Greetings from Los Angeles.
In case you didn't know it, L.A. is a theater town. At least that's what playwright Beth Henley ("Crimes of the Heart"), director Sheldon Epps (Broadway's "Baby It's You), and actor/director/writer Tim Robbins (yea, him), told us yesterday.
They were speaking at an event sponsored by the Los Angeles Times, which you can see covered here at engine28.com.
It's what happens when 21 theater journalists from around the country (including me) are told by a team of top arts editors, "Let's meet in L.A. on Sunday, take over a former firehouse on Monday, explore and create new ways to cover theater on Tuesday, and launch a new, interactive website on Wednesday."
Engine28.com is what happens when a group of sleep-deprived writers are given the opportunity to focus morning, afternoon, evening and late night on theater and ways to cover it.
It's all part of the NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater.
If you are interested in theater and/or journalism, please explore engine28.com and tell me what you like, don't like, and think can apply to covering the arts in Indiana and beyond.
While you do that, I've got to run over to my temporary office near the fire pole. We've got a morning editor meeting, visits to work and panels at the Radar L.A. theater festival, some stories and videos to file, and a performance of "The Method Gun" to attend at the Kirk Douglas Theater.
Having a wonderful time. Wish you were here.