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Colin Mitchell

COLIN MITCHELL: Actor/Writer/Director/Producer/Father, award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Broadway veteran, Marvel comics scribe, Van Morrison disciple, Zen-Catholic, a proud U.S. Army Brat conceived in Scotland and born in Frankfurt, Germany, currently living in Los Angeles and doing his best to piss off as many people as possible.

Stage Raw Awards are Tonight!

Stage Raw Awards are Tonight!

I think we all need a little party to blow off some steam. Well this is gonna be it. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, there’s still time. Hell, I might actually even clean up a little bit for it. Oh, and don’t forget to read this and do exactly what it tells you to do. […]

Some Less Frequently Offered Answers to Some Frequently Asked Questions on the AEA 99 Seat Proposals - by Dakin Matthews

Some Less Frequently Offered Answers to Some Frequently Asked Questions on the AEA 99 Seat Proposals – by Dakin Matthews

This is gonna be a two-parter from Dakin Matthews, the next part will be a “rhetorical line by line analysis of the ballot information” on the AEA proposals. Dakin was kind enough to send it our way. His analysis on all this has been continuously thorough, logical, calm, reasoned and on point, unlike pretty much […]

The Leadership of Actors Equity Association is Unable to Confirm Whether or Not the Referendum Voting Results will be Announced Before the Councillors' Vote on the 99 Seat Proposals [updated]

The Leadership of Actors Equity Association is Unable to Confirm Whether or Not the Referendum Voting Results will be Announced Before the Councillors’ Vote on the 99 Seat Proposals [updated]

Yep. Once again, just utter ineptitude and incompetence from the leadership of AEA on this incredibly vital issue to the Los Angeles Theater Community. Lots of stuff happened at the meeting today, mostly a lot of general blah blah from the candidates running for a variety of positions in the Equity governance, I think maybe a […]

AEA Member Curt Bonnem Peforms a Legal Takedown of AEA's 99 Seat Proposals: "If a company hires a single non-company union member which it has to pay an actual salary under the 99-Seat Agreement, under the laws which govern volunteerism in non-profit, it would then make all other volunteers illegal as you cannot be volunteer if "They are conducting the same work that others in the same company or similar companies generally are being paid as employees to do."

AEA Member Curt Bonnem Peforms a Legal Takedown of AEA’s 99 Seat Proposals: “If a company hires a single non-company union member which it has to pay an actual salary under the 99-Seat Agreement, under the laws which govern volunteerism in non-profit, it would then make all other volunteers illegal as you cannot be volunteer if “They are conducting the same work that others in the same company or similar companies generally are being paid as employees to do.”

Check out this ju-jitsu move AEA Member Curt Bonnem just performed on the as not yet passed AEA 99 Seat Proposals. Once again, showing that the AEA leadership did not think much of this through and their only goal is to eliminate the plan first and then perhaps actually offer something that’s based in reality? Dunno. Your […]

It Happened in San Fran, Now It's Happening in LA: "In the Bay Area, at least, AEA operates under a fundamental misunderstanding of its own market."

It Happened in San Fran, Now It’s Happening in LA: “In the Bay Area, at least, AEA operates under a fundamental misunderstanding of its own market.”

From the Bay area-based Bitter Gertrude blog, comes a post which was actually published by its author and Impact Theatre AD, Melissa Hillman, over two years ago, but has since been unearthed recently because of its prescience and its relevancy to LA’s own struggle with a Union that seems to have lost its way once again, or […]

The Group Rep Served Lawsuit for Charging Men Full Price on "Ladies Night"

The Group Rep Served Lawsuit for Charging Men Full Price on “Ladies Night”

Yep. Apparently a couple of bozos with insecurity issues decided this was a good idea. From the NoHo Arts District article written by Bert Emmett, Group Rep Board President: A 501(C)(3) non-profit, The Group Repertory Theatre Company, whose home is the ‪Lonny Chapman Theatre in the NoHo Arts‬ ‪District‬, was served with a lawsuit in […]

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Releases Open Letter Against AEA's 99 Seat Proposals: "The Otis report tells us that for every dollar spent at a local theater in Southern California, $7 to $12 are spent in the surrounding community. Simple math tells us the loss to the local economy would be, as the LA Drama Critics Circle has stated, 'catastrophic.'"

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Releases Open Letter Against AEA’s 99 Seat Proposals: “The Otis report tells us that for every dollar spent at a local theater in Southern California, $7 to $12 are spent in the surrounding community. Simple math tells us the loss to the local economy would be, as the LA Drama Critics Circle has stated, ‘catastrophic.’”

Once again, the people who actually live and work here, the ones who will actually be directly affected by these misguided Equity 99 Seat Proposals are speaking out AGAINST them with facts and figures and knowledge and experience. One can only hope that SOMEBODY from Equity is listening. This is an open letter released by […]

A Statement from AEA Western Regional Principal Councillor Candidate, Jeff Marlow: "What's so frustrating about the current proposal: it simply replaces one flawed one-size-fits-all solution with another, when a tiered solution based on budget and/or income could solve the problems of the current Plan in a far more constructive way."

A Statement from AEA Western Regional Principal Councillor Candidate, Jeff Marlow: “What’s so frustrating about the current proposal: it simply replaces one flawed one-size-fits-all solution with another, when a tiered solution based on budget and/or income could solve the problems of the current Plan in a far more constructive way.”

Another statement from another AEA candidate, this one from Jeff Marlow, who is running for Western Regional Principal Councillor. Jeff released this statement a while back but has given us permission to reprint it here at the Lemon. Again, level-headed, reasoned, informed, everything the present leaders of Equity have shown that they currently aren’t. Keep […]

Zombie Joe's "Urban Death" Cometh Yet Againeth

Zombie Joe’s “Urban Death” Cometh Yet Againeth

Yep. I definitely have some favorites here at the Lemon, Four Clowns, Lost Moon Radio, almost anything by Echo Theater, Four Larks, but this show Urban Death, the signature piece by NoHo’s Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Ensemble, stands out as one of my all time favorites. It has the longest maintained 100% sweet rating for any […]

A Statement from AEA Western Regional Vice Presidential Candidate, Donal Thoms-Cappello: "Equity has not shown its members anything at all even suggesting it's done its homework on the consequences to the current ecosystem."

A Statement from AEA Western Regional Vice Presidential Candidate, Donal Thoms-Cappello: “Equity has not shown its members anything at all even suggesting it’s done its homework on the consequences to the current ecosystem.”

Again, as we’ve mentioned before, Bitter Lemons is open to all AEA candidate’s statements for the upcoming election, even those who are FOR the proposals. Presently, it appears as if there aren’t many of those, or if there are, for some reason they are too, I dunno, ashamed? scared? cowed by political expediency? to state […]

If you are a Los Angeles' Actors' Equity Association Member in Good Standing and you Haven't Yet Received your Referendum Ballot...

If you are a Los Angeles’ Actors’ Equity Association Member in Good Standing and you Haven’t Yet Received your Referendum Ballot…

…then you should call Election Services at 877-455-9367. Immediately. And they will send you a ballot. If you want to make your vote count. Or are even interested. And if you have no idea what I’m talking about then it’s probably best if you don’t vote at all. Ever. On anything that matters. Call Election Services at […]

An Open Call to All Los Angeles Theater Makers Making Theater in April and Beyond...

An Open Call to All Los Angeles Theater Makers Making Theater in April and Beyond…

This includes, producers, co-producers, venue owners, artistic directors, publicists, actor-producers, writer-producers, producer-producers, Equity or Non, and everything in-between, if you make theater in Los Angeles and you have a show that is going up or will be up and running through April and beyond, please contact us at [email protected] Put the name of your show […]

Only in LA, Only Under the Plan

Only in LA, Only Under the Plan

Ah yes. A new rallying cry. A subdued rallying cry, perhaps, but a rallying cry nonetheless. Almost sounds like a brand, doesn’t it? Only in LA, Only Under the Plan. What I’m referring to is a fascinating grass roots “art project” - for want of a better word – from the Pro99 movement this week. Twisting […]

A Possible Way Forward? (Or Improve, Don’t Eliminate!) – by David Elzer

A Possible Way Forward? (Or Improve, Don’t Eliminate!) – by David Elzer

In case some of you fence sitters or reluctant “yes” voters are looking for an honorable and fair way out – or forward – this, from David Elzer, might be a compromise no matter which way the vote goes. A Possible Way Forward? (Or Improve, Don’t Eliminate!) By David Elzer I am about to make […]

What do "Exit Reviews" Add to the Art of Theater Criticism?

What do “Exit Reviews” Add to the Art of Theater Criticism?

Nothing, really. Pauline Adamek, ArtsBeatLA editor, Stage Raw critic and LADCC member was kind enough to think of us at the Lemon to help her roll this out, this “Exit Review” model (see below), and I’m happy to help, but frankly, I find the whole idea both lazy and utterly self-indulgent and devoid of any value to […]

Listen to the KPCC 99 Seat Debate Between AEA Western Regional Director Gail Gabler and AEA Member Alex Fernandez

Listen to the KPCC 99 Seat Debate Between AEA Western Regional Director Gail Gabler and AEA Member Alex Fernandez

What’s most interesting about these debates is the utter lack of nuance coming from the AEA leadership side. It’s always just, “We want to create more working opportunities for our membership!” And then there’s absolutely no evidence to support their generalities. And then Alex, an actor, who actually works in LA comes in with tremendous […]

Max Hedwig

Max Hedwig

Mmmhhhmm. Just because daddy needs to smile.  

Award Winning Actors Co-op Theater Company in Hollywood is seeking a Stage Manager for the upcoming Production of Around the World in 80 Days - There is Pay

Award Winning Actors Co-op Theater Company in Hollywood is seeking a Stage Manager for the upcoming Production of Around the World in 80 Days – There is Pay

Award Winning Actors Co-op Theater Company in Hollywood is seeking a Stage Manager for the upcoming Production of Around the World in 80 Days. Rehearsals begin March 31. Opening Night: May 8, 2015. Closing: June 14, 2015. Rehearsals are Tues – Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays @ 8 PM, Sundays […]

Extending the Political Reach of Pro99

Extending the Political Reach of Pro99

I am not a political beast. Just not in my DNA. Don’t have the temperament or the ambassadorial skills necessary for the job. Also I don’t take well to liars and lying. And that’s the kind of muck you have to wade through in the political arena. But it’s not a foreign world to me.  I […]

CLASS: 93% - SWEET

CLASS: 93% – SWEET

SWEET Directed by Dimitri Toscas “Class” is a splendid 95-minute study of two individuals whose lives intersect in a way that changes both their lives. Sarah (Callie Schuttera) has been referred to Elliott by her agent for lessons. Candyce Columbus – LA Examiner SWEET Director Dimitri Toscas’ decision to have the characters retire to off […]

Stage Raw Awards Says: "Let's celebrate the best of our embattled intimate-theater community!"

Stage Raw Awards Says: “Let’s celebrate the best of our embattled intimate-theater community!”

I think that’s a very good idea. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet go here to RSVP. And if you’d like to see a list of the nominees go here. And if you’re utterly confused – as I often am – go here for some Frequently Asked Questions and some Less Frequently Offered Answers […]

Actors' Equity Annual Membership Meetings Scheduled for Friday, April 10th, 11:30AM PST

Actors’ Equity Annual Membership Meetings Scheduled for Friday, April 10th, 11:30AM PST

Well that kinda popped up outta nowhere. I’ve been told that AEA has been tweeting and posting on Facebook, but I just received the email today so… Anyhoo, the meetings will be occurring concurrently apparently here in LA at the Sportsmen’s Lodge at 11am, Friday, April 10th and in Chicago and NYC. Here’s the info […]

AEA 99 Seat Proposals Fertile Fodder for April Fools Fun (Evidence Within)

AEA 99 Seat Proposals Fertile Fodder for April Fools Fun (Evidence Within)

They say “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. Well then “mockery must be the purest form of contempt and derision”, because the AEA 99 Seat Proposals announcement and the ensuing behavior from AEA’s leadership over the last few months has sparked an onslaught of April Fools derision today. Two from a couple of our own […]

How this New Yorker came to love LA's 99-seat theatre (and maybe LA at the same time...maybe) - by NYC Ex-Patriate Now LA Based AEA Member Erica Hanrahan-Ball

How this New Yorker came to love LA’s 99-seat theatre (and maybe LA at the same time…maybe) – by NYC Ex-Patriate Now LA Based AEA Member Erica Hanrahan-Ball

The melodious melt-down of murmuring multiplies and mesmerizes. Thanks for thinking of us here at the Lemon, Erica. And thanks as always to K-Del for hunting and gathering. LemonHeads, I give you NYC Ex-Patriate Now Los Angeles Based AEA Actor Erica Hanrahan-Ball on the AEA 99 Seat Proposals:   How this New Yorker came to love […]

Circle X Theatre Artistic Director/Producer/AEA Member, Tim Wright, On Why He's Voting No: "I think actors can and should be paid more but this jump is not reasonable and should have been negotiated and discussed with people like me."

Circle X Theatre Artistic Director/Producer/AEA Member, Tim Wright, On Why He’s Voting No: “I think actors can and should be paid more but this jump is not reasonable and should have been negotiated and discussed with people like me.”

Dude knows of which he speaks. Read. From the Desk of Tim Wright I’ve held off on adding my thoughts because I have an obvious bias, but I do think it’s important for anyone on the fence to know why I’m voting no, and that it goes beyond my role as a producer and Artistic […]

Rob Weinert-Kendt's Open Letter to his Bi-coastal "Theater Friends": "I would love to see the business/producing acumen of L.A. theaters rise to the level of the great work I've seen on its stages"

Rob Weinert-Kendt’s Open Letter to his Bi-coastal “Theater Friends”: “I would love to see the business/producing acumen of L.A. theaters rise to the level of the great work I’ve seen on its stages”

Rob has continued to offer excellent coverage on the 99 Seat Controversry from his far away perch over there on the East Coast and his own personal writings on the subject have been thoughtful, personal and nuanced. His latest comes in an open letter to his “theater friends” on both coasts and it’s a good […]

NYC AEA Member Allie Mulholland Debates AEA Presidential Candidate Larry Cahn Over the 99 Seat Proposals and More

NYC AEA Member Allie Mulholland Debates AEA Presidential Candidate Larry Cahn Over the 99 Seat Proposals and More

Both Larry and Allie have given us permission to publish this online conversation here at the Lemon. So we have. Allie’s questions are in bold, Larry’s comments in regular script and his direct replies to Allie are italicized. Enjoy. LC: Thanks so much for starting this dialogue. I suspect you and I agree on more […]

The Faces of Los Angeles' AEA 99 Seat Membership

The Faces of Los Angeles’ AEA 99 Seat Membership

This is a very cool art project from photographer and AEA member Peter Konerko. Very cool and nicely put together. I know many of these people.Do you?

Equity's Blind Spot - by AEA Member Michael James Bell

Equity’s Blind Spot – by AEA Member Michael James Bell

Another NYC to LA Equity Member asked if he might chime in. Consider yourself chimed, Michael. Again, we are offering a platform for all sides of the debate. Take advantage of it. Equity’s Blind Spot by Michael James Bell I’m a proud union member who is voting an unequivocal NO on Actors Equity’s proposal to […]

Los Angeles' Blank Theatre Calls out AEA for Its False Phone Banking

Los Angeles’ Blank Theatre Calls out AEA for Its False Phone Banking

There was an official presser on this but I found their Facebook statement to be much better. Let’s hope this is just an anomaly, a rogue phone banker getting a bit over-zealous. Unfortunately, due to a pattern of behavior from Equity over the last few months, I highly doubt it. Here’e the statement from Blank: Dear Friends and […]