After persuading the Pro99 folks to waste? invest? spend a whole lot of arbitration money raised largely from crowdfunding, Actors’ Equity Association has announced that arbitration has failed, and that its Los Angeles membership is going to have to take Equity to court.
Please quote me on this: Told ya.
This whole conflict has run on Equity’s timetable. Equity has called all the shots, and Pro99 has continually fought from its back foot – when it remembers that it’s in a fight at all. It doesn’t like that language, officially. No wonder: it’s losing.
Equity’s statement may be read here. Pro99’s statement will be forthcoming, I’m sure, something along the lines of “Remember that money we asked you for? We need more.”
I hope they get it. And I hope the money gets spent handing Equity its ass. I expect it will, as I expect the Los Angeles theater community, so-called, to spend the next year falling on its face, crying about the injustice and producing one good show in twenty. As usual.
Bitter Lemons’ history of engagement on this 99-seat issue can be accessed here and here and, just, all over the place. Most of the writing was done by a guy named Colin Mitchell. Ring a bell? Yeah? If you’re reading this, you let him get bounced from this site without much of a fight, for bullshit reasons, though (among his other virtues) he was a good source of news on this Equity fight that affects not just Los Angeles but the whole country.
I’m still here, but I won’t be writing about it. I don’t give a damn if you all lose your theaters. Most of you 99 seaters run your business like chicken night in Turkey. (Kinda like Bitter Lemons!) Now, you’ll have to get your Equity news from interested parties like Steven Leigh Morris who, even when he manages coherence, still doesn’t know the truth from a lie.