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December 30, 1990
Although I appreciate Jan Breslauer's sprightly piece (Dec. 16) on my Jekyll-and-Hyde persona, there is one falsehood and two errors that cry out to be corrected. During my brief period with Mame Hunt at the LATC, I was at no time banished nor banned from the theater. It is a colorful piece of journalistic malice to write that security guards were "periodically instructed" to keep me out but, had they done so, I would not have been able to fulfill the conditions of my employment.
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August 13, 2008 | Mike Boehm
Hoping to rise above its precursors' legacy of fiscal problems, the New Los Angeles Theatre Center has hired a new general manager as it tries to turn downtown dwellers into ticket-buyers. Paul Stuart Graham arrived last month after three years as producing director of Actors Co-op, the respected 99-seat theater based at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. The general manager's job includes trying to attract a healthy audience for LATC's four stages, which range from a small black box to 500 seats.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 1992
For a revived Los Angeles Theatre Center to function, there must be a substantive reason why L.A. City Council members should support its long-term funding ("LATC Needs a Multiethnic Approach," July 13). Is promoting culturally diverse audiences to explore culturally diverse viewpoints, which the previous LATC bred, a sufficiently urgent reason for its resurrection? I think yes. We need a focused site, a point of assembly, where L.A.'s many-cultured, no longer monocultural, future is explored.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2008 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
The New LATC, formerly the Los Angeles Theatre Center, has canceled its first subscription series. In its place, a "Spring on Spring" performance series will be offered on a non-subscription basis. The four- to six-play subscription series, announced in October, was to begin in mid-April with productions by Culture Clash, Robey Theatre Company, Cedar Grove Productions and Latino Theatre Company, following the newly renovated downtown venue's inaugural "World Stage Festival" last fall.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 1986 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
In another month, the new Los Angeles Theatre Center begins its 1986-87 season--perhaps its most financially critical one. Only Monday, the Community Redevelopment Agency Commission, which has pumped about $10 million into the theater, announced that it has hired William Severns to serve as its arts consultant with LATC. Severns, a top arts administrator who was head of the Music Center Operating Co.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2005 | Don Shirley
WANTED: anyone who worked at Los Angeles Theatre Center when it had a full-fledged resident company from 1985 to 1991 or anyone who worked at that company's predecessor, Los Angeles Actors' Theatre, between 1975 and 1985. All of the above are invited to an Oct. 1 reunion at the downtown theater complex. They're also invited to submit funny stories about their LATC/LAAT experiences to the party's organizers at www.celebrate-latc.org.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 1990 | SYLVIE DRAKE
Early in the 1980s, Donald Freed had a reading in his living room of a new play he'd written. The one-man piece, called "The Last Tape and Testament of Richard Nixon," was a savage fantasy on the private post-Watergate ruminations of the former President. It was read by actor Philip Baker Hall to a gathering of about 20 friends and theater people.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 1990 | DENNIS McDOUGAL
Three blocks from Skid Row, where theater consists of schizophrenic encounters with the down-and-out, the Los Angeles Theatre Center is struggling for its life . . . a victim of the economic downturn.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 1990 | RAY LOYND
The lower case lettering on "intimacies" and "more intimacies," in repertory at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, is not an affectation. It's a signal, like a tap on a window pane, that the lives dramatized here are uncomfortably private matters. You watch these characters like a voyeur who comes away not sullied but purified.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 1989 | DON SHIRLEY
Steven Spielberg has offered to give $100,000 to the financially troubled Los Angeles Theatre Center if six other Hollywood institutions match his offer, according to a LATC board member who is leading a campaign to interest the entertainment industry in supporting the theater. LATC board member Frank Pierson, a screenwriter and former president of the Writers Guild of America, West, spearheads the Hollywood campaign. It began, he said, in a conversation with Harrison ("Indiana Jones")
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2007 | David Ng, Times Staff Writer
In a not-so-improbable scenario set in the not-so-distant future, the U.S. is preparing its troops to invade Iran. Armed missiles aimed at the capital city of Tehran are set to launch in less than 48 hours. World War III, we're told, is just around the corner. So why does everyone look like they're sleepwalking? The diplomats in "Benedictus," a new drama at the New LATC, move as though they have all the time in the world. Worse, they talk really slowly, as if . . . they . . . have . . . peanut .
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2007 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Theatre Center, newly renovated and renamed the New LATC, will reopen on Oct. 25 in downtown L.A.'s historic Old Bank district with an inaugural performance event, "The World Stage Festival." The Latino Theater Company, the center's operating entity, is expected to make that announcement today. The festival, which will run through Dec.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2006 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
The Latino Theater Company has received final approval of a $4-million state grant that will allow it to assume management of the Los Angeles Theatre Center in downtown L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry's office, which represents LATC's downtown district, said that the Latino Theater had secured the grant the week of March 1. The funds, from the California Cultural and Historical Endowment Board, will be used for LATC's renovation.
NEWS
December 22, 2005 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
THE Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to award the Latino Theater Company a 20-year lease to manage the Los Angeles Theatre Center, the municipally owned complex on Spring Street in downtown L.A. The decision was made as part of a series of measures approved by consent and without debate. However, the issue had been discussed Tuesday at a meeting of the council's Budget and Finance Committee, which voted 4 to 1 to approve a city report recommending the lease.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2005 | Don Shirley
WANTED: anyone who worked at Los Angeles Theatre Center when it had a full-fledged resident company from 1985 to 1991 or anyone who worked at that company's predecessor, Los Angeles Actors' Theatre, between 1975 and 1985. All of the above are invited to an Oct. 1 reunion at the downtown theater complex. They're also invited to submit funny stories about their LATC/LAAT experiences to the party's organizers at www.celebrate-latc.org.
NEWS
May 5, 2005 | Don Shirley
The Los Angeles City Council voted 14-0 Wednesday to discard the results of a 2003 process that sought a management company for downtown's Los Angeles Theatre Center. Yet developer Tom Gilmore, whose proposal finished first in the preliminary results of that process, was optimistic after the vote. He had feared that the council would also move toward turning over LATC to a partnership between Latino Theater Company and the Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 1989 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER WRITER
George Murdock has stepped into the role of Willy Loman, replacing the ailing Philip Baker Hall in the Los Angeles Theatre Center's production of "Death of a Salesman." According to a spokeswoman for the theater, performances will go on without any disruption in the schedule. Hall suffered a detached retina of his left eye in a staged scuffle during a Nov. 22 performance of the Arthur Miller play.
NEWS
April 7, 2005 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
The city-owned Los Angeles Theatre Center in downtown L.A. would be shared by two Latino arts organizations in a proposal that reached the City Council's budget and finance committee Tuesday. The committee took no action on the proposal but voted 4-1 to sideline a motion to approve a city contract with the winners of the city's earlier search for an LATC management company.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2004 | Don Shirley
Another turning point in the history of Los Angeles Theatre Center is approaching. A plan to turn management of the five-theater municipal building over to developer Tom Gilmore collapsed in April, amid disputes between Gilmore and the Latino Theater Company -- one of the two companies that would have done most of the programming. The City Council then directed the municipal Cultural Affairs Department to resume managing the building -- but provided no extra money.
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