“In Hunt’s fiction, Simon runs into an aspiring playwright and busboy name Steve (Sam) Shepard, in a 1964 East Village bar. Shepard has much the same complaint with Neil Simon, about evading versus confronting pain. ‘The Art Couple’’s conceit is that the two writers latch on to each other, and with Simon’s very reluctant and temporary consent, agree to collaborate on a new play, The Odd Couple, that Simon is wrestling with.” — BY STEVEN LEIGH MORRIS
The ruling by hearing officer David Banks refutes claims made by representatives of the now defunct “Re-Imagine L.A. Theater” campaign that all producers using volunteer actors could be in violation of State law.
Says Lea, “He’s back in an acute hospital. Back close to where he began. But this time he is awake and seeing things he didn’t get to see the first time around. Seeing the faces that went with the voices the first time around.”
“Like music, the theater belongs to everybody, it always did, and everybody needs to be invited to participate as well as to witness, or the art form will burn in the flames of what’s clearly a cultural revolution, burning through pockets of our constricted habits. Audiences of the future, like audiences of yore, ache to curate their experiences. Passive absorption of pre-curated culture within enclosed temples is a 20th century model.”
“So here goes: a variation of what I presented Saturday night – the complete history of Los Angeles theater (unabridged) in 15 minutes.”
“Hence, the almost anti-celebratory opening number, Stephen Foster’s “Hard Times (Come Again No More)” beautifully rendered by the Stewarts, and joined by a chorus (Monica Greene, Gregory Guy Gorden, Erin Holt, Amir Levi, Cj Merriman, and Andrew Joseph Perez) assembled by director Jaime Robledo.”
“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.
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.
“The on-the-ground situations and positions are now so bizarre, the only reliable conclusion to be had is that we live in post-truth era, where nothing is what it seems. Everybody is wrong, and everybody is right. (I hope that’s a helpful conclusion.)” — Steven Leigh Morris