Tag Archives: Broadway

Edward Albee: I Prefer Yes to No

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When an American playwright with enough interesting insights to win 3 Pulitzer Prizes – 4 if you count the one not given to him because the advisory committee didn’t want to give a prize out in 1963 – dies, it’s best to allow him to write his own column.  Especially for Edward Albee who always seemed to have something prickly – and honest – to ...

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Wendy Worthington’s Tour de Force

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Wendy Worthington is an actor, producer, and founding member of Neo Ensemble Theatre.  She joined Actors’ Equity Association only a few years ago.  Her motivation was to throw in with fellow Los Angeles actors protesting their union’s termination of the 99-Seat Plan – the vehicle which has fostered the development of intimate theater throughout Los Angeles.  Says Wendy: “I had come to Los Angeles to ...

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UPDATED: 99-Seat Plan to Equity Contract – The Data

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Footlights originally published this letter from actress and producer Vanessa Stewart on March 25, 2016. Vanessa has since updated her database making it even more accurate and a more valuable tool for the theater community. She explains her update in an addendum which follows her original letter below: I just spent about a year of researching 99-Seat productions that moved to contracts. And here’s what ...

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Dakin Matthews: A Whimsical Look at Equity’s Hypothetical

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From veteran actor and scholar Dakin Matthews who is currently appearing on Broadway in Waitress: In a recent letter to the membership – I assume I was not the only person who got it – an AEA press release (“The Actual Facts”) quoted Mary McColl as comparing Los Angeles to a number of other major American cities in order to “look at the facts.” Being ...

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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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It’s Raining Hamiltons from Heaven

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The Hollywood Reporter takes a look at what is being done with all those dollars that Broadway’s Hamilton  is raking in.  With weekly grosses of $1.5M in ticket sales, 40% immediately goes to theater rental and other operating costs like salaries.  After royalties are then paid, there is $600,000 a week to pay back the investors until the initial capital outlay of $12.5M is recouped.  ...

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UPDATED: Hamilton Casting Raises Diversity Issues

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The diversity argument in the arts has been brewing hotter for at least a year now.   The backlash discussion of Howlround’s Jubilee, an attempt to get theaters to commit to producing only non-white, non-male writers in the year 2020, showed that the boundary between diversity and inclusiveness is not as sharp as might be expected. Now Hamilton, the Broadway sensation that will likely sweep the ...

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Letter: 99-Seat Plan to Equity Contract – The Data

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[The database discussed in this letter has since been updated.  Details may be found here.] I just spent about a year of researching 99-Seat productions that moved to contracts. And here’s what I found (with help from the Los Angeles Theater Community): At least 127 productions that began in 99-Seat theaters graduated to a level where the actors received Equity contracts. 917 Equity contracts were ...

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A Modern Union

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Actors’ Equity Association, the labor union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States, is getting ready for its annual elections. Out of fifty thousand members, the hope is to get ten thousand members to participate. Should that effort succeed, the result would be a significant increase over the number of votes cast in 2015. And 2015 was actually a spike year in ...

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Writing For LA Theatre-Land

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During a ’shoot from the hip’ L.A. theatre chat, TV writers (also producer & director respectively), David Castro (Married with Children, Bobby’s World, HBO) and Stan Zimmerman (The Golden Girls, Roseanne, Gilmore Girls) opened up about what it’s been like writing for stage after having lengthy and successful careers in network television. For David, theatre has been a life-long passion since attending Broadway matinees as a ...

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