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The Better Lemons Fringe Awards

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THESE WINNERS who have registered their shows on Better Lemons and encouraged audiences and critics to voice their opinion about their show, regardless of the outcome, and to those who submitted all the reviews from online publications! read more here


The Blank Theatre's Founding Artistic Director Daniel Henning Named a 2018 Pride Honoree by California Legislative LGBT Caucus

Daniel Henning, the Founding Artistic Director of Hollywood's Blank Theatre, has been named a 2018 Pride honoree by the California Legislative LGBT Caucus. A special floor ceremony was held on June 18 during the California State Assembly floor session in Sacramento. Honorees were presented with resolutions in commemoration of their accomplishments and contributions to the LGBT community. read more here


Audio Interview: The cast of “The Blade of Jealousy” at Whitefire Theatre by Ashton Marcus

Dashing Melchor moves to Los Angeles to court his online dating connection but unexpectedly falls in love with a mysterious veiled lady (Magdalena), and she with him. He later meets her sans veil but is unimpressed, thus igniting Magdalena's jealousy–of herself! A madcap comedy of disguise and deception, Henry Ong's modern take on a 17th century Spanish play is surprisingly relevant today, in light of society's obsession with outward beauty and how it relates to self-worth. listen to the podcast here


AUDITION: She Loves Me

Set in a 1930s European perfumery, we meet shop clerks, Amalia and Georg, who, more often than not, don't see eye to eye. After both respond to a “lonely hearts advertisement” in the newspaper, they now live for the love letters that they exchange, but the identity of their admirers remains unknown. Join Amalia and Georg to discover the identity of their true loves… and of all the twists and turns along the way! get the breakdown here


Audio Interview: The cast of “THEIR FINEST HOUR: CHURCHILL AND MURROW” at Write Act Rep's Brickhouse Theatre by Ashton Marcus

This full-length play sheds light on the unique relationship between Winston Churchill and Edward R. Murrow during the early years of WW II when England was under attack by Hitlers air-force. Murrow, who was covering the war for CBS Radio News, not only became friendly with Churchill, but had a passionate and adulterous love affair with the Prime Ministers daughter-in-law. listen to the podcast here


A Conversation with June Carryl by Roger Q Mason

I met June Carryl back in 2010 when the two of us were participants in Directors' Lab West. Her ideas about theatre mesmerized me because of their narrative specificity and rootedness in sound dramaturgical practices. In 2011, June was part of my playwright renaissance: I'd taken about 3 years off of writing in order to find out why I still told stories through this medium. When Son of SemeleTheatre invited me to present my play ONION CREEK, an Adam and Eve tale set in rural Texas, I immediately called June because she was an exciting theatrical mind whom I knew would direct the HELL out of that piece. My instinct was right – her work on the show was wonderful. But more importantly, I learned that she was a fellow writer, and her mentorship of my creative development process (as a burgeoning post undergrad finding his way in LA's theatre scene) helped mold the writer I am today. read more here


Audio Interview: The cast of "The Foreigner" at Little Fish Theatre

Charlie, a pathologically shy Englishman, accompanies his friend Froggy on a trip to rural Georgia. Charlie is overcome with fear at the thought of having to make small talk with strangers, so Froggy informs the locals that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. From the author of The Nerd comes another sidesplitting and heart warming comedy brimming with misunderstanding and mischief. “one comic surprise after another.” — THE NEW YORKER listen to the podcast here


Audio Interview: The cast of "The 39 Steps" at International City Theatre

The 39 Steps — Hitchcock meets hilarious in this fast-paced comedy mystery thriller for anyone who loves the magic of theater. Train chases, plummeting planes and old-fashioned romance lead to a death-defying finale as a cast of four actors breathlessly reenacts hundreds of characters, locations and famous scenes from Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 film of the same name. Winner of the 2007 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and the 2008 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience. listen to the podcast here


A White House without art

This White House has been, and is likely to remain, home to the first presidency in American history that is almost completely devoid of culture. In the 17 months that Donald Trump has been in office, he has hosted only a few artists of any kind. One was the gun fetishist Ted Nugent. Another was Kid Rock. They went together (and with Sarah Palin). Neither performed. read more here


Fountain intern Saif Saigol is passionate about theatre and social activism

Hello Fountain community! My name is Saif Saigol and I am the new Development Intern at The Fountain Theatre this summer.

A little bit about me: I am an Indian-Pakistani-Canadian raised in Montreal, Quebec. I came to the US in 2012 to pursue my high school studies at a boarding school in Connecticut. Currently, I'm an undergrad student with a Music Major and Gender & Sexuality Studies Sequence, and I'll be graduating from Claremont McKenna College next Spring, in 2019. Music, theater, and all performing arts are my passion and source of comfort in life. As a performer, I've trained classically as a vocalist for 6 years, and specialize in the Lied and operatic traditions. I'm also a proud member of the Claremont Shades, a co-ed a cappella group of the Claremont Colleges. read more here


2018 Stage Raw Theater Awards Announced

The fourth annual Stage Raw Theater Awards – celebrating the best work in L.A.'s intimate theater scene as determined by StageRaw's jury of critics will take place on Monday night, August 20, 2018 at Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles. read more here


Bringing boring theatre to the masses

We're into the thick of the summer theatre season, so lets see what's on offer down the road at Stratford.

The cover of this year's Stratford Festival playbill features "The Music Man." And you can't help but notice the title role of Harold Hill, the shyster who bamboozles the 1912 white-bread midwestern town of River City is, unconventionally, played by a black actor. read more here


NATIONAL

At One California High School, Gender Neutral & Color Conscious Casting in “1776”

The musical 1776 has been a favorite of my family's for decades, but I never considered it for my high school's annual musical until I realized the opportunity that lay in gender-neutral, as well as color conscious, casting. read more here


14 Theatre Stars to See on the Big Screen This Summer

Catch stage favorites Daveed Diggs, Brian Tyree Henry, Carrie Coon, and more at the movies.

Whether you're a Hamilfan who's been waiting with bated breath for Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal's lauded film Blindspotting, or you've been looking for a romantic comedy starring your stage favorites, here are 14 stage stars taking their talents to the big screen from now until Labor Day. read more here


‘I'm determined to leave this landscape in better condition than when I found it,' writes theatre-maker Mish Grigor. Photograph: Caiaimage/Martin Barraud/Getty Images

Theatre shuts out the working class. I'm devastated to think of the voices silenced

Middle-class stories about middle-class problems continue to dominate the stage. That needs to change

In 2015, I made a theatre show, The Talk, about my working class family and their working class sex lives. I interviewed them about their sexual histories, and edited their stories into verbatim scenes that I get audiences to read. read more here


INTERNATIONAL

Dame Gillian Lynne obituary

Choreographer and dancer who breathed new life into musical theatre with the hit shows Cats and The Phantom of the Opera

Since the 1970s, British musical theatre has boasted a professionalism and audacity once thought exclusive to Broadway. Much of the credit, entrepreneurial and creative, has gone to Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber, but an equally vital force was the choreographer, director and dancer Gillian Lynne, who has died aged 92. She pioneered a striking fusion of ballet, jazz and vaudeville dance, most famously in Cats (1981). read more here


Theatre binge-watching: how long could you sit in a theatre?

Another two-part stage play has opened in the West End, just down the road from the Harry Potter double bill. But how long could you sit in a theatre - and is theatrical binge-watching here to stay?

Seven hours is a long time to sit anywhere, not least in a West End theatre with limited legroom. read more here


A theatre experience for babies, performed in a tent

You've heard the one about the bull in the china shop, but what about the crowd of babies in the theatre?

A trio of Christchurch women have launched a theatre company offering shows aimed at babies and toddlers.

Cubbin Theatre Company's first show Up and Away opens on July 3 in the Isaac Theatre Royal's Gloucester Room. read more here


Edgy theatre content sparks off-stage debate about trigger warnings

New audience advisories warn of specific plot points that could trigger emotional trauma

If you want to trigger a strong response from theatre folk, ask them how they feel about trigger warnings: The debate about if and when to use them has the theatre community deeply divided.

These new type of audience advisories warn of specific plot points that may provoke psychological trauma in some audience members. read more here


Playwright Charlotte Jones: ‘The middle-aged female voice is not heard enough in theatre

After a string of early hits, Charlotte Jones abandoned stage writing for TV, radio and film. Now returning to theatre with The Meeting, she tells Holly Williams how women writers are still marginalised in the industry

A pacifist, Quaker community during the Napoleonic wars may not be the obvious setting for a thriller or passionate love story. But Charlotte Jones is a playwright used to pulling off unusual juxtapositions and her first play in seven years, The Meeting, brings together all those elements. read more here


A view of the Globe Theatre, Bankside, London circa 1600, the first Globe Theatre was built in 1599 by Shakespeare's playing company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men but was destroyed by fire on 29 June 1613. A second Globe Theatre was built on the same site by June 1614. (Photo by Epics/Getty Images)

The Globe theatre fire of 1613: when Shakespeare's playhouse burned down

On 29 June 1613, the original Globe theatre in London, where most of William Shakespeare's plays debuted, was destroyed by fire during a performance of All is True (known to modern audiences asHenry VIII). But what caused the fire and when was the new Globe theatre rebuilt? read more here


A history of theatre in 30 quotations: ‘Acting's just waiting for the custard pie' by The Irish Times

‘Beckett is a confidence trick perpetuated on the 20th century by a theatre-hating God' read more here