Notes from Arden
“So here goes: a variation of what I presented Saturday night – the complete history of Los Angeles theater (unabridged) in 15 minutes.”
“The case, on the face of it, is pretty simple,” Scott Guy told Stage Raw. “We’re asking to be removed from the Do Not Work list. We’re asking to be recognized as a membership company.” BY PAUL BIRCHALL
Got It Covered
“Stage Raw was sorry to hear about the passing of the great local and Seattle theater designer Gary Smoot, who died in Seattle last May. Amongst his many contributions to shows at L.A.’s Circle X, Smoot served as production designer for productions of Love Loves a Pornographer, The American Book of the Dead, and for his extremely memorable set design in Great Men of Science, No 21 and 22. He’d been a multi-award winner of many LA Weekly, Garland, and LADCC accolades, and, in addition to frequent gigs with New York theaters, was a long time company member of Seattle’s Annex Theatre.” — 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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“Class warfare has surged and ebbed in the U.S. public consciousness during harder or more prosperous times throughout the past century, but the distorted perversion that it is something waged by the poor upon privileged victims gets exposed as a disingenuous lie by Eugene O’Neill’s 1922 The Hairy Ape – an anguished cry on behalf the exploited and dismissed.” — by MYRON MEISEL
The Summer of our (Dis)Content
“‘Do you believe in God?’ asked Goldman. Alyokhina paused, carefully forming the perfect response. ‘I think that Church in Russia already has nothing in common with Christianity,’ she reflected”. — by VANESSA CATE
A “Matter”: Los Angeles actors clearly let Equity know what it thought of the new plan, providing a stunning defeat of it in a referendum by a 2-to-1 margin. Equity’s response: “Doesn’t Matter.” Equity decided instead to bring up the number of participants in the vote as an important metric.–BY KEVIN DELIN