Notes from Arden
The Kid was buried December 14. It was a quiet funeral. Out with a whimper. But now the time for quiet is over. Join everybody’s favorite plaintiffs French Stewart and Vanessa Stewart for a shit-kicking, noisy raise-your-glasses, raise-your voices wake, otherwise known as the Third Annual Stage Raw Theater Awards, a musical celebration of the best of 99-seat theater in 2016, and the best of 99-seat theater since 1979, and what’s possible for the future.
“As individuals and as a nation, we could all use a little more soul-searching of the nature Eilbacher describes. The musical’s subtle advocating for understanding and connection are needed now more than ever in a country (and world) that is increasingly divided. Though, Eilbacher cautions against labeling the show more relevant simply because of political climate. ‘It just so happens that our world really, really needs a show like this,’” she says. BY MAUREEN LEE LENKER
Got It Covered
“This is, obviously, quite bad news for the local theater scene and we will need to take some time to absorb just what all this means and how we will react to it. Already, we are seeing several Facebook posts from Equity actors who are vowing to go rogue and act secretly (and, yes, illegally) on 99 seat stages. Others are seriously discussing the notion of going FiCore, a topic discussed at length in journalist Myron Meisel’s excellent earlier Stage Raw article.” –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