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The New Bitter Lemons is Live at Socal.Bitter-Lemons.Com!

The New Bitter Lemons is Live at Socal.Bitter-Lemons.Com!

If you have somehow found yourself here, good, but we just wanted to make sure you know that we have entered our next step of evolution and are now live at www.socal.bitter-lemons.com. Huzzah! Or you can just do the regular www.bitter-lemons.com and that will get you to the new site as well. We’re expecting a […]

Even 9 + 1 More Musings after AEA Votes to End the "99-Seat Plan"

Even 9 + 1 More Musings after AEA Votes to End the “99-Seat Plan”

1)  “Don’t you want to pay actors?” sounds to me a lot like “Don’t you love your country?” 2)  Speaking of paying actors, one of the “big lies” repeated endlessly by Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) Executive Director Mary McColl is that actors are the only ones not getting paid in Los Angeles intimate theater.  And […]

David Elzer Does the Math on the NEW 99 Seat Plan

David Elzer Does the Math on the NEW 99 Seat Plan

David Elzer takes a look at the numbers going forward… 3RD GRADE MATH with DAVID ELZER! So, truth be told, I never made it past High School, lots of reasons why that was the case, but fear not, I ended up doing ok. Never good at Math though – I was pretty fabulous in Theatre […]

How Rachel Maddow Mentioned Zombie Joe's Underground in Her Show Tonight

How Rachel Maddow Mentioned Zombie Joe’s Underground in Her Show Tonight

This is real, as reported by Roger K. Weiss, who is a part of the ZJU troupe and who currently has a show entitled Witch Ball running at the theater. I didn’t see the actual airing of the show so, Roger, when you do find the clip, send it along. But below are the actual chain of […]

Reaction to the Elimination of Los Angeles' 99 Seat Plan is Far, Wide & Extensive

Reaction to the Elimination of Los Angeles’ 99 Seat Plan is Far, Wide & Extensive

As expected, the reactions to Equity’s latest move are coming from all corners and at a rapid pace. This from the NY Times ArtsBeat section: “We’re very disappointed that Equity acted the way they did,” said Gary Grossman, the producing artistic director of Skylight Theater Company, and an actor who joined a lawsuit against Equity […]

Dancing in Circles

Dancing in Circles

I went to a show last night at a theater that has been going out of business for years. A long time ago I acted there; my writing was performed there. I’ve seen many shows there, good and bad, rentals and company productions. The theater had a large, strong company and a couple of nice […]

L'audace, L'audace, Toujours L'audace

L’audace, L’audace, Toujours L’audace

Actors' Equity Association Defies its Membership and Eliminates the 99 Seat Plan

Actors’ Equity Association Defies its Membership and Eliminates the 99 Seat Plan

Here you go. There are some good ideas here but I expect they will get lost in the outrage. More later when we all have time to digest. From the Desk of Actors’ Equity Association There has been an important conversation going on regarding the future of theater in L.A. Today, after receiving and considering […]

Bitter Lemons' Editor Colin Mitchell to Host Valley Theatre Awards May 31st

Bitter Lemons’ Editor Colin Mitchell to Host Valley Theatre Awards May 31st

That’s right I just wrote about myself in the third person. You know why? Because I have to. Not because I can. Thought that’s important too. So here’s the skinny: they’re putting on this new Awards Show for Valley shows called the Valley Theatre Awards (not to be confused with the now defunct Valley Artistic Directors […]

Media Coverage Ramps Up on the 99 Seat Story as AEA National Council Meets Today

Media Coverage Ramps Up on the 99 Seat Story as AEA National Council Meets Today

Both LA Times and CBS News have stepped into the fray in anticipation of the decision by the Equity Council which is basically meeting right now. First this from the Times: Some opponents of the wage hike have argued that union leaders fundamentally misread what small theater productions mean to L.A. actors. According to that […]

CEO Terence McFarland Leaving LA Stage Alliance at the End of April

CEO Terence McFarland Leaving LA Stage Alliance at the End of April

Well, well, well… Who will be next in line for the impossible job? And more importantly, who will wear the mirrored jacket at the Ovations? Here’s the presser on this not-so-surprising news… LA STAGE ALLIANCE CEO TERENCE McFARLAND DEPARTS FOR LEADERSHIP POSITION AT VALLEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY NORTHRIDGE LA STAGE ALLIANCE BOARD […]

A Mathematical Take Down of the AEA 99 Seat Survey: "While the actors’ top concern may be a desire for more money, you cannot use this survey to prove that’s the case."

A Mathematical Take Down of the AEA 99 Seat Survey: “While the actors’ top concern may be a desire for more money, you cannot use this survey to prove that’s the case.”

Our very own Kevin Delin jumps ship to Stage Raw for this one in a piece called Deceit by Statistics – hey we’ve always been about the individual voice here at the Lemon so it’s all good – and concocts one of his incredibly elaborate mathematical take downs, this time on the Equity Survey upon […]

New York Times Picks up on the 99 Seat Controversy as the AEA National Council Vote Approaches

New York Times Picks up on the 99 Seat Controversy as the AEA National Council Vote Approaches

A fairly even-handed rendering from Michael Paulson over the NY Times. Here’s a couple tidbits from the article which has appeared in the print edition this morning ON THE FRONT PAGE: The willingness of Los Angeles actors to perform for a pittance, hoping to hone their craft and, maybe, to catch the eye of an […]

Los Angeles' 99 Seat Review Committee Releases Statement Ahead of AEA Councillor Vote Tomorrow: "...Postpone any decision regarding 99-seat theater until an in-depth study and thorough conversations with actors, community leaders and theater producers can be successfully completed."

Los Angeles’ 99 Seat Review Committee Releases Statement Ahead of AEA Councillor Vote Tomorrow: “…Postpone any decision regarding 99-seat theater until an in-depth study and thorough conversations with actors, community leaders and theater producers can be successfully completed.”

Not a lot new here, as a matter of fact this strikes me as the stance that the Review Committee has taken for many years now. Without effect. Obviously it carries more import with the approaching National Council vote tomorrow. The Review Committee has always said they have been ready and willing to modify the […]

Fire in the Theatre: Deconflating the Conflagration: Keeping Our Eye On The Ball

Fire in the Theatre: Deconflating the Conflagration: Keeping Our Eye On The Ball

Fire in the Theatre: Deconflating the Conflagration: Keeping Our Eye On The Ball And then that happened! Our landslide NO vote to save 99-seat theatre! After months of great stupidity and passion. Even if we could just erase this nasty little scene from our 99-seat history, even if AEA had never imagined Reimagine, we’d still […]

Now What?

Now What?

Here’s what. In the ensuing 4 to 5 days leading up to the prescribed meet and vote by the AEA National Council, the leadership should continue to show bold leadership and come out to Los Angeles, that includes Mary McColl, Gail Gabler, Nick Wyman, the VP’s, the Western Regional Councillors, whomever, and they should sit […]

AEA 99 Seat Referendum Results go 66% Against and 34% In Favor: Big Win for Los Angeles Pro99 Movement

AEA 99 Seat Referendum Results go 66% Against and 34% In Favor: Big Win for Los Angeles Pro99 Movement

Here you go, LemonHeads. We got our Mandate. 66% Against, 34% In Favor of the AEA 99 Seat Proposals. Where’s that “silent majority” now? The ballots for the 99-Seat Proposal Advisory Referendum have been tabulated. We have already shared the results with the National Council and we will be posting the results on the member […]

Thank You

Thank You

As the Los Angeles based Actors’ Equity membership holds its collective breath in anticipation of the release of the referendum voting results today (estimated to occur within the next couple hours), I think it’s important to acknowledge what just happened. Out of a long list of doing things the wrong way, Equity finally did something […]

Equity Bows to Pressure from its Membership, Set to Release Results of the Referendum Today

Equity Bows to Pressure from its Membership, Set to Release Results of the Referendum Today

This just in… In response to requests made by our Los Angeles members, Actors’ Equity will release the results of the Advisory Referendum tomorrow, Friday, April 17th. The vote count is expected to be completed by mid-afternoon, Eastern Daylight Time. There will be a representative from Actors’ Equity as well as a representative from the producers’ side […]

FEELING THE MAGIC, TOUCHING THE AUDIENCE AND FEEDING THE TROLLS… - by Trevor Allen

FEELING THE MAGIC, TOUCHING THE AUDIENCE AND FEEDING THE TROLLS… – by Trevor Allen

FEELING THE MAGIC, TOUCHING THE AUDIENCE AND FEEDING THE TROLLS… By Trevor Allen “Cocaine, Violence, an Orgy and Other Tales of Playing Pluto at Disneyland” ran the headline on the LA Weekly’s website this week. With my name attached. Yep. An interview about my one person show now running at the Theatre Asylum Lab. Working […]

NEWSFLASH: Theater is Alive and Well in Los Angeles (Evidence Within)

NEWSFLASH: Theater is Alive and Well in Los Angeles (Evidence Within)

Yes, I’ve actually been SEEING some theater over the last couple weeks and not just TALKING about theater. Hard to believe. There are loads of good shows out there, here are some brief thoughts on some I’ve recently seen. Working for the Mouse: One man show from Trevor Allen about his time as a young […]

A Plethora of Pro99 Podcasts for Your Personal Perusal

A Plethora of Pro99 Podcasts for Your Personal Perusal

The inter-waves are filthy with ‘em! Well, only two actually. But they’re good. This one has both Rebecca Metz and Dakin Matthews in it. And this one has the venerable Steven Leigh Morris talking up a storm on the subject. If you’re sitting at a desk or driving, give ‘em a listen. Smart people taking […]

The "Sin" of Self-Producing

The “Sin” of Self-Producing

Saw this on the Facebook wire from AEA member, Steven Klein. It’s from his blog and is titled, AEA Says I’ve Sinned. It is most relevant – as you will see – to the current AEA v. LA Theater battle that is happening as I write this. After self-producing something earlier this year, Equity took […]

Fire in the Theatre! Deconflating the Conflagration: It’s All Been Said

Fire in the Theatre! Deconflating the Conflagration: It’s All Been Said

Fire in the Theatre! Deconflating the Conflagration: It’s All Been Said AEA blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah, blah blah blah Actors’ Equity blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah […]

California AssemblyMember Ian C. Calderon Comes Out Against AEA 99 Seat Proposals: "Actors need audiences, and this proposal threatens the greatly diminish access to those audiences."

California AssemblyMember Ian C. Calderon Comes Out Against AEA 99 Seat Proposals: “Actors need audiences, and this proposal threatens the greatly diminish access to those audiences.”

2015 Hollywood Fringe Central to Remain on Santa Monica Blvd at the Dragonfly

2015 Hollywood Fringe Central to Remain on Santa Monica Blvd at the Dragonfly

Good news! Just got the inside scoop on this puppy. Sorta. They announced it at the last town hall which I missed because of my scattershot lifestyle. Now I’m a tent guy, but this is a good alternative, cool space, moody. But the best news is that Fringe Central, always the gravitational force of the […]

KCRW's Anthony Byrnes on the Importance of the Stage Raw Awards Last Night: "There is a tantalizing sense that through adversity, this community might finally be finding it's collective voice."

KCRW’s Anthony Byrnes on the Importance of the Stage Raw Awards Last Night: “There is a tantalizing sense that through adversity, this community might finally be finding it’s collective voice.”

Good stuff from A-Burn. Shit I’ve been saying this since the whole damn thing began. Ultimately, the landscape will be changed, but the Los Angeles Theater Community will be stronger, more unified, more organized and will, hopefully, finally, embrace its own identity as a force in American Theater, enmasse. Hey, adolescence is hard, but if […]

Behind the Scenes at a 99 Seat Theater

Behind the Scenes at a 99 Seat Theater

The Group Rep gets their funny on with AEA’s 99 Seat Proposals. Enjoy. Hat tip, the lovely and talented and beautiful and squeezable – er – Jana Wimer.

Why is the Leadership of the Actors' Equity Association so Afraid of Transparency in Regard to the 99 Seat Proposal Vote? [Update]

Why is the Leadership of the Actors’ Equity Association so Afraid of Transparency in Regard to the 99 Seat Proposal Vote? [Update]

Yes, that’s a rhetorical question. The answer of course is: they are afraid of anything that might undermine their concentrated campaign to get rid of the Los Angeles’ 99 Seat Plan. And the release of the Los Angeles’ AEA Memberships’ results of the Non-Binding Advisory Referendum vote – happening now and scheduled to end on […]

A Rhetorical Analysis of the AEA 99 Seat Proposals Ballot Packet - By Dakin Matthews

A Rhetorical Analysis of the AEA 99 Seat Proposals Ballot Packet – By Dakin Matthews

Here’s the second part of the two-parter rebuttal from Dakin Matthews against the AEA 99 Seat Proposals, the first part you can read here. Once again, it’s long and dense, but it is most definitely thorough and once again it absolutely obliterates and unmasks much of the duplicity, obfuscation and bad judgment that AEA has perpetrated […]