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August 3, 2012 | By David Ng
Joan Stein, a Tony-winning theater and screen producer whose diverse career included many Los Angeles stage productions, died on Friday at 59. She had been battling cancer and died atCedars-Sinai Medical Center, according to her husband, Ted Weiant. Stein helped to launch several long-running L.A. theater productions, including A. R. Gurney's "Love Letters," "Forever Plaid" and Steve Martin's "Picasso at the Lapin Agile. " She was the co-head of the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills, where she worked for 10 years.
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July 9, 2013 | By David Ng
For 15 years, Reprise Theatre Company brought musical-theater favorites and rarities to devoted audiences at UCLA's Freud Playhouse and other venues on the Westside of Los Angeles. The company managed to draw top-notch Broadway actors and directors, and developed a reputation for mounting quality productions on non-Broadway budgets and rehearsal schedules. But financial problems crept up on Reprise and the company went on hiatus early last year. Last month, leaders sent a letter to subscribers saying that they had decided to permanently lower the curtain, citing the inability to find "sustained funding.
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September 5, 2012 | By David Ng
A memorial for the late theater producer Joan Stein has been set for Oct. 8 in Los Angeles. The service will be held at the Brentwood Theatre on the Veterans Affairs grounds at 11301 Wilshire Blvd. The memorial is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Organizers said it will be attended by Stein's friends, family and colleagues. Stein died in August at the age of 59 following a battle with appendiceal cancer. Her theater career spanned Broadway and L.A., and included long-running local productions of A. R. Gurney's "Love Letters," "Forever Plaid" and Steve Martin's "Picasso at the Lapin Agile.
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December 27, 2012 | By David Ng
Including award-winning composers and memorable actors, the theater world lost some big names in 2012. Marvin Hamlisch , who penned the songs for "A Chorus Line," died in August in Los Angeles at the age of 68. His death came just as he was finishing his second season as lead conductor of the Pasadena Pops. The prolific composer had also just completed work on his last musical, "The Nutty Professor. " L.A. theater audiences lost stage producer Joan Stein, who died in August at 59. For 10 years, she ran the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills with her partner Susan Dietz.
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October 10, 1991 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Return Postage: A. R. Gurney's "Love Letters" is returning to the Canon Theatre, where it recently ended a 16-month run. The new engagement, prompted by "hundreds of phone calls" from potential customers, will open Nov. 12 and play at least eight weeks, but it will not be "another long-term sit-down run," said co-producer Joan Stein. Ben Gazzara and Gena Rowlands, booked for Dec. 23-Jan. 5, will be among the rotating couples starring in the two-character play.
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December 27, 2012 | By David Ng
Including award-winning composers and memorable actors, the theater world lost some big names in 2012. Marvin Hamlisch , who penned the songs for "A Chorus Line," died in August in Los Angeles at the age of 68. His death came just as he was finishing his second season as lead conductor of the Pasadena Pops. The prolific composer had also just completed work on his last musical, "The Nutty Professor. " L.A. theater audiences lost stage producer Joan Stein, who died in August at 59. For 10 years, she ran the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills with her partner Susan Dietz.
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October 1, 1995
The fact of the matter: Los Angeles is an industry town, and theater is not its industry. This fact affects the life and work of all who choose to make theater here. To assess the general state of the theater in Los Angeles today, Times Theater Critic Laurie Winer brought together a round-table discussion with five people whose experiences are utterly diverse but who are tied together by their passion for making theater.
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July 10, 2001 | BILL DESOWITZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Few student films are as polished or as profound as "One Day Crossing," the Holocaust drama of a Jewish woman in Hungary who poses as a Christian to protect her family. That is probably why it earned an Oscar nomination this year for best live-action short.
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July 9, 2013 | By David Ng
For 15 years, Reprise Theatre Company brought musical-theater favorites and rarities to devoted audiences at UCLA's Freud Playhouse and other venues on the Westside of Los Angeles. The company managed to draw top-notch Broadway actors and directors, and developed a reputation for mounting quality productions on non-Broadway budgets and rehearsal schedules. But financial problems crept up on Reprise and the company went on hiatus early last year. Last month, leaders sent a letter to subscribers saying that they had decided to permanently lower the curtain, citing the inability to find "sustained funding.
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February 9, 1997 | Jan Breslauer, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
Joan Stein is the kind of woman who thrives on challenge. She has to, or she couldn't last producing commercial theater in Los Angeles. As one of only a handful of producers in recent memory who have been able to make mid-size stage fare viable here, Stein has succeeded where many before her have failed or declined to even try. Los Angeles is not, after all, widely regarded as a theater town.
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September 5, 2012 | By David Ng
A memorial for the late theater producer Joan Stein has been set for Oct. 8 in Los Angeles. The service will be held at the Brentwood Theatre on the Veterans Affairs grounds at 11301 Wilshire Blvd. The memorial is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Organizers said it will be attended by Stein's friends, family and colleagues. Stein died in August at the age of 59 following a battle with appendiceal cancer. Her theater career spanned Broadway and L.A., and included long-running local productions of A. R. Gurney's "Love Letters," "Forever Plaid" and Steve Martin's "Picasso at the Lapin Agile.
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August 4, 2012 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
Joan Stein, a Tony-winning theater and television producer who helped to launch several long-running L.A. stage productions, including "Love Letters," "Forever Plaid" and Steve Martin's "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," has died. She was 59. Stein died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centerin Los Angeles. A Hollywood resident, she had been diagnosed four weeks ago with a rare type of cancer affecting the appendix, said her husband, Ted Weiant. In 1999, Stein won a Tony Award as one of the producers of the Broadway play "Side Man," a drama set in the postwar jazz world.
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July 10, 2001 | BILL DESOWITZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Few student films are as polished or as profound as "One Day Crossing," the Holocaust drama of a Jewish woman in Hungary who poses as a Christian to protect her family. That is probably why it earned an Oscar nomination this year for best live-action short.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 1997 | Jan Breslauer, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
Joan Stein is the kind of woman who thrives on challenge. She has to, or she couldn't last producing commercial theater in Los Angeles. As one of only a handful of producers in recent memory who have been able to make mid-size stage fare viable here, Stein has succeeded where many before her have failed or declined to even try. Los Angeles is not, after all, widely regarded as a theater town.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 1995
The fact of the matter: Los Angeles is an industry town, and theater is not its industry. This fact affects the life and work of all who choose to make theater here. To assess the general state of the theater in Los Angeles today, Times Theater Critic Laurie Winer brought together a round-table discussion with five people whose experiences are utterly diverse but who are tied together by their passion for making theater.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 1991 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Return Postage: A. R. Gurney's "Love Letters" is returning to the Canon Theatre, where it recently ended a 16-month run. The new engagement, prompted by "hundreds of phone calls" from potential customers, will open Nov. 12 and play at least eight weeks, but it will not be "another long-term sit-down run," said co-producer Joan Stein. Ben Gazzara and Gena Rowlands, booked for Dec. 23-Jan. 5, will be among the rotating couples starring in the two-character play.
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January 22, 1991 | CLAUDIA PUIG, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
'Sarafina!' Canceled: "Sarafina!" the South African musical that was to open at the historic Orpheum Theatre downtown on Jan. 30, has been canceled. "At least for now," producer Joan Stein said Monday, adding that single ticket sales had dropped off the day after the Gulf War broke out and that "group sales commitments began to waver.
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