John Glines Dies, Casting For Performers Ages 10-18, Theatre For Exercise, And More Local, National, and International News to Inspire, to Stir, and to Entertain

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Audio Interview: Benjamin Scuglia author of "The Man Who Saved Everything" at Theatre West

A timely, compelling and absorbing exploration of hoarding, family and memory, our possessions and the connections that bind us together.*

Enjoy this interview about Benjamin Scuglia's “The Man Who Saved Everything” at Theatre West, running until Sep 23rd. You can listen to this interview while commuting, while waiting in line at the grocery store or at an audition, backstage and even front of the stage. listen to it here

AUDITION: 42nd Street

The ultimate show-biz musical, 42ND STREET celebrates Broadway, Times Square, and the people who make the magic of musical theatre. Aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer comes to the big city from Allentown, PA, and soon lands her first big job in the ensemble of a glitzy new Broadway show. But just before opening night, the leading lady breaks her ankle. Will Peggy be able to step in and become a star?

The score is chock-full of Broadway standards, including “You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me,” “Dames,” “We're In the Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” and “Forty-Second Street.”

***Please note: this casting call is for our annual Youth Musical. Only performers ages 10 through 18 will be considered.*** read more here

Photo by Monique A. LeBleu - Heather Keller of Chemo Barbie at her home in Los Angeles, California, July 22, 2018.

PODCASTS: An Interview with Heather Keller of Chemo Barbie Now in Edinburgh

I interviewed Heather Keller of the “Chemo Barbie Show” which has made its journey from the Hollywood Fringe Festival to this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival, now currently underway until the end of the month.

In this series of five podcasts, Keller talks on her cancer diagnosis, the ups, downs, and side effects of treatment, “cold-capping” (to keep her hair), healthy living, the enduring and lost relationships (the other side effects of cancer), workshopping at Samuel French and Johnson's Soaring Solo, woman power, the desire and plans to raise a family with her husband Brian McCarthy, and motherhood and planning for Edinburgh Fringe. read more here

New Immersive Pop Culture, Pop-Up Art Experience Comes to the Santa Monica Promenade

Early this fall the Santa Monica Promenade will welcome a cool new immersive art exhibit; The Decades Experience .

Visitors will be transported through six decades of American pop-culture, 1950 – 2000. The pop-up will delight guests young and old with creative thematic backdrops filled with color, texture and interactive engagement. The experience opens in October for a limited 3-month exhibit and will run six days a week from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. read more here

Cabaret Con-Sensual and Issues of Duality in the Quest for Queer Visibility

The performance room at Three Clubs is, in essence, a side closet in a straight bar. But it is not the closet of shame and doubt that imprisoned LGBTQIA individuals during The Gay Dark Ages; it is a new closet with cocktails, performers, celebrated sex positivity, and the opportunity for queers and their allies to convene without fear of judgment while enjoying a variety show called Cabaret Con-Sensual.

To be wholly candid, “safe spaces” such as these are something that I tend to criticize, even as a member of the queer community; the obsession with politically correct language, the vigilant and angry exclusivity, the hypocrisy of gathering oppressed people who ultimately wish to oppress their oppressors — it all feels like a recipe for stagnancy. And after all, a closet is a closet. But after speaking with Bitsy La Bourbon, founder of sexual assault activism group, More Than No, and producer of Cabaret Con-Sensual, it is plainer to recognize how difficult it is to play a part in increasing queer visibility, and how any attempt to gather the community can inspire projects for more focused systemic change. read more here


A scene from Soft Power. Photo: Craig Schwartz

Howard Sherman: US theatre is increasingly flipping the straight white perspective

The US will cease to be a majority-white populated country between 2040 and 2045 according to several reports on census population projections. But some recent plays may already be giving white audiences the feeling of what it's like to be a minority, and receiving a lot of attention for their efforts. read more here

Stacy Keach at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, where he is starring in “Pamplona,” a play that had an abortive run in 2017. Credit Whitten Sabbatini for The New York Times

Stacy Keach Had a Heart Attack Onstage. Now, the Show Goes On.

CHICAGO — Jim McGrath and I first met during the filming of the second Mike Hammer series in the 1990s in California. Jim has always been a wonderful writer, and we discussed the possibility of doing a one-man Hemingway show together. Ever since playing Papa in a mini-series in the late '80s, I found myself reading his short stories for audiobooks, and I wanted to continue to explore his unique persona. read more here

Tony-Winning Torch Song Trilogy Producer John Glines Dies at 84

Mr. Glines was the first person to thank a same-sex partner in an acceptance speech at a major awards show.

John Glines, a Tony Award-winning producer who, with his theatre company The Glines, helped foster such landmark queer-themed works as Torch Song Trilogy and As Is, died August 8 in Bangkok, Thailand, at the age of 84. His death, due to complications from a surgery for diverticulitis and long-term emphysema, was confirmed to Playbill by Steve Carpenter, Vice President of The Glines.

After graduating from the Yale School of Drama, Mr. Glines, born October 11, 1933, began his career in children's programming, writing for Captain Kangaroo (he would later write for Sesame Street as well). read more here

Seth Rudetsky, the host of Sirius XM's “On Broadway,” helped organize the trip for cast members of “Hamilton,” “Wicked” and other shows. Credit Erin Schaff for The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Wearing shirts that read “Now Showing: Truth” and with accordions in tow, the comedian Rosie O'Donnell and a cast of Broadway actors and musicians bused from New York to Washington on Monday for a musical protest just outside the White House.

The performance was part of a series of daily demonstrations that have taken place in front of the White House since President Trump's meeting in Helsinki, Finland, with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. Monday was the 22nd night of the protests, which have been named the Kremlin Annex. read more here


Going to the theatre can make your heart beat as fast as exercise

Swap a gym session for the theatre?

If you don't fancy getting to the gym this week, how about grabbing almost half an hour of cardio at the theatre?

Researchers have shown heart rates of audiences at the theatre spent an average of 28 minutes beating at an elevated range of between 50% and 70% of their maximum heart rate.

The research, commissioned by Encore Tickets, was conducted by scientists from University College London and the University of Lancaster. The discovery about heart rate was found as part of a wider study into why people go to live theatre when they could stay at home and watch shows more easily.

Ailin Conant: R&D in theatre matters when fictional stories can stick more than the truth

In a competitive landscape, where more productions are seeded with funding than can be brought to full production, ‘research and development' can mean almost anything – from verbatim interviews, to an artistic director reading books in the library, to a whole design team playing with materials for a week, to just some extra rehearsal time.

For us at Theatre Temoin, R&D most often means getting the real experts in the room, people with lived experience of our shows' themes – ex-soldiers, people who have experienced homelessness, mental health service users – and putting them in the director's seat.

It's important to get the relationship right. Many of the people we work with don't think of themselves as ‘experts', because it's so rare for them to be asked about their experiences. read more here

Revival of theatre necessary for a richer culture

In an epoch of film, TV and cinema; theatre has played a central role in educating and moulding dispositions as it is one of the oldest form of entertainment.

In prehistoric times; when human beings were struggling to form languages, physical actions were used to communicate instead of words. Before it was categorised as an art form, theatre, was a necessity for every developing society. In every age through cultural theatrical performances, human history has been played on wonderfully, from religious persuasions to heroic sacrifices, from villainous instigations to political brain-washings, from comedies to tragedies, from social satires to celebrations of the living. Theatre is a place where imagination thrives, scholastic skills are enhanced and the procedures of self-articulation are taught in a seemingly entertaining way. read more here