Tag Archives: intimate theater

Union Members Unveil Alternative 99-Seat Vision

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The center of discussion at the town hall meeting this past Monday was an alternative vision from that of Actors’ Equity for what intimate theater can look like in Los Angeles.  Presented by Larry Poindexter, the alternative vision (official PDF here) represents input from a large number of interviews with both Union members and theater companies. The new plan, the Los Angeles Intimate Theatre Code ...

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Product Review: Actors’ Equity Launches New Website

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Actors’ Equity has launched a new website, equityworksla.com.  I wondered why a new website?  After all, Equity already has a website and anyone in IT will tell you that maintaining a single website is easier and more efficient than two.  The domain name was registered on May 18, 2015 – two days before voting ended in Equity’s national election.  In other words, the domain was ...

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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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UPDATED: Dealing with Facts

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As if their press release earlier in the week wasn’t enough, Actor’s Equity has distributed another  press release today in a reaction to the Plaintiffs’ Statement published yesterday.  Some context and analysis follow after the Union’s official statement: Actors’ Equity Association Executive Director Mary McColl issued the following statement: Actors’ Equity Association (Equity) remains disappointed that the facilitated discussions with the plaintiffs in the Asner ...

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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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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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Theatre 68 Finds a Permanent Home

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After a nearly 3 year residence at the NoHo Arts Center, the 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company/ Theatre 68 has claimed the one time Deaf West, and soon to be former Antaeus Theatre Company venue at 5112 Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood, CA, as their new permanent home. According to Artistic Director Ronnie Marmo, the 15 year old, eclectic-contemporary, bi-coastal company will take control of ...

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Antaeus Construction Underway

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On April 18, 2016, Antaeus Theatre Company announced that after years of planning and fundraising, construction on their new location at 110 E. Broadway in Glendale, CA has finally commenced. At the tail end of their North Hollywood stay, their production of Hedda Gabler, currently in rehearsal, will finish out the old theater’s final NOHO moments of what has been so far, a glorious journey. ...

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2016 Stage Raw Awards: Nominees & Winners

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Now in its second year, the 2016 Stage Raw Awards, given to honor the excellence found in Los Angeles 99-seat (intimate) theater, were held on Monday, April 25 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in Downtown LA.  The evening’s hosts were Dr. Pinch (Independent Shakespeare Co.’s David Melville) and the Pinchtones will host. Awards winners are listed below in bold, red letters among any nominations. Congratulations ...

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