March 19, 2003 |
For the first time in more than a decade, Bill Bushnell walks from Spring Street into the lobby of Los Angeles Theatre Center -- the throbbing heart of L.A.'s theater scene in the late '80s, when Bushnell was in charge of the Skid Row-adjacent building in downtown L.A. "Nothing much has changed," he says, as he looks around the cavernous space -- but then he notices that the doors that lead into the building's theaters are painted a different color.
April 21, 1985
Scattering live theater throughout Greater Los Angeles certainly isn't helping the situation of meager theater attendance ("Theater Boom: In Search of an audience," by Barbara Isenberg, April 14). Bill Bushnell moves the Los Angeles Actors Theatre to isolated Spring Street, American Theatre Arts moves from highly visible Hollywood and Vine to suburban North Hollywood, causing the concentrated theater atmosphere in central Hollywood to be diluted with the visibility of a theater district diminished.
December 30, 1990
In the Dec. 16 issue of Calendar, Jan Breslauer reviewed Charles Marowitz's career in the theater and his projected plan for a resident company in Malibu ("Can't Kick Him Out of This Club"). I was named as an adviser, which is accurate. I have devoted over 40 years to the development of theater in this area, and I welcome the opportunity to assist a writer and director whose abilities I respect. I do not, however, wish to leave the impression that I share Marowitz's critical evaluation of Gordon Davidson of the Mark Taper and Ahmanson theaters and Bill Bushnell of the LATC.
February 24, 1990
The Los Angeles Theatre Center takes a great many measures to ensure the comfort of our patrons who are sensitive to cigarette smoke. Not only do we not allow smoking in the lobby or other public areas of the center, we place signs on the doors of the individual theaters when cigarettes will be smoked during a performance. Schiller, who wrote to both me and to Calendar (see letter above) about smoking in "Stevie Wants to Play the Blues," is accurate in that cigarettes and cigars are smoked onstage and smoke effects are used throughout the play to evoke a period and mood.
August 17, 1991
Sylvie Drake proclaims that the Los Angeles Theatre Center's possible demise results from municipal and societal failures ("Who Will Be the Losers if LATC Closes?," Aug. 9). While the city's policy and inactions may have contributed to LATC's problems, the key failure was LATC's. And that failure was an artistic one. I was a first-year season subscriber. After being beaten over the head with a heavy-handed political agenda, I refused offer after discounted offer to re-subscribe.
April 15, 1990
Had Sadownick gotten all the facts correct, perhaps there would be no "controversy" surrounding "Generator Eight," the upcoming dance festival at Los Angeles Theatre Center. Most important is the article's blatant lack of balance. Sadownick reported that dance producer Deborah Oliver raised the issue of the amount of government money the theater center had received. What he did not explain adequately (which I did both when he interviewed me and in a letter I sent to him) is that the $19 million the Community Redevelopment Agency has invested in the theater center has gone to the construction and maintenance of the facilities.