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re: Notice to EMCs: Strikebreakers Will Be Denied Membership in Actors’ Equity
Posted by: Guillaume 02:06 pm EST 01/10/19
In reply to: Notice to EMCs: Strikebreakers Will Be Denied Membership in Actors’ Equity - Official_Press_Release 11:10 am EST 01/10/19

I'm surprised I haven't seen a discussion/debate over this strike on this board as of yet. Maybe I missed something? I'm sure there's a wide range of opinions.

In my view, the lab actors should be given a substantial increase in what they are paid for the four week lab, but it is ludicrous for the union to expect a blanket profit sharing deal for all the actors in every workshop, most situations just do not merit profit sharing in perpetuity. Any participation they get should be decided by producers on a good faith, case by case basis. (And I do believe producers would do this in good faith, maybe I'm Pollyanna.) If there is another Chorus Line where actors' personalities and stories are part of the show, then maybe such a participation is valid. But for the opposite side of the spectrum, can someone tell me what the actors taking part in the recent lab for Hello Dolly contributed that warrants their share of producers' or writers' profits? This show has been around for decades, they were in rehearsal, not creating something new. In my view giving equity actors a standard Broadway salary during a Broadway lab workshop would seem very fair, rather than just getting a meager wage. But profit sharing, naw, I don't think so. It's enough they are getting paid when the producers are not and risking so much financially.

I wonder what others think?
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