Thing is, the union rules you hate so much were the subject of a bargain between the League and AFM. There is no typical agreement between writers and a production that contemplates what you are proposing. It is also incorrect that load-in costs can single-handedly make the difference you describe. You don't mention, for instance, that successful productions can make significantly more money over here.
Your rendition betrays anti-union animus which is your prerogative I guess.