September 27, 1992 |
In April, East West Players, the oldest Asian-American theater company in the United States, found itself in a crisis. Rumors abounded that the troupe, founded in 1965, was on the verge of closing. Artistic Director Nobu McCarthy termed the situation "precarious." New board members were recruited, including Jeff Smith, corporate manager and assistant to the chief executive officer of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., who was appointed East West Players' first non-Asian board president.
February 25, 1996 |
Although she loved the stage, Phyllis Frelich grew up with little hope of becoming an actress. "I always enjoyed theater," she explains in an interview, speaking through her interpreter and husband, set designer Robert Steinberg. "But when I was young, it was hard to have those thoughts [of being an actress]. "There were no careers [in the theater] for deaf people," she continues. "And there was no way for a deaf person to study theater." That was back in the 1950s.
March 23, 2002 |
While Broadway theaters seem to be bouncing back from the severe drop in business after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, many smaller off-Broadway venues continue to scramble to lure back audiences. Earlier this month, Broadway theaters reported that they were setting box-office records, with revenue and attendance up compared with last year, according to the League of American Theaters and Producers, a commercial trade organization for Broadway.
September 29, 1996 |
Two of the Southland's few mid-sized theater companies canceled shows recently. While this often is an ominous sign for a young subscription company, leaders of both companies say the cancellations are merely temporary setbacks. The more established of the two companies, Santa Susana Repertory Company, canceled "Dark of the Moon," which had been scheduled to open its season, Sept. 28-Oct. 20, at the Forum Theatre of Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.
December 29, 2012 |
Just because they run their own theater companies doesn't mean they can't look forward to what's ahead on other stages in 2013. We asked some of Los Angeles' theater community leaders what they resolve to see in the new year - at some place other than their own house. Daniel Henning, founding artistic director at the Blank Theatre Company: "I can't wait to see 'American Misfit' at Boston Court. I love American history, and I love when we can tell historical stories in the theater, and this seems to be a fantasia on those ideas.
April 1, 2007 |
THOUGH he's no stranger to the spotlight, Kevin Spacey bristles when news reports on the Olivier Awards focus on his film connections: " 'The Hollywood contingent was represented by Kevin Spacey.' I go, 'What are you talking about? I come to work at this theater every day.' " The actor, now in his third season leading London's Old Vic, isn't the only celebrity artistic director who has found that fame is a double-edged sword.
December 8, 2006 |
The eye-rolling. The heavy sighs. The reaction of dance, music and theater companies facing their umpteenth "Nutcracker," "Messiah" or "A Christmas Carol"? The answer might be surprising: not necessarily. Audience enthusiasm helps companies keep it real -- and fresh. So does the challenge of reinvigorating what is bread-and-butter fare for many. Not that such a positive attitude is unanimous, said David Wilcox, artistic director of Long Beach Ballet.
June 29, 1986 |
Technically, the movie projectionists' union is still on strike against West Los Angeles-based Landmark Theatre Corp. But as the walkout stretches into its second year, the visible signs of a labor dispute have virtually disappeared. It has been more than a month since Landmark won a National Labor Relations Board ruling that prohibits the projectionists from picketing the Goldwyn Pavilion Cinemas at the Westside Pavilion.
July 30, 2000 |
Pasadena's Knightsbridge Theatre has seen the light. Literally. With the help of its founder's credit cards, a third mortgage on his house and actors in the role of renovators, the company is adding an aboveground theater to its current subterranean digs. "For a 99-seat theater, you couldn't get much better," Knightsbridge founder Joseph Stachura, 36, says of the new space on Riverside Drive in Silver Lake that formerly housed the Colony Studio Theatre.
July 4, 1999 |
Three years ago, when August Wilson created a sensation by condemning colorblind casting, he did it within a speech to the national conference of the Theatre Communications Group, the primary service and advocacy organization for nonprofit theaters. So theater observers wondered if the organization's next conference, held here in late June, might stir up a similar storm. It didn't.