Notes from Arden
“A Wake and Sing” is being hosted by French Stewart and Vanessa Stewart, who will sing, dance, and present almost all of the awards, but they won’t be alone.
“In the balcony scene, which was very funny and very sweet, the balcony was too high to climb, but low enough that he had to try. He played Romeo as a shirt-tail boy who was always trying to keep his shirt tucked in and his hair slicked down. He put his back to an adjacent tree and his feet on the wall, and shinnied up the wall till he was beside her. But then in his eagerness and ardor, he leaned toward her, lost contact with the tree and fell kerplunk to the ground. It was lovely. ” — Neal Weaver
Got It Covered
“. . . Another plaintiff in the AEA lawsuit, Michael A. Shepperd, was just elected to the union’s National Council – yes the same Council that overturned a 2/3 referendum of local membership to preserve the 99-Seat Plan, in April 2015. AEA’s National Council, in its actions, has been largely dismissive of the stated concerns of Los Angeles stage actors over the past two years.” — BY PAUL BIRCHALL
What would happen if you re-imagined your Board, removed the mandate to contribute or raise money and asked them to do something they might actually be good at, like say, audience development? I bet this is generally a more comfortable topic for most board members because it relates to earned income, marketing, and customer service. Now you’re talking business-y language and put them in their comfort zone. –BY CORBETT BARKLIE
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“Certainly one of most substantial musical and theater events this year, the world premiere of Louis Andriessen’s Theatre of the World, commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, in Walt Disney Concert Hall for only two performances in May represents a prestigious coup for the orchestra and venue that will surely be more thoroughgoingly recognized and appreciated when it opens in Amsterdam in June at the co-producing Dutch National Opera.” — by MYRON MEISEL
The Summer of our (Dis)Content
SITI Company’s Ellen Lauren and J. Ed Araiza Bring Rigor and California’s Great Depression to A Midsummer Night’s Dream
“In a sense, Lauren’s production is merely the most recent — and the most public —artistic reverberation stemming from a fundamental shakeup to UCLA TFT’s approach to stage training that occurred three years ago. According to Araiza, the school decided to break with the old paradigm of the Americanized version of Stanislavskian naturalism — the so-called ‘Method’ —that was pioneered by director Konstantin Stanislavski at the Moscow Art Theatre at the beginning of the 20th century and that continues to dominate university theater departments in the US.” — by VANESSA CATE