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The Responsibility of the Artist

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If 2017 already seems a little grim, well, it’s likely because it is  a little grim.  A lot of the country is miserable over the outcome of the presidential election.  Or, more precisely, what is presently happening as a result of that election.  Examples of unprecedented behavior include: Election Numbers:  Donald Trump falsely claiming he won in a landslide. Social Media Channels:  Donald Trump using ...

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The Season of the Scare

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Lately my thoughts have drifted to Halloween because we live in a culture where, the moment Labor Day hits, polite women stop wearing white shoes and grocery stores start pushing orange bags of candy. As with most things in America, sophisticated marketing has changed Halloween over the years. However, the essentials of the holiday are still there: the candy, the dress-up, and the scare. I ...

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Los Angeles Plaintiff Responds to Equity President

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The War of Words between Actors’ Equity and Los Angeles Actors has heated up since the breakdown of mediated talks between the two groups.  First, on June 28, Equity sent out an unsigned email to its entire national membership explaining its version of events.  In response, the Plaintiffs of the lawsuit that has been filed but not yet served on Equity put out their own ...

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2016 Actors’ Equity Election Results

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The official results, including vote totals, of the 2016 Actors’ Equity election are shown below, winners are in red.  A total of 7215 valid ballots were cast of which 4132 were cast electronically.  There were 168 invalid ballots. Eastern Region Principal 4-Year Term: Nick Wyman (2789) Nancy Slusser (2510) Camille Saviola (2501) Francis Jue (2353) Jeff Blumenkrantz (2067) Mary Gutzi (1941) James Ludwig (1860) Wally ...

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BREAKING: Full Text of LA Actor lawsuit against AEA and Mary McColl

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Case 2:15-cv-08169 Document 1 Filed 10/17/15 Page 1 of 37 1    LAW OFFICES OF STEVEN J. KAPLAN       Steven J. Kaplan 2    11377 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. 500 3    Los Angeles, CA 90064 4 5        ALSTON & BIRD, LLP 6    Martha S. Doty 7    333 South Hope Street, 16th Floor 8    Los Angeles, CA 90071-3004 9 10    Attorneys for Plaintiffs 11 12                               UNITED STATES ...

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Kate Shindle, the Young Head of Actors’ Equity Association, Reaches Out

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NEW YORK (AP): One of the most powerful people on Broadway has a corner office with a stunning view of Times Square. But there’s a catch: The salary is lousy. Kate Shindle, the newly elected president of the Actors’ Equity Association, leads a 50,000-strong union, but she’ll need to find a day job. The president isn’t paid. http://bit.ly/1JQfwSa

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Pro-99 Movement Release Letter to AEA President Kate Shindle

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Stage Raw:  Last week, members of the Pro-99 movement, whose current contact person is Lisa Glass, released their long-awaited congratulatory letter to newly elected AEA President Kate Shindle, who actively courted the Pro-99 seat faction during the months leading up to her election while the Union management’s abrasive campaign battered their Pro-99 members. The letter represents a cordial attempt to remind her of that fact. Paul Birchall ...

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War and Peace: Rebecca Metz on Actors’ Equity Association and Its Plan for L.A.

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This Stage: Earlier this year the union’s heavily-lobbied proposal to replace the 99-Seat plan was put to an “advisory referendum,” i.e. a vote of the Los Angeles membership, which resoundingly rejected it by a 2-1 margin. Despite that vote, the union’s national council approved the plan, with some incremental variations. The union has announced that it will implement its plan in April, 2016, putting Los Angeles actors ...

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“Matter / Doesn’t Matter”

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Kevin Delin analyzes AEA logic through a theory of “matter / doesn’t matter” in the union’s treatment of Los Angeles theater. It turns out when “Matter” is exposed to “Doesn’t Matter,” the two will annihilate each other and release a tremendous amount of energy, usually in the form of political heat. http://bit.ly/1GMhMNp

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The Size of Los Angeles

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You may be aware that actors in Los Angeles are presently trying to prevent their union, Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), from up-ending the local intimate theater culture. At its core, intimate theater is a place where no one expects to make any money. For when the house size is 99 seats or less (and often much less), there is no way to amortize your investment ...

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