Notes from Arden
“‘I still have 29 plays,’ Albee said in our 2007 interview, ‘and I don’t think more than seven or eight have been commercially successful. When nine of my plays had been flops, not returning their investment, it was hard to make a case for doing my next one. I think that the economics of theater are more destructive than ever before.'” — BY STEVEN LEIGH MORRIS
“A few days after the ad was posted, Rivera’s casting director Raul Clayton Staggs and Rivera received a letter from a mysterious address Equityworksla@yahoo.com, which, at the bottom of the letter and in small font, stated, “We are in no way authorized to represent AEA and this notification has not been approved or authorized by AEA. We are concerned, professional members of the L.A. Theatre community and we are in support of their efforts.” –BY PAUL BIRCHALL
Got It Covered
“A look at Davidson’s artistic resume is a true walk through the hallowed history of LA theater, with his involvement in an astonishing range of important drama. When August Wilson’s dramas were first being performed, Davidson provided a space for each of his dramas, providing one of the first homes for the author’s dramatic cycle.” — BY PAUL BIRCHALL
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“For so steeped has our culture become in Beckett’s brand of nihilist vaudeville, that his once forbidding obscurity has flowered into ironic delight as we embrace the ironies of forlorn despair with enthused empathy.” — by MYRON MEISEL
The Summer of our (Dis)Content
“‘They say theater never dies. But that’s not true, it really does die,’ Morris warned. ‘Our theater audiences are aging Caucasians, and they’re dying.’ Morris reaffirmed the importance of cultivating diversity on L.A. stages to acknowledge and reflect a more diverse audience, as well as being proactive in bringing in new generations.” — By VANESSA CATE