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An Open Letter To LA Theatre Community

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Last week New Musicals Inc. filed a charge against Actors Equity Association through the National Labor Relations Board.  The charge centers upon unfair business practices, accusing AEA of placing New Musicals Inc. on a “Do Not Work” list without cause. Actors Equity Association is demanding that its members do not engage with NMI, threatening union members with penalties, sanctions and possible expulsion from the union.  ...

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Most-Read Footlights Stories of 2016

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Although 2016 theater news in Los Angeles was dominated by the battle over the elimination or preservation of the 99-Seat Plan, there were other stories that captured Footlights  readers’ attention as well.  Here are the 10 most-read pieces of 2016, along with their opening paragraphs.  There’s a mix of both aggregated coverage and original insights.  The list gives some indication of what theater-goers found most ...

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Dakin Matthews: A Layman Looks at the Dismissal

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Scholar and veteran actor Dakin Matthews is back to explain the recent court dismissal of the lawsuit brought against Actors’ Equity.  You can currently see Dakin on Broadway in Waitress. The judgement is in; the lawsuit, as Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) requested, has been dismissed. It’s a bit of a surprise to me, but not too much. I disagree with the overall ruling, and there ...

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BREAKING: Plaintiffs Will Fight To Be Heard

PRESS RELEASE From Lawsuit Plaintiffs LOS ANGELES (Dec. 9, 2016) — In response to a court decision on Thursday, Dec. 8 dismissing their lawsuit against Actors’ Equity Association, the Plaintiffs announced that they will continue to fight for the survival of the 99-seat theater system. Gary Grossman, an actor, producer and one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, stated that, “We are very disappointed in ...

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UPDATED: Judge Dismisses Suit Against Equity

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Breaking: Judge Hatter has dismissed, without prejudice, the lawsuit brought against Equity by Los Angeles.  The official court document of the judgement may be found here. For more of the history of this lawsuit and Equity’s motion to dismiss, click here. Dakin Matthews has commented extensively on the court documents.  His most recent analysis is found here. Kevin Delin has provided comprehensive analysis of this ...

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Dakin Matthews: A Layman Looks at Equity’s Reply to Plaintiffs’ Rebuttal

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Dakin Matthews is a proud member of Actors Equity for almost 50 years. He has worked under many of its contracts, codes, and plans including, recently, five shows on Broadway.  He is also a retired full professor of English with specialties in Shakespeare, linguistics, rhetoric, and grammar.  He is a member in good standing of Equity in the Western Region, but is pretty much bi-coastal ...

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Breaking: Equity Replies to Plaintiffs’ Rebuttal

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On September 2, Actors’ Equity has replied to the court about the Plaintiffs’ rebuttal to Equity’s Motion to Dismiss the lawsuit.  The 29 page document may be found here. The Court has all the papers and now a single person, Judge Terry J. Hatter, Jr., will get to revisit the situation he presided over in 1989.  He will decide what happens next.

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UPDATED: LA v Equity enters Act III

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It’s been 2 years since this story began: After a Prologue of ReImagine LA activity, followed by Equity engagement with the  Los Angeles theater community via survey, focus groups, and town hall meetings, Act I opened in February 2015 dramatically:  Equity’s dropping of a “Promulgated Plan” onto Los Angeles and the announcement that the 99-Seat Plan would be terminated. Act I consisted of phone banking, ...

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L.A. Plaintiffs’ Response to Union’s Motion to Dismiss

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In the latest of the legal battle shaping up between a group of Los Angeles actors who are suing their own union, Actors’ Equity Association, comes the official legal response to Equity’s Motion to Dismiss their lawsuit.  The 34-page document, submitted to the court, is a point-for-point rebuttal of Equity’s motion filed on July 21, 2016. These volleys back and forth make clear this legal ...

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Organize!

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Veteran theater critic Myron Meisel applies his Harvard jurisprudence training to the myriad of legal issues facing the Los Angeles theater community including the lawsuit filed against Actors’ Equity and Equity’s Motion to Dismiss same.  Meisel takes the long view, both backwards into the past and forwards into the future, in an attempt to not just make sense of possible Equity motivations but also to ...

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