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Plaintiffs Respond to Equity Announcement

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Footlights has received this letter from the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Actor’s Equity. It is their response to the announcements Equity made on June 28th, 2016 regarding its ending the 99-Seat Plan: Dear Equity Member and Los Angeles Theatre Community – By now you have seen Equity’s Press Release and letter to their members attacking actors for their efforts to preserve intimate theatre in ...

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Letter to the Editor: A Response to Equity’s Statement

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Veteran actress Wendy Worthington, who is currently appearing in the National Tour of Wicked, sends this open letter in response to the statement made by Actors’ Equity concerning the 99-Seat Plan on June 28, 2016: My Dear AEA Councilors: Yes, I have indeed “become aware” of all of the events that have transpired in Los Angeles theatre in the last several years. And I am ...

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Actors’ Equity Tells Its Story to Members

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In addition to distributing an official statement on its website, Actors’ Equity told its side of the story to end the 99-Seat Plan in Los Angeles in a letter to its members today.  Significantly, no union official nor any elected union representative was attached to the letter: Over the past year, you have probably become aware of our union’s efforts to organize some of the ...

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UPDATED: Actor Abuse in Chicago’s Profiles Theatre

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The house lights are up on Profiles Theatre.  Way up.  In a recent in-depth expose, Chicago Reader informs its audience about the actor abuse that has taken place there for over 20 years: In her review, [Sun-Times critic Hedy] Weiss noted the bruises on the actors’ arms. “At one point, a female cast member is being brutally choked, then forced to give a makeshift blow ...

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When Actors Wage Battle

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Steven Leigh Morris reports the latest twist in the ongoing discussion about the preservation of intimate theater in Los Angeles: actor Ann Colby Stocking has filed an official wage claim against the Odyssey Theatre for back wages from a 2013 show.  Her claim, which concerns not being paid minimum wage, had to be filed within 3 years time of her employment. Her show at the ...

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Broadway Comes From Non-Profits

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In a bit of news that will surprise no one outside of New York City, nearly every single one of the 2016 Tony nominees are in shows that began life in non-profits.  As American Theatre wryly notes: The musical revival nominees include one commercial only-on-Broadway offering, Bartlett Sher’s staging of Fiddler on the Roof (even as his revival of The King and I continues at Broadway’s third nonprofit, ...

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What’s the Motivation?

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Understanding the moment-by-moment emotional drive of a character is fundamental to good acting. That’s why the most clichéd of all actor statements is “What’s my motivation?” (To which Alfred Hitchcock would reply “Your salary.”) When an actor judges a character – imposing their own world view on what the writer wrought – the ability to understand motivation is lost. Or as my acting instructor often ...

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‘This Week in Shakespeare’ Hits 100 Episodes

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This Week in Shakespeare, the weekly video series created by bicoastal actors Liza de Weerd and Brian Weiss, hit a major milestone this week by posting its 100th episode.  To mark this special occasion, de Weerd and Weiss chose married actors Kitty Swink and Armin Shimerman as the epsisode’s subjects.  Shimerman, best known for originating the role of popular Ferengi character Quark in the Star ...

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Anthony Byrnes: Is LA a Canary in a Coal Mine?

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Los Angeles-based theater critic and essayist, Anthony Byrnes, provides a succinct summary of the present situation between the LA theater community and Actors’ Equity.   As Byrnes emphasizes, the situation seems to continually cycle back to issues that neither the 1980s settlement (in favor of the LA actors) nor the 99-Seat Plan elimination last year (Equity’s initiative) fully resolved. Act I of the latest drama ...

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Letter to the Editor: Plaintiffs’ Response to AEA President (final part)

The intimate theatre community is a community of artists. We believe artists should be paid. We share that common goal with Equity. We also believe Equity’s attempt to radically alter intimate theatre in Los Angeles is precipitous and will not lead to more contract houses and more paying jobs for artists here in Los Angeles. We hope we can work with Equity and other local ...

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