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LOCAL

DIY Music and Art ‘Unscene Fest' Announces 2018 Los Angeles Dates

Unscene and Goon are happy to announce that Unscene Fest will return for its third year at the Hi Hat in Los Angeles, CA.

This year, the festival will take place over the course of two days on June 30th and July 1st. read more here


Shubert Foundation awards Fountain Theatre $20,000 to support growth and artistic achievement

The Fountain Theatre has been awarded a 2018 grant in the amount of $20,000 from The Shubert Foundation to support the general operating of the organization.  The Shubert Foundation provides grants only to organizations that have an established artistic and administrative track record, as well as a history of fiscal responsibility. read more here


Audio Interview: Tom Dugan (Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle Award) stars in "Wiesenthal" at Theatre 40

As Holocaust survivor and the world's most renowned hunter of Nazi war criminals Simon Wiesenthal is about to retire, he recounts for an audience the stories of his most famous cases of bringing wrongdoers to justice. listen to it here


Voices from the Hollywood Fringe 2018: Lola Kelly and Sterling Powers of ‘The Witnessing'

Making its world premiere at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe is The Witnessing, an immersive, multisensory theatrical experience that explores a shocking paranormal experience. As described on the Fringe site:

“Unexplained phone calls, disembodied voices, moving objects and heart-stopping apparitions plagued the Davidsons' Utah home from 2008 to 2010. Desperate for an explanation, they called upon the renowned Daugherty Paranormal Research Center to help solve the mystery behind the strange disturbances.” read more here


NATIONAL

Leading Chicago director Rachel Rockwell is dead at 49

Rachel Rockwell, one of Chicago's leading directors and choreographers of stage musicals over the past two decades — and also a rising star on the brink of a major national career in the American theater — died Monday afternoon at the age of 49, said her father, Gary Heyde, who is also known as the novelist Austin Gary. read more here


Weinstein is charged with first- and third-degree rape and commission of a criminal sexual act.Lucas Jackson / Reuters

Harvey Weinstein surrenders to NYC police, is charged with rape

"Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch," his lawyer said, vowing to fight the charges.

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was charged Friday with rape and a criminal sexual act in connection with accusations by two women — after being marched out of a New York City police station in handcuffs before a jeering crowd. read more here


US TV series Rise has been cancelled after only one season. Photo: Virginia Sherwood/NBC

Where are the good new TV shows about theatre?

For generations, US network television has done a successful job of telling the stories of doctors and lawyers, police officers and private detectives. Of witty families with dopey dads and even, notably, a long-running show that claimed to be about nothing.

With the advent of cable, followed more recently by Netflix and its streaming peers, almost any subject seems possible. This has been especially true since the advent of TV's second golden age, or “peak TV” as it's sometimes called, ushered in by the mafioso-in-therapy drama of The Sopranos. read more here


AROUND THE WORLD

Canadian Opera Company and Toronto Symphony Lose City Council Funding Over Diversity Concerns

Signal Toronto reports that the Toronto City Council has cut part of the cultural grants awarded to the Canadian Opera Company and The Toronto Symphony Orchestra "for not meeting the city's diversity goals."

The Canadian Opera Company lost $100,000 in grants, while the Toronto Symphony Orchestra had their grant cut by $50,000. read more here


Sam Donnelly and Jessica Guise in 'The Great Gatsby' Helen Maybanks

Immersive theatre may be sexy – but we need to start talking about consent

After reports of audience members sexually assaulting actors, it's time the boundaries in this most hedonistic of art forms were redefined

“Truth or dare?” This is the challenge put to a few audience members in a game of “spin the bottle” at an immersive production of The Great Gatsby currently being enjoyed by audiences in Borough, south London. read more here