Why Being Shy About Promoting Your Show Could Be Hurting People

From a very young age we learn that selling is bad. Anyone who is constantly pushing their goods or services and doesn’t take no for an answer shouldn’t be trusted. We’re taught that any sort of marketing might be unethical. We’re taught to be bashful when it comes to promotion. We don’t want to bug […]

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This Post is About the Human Condition

I had been thinking a lot last month about the silly cliches we use to tell people about the shows we produce, largely inspired by a post by Howard Sherman. There are some gems on there. Oh, and there’s a follow up post with even more good ones. Then I stumbled across an article on […]

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A Patron By Any Other Name Would Still Give You Money

I’ve been thinking lately that the term Patron to describe a customer of an arts organization sounds a little precious. I don’t know that there’s anything wrong with it, but I’m wondering what would happen if companies started using a different word. The American Heritage Dictionary has several definitions for patron, these are the relevant […]

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I Feel Good, I Knew That I Would

You know what feels awesome? ACTING. REAL ACTING. It’s something I haven’t done in a while. I’m in a play now, by the way. Come see it if you live anywhere near it because it’s gonna be awesome. Let’s back up. When I said real acting I don’t mean that any film or other projects […]

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Experiences in Live-Tweeting Theatre, Volume 1

Yesterday evening I had the pleasure of attending the preview of The Doctor’s Dilemma by George Bernard Shaw at @AntaeusTheater as part of Classics Fest 2011. I was there with @EttaDevine, @GabeDiani, @klchell, and @AbbyWilde to live-tweet the performance in order to start creating some buzz online about the play and the fest. There are […]

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I Am LA Theatre: Letting Them Know We’re A Theatre Town

At the #LAthtr meetup, someone brought up that we should collectively publicize theatre in la. Not one company, but just the concept of theatre in LA. Someone else added afterwards that certain celebrities Jack Black, etc. who market the shows their in saying that they are part of LA theatre. Instantly in my mind I […]

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Summer Shakespeare Schedule

You might not know this about me, but I’m a HUGE Shakespeare geek. I own 13 Shakespeare related T-Shirts. See? Geek. Anyway, this summer I’ve decided to see as many Shakespeare shows I can fit into my schedule, and I want you to join me! I’ve picked companies and shows all over Southern California (but […]

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Hollywood Fringe Forever

The first ever Hollywood Fringe Festival came to a close this past Sunday. 11 whole days of nonstop art, and the best thing that I’ve participated in all year. Festival Director Ben Hill said before I left on Sunday night that the Fringe was intended to be “a theatre person’s wet dream.” Non-stop [cheap] theatre, […]

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In Mother Country Text Acts You!

Have you ever heard anyone say that when acting Shakespeare, the text acts you, the text does the work for you, or something along those lines? I’m willing to bet you have. But what does it mean that the text acts you? How does it do that? Doesn’t one normally act the text? If the […]

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Rules Weren’t Made to be Broken

We’ve been learning rules all our lives. As children we are given rules of the classroom or rules at home of what not to do or what we should do. And there were, of course, consequences to breaking those rules. When learning to act Shakespeare (or any classical and poetic texts for that matter) there […]

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