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Fringe Actors Lose Minimum Wage Case

BBC News: A group of actors lose an employment tribunal case after claiming they should be paid the minimum wage for appearing in a fringe theatre play. http://bbc.in/1KaIW3q

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Netflix-Style Pricing Premieres at Local Theater

First, it took the sitcoms. Now the Netflix pay model is seeping into theater culture. Finally. Third Rail Repertory is the first Portland company pitching a monthly membership subscription pricing for its shows. http://bit.ly/1K8Wexx

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Equity Wars: All’s Quiet on the Western Front

HuffPost: Maybe it’s the summer doldrums, but an uneasy quiet has settled in on the Western Front wars between Actors’ Equity and LA’s 99-seat theater movement. The  hiatus is understandable, but still troubling. http://huff.to/1K2ACmm

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We Asked Audiences to Set Their Own Price for Tickets

Pay What You Decide for Theatre

the Guardian: When was the last time you went to a new theatre show you knew nothing about? In a venue you had never been to before? Where you read the blurb, looked at the image and decided to buy tickets, despite having never heard of the company or the show, or read any reviews of it? ARC’s Pay What You Decide gets a 6 month trial. http://bit.ly/1HSW6Sc

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War and Peace: Rebecca Metz on Actors’ Equity Association and Its Plan for L.A.

This Stage: Earlier this year the union’s heavily-lobbied proposal to replace the 99-Seat plan was put to an “advisory referendum,” i.e. a vote of the Los Angeles membership, which resoundingly rejected it by a 2-1 margin. Despite that vote, the union’s national council approved the plan, with some incremental variations. The union has announced that it will implement its plan in April, 2016, putting Los Angeles actors ...

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99-seat Incubated Revival “Spring Awakening” Heads to Broadway

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Deadline Hollywood: ‘Spring Awakening,’ in a co-production revival by Los Angeles based Deaf West Theatre and Forest Of Arden, will transfer to Broadway in the fall.  It was first presented in L.A. at Inner-City Arts’ 99-seat Rosenthal Theater and recently concluded a run at the 500-seat Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.  http://bit.ly/1LKPkPk

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The Referendum, and its Discontents

Stage Raw: The National Council of Actors Equity Association overruled the overwhelming results of a local referendum.  Defying the clearly-expressed wishes of its local membership, the union insists that its actors must now work for at least minimum wage for rehearsals and performances, or – with a few exceptions — not at all.  What now?  http://bit.ly/1FPl9y6

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Tim Dang to Step Down, Making Way for New Leadership

East West Players (EWP), the nation’s longest running professional theatre of color and the largest creator of Asian Pacific artistic work, announced today that Tim Dang, Producing Artistic Director for the past 22 years, will step down in June 2016 at the end of the organization’s 50th Anniversary celebration in order to make room for new leadership. http://bit.ly/1FPhwZ0

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Hollywood Fringe Festival Announces 2015 Award Winners

The 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival ended last night after crowning this year’s award winners at the annual Award Ceremony and Closing Night Party. Over 650 people attended the event.  http://bit.ly/1GIqh83

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10 Things I Loved About the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival

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Huffington Post: “Here’s a question for you Angelenos: What has a 2000 person workforce, puts on more shows than any other theatre festival in the country, runs for over three weeks in June in dozens of theaters, and is probably Hollywood’s longest party of the year? The answer of course is the Hollywood Fringe Festival.“

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