by STEVEN LEIGH MORRIS

LA STAGE Alliance Ovations Awards on January 17 at the Ahmanson Theatre, hosted by actor, professor, and transgender activist Alexandra Billings, was as much a celebration of local professional theater as it was an impromptu political rally — urging a kind of pre-emptive resistance against incursions onto First Amendment rights, and onto policies of national inclusiveness and diversity. These views were expressed in a slew of comments from awards recipients, as well as an overt call by Billings to resist exclusionary policies on both political and theatrical


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