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Steven Leigh Morris Christens Los Angeles Theater's New Generation of Leaders "The Watchful Ones"

Steven Leigh Morris Christens Los Angeles Theater’s New Generation of Leaders “The Watchful Ones”

Hope Uncle Steven doesn’t mind but this was such a personal and thoughtful little post I saw on the Facebook wire that I had to share it with the LemonHeadNation: As one of the elder states-persons of L.A.’s theater community, may I say what a pleasure it is to see the torch of leadership being […]

With One Simple Tap of the Hammer This Jewel "Trevor" Becomes a Gem

With One Simple Tap of the Hammer This Jewel “Trevor” Becomes a Gem

Cut the last scene. That’s it. Just cut the last scene. Completely. Gone. Out. See ya. Don’t modify it, don’t re-write it, don’t re-work it. Cut it. Completely. Never have I been more sure of a criticism of a production in my life. I’m talking about the incredibly entertaining, surprisingly moving, cleverly subversive and almost […]

The Best of Jon Mullich's 99 Seat Theater Cartoons

The Best of Jon Mullich’s 99 Seat Theater Cartoons

These have just been too damn good to not highlight. Jon has been rolling them out at an extraordinary rate and he said it’d be fine to re-post them here at the Lemon. So we are. Enjoy!    

Fire in the Theatre! Deconflating the Conflagration: Community, Finally

Fire in the Theatre! Deconflating the Conflagration: Community, Finally

Fire in the Theatre! Deconflating the Conflagration: Community, Finally By Jay McAdams LA has never been known as a theatre town. At least not by folks in other cities. But we LA theatre-makers have always considered the city of angels a great theatre town like Chicago and NYC.   Yet back East in the cold, our […]

Don Shirley on Famous Actors and 99 Seat Theater: "Does anyone remember Danner performing under Equity's 99-seat plan? I doubt it."

Don Shirley on Famous Actors and 99 Seat Theater: “Does anyone remember Danner performing under Equity’s 99-seat plan? I doubt it.”

Downer Don wonders about the participation of all these “famous actors” coming out in support of the Pro99 movement and against the AEA proposals, he especially wonders about Blythe Danner’s participation as her quote was used in the recent LA Times Ad: Like many actors, Danner probably performed in a few small theaters as a young woman, […]

9 + 1 More Musings as Ballots are Cast on the New AEA Plan

9 + 1 More Musings as Ballots are Cast on the New AEA Plan

1) Just so everyone is clear:  This vote?  It’s important.  Very important.  Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) Executive Director Mary McColl and her Council must sense they are losing the messaging game. They have gone all-out in an aggressive campaign to try to ensure a victory in the non-binding advisory vote currently taking place.  Mary McColl […]

More Outsider Perspective on the Los Angeles 99 Seat Debate

More Outsider Perspective on the Los Angeles 99 Seat Debate

All in all the more voices talking about this the better. While Sir Isaac the Butler got all bent out of shape when I accurately described his perspective as that of an outsider to the intimacies and nuances of the current Los Angeles Theater Scene, I’m hoping that these individuals will understand that I mention […]

About Those 99 Seat Referendum Ballots that We Were Supposed to Receive Yesterday... [Updated]

About Those 99 Seat Referendum Ballots that We Were Supposed to Receive Yesterday… [Updated]

This is more informative than provocative…I think. The voting was supposed to have begun yesterday, March 25, and many of us who signed up for paperless balloting were waiting to receive our ballots via email. We haven’t. But apparently, even if you are paperless you will first need to receive a snail mail instruction package […]

The "North Hollywood Ten" Is Pissed and They Want all Ten of Their Followers To Know It!

The “North Hollywood Ten” Is Pissed and They Want all Ten of Their Followers To Know It!

And thank God! Because frankly, I was getting a little tired of having to mock my own union over and over and over again. So now there’s the North Hollywood Ten – couldn’t find out yet who the actual ten are even though they mention “the undersigned” but I’ll be sure to list them when […]

On the Value of Being an Equity Member in Los Angeles - by Travis Michael Holder

On the Value of Being an Equity Member in Los Angeles – by Travis Michael Holder

Gonna have to fenangle Travis into becoming a regular contributor at the Lemon if he keeps this up… On the Value of Being an Equity Member in Los Angeles  by Travis Michael Holder A candidate in New York for the Actors Equity council asked on our Pro-99 Facebook page yesterday if anyone could explain, “for […]

Vote No

Vote No

  It’s probably not going to matter much, one lone voice, not when you see this many voices coming together today in the LA Times against these proposals. But as a 24 year member of AEA and as a theater maker, theater lover and the Editor-in-Chief of a pretty popular Los Angeles Theater website known […]

Noah Wyle Op-Ed Against the Equity Proposals in Variety Today: "The current 99-Seat Plan may be flawed, but you do not rid your home of termites by setting fire to it."

Noah Wyle Op-Ed Against the Equity Proposals in Variety Today: “The current 99-Seat Plan may be flawed, but you do not rid your home of termites by setting fire to it.”

It’s a full frontal media onslaught, LemonHeads. And it’s the leadership of AEA that is getting bloodied. This from Noah Wylie in Variety today: NOAH WYLE, IN HIS OWN WORDS: In 17 years serving as artistic producer of Hollywood’s Blank Theatre Company, I’ve learned two things about running a small theater. The first is that […]

This is Why the "Leadership" of the Actors' Equity Association Will Ultimately Lose This Battle

This is Why the “Leadership” of the Actors’ Equity Association Will Ultimately Lose This Battle

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

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?

Fire in the Theatre! De-conflating the Conflagration: The Working Actor

Fire in the Theatre! De-conflating the Conflagration: The Working Actor

Fire in the Theatre! De-conflating the Conflagration: The Working Actor Actors are insecure. I am one, so I know. I shouldn’t have told you that I’m insecure, ‘cuz now you’re judging me, aren’t you? See. We actors, as a whole, are insecure (secure people become lawyers) and thus we need to feel wanted. We just […]

As Everyone Feverishly Writes Up Their Reports on the AEA Rally Let Me Tell You About my Lovely Stroll Through North Hollywood Yesterday Afternoon...

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 […]

This is Funny...

This is Funny…

From Bill Salyers, a little AEA to English translator. We are nothing if not a merry group of pranksters…

The New and Improved "IHeart99" Promo Video

The New and Improved “IHeart99″ Promo Video

Much better!

A Letter to the Los Angeles Equity Membership from Actors' Equity Association

A Letter to the Los Angeles Equity Membership from Actors’ Equity Association

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 […]

Listen to the KPFK 99 Seat Proposal Debate Here

Listen to the KPFK 99 Seat Proposal Debate Here

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 […]

Los Angeles AEA Actors Set to Picket Own Union Over Proposal to End 99 Seat Theater Plan [Location Update]

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."

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 […]

Fire in the Theatre! De-conflating the Conflagration: The WIFM

Fire in the Theatre! De-conflating the Conflagration: The WIFM

Fire in the Theatre! De-conflating the Conflagration: The WIFM In non-profit fundraising the WIFM is a question you’re supposed to be able to answer from a donor’s POV; What’s In it For Me if I donate to your theatre? One of the biggest points of conflation in the forever long 99-seat debate is that a few […]

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?"

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 […]

Hal Holbrook Says: "No!" (and invest in plastics)

Hal Holbrook Says: “No!” (and invest in plastics)

Somebody drop the mic.

When Unions Strike

When Unions Strike

Dear AFL-CIO, You sent out a press release on the current situation where Mary McColl and her Council from the Actors’ Equity Association have foisted a new plan on its LA membership that is being roundly rejected by its own members. I wrote a lot about that plan, and its presentation, here.  I understand, however, […]

Gail Gabler, Joe Stern, Matthew Herrmann and Jeff Marlow to Wrestle Over the AEA 99 Seat Proposals on KPFK Tomorrow, March 20, 2pm

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 […]

Helen Mirren on the AEA Proposals: "This is a case of actors doing what they want to"

Helen Mirren on the AEA Proposals: “This is a case of actors doing what they want to”

  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 Stewart on the AEA Proposals: "You don't get paid for seeds. You get paid for fruit."

French Stewart on the AEA Proposals: “You don’t get paid for seeds. You get paid for fruit.”

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

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 […]