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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.

UPDATE: New Venue for TPLLA Town Hall on Saturday: Renberg Theatre, 11am (Details Within)

UPDATE: New Venue for TPLLA Town Hall on Saturday: Renberg Theatre, 11am (Details Within)

I made the change on my original announcement about this but figured I’d do another in case people were getting confused. Apparently I can make it now! But they seem to at capacity. Grrrrr. I guess when you snooze you lose. That’s fine, I’ll be out in the smoking court smoking a spliff listening to […]

Are the Signers of Re-Imagine LA Going to be Los Angeles Theater's New Blacklist?

Are the Signers of Re-Imagine LA Going to be Los Angeles Theater’s New Blacklist?

If so, then I’d say color my ass black right now. Cuz I ain’t taking my name off the site. Here’s a recent message from someone who has decided to remove himself from the Pro99 Facebook Group, I will keep his name anonymous, the substance is what’s important: Before I permanently leave this site that […]

Equity Member Joel Swetow Responds to AEA Executive Director Mary McColl with some Serious Analysis

Equity Member Joel Swetow Responds to AEA Executive Director Mary McColl with some Serious Analysis

The following was written by Joel Swetow in response to an email from Mary McColl. It was posted and shared numerous times on Facebook and I am now co-opting it because it is one of THE most thorough responses yet to the proposals from AEA AND the survey. It is so thorough that it actually […]

On AEA and Creating Theatre: A Statement from Dan Berkowitz & Jonathan Dorf, Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights

On AEA and Creating Theatre: A Statement from Dan Berkowitz & Jonathan Dorf, Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights

Fuckin’ writers. So clear, so elegant, so…subtly enraged. I was a member of the ALAP. Am. Was. Hell, I dunno. I’m awful with clubs. Nevertheless, these guys have something to add to the conversation. And so… On AEA and Creating Theatre: A Statement from Dan Berkowitz & Jonathan Dorf, Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights As playwrights […]

Pro99 Gains 5171 Members in less than 48 Hours

Pro99 Gains 5171 Members in less than 48 Hours

Over 3357 in 24 hours apparently. And now 5171. Pretty damn impressive. It’s this Pro99 Facebook page that Jay McAdams, Executive Director of Los Angeles’ 24th Street Theatre, started. Shit is happening over there, some serious organizizing going on, petitions, research, lawyerly stuff. They got artwork already for Christ’s sake! A freakin’ logo! Take a gander […]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

This is some of Tracey’s best work. And not just because she references the Lemon, but because she provided so much context and personal insight on this show that the result is palpable. Enjoy. PULP SHAKESPEARE (OR BARD FICTION) Tracey Paleo – Gia on the Move It’s already gotten a 100% sweet twice over on […]

Steven Leigh Morris: "If this proposal moves forward, the notion of L.A. theater as a laboratory is dead."

Steven Leigh Morris: “If this proposal moves forward, the notion of L.A. theater as a laboratory is dead.”

If you haven’t read it yet, SLM offers some thoughts on AEA’s new proposals in this week’s LA Weekly. Which is good. Glad the Weekly has finally managed to put in a little time on the subject, although, we of course all know the reason for that is because Uncle Steven is still doing his best to […]

TPLLA Sponsoring Town Hall to Discuss the new AEA Proposals: February 21, 11am, Renberg Theatre

TPLLA Sponsoring Town Hall to Discuss the new AEA Proposals: February 21, 11am, Renberg Theatre

Amazingly, I may have to miss this. I am on daddy duty and my boy would not be happy attending a fuckin’ theater pep rally on his daddy day. Nor would he appreciate me using the word “fuckin’” and neither should you. So I probably won’t be going myself. Nevertheless, you should. All of you. […]

Stage Raw Finally Gets Some Straight Answers from Disgruntled Equity Member Bryan Blowme

Stage Raw Finally Gets Some Straight Answers from Disgruntled Equity Member Bryan Blowme

Heh. Hey, a little satire goes a long way. Here’s a few of the tasty tidbits. Mr. Blowme’s responses in italics: 2) It appears that under the New 99-Seat Theatre Agreement, that requires Equity actors/stage-managers to be paid at least minimum wage for rehearsals and performances, while employers pay into their Equity-contracted health coverage and […]

Drunk Texting with Joe Stern About the 99 Seat Plan

Drunk Texting with Joe Stern About the 99 Seat Plan

To be fair, I was the one that was drunk. I think. But amidst the frenzy of covering all this stuff about AEA and around 7pm last night I got the following message from Joe Stern: To Colin Subject:  i guess i was right, huh It takes awhile doesn’t it Joe Joe is the owner […]

A Possible Solution: Make Los Angeles Theater One Giant Theater Club: Dues: $1 a Year

A Possible Solution: Make Los Angeles Theater One Giant Theater Club: Dues: $1 a Year

Hey, it’s not as crazy as you think. The Los Angeles Theater Club. Everyone’s a member. It was suggested by the lovely Eve Sigall on Facebook: An idea for AEA 99 Seat Theaters: Let all theaters make all actors in L.A. company members for $1 a year; just in case they can be used in […]

AEA President Nick Wyman on the New Proposals: "Members can also collaborate as artists in a new way -- by self-producing (which they weren’t able to do before.)"

AEA President Nick Wyman on the New Proposals: “Members can also collaborate as artists in a new way — by self-producing (which they weren’t able to do before.)”

I was not going to reprint this. I really wasn’t. Hemmed and hawed about it, cuz it just didn’t feel right. What am I talking about? Well it’s a status update from Nick Wyman’s Facebook page which you can read here. He posted it on February 8th to his “friends” and one of my birdies got wind […]

Equity Responds to Stage Raw's 12 Questions with a Statement

Equity Responds to Stage Raw’s 12 Questions with a Statement

And it’s really just a re-hash of the original email from last week. Here is the statement and you can go here for the questions. Reply from Maria Somma, National Communications Director for Actors’ Equity Association: Equity’s responsibility is to its members who are talented and dedicated stage actors and stage managers. After an extensive […]

And now Back to the Boards: If You're in Need of a Laugh (and aren't we all?) Go see "Voice Lessons"

And now Back to the Boards: If You’re in Need of a Laugh (and aren’t we all?) Go see “Voice Lessons”

Finally, FINALLY, caught this alchemic assault of rib-achingly hilarious theater called Voice Lessons, that has sprung up once again, now over at the Atwater Village Theatre for a limited run. It’s a Justin Tanner concoction (Justin come back) originally produced a few years back (2009-2010?) and highlights the comedic genius of French Stewart and Laurie […]

New Petition for Disgruntled Actors Equity Members Available

New Petition for Disgruntled Actors Equity Members Available

I am in no way endorsing this particular petition, but in an effort to try and cover all angles of this debate I felt it important to get it out to the LemonHeadNation. So I am promoting it. Here’s the preamble from the petition site which is calling itself Wake Up Actors Equity LA (yeesh […]

Steven Leigh Morris has 12 Questions for Actors' Equity Association Concerning their 99 Seat Plan Proposals

Steven Leigh Morris has 12 Questions for Actors’ Equity Association Concerning their 99 Seat Plan Proposals

And they are excellent. Yes, they are incredibly leading and wildly biased and would probably be “disallowed” in a court of law, but still, they are poignant and pertinent to the conversation. I believe anyone, on either side of the debate, can agree that these need to be answered. Apparently, answers will be forthcoming. Here’s a […]

The 99 Pound Weakling

The 99 Pound Weakling

No, this has nothing to do with the controversy over the 99 Seat Plan. I just picked up an LA Weekly last week and I gotta say I almost accidentally used it to blow my nose.  I measured its thickness – now granted girth is certainly not a sign of quality or performance (easy, ladies!) […]

Peter Finlayson is not Happy with the New AEA Resolutions

Peter Finlayson is not Happy with the New AEA Resolutions

To say the least…This from Peter on the Bigcheap wire: So, AEA has done their exhaustive study, interviewed members and finally has come to the same conclusion they announced more than Thirty years ago, participation by AEA actors in intimate theatres will not be allowed without a contract. Bravo, well done, AEA, you have come […]

Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles/Intimate (TPPLA/Intimate) Releases Statement Against AEA's Proposals for 99 Seat Plan

Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles/Intimate (TPPLA/Intimate) Releases Statement Against AEA’s Proposals for 99 Seat Plan

And here it is: The Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles/Intimate (TPLLA/Intimate) does not support the promulgated changes made on February 6, 2015 to the Los Angeles 99 Seat Plan as proposed by Actors’ Equity Association (AEA). We hope that as Los Angeles County-based Equity members read through the documentation, they too will come to […]

KPCC Hosting an Impromptu Radio Interview Concerning LA's 99 Seat Plan Today at 12:20pm [Updated]

KPCC Hosting an Impromptu Radio Interview Concerning LA’s 99 Seat Plan Today at 12:20pm [Updated]

Just heard about it. You can go here online for information and live streaming I believe? Call in line is 866-893-5722. I think Larry Mantle is hosting. 89.3 on the radio. Go here for an audio of the show. I believe Antaeus Co-Artistic Director Bill Brochtrup and the apparent scapegoat for this brou-ha-ha, Doug Clayton, I believe, […]

The Fate of Los Angeles' 99 Seat Plan will not be Decided by Actors' Equity Members, it will be Decided by the Western Regional Councillors [Updated]

The Fate of Los Angeles’ 99 Seat Plan will not be Decided by Actors’ Equity Members, it will be Decided by the Western Regional Councillors [Updated]

The language bothered me right from the start when I saw this in my email box and on the members portal of the site: “…a non binding AEA membership advisory referendum on the plan…” And then this from the AEA site: “In accordance with the Constitution, the Council is Equity’s ultimate decision-making body, particularly regarding policy, […]

Critique of the Week

Critique of the Week

Simply one of Jason’s best. Ever. Personal, poignant, perplexed. Just a tremendous critique that leaps to the top of 2015 for me. Sounds like the show might be pretty good as well… THE PITCHFORK DISNEY Jason Rohrer – Stage and Cinema A RIDE YOU WON’T FIND IN ANAHEIM Any neighborhood with the elevated name of […]

John Flynn is Not Happy with the New AEA Resolutions

John Flynn is Not Happy with the New AEA Resolutions

And he explained why on Bigcheap…Heeeere’s Johnny! In spite of Equity’s promise not to abolish the 99 seat plan the letter Equity members received yesterday and the documents available to members prove Equity is unequivocally attempting to abolish the 99 seat plan. Let’s go through it step by step. Here is part of the letter: “At […]

Others Begin to Weigh in on the Proposed Changes to Los Angeles' 99 Seat Plan

Others Begin to Weigh in on the Proposed Changes to Los Angeles’ 99 Seat Plan

I haven’t yet had the time to give the proposals my undivided attention and offer what some might consider a “informed response”. But I have given it a cursory read. There is a tremendous amount to cover. Once again, I do not think it is as dire as some are trumpeting at the moment, but […]

In Praise of Actors, My People, My Kin - By Deborah Puette

In Praise of Actors, My People, My Kin – By Deborah Puette

Deborah Puette is simply one of LA’s best stage actresses. Hands down. Those of you who have seen her on stage know what I’m talking about. I’ve had the pleasure of working with her and hope to do so again in the very near future. She’s also a pretty damn good writer. And every now […]

Actors Equity Association Offers a New Vision for Los Angeles Theater

Actors Equity Association Offers a New Vision for Los Angeles Theater

Just received this from Mary McColl, Executive Director of Actors’ Equity Association. This is a slightly truncated version of what I received and I’ll be comparing the two docs soon. The following are some of the proposals that AEA will be offering to their membership. Hold onto your hats, folks! Lots of good, a couple of sticking […]

Why are Artists So Afraid of Competition?

Why are Artists So Afraid of Competition?

  It’s kind of a rhetorical question. The answer of course is that artists believe competition (and in many ways commerce) is antithetical to the creative process. And there’s some truth in that. But still, this touchy-feely-can’t-we-all-get-along-and-hold-hands-and-just-make-art-and-love-each-other mindset is simply a falsehood. We are in competition. Always. Doesn’t mean we have to be killing each other […]

I Finally Figured Out Why Theater Folk Hate the Super Bowl

I Finally Figured Out Why Theater Folk Hate the Super Bowl

I finally figured it out. The reason why there’s always been such an outpouring of animosity towards the Super Bowl from theater peeps. Not all of them of course, but the vast majority. Most theater folk hate sports in general, but the Super Bowl has always seemed reserved for the most hateful of targets. Sure it […]

Uranium Madhouse Casting for New Show “Cold Sweat”

Casting for “Cold Sweat” Uranium Madhouse is casting actors for a its upcoming production of “Cold Sweat,” a dark comedy by Neal Bell, to be directed by Uranium Madhouse Artistic Director, Andrew Wood. “Cold Sweat” will be performed May 29 – 31 and June 5 – 7 at Atwater Village Theater, AEA Los Angeles 99-seat […]

The 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival is Now Open for Registration

The 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival is Now Open for Registration

Boom. Here’s the skinny: Hey Fringers! It’s officially here: Participant Registration for the sixth annual Hollywood Fringe Festival is now open. You can begin the three steps of registration by creating a project today. Whether you’re merely curious or you already have your posters printed, we suggest checking out the first Town Hall of the […]