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Letter: Equity Stonewalls L.A. Theater Company

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This open letter to the L.A. Theater Community first appeared on Facebook and is reprinted here with permission: Dear Colleagues, Actors Equity has chosen to put us on the public “Do Not Work” list. We want you to know the facts. For the last year, we have been attempting to have the Academy Repertory Company (our member company that was established in 2003) designated as ...

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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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Letter: What 99-Seats Means to Vanessa Stewart

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Actress and writer Vanessa Stewart is well-known to the Los Angeles theater community and Footlights readers.  With her husband, French, she is a popular host of LA theater award ceremonies and also a Plaintiff in the suit against her own Union, Actors’ Equity.  She compiled an extensive production database proving, once and for all time, just how valuable the Equity 99-Seat Plan was to Equity ...

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Letter: Leo Marks on Upcoming AEA Meeting

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Footlights received this open letter to the entire Actors’ Equity membership from actor and Equity member Leo Marks.  In it, he references an upcoming Equity meeting on November 7th, 2016:  To my fellow Equity members, You might remember that we recently had an Equity Special Membership Meeting scheduled, then suddenly cancelled. It’s now finally been rescheduled for Monday, November 7th. Please don’t skip this meeting! ...

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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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Letter: Proposed Changes to Actors’ Equity’s Constitution

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Footlights received this letter from actor and Actors’ Equity member Leo Marks.  In it, he references an upcoming Equity meeting on September 12, 2016:  For those of you wondering what the 9/12 meeting is about: I’m attaching the text of the proposals I’ve submitted, which will be voted on at that meeting. I really encourage people to read these for themselves. For what it’s worth, ...

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Dakin Matthews: A Layman Looks at Equity’s Motion to Dismiss

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Back in October 2015, when a group of LA actors served a lawsuit on their own Union, Actors’ Equity, veteran actor and scholar Dakin Matthews was there to give a layman’s analysis of the legal text.  Now that Equity has filed a motion to dismiss the case, Dakin is back to scrutinize the new document: Again, I’m not a lawyer or a judge, and I ...

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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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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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