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July 4, 1999 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
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.
October 26, 1987
Bringing the excitement of live opera performance into the classroom is a little like trying to give the full flavor of a circus with only a pair of clowns and a bag of peanuts. Scaling down this extravagant, sophisticated art form, yet retaining its essence, is the primary challenge to stage director and actor, William Roesch. Roesch, San Diego Opera's education director, wants to erase the usual operatic stereotypes.
Quiet Zone Theatre, an amateur troupe catering to the deaf and hard of hearing, will present magic acts, mime, skits and lip-synced songs on its seventh annual benefit program tonight at Irvine Barclay Theatre. Everything will be presented in sign language, but charter member Joshua Vecchione assures that a "voice interpreter" will translate for those who don't understand the hand signals.
February 5, 1995 | Lawrence Christon, Lawrence Christon is a Times staff writer
One of Antonin Artaud's more enduring legacies to the modern actor was his urging, in effect, to reach through fire for a performance. For the deaf actor, the reverse is true: A performance has to be sculpted out of the ice of silence. Up until relatively recently, it was impossible for any deaf actor to navigate a major stage role without benefit of a hearing aid or some other translating device for a medium that is, after all, based on words.
September 8, 1991 | DAVID GRITTEN, David Gritten is a free-lance writer based in London. and
Until about 30 years ago, a score of traveling theater troupes toured small Irish towns and villages. Typically headed up by a flamboyant actor-manager, these troupes would stop in a particular village--like this one hard by the Ulster border--for a week at a time, pitch a tent on the edge of town and perform their repertoire. The actors might have seen a new film in a larger town or city, and would re-enact it for the villagers who lived in areas too remote for moviegoing.
February 12, 1995 | MARY F. POLS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like a troupe of wandering players, Thousand Oaks performing arts groups roam the Conejo Valley looking for places to hang up their costumes and instruments. But this bohemian lifestyle is not by choice. With the new $64-million Civic Arts Plaza and Performing Arts Center looming in the middle of town, some of these groups are wondering why they have not been given even a sliver of its beige splendor.
A small theatrical troupe in North Hollywood on Thursday took a significant step toward establishing the first major live theater complex in the San Fernando Valley in decades. Actors Alley received approval for $250,000 in grants and loans from the Community Redevelopment Agency to begin renovating the venerable El Portal theater in North Hollywood. The funds will be used to temporarily divide the now-dark theater into 199- and 99-seat spaces to open in the spring.
July 19, 1992 | JAN BRESLAUER, Jan Breslauer is a frequent contributor to Calendar. and
You don't have to know chapter and verse of author Susan Faludi's popular book "Backlash" to see that women's rights are still under siege. But feminism in the arts--where race has become the granting category of choice--isn't as easy a sell these days. "It's so hard in the arts to have women's voices heard that we need to segregate ourselves for empowerment," Katie Goodman says. "There needs to be a safe forum. There already is the men's theater festival. That's what the whole world is."
September 17, 2003 | Don Shirley
After nearly three years, Lee Wochner has resigned effective Sept. 26 as president and CEO of L.A. Stage Alliance, the theater support organization formerly known as Theatre L.A. Wochner told The Times that he had raised the organization's visibility and broadened its mission but is eager to return to writing plays, consulting and spending more time with his family. The group's cash flow "hasn't caught up with its expansion," board member Ernest Dillihay said. "But Lee has done a very good job."
June 24, 2008 | Diane Haithman
The home of Minneapolis' Tony Award-winning Theatre de la Jeune Lune will be sold to repay a $1-million debt. The organization -- whose name translates from the French as "Theater of the New Moon" -- was founded in 1978 by Barbra Berlovitz and Parisians Vincent Gracieux and Dominique Serrand, the theater's artistic director. The company divided its time between the United States and Paris before settling in Minneapolis in 1985. It received the Tony in 2005 as the nation's outstanding regional theater.
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