AEA in Washington, Women's Day on Broadway, #GratitudeNow Social Media Campaign, and More News


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LOCAL

Independent Shakespeare Co. Presents ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL

Independent Shakespeare Co. (ISC), presenters of the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival announce the debut production in ISC’s new and larger performance home, ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, directed by Melissa Chalsma. ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL will begin previews on Thursday, March 22, opens Saturday, March 24 at 7:30pm and performs through Sunday, April 22 at the ISC Studio in the Atwater Crossing Arts + Innovation Complex, 3191 Casitas Ave., #130 in Atwater Village. read more here

Historic Westlake Theatre sells for $2M

The landmarked Westlake Theatre adjacent to MacArthur Park has been sold.The theater’s seller was the successor agency to the defunct Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles, which was dissolved under a 2011 state law. The CRA/LA voted in January to approve the $2 million sale, and escrow is expected to close by March 15, according to the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation. read more here


LOCAL FOR KIDS

Alice! at Nine O’Clock Players

With all of the characters you know and love including the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the Caterpillar, and the Queen of Hearts, Alice follows the White Rabbit into a Wonderland of talking animals, comic royalty, and a croquet game played with flamingos! A fast-paced musical where nonsense makes quite good sense.  Fun for the whole family! read more here

SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT

“There’s no business like show business”… And there’s no show like “SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT.”

This marionette musical is delightfully mad..wonderfully imaginative..and the best lyric review in the theater.

Produced in Hollywood by Bob Baker Productions, it has the scope of a Broadway musical…plus the Wonderland touch. read more here

The Enchanted Nightingale

Journey to far away ancient China in this magical tale of a powerful Emperor and the rarest of treasures – an enchanted nightingale. Experience a magical Tai Chi practice, colorful fan dancing, royal wardrobe, and above all, a most valuable story celebrating the wealth in generosity and the culture and artistry of the Far East. read more here

The Really Awesome Improv Show

Saturdays 12pm • The Really Awesome Improv Show • Celebrating an 8yr run!

Fun (and appropriate) for all ages, 2yrs-200, The Really Awesome Improv Show features improv games that rely on audience suggestions and participation, is great for the whole family, and was voted “Best Kids’ comedy Show” by LA Magazine! Because there’s a rotating cast you’ll see a different cast and games each week. Great for birthday parties and family outings! read more here


NATIONAL

Actors’ Equity Reps Attend National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington D.C. to Defend NEA Funding

Representatives from Actors’ Equity Association are currently attending the 31st annual Arts Advocacy Day meeting in Washington, DC, a national arts action summit meeting. During this time, they will learn new skills needed to protect and defend funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. read more here

Tina Fey’s stage adaptation of Mean Girls opens at the August Wilson Theatre on April 8. (© David Gordon)

5 Ways We Can Make It Women’s Day on Broadway Every Day

Tina Fey, Jeanine Tesori, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and more #WomenOfBroadway brainstorm solutions for Broadway’s gender imbalance.

Of the 332 creative-team positions on Broadway this season, only 57 (or 17 percent) are held by women. That alarming statistic is just one of many reasons that women took over the St. James Theatre (home of Broadway’s Frozen) on March 12 for the inaugural Women’s Day on Broadway. Four panels, hosted by Gayle King, Whoopi Goldberg, Juju Chang, and Meredith Vieira, put some of Broadway’s greatest actors, designers, directors, producers, writers, and business minds onstage to hear their solutions for the theater’s perpetual parity problem. Here are five takeaways that everyone can get moving on now, whether you live your life onstage, offstage, or backstage. read more here

The Kennedy Center Announces Partnership With The Second City

There’s about to be even more to laugh at in Washington:

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced a new partnership with The Second City, the famed Chicago-based sketch comedy company. The partnership draws on the respective strengths of each organization to extend the creative capacity, reach, and impact of both brands, and will result in new, original productions at the Kennedy Center and beyond. read more here

Adam Heller plays Harry, Michael Bartoli plays Harvey Milk, Julia Knitel plays Barbara, and Cheryl Stern plays Frannie in A Letter to Harvey Milk, directed by Evan Pappas, at the Acorn at Theatre Row. (© Russ Rowland)

A Letter to Harvey Milk Launches #GratitudeNow Social Media Campaign

Off-Broadway’s A Letter to Harvey Milk, running at Theatre Row’s Acorn Theatre, will partner with the Harvey Milk Foundation and the app Punkpost to launch a #GratitudeNow social media campaign. The campaign asks people to take a moment and write letter of gratitude to someone who has made a difference in their lives, record it, and post it with the hashtag #GratitudeNow. read more here

Wayne Acton and Chrissy Hoote rehearse a scene from “Class Reunion,” one of several productions Veale Creek Theatre has put on over the years. Now the theatre, located on SR 57S., will also be offering monthly movie nights. Those movie nights will begin Saturday with shows at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Veale Creek Theatre now offering monthly movies

Veale Creek Theatre may be best known for the half a dozen or so theatre productions community members bring to life on stage each year. Now, the rural theatre will also be offering patrons more entertainment options throughout the year. read more here

6 Theatre Workers You Should Know

From an activist in Oakland, Calif., to a scenic artist in Atlanta, from an educator in Los Angeles to a producer in New York City, check out this month’s cohort of theatre workers. read about them here

BD Wong and John Lithgow in the original 1988 Broadway staging of “M. Butterfly.”

This Month in Theatre History

From the repeal of a Pennsylvania anti-theatre law to the premieres of ‘Oklahoma!’ and ‘M. Butterfly,’ March was a memorable month for theatre. read more here


AROUND THE WORLD

Disturbing, not pleasing, should be art’s role

Many arts organisations have become dinosaurs, failing to evolve to respond to the needs of new work, delegates at the Australian Theatre Forum were warned.

Belgian festival director and curator Frie Leysen challenged Australian artists and arts organisations to be bold, and to challenge an increasingly ossified status quo in her closing keynote address at the 2015 Australian Theatre Forum(ATF). read more here

Carrie Hope Fletcher on why traditional theatre world should start embracing YouTube

In the ego-driven world of musical theatre, Harrow-born songbird Fletcher, 25, is a breath of fresh air, albeit an enigmatic one.

While most young actors in musicals aspire to the “triple threat”, Fletcher stands as something else entirely, she has a bestselling book (All I Know Now: Wonderings and Reflections on Growing Up Gracefully) and a prolific YouTubefollowing along with her list of acting credits. This ranges from classic shows such as Les Misérables and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, to new material such as The Addams Family and Vanara: the Musical. read more here

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