Tag Archives: 99 seat plan

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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LASA Director on Recent Theater Closings

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ThisStage: LA STAGE Alliance Director, Steven Leigh Morris, continues to espouse his theme of “we’re all in this together” concerning the recent, near back-to-back production suspensions at both the Colony Theatre in Burbank and the Cabrillo Music Theatre in Thousand Oaks.  From the start of his tenure as Director, Morris has consistently spoken about theater in the City of Angeles as one community despite attempts ...

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Letter to Editor: Plaintiffs’ Response to AEA President (Part 2)

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“And the other is that – and I think this is one of the things that guided the Council – the idea that a mid-sized theater could open at this point, or even a smallish theater, could open at this point in Los Angeles when they had to compete with the 99-seat business model (which is much more cost-effective) is kind of preposterous.”  ~ Actors’ ...

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Letter to Editor: Plaintiffs’ Response to AEA President (Part 1)

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We thank Dakin Matthews, Steven Leigh Morris and many others for their eloquent, considered responses to Kate Shindle’s recent statements during her interview on The Producer’s Perspective. As Mr. Matthews said we also think “she is an admirable, trustworthy, and hard-working president,” and we “don’t for an instant question her integrity or her motives.” Like Mr. Matthews, our concern is with ideas and actions. We ...

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Fountain Theatre’s ‘Citizen: An American Lyric’ to get off-Broadway production  

Citizen: An American Lyric, adapted for the stage from Claudia Rankine’s award-winning book of poetry by Rankine andFountain Theatre co-artistic director Stephen Sachs, will headline Primary Stages’ 2016-17 season at off-Broadway’s Cherry Lane Theatre. Citizen premiered at the Fountain Theatre last summer to critical acclaim. “We are thrilled that yet another Fountain project has succeeded in moving onward and upward,” says Sachs. “In 2007, our ...

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Dakin Matthews responds to Actors’ Equity President

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Well-known actor and scholar, Dakin Matthews, responds to the remarks made by Equity President Kate Shindle in a recent podcast: First of all, I am responding to what was printed online on the Footlights webpage, and I don’t know who transcribed the interview (you can read it there), or if the transcription is accurate at all points. Second, it was an interview, so presumably Kate ...

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Sydney Theaters Underutilized While Producers Struggle to Find Affordable Venues

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ArtsHub:  As an argument for why there is a place and a necessity for 99-Seat theater, take a look at these numbers offered in an independent study, which focuses the frustrations of producers in Sydney, Australia who are having difficulty finding affordable venues for small to mid-sized shows, even though Sydney’s theatres are used for performance less than a third of the time.  Comparatively speaking, ...

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2015 Stage Raw Award Nominees Announced

Nominees for the Stage Raw Awards for 2015 productions have been announced.  Now in its second year, the Stage Raw Awards are given to honor the excellence found in Los Angeles 99-seat (intimate) theater.  Winners will be announced at the show on Monday night April 25 at Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring Street, Downtown Los Angeles.  Dr. Pinch (Independent Shakespeare Co.’s David Melville) ...

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UPDATED: Actors’ Equity President on the 99-Seat Plan

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Actors’ Equity President, Kate Shindle, was recently interviewed by Ken Davenport for The Producer’s Perspective.  The podcast covers a number of pressing issues facing Equity and her first 9 months as Union President (she took office in June, 2015).  At the 37:55 mark, Shindle gives her assessment of the situation in LA associated with Equity’s significant alterations of the Los Angeles 99-seat plan and the ...

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Actors’ Equity Association, plaintiffs in Asner vs. Actors’ Equity litigation announce continuation of talks  

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Press Release from Steven J. Kaplan (attorney for plaintiffs):  Actors’ Equity Association and the plaintiffs in the Asner vs. Actors’ Equity litigation announced today that they commenced discussions concerning a possible resolution; they did not reach agreement in their initial meetings. Both parties agreed to continue discussions in the near future.  In December 2015, Equity agreed to extend the use of the Transitional 99 Seat ...

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