Well in recovery from the heart attack he suffered on Oct 9, 2015, GARY GROSSMAN continues as Producing Artistic Director of Skylight Theatre in Hollywood. Grossman looks back on the year past, and forward into 2016.
“I view 2015 as a turning point for theatre in Los Angeles. Broadway greeted one of our 99-seat productions with raves, and yet LA intimate theatre found its very existence challenged. We received national attention about an ongoing incongruity with Actors Equity—but not about our body of work and the new American plays we created. It was a year that tested our purpose and caused Los Angeles theatre artists to come together as a community forging an unbreakable bond. 2016 will undoubtedly be known as a transitional period that will foretell the future of Los Angeles intimate theatre. With rents skyrocketing, many theatre companies are losing their spaces. Some companies remain homeless; others have relocated to new digs, but are wondering if their audiences will follow. One bright spot is the hiring of Steven Leigh Morris, a champion for intimate theatre, as the Executive Director for LA STAGE Alliance. I am hopeful that his leadership will provide needed support. Probably the most pressing issue that faces us is our relationship with Actors Equity. I am, cautiously, optimistic that we can work together as partners to forge the successful future of 99-seat theatre.”
Julio Martinez-hosted Arts in Review—celebrating the best in theatre and cabaret in the Greater Los Angeles area—airs Fridays (2-2:30pm) on KPFK (90.7FM). On Jan 8, Arts in Review hosts Vanessa Claire Stewart and Anthony Crivello from the national tour of Louis & Keely Live at the Sahara, running through Jan 17 in the Gil Cates Theatre at Geffen Playhouse in Westwood.