January 26, 1989 |
An uneasy truce has been declared in the battle between operators of smaller theaters and Actors' Equity. Their 10-month dispute moved closer to resolution this week when a coalition of theater operators agreed to play by Equity's new rules governing playhouses with fewer than 100 seats. But even as the drawn-out and often heated labor conflict cooled, both sides continued to pan each other's performances.
December 6, 1988 |
Actors' Equity's newly revised plan governing theaters with fewer than 100 seats was unanimously rejected Saturday at a meeting of Associated Theatres of Los Angeles (ATLAS), the organization that represents many of the operators of those theaters. About 30 theaters or producers were represented at the meeting, according to an ATLAS spokeswoman. The 33 revisions in the plan went into effect last week after Equity's national council unanimously approved them.
September 8, 1988 |
The news that 15 dissident members of Actors' Equity Assn. have gone to court to try to block their union from implementing its new Actors' 99-seat Theatre Plan came as no surprise to people in the theater community. The actors said all along that they would go the distance if the matter couldn't be settled through intra-union procedures.
September 4, 1988 |
Have you heard the one about the actor who was rehearsing a small theater production of "Hamlet" out in the Valley? His Pinto threw a rod on the Ventura Freeway, so he needed an engine job. He hated the fabric samples for his costumes, so he chipped in for some real velvet. He had postcards printed to send out to industry people about the opening. He had new photos made. And, of course, he had to look great at the cast party. All in all, the gig set him back $1,300. "But isn't it wonderful?"
August 2, 1988 |
Actors' Equity has attached a "grandfather clause" to its controversial Actors' 99-Seat Theater Plan, which is scheduled to impose more stringent regulations on theaters with fewer than 100 seats as of Oct. 3. Equity's Western Advisory Board has voted unanimously to allow productions that open before Oct. 3 to continue under the old Equity-Waiver rules until closing. Under the old Waiver regulations, the union "waives" certain rules, and actors do not have to be paid.
July 28, 1988 |
Whither Los Angeles' wavering Waiver? Look to New York. A special meeting of the council of Actors Equity will take place today in Manhattan to look at items crucial to Los Angeles. Two matters will be considered.
July 18, 1988 |
The battle lines in the dispute over Actors' Equity's new 99-Seat Theatre Plan now move to New York, after an inconclusive Equity membership meeting Friday at the Doolittle Theatre. Dissidents who are opposed to the plan, which will impose more stringent regulations on smaller theater productions as of Oct. 3, had hoped for a turnout Friday of at least 750 members.
July 17, 1988
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.
July 14, 1988 |
A crucial Actors' Equity membership meeting is being held Friday at 1 p.m. at the Doolittle Theatre, at which members opposed to the new 99-Seat Actors' Theatre Plan (the restructured Equity Waiver plan voted in by referendum in April) may have a chance to vote to rescind it. The contention is that if more than 750 members show up and more than two-thirds of them vote to rescind, Equity must comply.