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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.

The 25 Best Drama Schools in 2014

The 25 Best Drama Schools in 2014

According to The Hollywood Reporter these are the 2014 top 25 training grounds for theater artists in the world. Or as I like to affectionately refer to these institutions of learning: “The Temples of Debt”. I thank the God Dionysus every day that I never got a theater degree in college. I went for the psychology degree. Much more […]

2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival Breaks Ticketing Records

2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival Breaks Ticketing Records

Fairly impressive to say the least. Here are the numbers from the Fringe presser: Hollywood Fringe Festival organizers announced today that the fifth annual festival, which closed June 29th, was the biggest festival yet, selling about 30% more tickets this year than in 2013. With 290 productions and nearly 1500 performances, they are one of the […]

"If You Think You're Going to Make Money Doing 99-seat Theatre You're Off Your Nut"

“If You Think You’re Going to Make Money Doing 99-seat Theatre You’re Off Your Nut”

As promised, here are some highlights from a conversation that has been going on recently at the BigCheap List concerning the 99 Seat Plan. The title of the discussion was If You Think You’re Going to Make Money in the 99 Seat Plan You’re Off Your Nut. It contains some of the most practical and cogent thinking […]

The Quiet but Effective Influence of the Newly Formed L.A. Theater Network

The Quiet but Effective Influence of the Newly Formed L.A. Theater Network

Those of us who are members (can’t really remember how I become a member but I think I was invited and just clicked yes in a drunken stupor one night not unlike most of what happens on Facebook with me) are slowly and quietly realizing how effective this new emerging shadow group is fast becoming. […]

A Civil Exchange of Ideas

A Civil Exchange of Ideas

There are several layers of irony going here, but mostly this is simply a wonderful example of WrightCrit. Something I experimented with during the run of one of my own plays Breaking and Entering last year. My experiment mostly failed for a variety of reasons, mostly my approach to the dialogue. But Jason the Roar, the […]

So Two Advocates of the Current 99 Seat Plan Stage an "Interview"...

So Two Advocates of the Current 99 Seat Plan Stage an “Interview”…

Not sure why Steven Leigh Morris, editor over at Stage Raw, didn’t just let Joe Stern write this thing himself. Guess the appearance of an “interview” was good enough in this particular instance. What am I talking about? This “interview” written by Guy Zimmerman and published just a few days ago over at Stage Raw advocating […]

Why So Quiet?

Why So Quiet?

It’s not out of anything dramatic or even sinister really, besides being madly busy with my own show (extending for two shows!) and all things Fringe, I am now in Colorado tending to my mother’s health and, well, that is all consuming at the moment. Our Fringe coverage was unprecedented this year and I offer a […]

"Linden Arden" to Extend Two Shows Only as Part of Encore Producers Award

“Linden Arden” to Extend Two Shows Only as Part of Encore Producers Award

Saturday July 12th, 9pm and Friday, July 18th, 8pm at Theater Asylum. In the bigger theater. The Lab. Boom. Get your tickets now. Yep, I am still unabashedly pushing my show Linden Arden Stole the Highlights here at the Lemon. Why? Because I can. Plus the show is pretty good.

Longtime 99 Seat Liaison Michael Van Duzer Ousted from Actors Equity

Longtime 99 Seat Liaison Michael Van Duzer Ousted from Actors Equity

The details are still coming in, but I have confirmed from a reliable source that longtime Los Angeles AEA liaison and a tireless administrator for the 99 Seat Plan since it’s inception back in the 1980′s, Michael Van Duzer, has been relieved of his duties over at Actors Equity Association. Again, not sure yet about […]

And the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Freak Awards go to...

And the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Freak Awards go to…

Congrats to all these folks. I saw most of these shows and their plaudits are well deserved: Fringe Freaks (Community-Voted Awards): Top of the Fringe: Women Fringe First (World Premiere): NO HOMO – A Bromantic Tragedy The International Award: Love Is. Best in Ensemble Theatre: NO HOMO – A Bromantic Tragedy Best in Solo Performance: […]

Auditions for Kenne Guillory's Next Production will "feature nude improv work" [Updated]

Auditions for Kenne Guillory’s Next Production will “feature nude improv work” [Updated]

Yep. He’s back, apparently, and doing what he does best. Creep everybody out. An actor who would like to remain nameless contacted me and said he’d been contacted by Kenne Guillory’s latest “company” Plus One Productions inviting him to audition for their upcoming production of Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love. Kenne […]

And the BLOAT, BLAFF, BLIFF and TPA Award Winners are...

And the BLOAT, BLAFF, BLIFF and TPA Award Winners are…

BLOAT (Bitter Lemons Outrageous Award for Theater) Belli Gemelli: An Opera Sitcom BLAFF (Bitter Lemons Award for Family Fare) Beau & Aero BLIFF (Bitter Lemons Irreverent Fringe Femmes) Women Trailer Park Award (TPA) Fancy: Secrets from my Bootydoir Congrats to all. Lots of Fringe Followup to come very soon, for now…we rest.

The Trailer Park Award Nominees (TPA) are...

The Trailer Park Award Nominees (TPA) are…

The TPA is sponsored by Bitter Lemons and Combined Artform and distinguishes the company that can best depict their live stage production in a cinematic way in a one minute video trailer. The Nominees are: The Conduct of Life (The Vagrancy) Fancy: Secrets from my Bootydoir Romeo and Juliet in Hell The Pens Shall Have […]

And the BLOAT, BLAFF and BLIFF Award Nominees are...

And the BLOAT, BLAFF and BLIFF Award Nominees are…

The Annual Bitter Lemons sponsored awards for the Hollywood Fringe Festival are as follows (with nominees):   The Bitter Lemons Outrageous Award for Theater (BLOAT) This award is for the wackiest most theatrical production of the Fringe. Nominees: Belli Gemelli: An Opera Sitcom God of Abraham The Wake   The Bitter Lemons Award for Family […]

Trailer Park Award Submissions: Video #18: "The Conduct of Life"

Trailer Park Award Submissions: Video #18: “The Conduct of Life”

And our eighteenth and final submission for the Trailer Park Award: The Conduct of Life:

Trailer Park Award Submissions: Video #17: "Vengeance Can Wait"

Trailer Park Award Submissions: Video #17: “Vengeance Can Wait”

And our seventeenth submission for the Trailer Park Award: Vengeance Can Wait:

Trailer Park Award Submissions: Video #16: "Happy and Gay"

Trailer Park Award Submissions: Video #16: “Happy and Gay”

And our sixteenth submission for the Trailer Park Award: Happy and Gay:

Trailer Park Award Submissions: Video #15: "Open Mike"

Trailer Park Award Submissions: Video #15: “Open Mike”

And the fifteenth submission for our Trailer Park Award: Open Mike:

Trailer Park Award Submissions: Video #14: "The Pens Shall Have Their Day"

Trailer Park Award Submissions: Video #14: “The Pens Shall Have Their Day”

And our fourteenth submission for the Trailer Park Award: The Pens Shall Have Their Day:

Final Chance to Catch My Shows "Linden Arden" and "Out My Window" Tonight

Final Chance to Catch My Shows “Linden Arden” and “Out My Window” Tonight

I believe Linden Arden Stole the Highlights is completely sold out for its 10pm curtain tonight, but there are usually a couple of no shows, so stop on by Theatre Asylum and you just might get a final look at the show the critics are calling “Riveting!” “Superb!” and “Fascinating!”. No really, they are. You […]

Excellent Podcast Response to My "Support-Enjoy" Article from "Born Ready" Site

Excellent Podcast Response to My “Support-Enjoy” Article from “Born Ready” Site

I always find it incredibly entertaining how the things that I write in about five minutes almost always are better read than those that I spend a day or two crafting. Hell, I’ve even left a misspelling in the article I’m about to mention just because I like the wabi it provokes. Look it up. […]

Trailer Park Award Submissions: Video #13: "Total Novice"

Trailer Park Award Submissions: Video #13: “Total Novice”

And our thirteenth submission for the Trailer Park Award: Total Novice:

Trailer Park Award Submissions: Video #12: "In Food Empire"

Trailer Park Award Submissions: Video #12: “In Food Empire”

And here is the twelfth submission for our Trailer Park Award: In Food Empire:

Trailer Park Award Submissions: Video #11: "The Navigator"

Trailer Park Award Submissions: Video #11: “The Navigator”

And the eleventh submission for the Trailer Park Award: The Navigator:

Trailer Park Award Submissions: Video #10: "Rock and Roll's Greatest Lovers"

Trailer Park Award Submissions: Video #10: “Rock and Roll’s Greatest Lovers”

And the tenth submission for our Trailer Park Award: Rock and Roll’s Greatest Lovers:

Trailer Park Award Submissions: Video #9: "Friends Like These"

Trailer Park Award Submissions: Video #9: “Friends Like These”

And the ninth submission for our Trailer Park Award: Friends Like These:

Trailer Park Award Submissions: Video #8: "Denim on Denim II: Roadhouse of Cards"

Trailer Park Award Submissions: Video #8: “Denim on Denim II: Roadhouse of Cards”

And the eighth submission for our Trailer Park Award: Denim on Denim II: Roadhouse of Cards:

Trailer Park Award Submissions: Video #7: "Fancy: Secrets from My BootyDoir"

Trailer Park Award Submissions: Video #7: “Fancy: Secrets from My BootyDoir”

And the seventh entry for the Trailer Park Award: Fancy: Secrets from my BootyDoir:

"No Homo" is Almost a Homo Run

“No Homo” is Almost a Homo Run

I haven’t written a lot of straight up features on individual shows at this year’s Fringe – really only this one and this one – the reason being that I’m just way too busy with my own shows and a multitude of other duties. Though all the shows I’ve been seeing are most definitely up […]

Trailer Park Award Submissions: Video #6: "Death by Powerpoint"

Trailer Park Award Submissions: Video #6: “Death by Powerpoint”

And here is our sixth Trailer Park Award Submission: Death by Powerpoint: