What Should Equity And Other Theatre Unions Do About Harassment And Violence?

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“Women and gay men in their 20s and 30s describe being propositioned for sex by influential directors, casting directors and others who could help or hurt their careers. Young gay men harassed one another, and groping was a problem for all genders and sexualities. When performers did complain, they felt they weren’t taken seriously by those in authority.”

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How Nightclub Performers Led To More Asian Americans In Showbiz

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“Charlie Low opened Forbidden City in 1938, and from exotic dancers to comedians to acrobats, he made sure the club had it all. It was even featured in major media outlets, including Life magazine. But that didn’t shield performers from the mostly white audiences’ racial taunts.”

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Rupert Goold Says The American Model Of Creating New Musicals Is Better Than The British One

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The English director, “whose production of Made in Dagenham is currently running in the West End, said that, unlike the US, the UK’s musical theatre scene is ‘led by a producing model that is dictated by the size of our theatres’ and added that musicals should originate from writers and composers who have stories they need to tell.”

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Broadway Theatres Sell Air Rights, Buy Banks

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“When the Shubert Organization sold the oxygen above its landmarked house for $17.1 million in May, Broadway’s biggest and richest landlord sheltered the proceeds from taxes in part by purchasing a Chase Bank branch on Mundelein’s Townline Road.”

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Juilliard’s Drama Director Steps Down From Theater He Founded And Ran For 25 Years

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“James Houghton, the founding artistic director of Off Broadway’s Signature Theater, will step down from the organization after a 25-year tenure that has seen the organization’s expansion into a busy theater producer with a $66 million, multi-venue outpost in midtown Manhattan. Houghton, recently diagnosed with stomach cancer, will continue to teach at Juilliard, where he’s the director of the drama division.”

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Shakespeare’s Globe Gets Seven-Day Strike Warning

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“Shakespeare’s Globe has been given seven days to avert strike action following a dispute over tour guides’ pay at the venue. Backstage union BECTU has been calling for a pay increase” for guides from £11.24 to £15.16 by November and £18.50 over the following two years.

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In Unprecedented Move, UK Equity Expels Member

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“The union has expelled Craig Joseph, a member of Motown tribute band the Gillettes, after he lied in court during a case in which he was being supported by Equity, resulting in a costs liability for the union of more than £600,000.”

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How Britain’s Theatre Reinvented Itself In The Face Of Funding Woes

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Lyn Gardner: “What do we mean by ‘the nation’s theatre’? Think back just 30 or so years and the answer was probably fairly straightforward. It was Shakespeare on our main stages across the country, the big flagship companies such as the NT and the RSC, the state-of-the-nation plays by David Hare, … the loved but often ailing network of regional theatres across the country frequently reviving classic plays and modern classics. Now the answer to the question is far more complex. It is still, at times, many of these things but it is much, much more.”

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Where Playwrights Make Enough Money To Fund Their Little Theatre Habit

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“Peterson offered the example of the prime-time, one-hour network show: Minimums dictate that a staff writer earns about $3,800 a week—and a fee of more than $36,000 for any episode for which he or she is credited as story and teleplay writer. The first time that episode is rerun, its writer receives an additional $24,000. Members of the writers’ guild also receive health insurance and pensions, benefits bestowed to playwrights only in very rare circumstances.”

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How Black Comics Take On Unmentionable Subjects (Like ‘Drunk Mandela’) In South Africa

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“The topics of the day were listed on a white board: ‘Je Suis Charlie'; the governing African National Congress party’s convention in Cape Town; results of the nationwide matric exams, South Africa’s equivalent to the SAT. But the crew remained stuck on the Paris killings, in an animated back and forth about free speech.”

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The Hottest New Theatre Ticket Is A Hip Hop History Musical That Breaks And Remakes The Rules

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“What further distinguishes Hamilton is that it uses rap to tell a story that has no direct connection to any usual rap subjects or characters. This reaches its most remarkable expression when the show presents the debates Hamilton had with his ideological foes as rap battles presided over by George Washington as MC.”

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Performers And The Art Of “Physical Leakage”

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“We all carry a physical signature in our bodies. When we’re under any kind of stress, our bodies behave in their usual habits – it’s called “physical leakage”. Your real personality starts to come out. Often, actors and dancers aren’t aware of what those habits are. Having someone who can look at them, and suggest ways of avoiding them, helps them to find a proper physicality for the character they’re playing.”

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Can Theatre Really Work As Treatment For Mental Illness?

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“Theatre provides a rare stimulus for psychotic, schizophrenic and depressed patients, giving them an opportunity to communicate and interact constructively with others.” Beth McLoughlin looks at a program in Rio de Janeiro that’s giving it a serious try.

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There Will Be No Oprah “‘Night, Mother” On Broadway (“Too Depressing”)

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“Last February, The New York Times reported that talk show queen Oprah Winfrey was in talks to make her long-awaited Broadway debut in a revival of Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play ‘night, Mother opposite five-time Tony-Award winner Audra McDonald. Winfrey was reportedly interested in portraying the role of a mother who desperately tries to prevent her daughter from killing herself.”

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Man’s Law or God’s Law? Sophocles’s Antigone: Heroine Or Criminal?

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“It is this tension that is at the heart of the play: which law trumps all others? For Creon, obeying the law of the land is the single most important thing we must do, as citizens. … It is this tension that is at the heart of the play: which law trumps all others? For Creon, obeying the law of the land is the single most important thing we must do, as citizens.”

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