Too many of the discussions I’ve seen on AEA open access both here and elsewhere don’t even mention that AEA is making such a move during a pandemic. Theatre was already a fragile industry. AEA houses have closed, gone nonunion and reopened with one and two person shows. One of the arguments for open access has been, “If we all join, they can’t hire anyone else.” I’ve never bought it. AEA leadership thinks NOW is the time to take such a risk? The result could only be more AEA members competing for fewer jobs and destroying an already difficult audition system for a long time. The union’s leadership should have focused on tightening our belts and trying to regain what we had before 3/20, not reinventing the wheel when the industry barely exists.