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May 31, 2013 |
Lee Melville, a fierce champion of theater in Los Angeles who was founding editor of the online LA Stage Times magazine and its predecessor, LA Stage, has died. He was 74. Melville was found dead May 21 in West Hollywood. He took his own life, according to Scott Barton, spokesman for his estate. In his more than 50-year theater career, Melville held multiple roles that included actor, stage manager, producer and critic. Terence McFarland, chief executive of the nonprofit organization LA Stage Alliance, called him "a huge advocate for the entire theater community.
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May 26, 2013 |
"I'm home," a group of actors chanted on Sunday to beats hammered out on plastic buckets at a Metro Blue Line station in South-Central. For many members of the Watts Village Theater Company, the location was indeed home. Actors recited poems about growing up in nearby neighborhoods. The performance at the Willowbrook station marked the fourth straight year the theater company has appeared under a Metro program called Meet Me @Metro, which promotes the use of light rail. The first three years, the group appeared at Union Station downtown and near Long Beach and Pasadena.
May 24, 2013 |
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - With the stakes for their client literally life or death, defense attorneys for James E. Holmes on Thursday again challenged the constitutionality of Colorado's law governing insanity pleas. Holmes, 25, is accused in the July 20 massacre that killed 12 people and injured 70 others in a packed Aurora movie theater. He is charged with 166 counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder and weapons charges, and faces the death penalty if convicted. By law he cannot be put to death if found not guilty by reason of insanity - a plea his lawyers this month asked the court to accept.
May 21, 2013 |
The numbers on United Talent Agency's new 130,000-square-foot Beverly Hills digs are notable. The Civic Center Drive property includes a 158-piece art collection, 11 conference rooms and a private plaza that can accommodate as many as 500 people. But the standout figure is 275. That's the number of screenings UTA has held at its new screening room since the company's new headquarters opened last September. The new theater was christened with a showing of longtime client Judd Apatow's "This Is 40," which was screened for the filmmaker's friends and family, along with UTA agents.
May 20, 2013 |
James Dock was treating a friend to a movie Monday afternoon to celebrate the friend's 21st birthday. In the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, Dock, 25, splurged on tickets for "Star Trek Into Darkness" at the Warren Theatre's more expensive balcony seats, for those 21 and older. The movie had just begun when phones started buzzing with weather alerts, Dock told the Los Angeles Times via text message. He said it was difficult to communicate because cellphone signals and Internet were down.
May 19, 2013 |
Two years ago Stephen Sachs began working on a play about the philosophy and practice of flamenco. He figured he had all the material he needed, having spent years in close proximity to flamenco dancers as the co-artistic director of the Fountain Theatre, home of the long-running performance series "Forever Flamenco!" But after further research, he realized that the Spanish art form intertwined deeply with certain existential preoccupations that also inhabited his writer's mind. "The older I get, the more aware I have become of the loss of loved ones, the time in front of me and how I'm spending it. You start to wrestle more with these things," observes the 53-year-old playwright and director.