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How We Look to the Kids

What was supposed to be 120 minutes’ pedagogy at Cornish College of the Arts this week turned into eight hours’ plotting of the future of show business in America – the ten graduating seniors in Advanced Analysis were too well versed for us to bother much about theater’s past and present. They were aspiring writers, actors, directors, dramaturgs, designers. They were smarter than any ten human beings I’ve shared a room with in dog’s years. It was scary. A jealous part of me wanted...
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“ART” VERSUS “PAY” (VERSUS “PLEASE JUST GO AWAY”)

People from the anti-99 side of our community, and even some friends of mine, have asked why I frame this debate as acting for “art” versus acting for “pay.” The answer is simple: what’s the alternative?The 99-seat debate, by its nature, cannot be described without attributing motives. As a result, most people use a sort of short-hand to describe different reasons actors choose to act. Both sides do this, sometimes innocently (I’ve been called “amateur,” as in “s...
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The Trouble With Unions - by Robert Toombs

I never did join Equity, for a simple and practical reason. In Chicago, it was standard practice that you didn’t join the union till your career had advanced far enough to support the move, because once you joined, all those lovely little non-union theatres became, with limited exceptions, inaccessible. I knew far too many actors who joined too early and saw their careers stall. (As for me, after joining Equity’s EMC program and getting about halfway there, my own acting career stalled just fin...
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Have I Got a Deal For You!

UPDATE #3: Over $15,000 IN 6 DAYS! WAY TO GO, LA THEATER LOVERS! CAN WE HEAR $20,000? https://www.gofundme.com/ilove99UPDATE #2: THANKS TO LA INTIMATE THEATERS’ FRIENDS, FANS AND PATRONS, WE’VE RAISED $10,000 IN JUST 2 DAYS! LET’S KEEP IT COMING!UPDATE #1: DONATIONS MAY NOW BE MADE ONLINE THROUGH GOFUNDME! GO TO https://www.gofundme.com/ilove99 AND HELP SAVE LA’S INTIMATE THEATERS!I just made an investment. I attended a meeting last night where some very sharp people, including...
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While Some Don't think the Pro99 Legal Fund is a Good Idea, Equity Apparently Is Paying Their Share

These guys, TheatReHab, and their leader, Allie Mullholland, have been staunch supporters of the Pro99 uprising against Equity, but the “LA Intimate Theatre Legal Fund” seems to be where they draw the line. Here’s their reasoning from a reason post entitled Union Dues and Don’ts:As strongly as I support the 99 seat plan and those bravely fighting to defend it, I’ve been contemplating making a donation myself out of solidarity, but I just cannot do it. I think our LA peers are getting a ...
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Shocked, Shocked

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 fi...
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He Didn’t Know He’d Joined THE MOB

It’s like one of Dash Hammett’s lesser novels, or a run-of-the-mill pulp: Charlie Square joins a “labor organization,” but Charlie doesn’t know his nice little union is actually a front for peddlers of deceit.That may be a bit rich, but it ain’t too far from from how this card-carrying Charlie Square feels today.In ‘98, I made my bones in Seattle, doin’ a respectable version of Willy the Shake’s “Othello.” When those union swells sent me a shiny new c...