Because he is an Equity Waiver producer opposed to the Actors' Equity 99-seat plan and lifts his voice loudest in predicting the "end of theater in L.A." if the plan stands and he has to pay his actors, I eagerly turned to Barbara Isenberg's report on Ted Schmitt ("Theater on a Shoestring," July 10).
Well, m'dear, the man is a hero, doncha' know. The single-handed savior of Los Angeles theater. A candidate for sainthood. I had tears in my eyes.
Then I took a second look at the financial statement that accompanied the article: "Fees: actors/stage managers" and "Fees: actor share" amounted to 1.05% of total expenses for 1987.
But, how much of that $12,988.46 budget item went to actors and how much to stage managers? More to stage managers, I bet.