LOVERS! CAN WE HEAR $20,000? https://www.gofundme.com/ilove99UPDATE #2: THANKS TO LA INTIMATE THEATERS’ FRIENDS, FANS AND PATRONS, WE’VE RAISED $10,000 IN JUST 2 DAYS! LET’S KEEP IT COMING!UPDATE #1: DONATIONS MAY NOW BE MADE ONLINE THROUGH GOFUNDME! GO TO https://www.gofundme.com/ilove99 AND HELP SAVE LA’S INTIMATE THEATERS!I just made an investment. I attended a meeting last night where some very sharp people, including...
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He Didn’t Know He’d Joined THE MOB

It’s like one of Dash Hammett’s lesser novels, or a run-of-the-mill pulp: Charlie Square joins a “labor organization,” but Charlie doesn’t know his nice little union is actually a front for peddlers of deceit.That may be a bit rich, but it ain’t too far from from how this card-carrying Charlie Square feels today.In ‘98, I made my bones in Seattle, doin’ a respectable version of Willy the Shake’s “Othello.” When those union swells sent me a shiny new c...