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re: New IATSE guidelines slam the door on any more stage-dooring
Posted by: mikem 11:07 am EDT 07/24/20
In reply to: New IATSE guidelines slam the door on any more stage-dooring - WaymanWong 12:32 am EDT 07/24/20

I'm glad that I was able to have some memorable stage door experiences before social media kind of ruined the whole thing. Prior to then, you could actually have a brief, meaningful conversation about the work that at least some actors seemed to have enjoyed and appreciated. I gained some valuable insights and learned a lot from kind and generous actors.

Although the linked Theatermania website translates the guideline to "canceling...autograph experiences at stage doors," I'm glad to see that IATSE is being more careful in their language about the stage door issue, since it's not really in their purview whether actors, who belong to a different union, choose to sign autographs for fans (or anyone) after they exit the workplace after the show.

The actual wording in the document is "Eliminate and discourage the audience and public from congregating outside of the stage door post performance." The wording emphasizes that the goal is to reduce crowding around where IATSE members will be exiting the workplace, which is an appropriate IATSE concern. Of course, from a practical perspective, I don't think actors are likely to be setting up autograph experiences down the block (is it still "stage-dooring" if it doesn't take place at the stage door?), so the outcome is the same.
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