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LOCAL

Audio Interview: The cast of “Pizza Man” at The Dorie Theatre at the Complex

Darlene Traviotto's “Pizza Man” is a serio-comedy that intends to turn the tables on sexism. Written in the 80's, Pizza Man is a story of two 20-something women, Julie and Alice, who decide to vent their patriarchy-induced frustrations in a drastic way. Distressed with the state of their lives and their place in the world they decide one night to overcome their position by doing something aggressive; “something a man would do.” Intending to turn the tables on years of misogyny and sexism, they pick a guy, any guy, to take advantage of. “Men have been doing it for years, why can't a woman try it?” Once Julie and Alice convince an unsuspecting pizza delivery man to come in and share a beer with them, the evening gets wild, angry, crazy, funny, and cathartic. listen to it here


Stage Raw Announces 2018 Theater Awards Recipients

Stage Raw Theater Awards celebrate excellence on the Los Angeles stages in venues of 99-seats or under. This fourth annual edition included productions that opened between January 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018. Stage Raw is a community funded professional journalism website that was created in response to the decline of arts coverage in local mainstream and alternative media. read the winners here


Audio Interview: Steven M. Porter - Frank Moth on Hart of Dixie stars in ‘Much Ado About Avengers' at Media Park

Thor, Prince of Aragon, sends word that he is visiting Black Panther, the governor of Messina, after a victorious military superhero engagement elsewhere. He arrives chaperoned by Loki, his half-brother, with whom he has quarreled and recently reconciled, and his friends and fellow superheroes, Captain America and Iron Man. They are greeted warmly by Black Panther and his delightful daughter, Gamora, and their witty relative, Black Widow, both of marriageable age. The anti-romantic Iron Man and Black Widow immediately resume a long-standing “merry war” of words, but Captain America and Gamora are smitten by love-at-first-sight and are betrothed at a masked ball, mainly through the efforts of Thor. And then there are Scarlet Witch, Hulk, Spiderman and Thanos, all in this summer's wicked funny lush, romantic superhero Avengers take on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. listen to it here


Creating Mass Movements — Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

In these turbulent and twisting times that find so many bewildered and baffled, suckered punched by the events of the last two years, I find myself in this punishing period for our nation oddly consoled by a soothing sense of déjà-vu.

Yes, Trump's victory via that Three-Card Monte constitutional encumbrance called the Electoral College left me as bumfuzzled as a hoe-wacked goose, as his election was about as unexpected and unpleasant as finding a spitting cobra inside a box of Cracker Jacks as your secret prize. read more here


Michelle Wilson, left, James Colby and Johanna Day in the Public Theater's production of "Sweat" by Lynn Nottage. The new FreePlay program is giving away tickets to the first preview of the touring production coming to the Mark Taper Forum. (Joan Marcus)

Free theater tickets? If you're 25 or younger, Center Theatre Group has a new deal for you

In an effort to lure a new generation of theatergoers, Center Theatre Group on Friday will start giving people 25 and younger free tickets to the first preview of productions at the Mark Taper Forum and the Kirk Douglas Theatre. read more here


LA STAGE: A Season of Silver Linings

Dear Members and Friends,

These are exciting times for LA STAGE Alliance. Call it a season of silver linings.

As you may have heard, in June our landlord raised our rent 50% on short notice. This meant that our ability to hold onto our beloved community warehouse, and to continue having offices in Atwater Village, became unfeasible. So, we've decided to move. read more here


NATIONAL

Audible Announces New Audio Theatre Productions

Audible will produce live work by Patti Smith, Aasif Mandvi, Isaac Gomez, and Chisa Hutchinson, then make them available as audio recordings.

NEW YORK CITY: Audible, Inc. is expanding from producing audio books to producing theatre, planning a season of four plays in the coming months at New York City's Minetta Lane Theatre. An audio recording of each play will also be available on Audible's website for download and listening.

Audible has already started this experiment in Off-Broadway producing, in the last few months presenting Harry Clarke with Billy Crudup and Girls and Boys starring Carey Mulligan. Those audio performances are currently available for download on Audible's website. read more here


Let's Put It in Writing

How can we help equip Actors' Equity to prevent and punish harassment in our theatrical workplace?


Theatre's Silence Breakers

Six people who came forward with stories of harassment at the theatre, and where they are now.


STAGE, the first streaming network for premium content devoted to the entire world of theatre, begins previews

NEW YORK- STAGE, the first streaming network for premium content devoted to the entire world of theatre, has begun previews of its original content, as well as live theatre, documentaries, films and more. This sneak-peak will lead up to the network's opening night in October, when subscription-based users will have access to additional hours of premium programming as well as limited content on the preview platform. read more here


Award-Winning Theatre, Television, and Film Producer Craig Zadan Passes Away at Age 69

Award-winning producer, Craig Zadan, best known for his work on musicals of stage and screen (helping bring both back to the mainstream), has passed away at age 69.

According to a statement made by frequent Zadan collaborator, NBC Chairman, Bob Greenblatt, Zadan died from complications stemming from a recent shoulder replacement surgery. read more here


Tony Winner Barbara Harris Passes Away at 83

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that stage and screen star Barbara Harris has passed away after a battle with lung cancer, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. She was 83 years old.

Harris was born in Evanston, Illinois, the daughter of Natalie (née Densmoor), an accomplished pianist, and Oscar Graham Harris, an arborist who later became a businessman. She began her stage career as a teenager at the Playwrights Theatre in Chicago. Her fellow players included Edward Asner, Elaine May and Mike Nichols. read more here


Aretha Franklin, music's ‘Queen of Soul,' dies at 76

Aretha Franklin, whose exceptionally expressive singing about joy and pain and faith and liberation earned the Detroit diva a permanent and undisputed title — the “Queen of Soul” — died Aug. 16 at her home in Detroit. She was 76. read more here