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.
Because of tone deaf responses like this. Its LA membership comes out in full force, unified, in solidarity, speaking with one voice against the 99 Seat Proposals and this is the official tweet that comes from the office? And some of the reasoned responses. Good Lord, people, who is running the show over there? Karl […]
Los Angeles Actors’ Equity Membership Comes Out in Solidarity Against the AEA Proposals in the LA Times Today
Pretty good theater right here, folks. And yes my name is on this freakin’ document as well. Well done all. You can go here for the full text and below is a little more up close and personal of the letter. Anybody get a count on how many names are on this thing?
As Everyone Feverishly Writes Up Their Reports on the AEA Rally Let Me Tell You About my Lovely Stroll Through North Hollywood Yesterday Afternoon…
Beautiful day, warm, gusty, the ever burgeoning life of NoHipster Village was a-buzzing and a-bustling. I decided to start from the other end of the rally and work my way backwards so as to gain a different perspective of the whole affair. Which meant beginning at the Equity Office on the corner of Lankershim and […]
From Bill Salyers, a little AEA to English translator. We are nothing if not a merry group of pranksters…
And this is one of the things that happens when you bring race into an argument where it doesn’t belong… This arrived in my email box tonight as I’m guessing it did for every Los Angeles AEA Member… Gonna be a fun rodeo tomorrow… A Letter to the Los Angeles Equity Membership : We hear the […]
If you missed it you can listen to it here. This was the debate between Gail Gabler and Matthew Herrmann on the Yes side and Joe Stern and Jeff Marlow on the No side. Once again the No vote was the stronger case, though Joe Stern in my book always seems on the verge of punching […]
Hi there, Thank you for getting in touch with me re:99-seat. Please forgive this form response but the emails have been abundant. As a Eastern Actor’s Equity Councillor, it is my job to ultimately vote on the changes and hearing from my colleagues who actually live and work in the region is invaluable. I know […]
Los Angeles AEA Actors Set to Picket Own Union Over Proposal to End 99 Seat Theater Plan [Location Update]
Yes, it’s come to this. Truly the schizophrenic nature of this affair is reaching its apex. I mentioned this event earlier, but it’s really shaping up to be quite the rodeo though. And it looks like the “No vote” and the Pro99 peeps have garnered some serious “name” street cred now. Even freakin’ Deadline Hollywood […]
Los Angeles Theater Collective “Artists at Play” on the AEA 99 Seat Proposals: “It can be argued that you are supporting and perpetuating systemic and institutional racist practices.”
I still think this is the wrong way to go with the argument, but in the spirit of trying to present as many views and opinions as possible on this debate, I give you an open statement from Asian American Los Angeles based theater collective Artists at Play: From Artists at Play: On the AEA […]
AEA Presidential Candidate Kate Shindle with a Followup on the 99 Seat Debate: “How the heck has Equity allowed its communication strategies to function so poorly?”
We reached out to Kate after she offered this statement last week and she reached right back with a followup. Of the three AEA presidential candidates I know of, Cahn, Wyman and Shindle, Kate most definitely seems to be the one who has the most going on and the clearest grasp of this whole 99 Seat […]
Somebody drop the mic.
Well it’s not gonna win an Academy Award, but it’s something. And the energy and tireless commitment by the makers is to be commended. It’d be great to see what Equity might come up with in response. Hey, I’m always looking for the entertainment value I can’t help it!
Gail Gabler, Joe Stern, Matthew Herrmann and Jeff Marlow to Wrestle Over the AEA 99 Seat Proposals on KPFK Tomorrow, March 20, 2pm
Just got this off the wire: Julio Martinez-hosted Arts in Review—celebrating the best in theater and cabaret in the Greater Los Angeles area—airs Fridays (2-2:30pm) on KPFK (90.7FM), streamed live worldwide over kpfk.org. Tomorrow, Mar 20, Arts in Review welcomes Gail Gabler, Assistant Executive Director/Western Regional Director of Actors’ Equity Association; Joseph Stern, founder of […]
Apparently the lovely Vanessa Stewart sent this post we published a while back to Helen Mirren who she is currently starring in The Audience on Broadway. One of Ms. Mirren’s co-stars is renowned LA-based actor Dakin Matthews and Matthews had some very poignant quotes in the article we published. Dame Mirren was so taken she had […]
French was kind enough to let us re-publish. So we are. Besides being one of the funniest actors you’ll see, dude can write as well. Evidence below. From the Desk of French Stewart I will say this. And then I will exit the conversation for good. For me, 99 seat theater is perfect. And needs […]
Rebecca Smith (Who?) and Steven Leigh Morris (Heard of Him!) With Opposing Views on the AEA 99 Seat Proposals
These kinda came out simultaneously so thought I’d offer up some meat from each and leave it up to y’all to cook up the stew. First, Rebecca Smith, Deputy Director of the National Employment Law Project, had this to say in a LA Times Op-ed: The theatres claim that the actors are “volunteering” their time […]
A “little birdie” gave me the scoop on this still developing event, but I’m pretty comfortable getting it out into the Ether-Nets now so everyone can plan accordingly. Apparently the mob – er – participants will begin gathering on Monday, March 23, at 2:30pm at the corner of Lankershim, Vineland and Camarillo (if you live […]
Los Angeles Publicist/Playwright/Producer David Elzer on the Potential Loss of the 99 Seat Plan: “Equity giveth. Equity taketh away.”
David gets all floral and whimsical about the potential loss of the 99 seat plan. This is definitely a man who has a lot to lose if this goes down and you can feel it in his writing. He said we could republish this. Take it away, David. From the Desk of David Elzer They […]
Missed the last one, hope to catch this one. Due to the enormous success of our first showing, we are Back by Popular Demand! Our National Tour* continues in a bigger venue! ILOVE99 THE MUSICAL! A Cabaret To Save Los Angeles Intimate Theatre Tuesday, March 24 at 8pm Featuring performances by: Tisha Terrasini Banker, Burglars […]
NYC Blogger Isaac Butler Just Called the Majority of People who Make Theater in Los Angeles “Quasi-Amateurs”
But he meant it “descriptively” not “pejoratively”. Dude does not know when to quit. Just so Sir Isaac the Butler doesn’t get all bent out of shape again, I will present the evidence and then allow you all to judge the “factual accuracy” on this one. From the Twitter wires: And…
Here’s the skinny, I believe there are other banks being set up around the city – see above pic from PRT – but below was information I received via email. These folks wanted it made clear that everyone who is volunteering to do these Pro99 phone bank is an AEA member and is volunteering their own time to […]
To all my fellow Celts out there…Slàinte! Just for my own personal edification (cuz I’m always in need of some edifying), my name, Colin, Is Gaelic for “whelp”. Sometimes known as “happy puppy”. Which I know is the first thing that pops into your head when you think of me.
Tim Robbins Op-ed at LA Times on the Realities of the AEA 99 Seat Proposals: “But until that unicorn flies, we all have the right to volunteer our services and our talent if we choose”
Not a lot of new ground covered, but it’s important nonetheless, Tim is clearly passionate and fully invested in this struggle and his high profile status will continue to make this a national story which is vastly important. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again, publicly, AEA is losing this battle. But there’s still […]
That’s their story and they’re sticking to it. Check out the statement below: Greetings, Fringers! I have little doubt that you are following the stories surrounding the changes to the 99 Seat Theatre Plan proposed by Actors’ Equity. We visited AEA’s headquarters in North Hollywood to ensure we passed on accurate information to you. Question: […]
Oh, the ties, always the ties, so many ties! The humanity! Why must there be so many ties? Can’t this “critical body of note” – after 40+ years of doing this – find a way to break a tie so that their distinctive and prestigious honor fully distinguishes and honors? Gasp. That said, congrats to everyone. […]
…but every now and then it all comes together. I’ve always been fond of the cheap seats.
Apparently this was sent to Stage Raw by John Flynn who got it from an author who wishes to remain anonymous. Too bad, cuz it’s pretty clever. Doesn’t completely blend with the situation, but it’s still pretty good. This section from the beginning of the “fable” captures the schizophrenia pretty well: Once there was […]
This is a very good and very fair review from Chuck. I saw this excellent show and he is right that it dazzles but doesn’t necessarily engage on a deeper emotional level. I said the same in my little write up, but of course these “real critics” say it so much better than I can. One […]
AEA Presidential Candidate Kate Shindle on the 99 Seat Proposals: “Remember: there is no “yes, but…” option on the ballot”
Grabbed this off the Facebook wire. It’s an open letter from AEA Presidential Candidate Kate Shindle, so I’m gonna go ahead and open it up some more. Take it away, Kate! From the Desk of Kate Shindle Dear #pro99, pro-change, and not-quite-sure Los Angeles members: Well, I think it’s safe to say that most of […]