“I’m collaborative perhaps to a fault, both in artistic leadership and in the rehearsal room. I think I’ve become a theatre artist and a theatre leader—an arts leader—because I can’t do things on my own. I have to be in dialogue with people who are smarter than me, who know more about any number of things, who will question how I’m living my values with any given decision in ways that it would not have dawned on me to question.”
Songwriters and publishers will experience a better licensing process, and higher royalties. Legacy artists will now be ensured of payment from digital radio, in some cases at the highest rates in history. And producers will be better able to collect digital royalties. But there are other issues and injustices that need fixing.
“One hundred years ago, you would have day clothes for the street, dinner clothes for the restaurant, theater clothes, and so many genres of dress. Those barriers have come down. Athleisure is the ultimate breaking down of barriers.”
The children’s book series is a juggernaut that spawned a film series, theme parks, a Broadway play and museum exhibits. It’s been 20 years since readers in the U.S. were first introduced to the wizarding world, and more than 500 million copies of the books have been sold worldwide.
The closest thing to a black theater company that is able to survive and sustain itself is the St. Louis Black Rep. And theater companies — let’s just take Los Angeles, for example — the Los Angeles Music Center downtown and Mark Taper Forum and all the people that run those companies are getting the grants from the foundations I couldn’t get because they did one black play in their season. The black theater producers, the people who are in the community need the grants, and they can’t get them because the established theaters downtown are taking advantage of those grants.
This new work says in precise fashion: These symmetries can exist in one type of space, but not in another. The achievement comes after progress on the conjecture had been stalled for decades.
OK, “blame” might be a bit strong, but seriously … “Millions and millions of children, all poised with arms snapping like a shark, have been listening to a few bars of the ‘Allegro con fuoco’ from the Czech composer’s 1893 symphonic masterpiece. Which is lovely, when you think about it.”
No, really: Missoula hosted a series of 10-minute plays in cars last weekend. “The concept was novel but simple enough. You showed up at the Northside KettleHouse and were handed a map, roughly a 2-mile walking loop around downtown Missoula and the Westside. You headed to a specific car and arrived at an appointed time, hopped into the backseat, and a play began with no introduction.”
Actor Sarah Scott says another actor, Kip Pardue, first put her hand on his penis during filming, and then “called her into his dressing room, where he proceeded to masturbate in front of her. ‘I literally froze,’ Scott, 35, recalls. ‘I said, ‘What are you doing?’'” Then it got even worse: “‘This isn’t a #MeToo thing,’ she alleges he responded. ‘I’m not your employer. It’s not like I can fire you.'”
Sure, there was a voiceover saying it was, er, a “tribute” to the Day of the Dead, but “many fans on social media called out the theme and branded it ‘cultural appropriation,’ observing that the Day of the Dead is not the same as Halloween. Others were unhappy with the use of a Calypso song against traditional Mexican traditions.”
Some might see it as a PR move. “The decision to re-open the museum reflects the government’s desire to assert normalcy, as president Bashar Assad’s forces, with the help of Russian military assistance, have re-gained control of much of Syria.”
The club is trying to remake its image after the Louis CK fiasco. But other things may change as well. “Cameras certainly shift the atmosphere in the room, but they also encourage comics to do more newsy material to get on the air. The producers are adamant that they do not tell comics what to say, and while there is some room for evergreen jokes, the focus here is on what is happening now.”
Photographer Juergen Teller: “Most of my team aren’t British and everybody is now completely depressed. I just think, ‘What the fuck am I doing? This building is here, my children are here’ – it’s a terrible moment.”
It’s not easy to take a theatre from a 50-seater, renting space, to a 100-seat home. That requires money and luck – and persistence, and maybe a church congregation moving out of its old home.
Yes, in the 1970s and 1980s, there were some famous bodice-rippers – the kind where women are “overcome” by lusty men, and fall for their rapists over the course of the book. But that was then, and this is now. Author Jasmine Guillory: “One of the women told me that she wanted her little girl, when she got old enough, to read my book to know what consent was and how a man should treat her.”