A.R. Gurney
A.R. Gurney

The Great American Playwright A. R. Gurney Passes Away at 86

Michael Eddy

It is with sadness that we report the passing of the prominent playwright A.R. "Pete" Gurney. He passed away this morning at his home in New York City at 86. Gurney masterfully wrote about the upper classes and had a Broadway career that spanned three decades and entertained millions. His work covered the society culture, looking inside the relationships and tensions that brewed behind the stately doors of affluent northeasterners. Among the works he is best known for are his plays The Cocktail Hour, Love Letters, The Dining Room, and Sylvia

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Actors’ Equity & League of Resident Theaters (LORT) reach a new five-year agreement
Actors’ Equity & League of Resident Theaters (LORT) reach a new five-year agreement

Equity & LORT Reach a New Five-Year Agreement

Michael Eddy

Actors’ Equity Association announced that it has reached a tentative agreement for a historic new five-year contract with the League of Resident Theaters (LORT) for actors and stage managers. Key provisions of the agreement include substantial salary increases ranging from 16 percent to 81.7 percent over the life of the contract. Upon ratification, members will also receive raises retroactive to Feb. 13, 2017, when the original LORT agreement expired.

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Statements on Julius Caesar at The Public Theater Sponsorship Controversy

Michael Eddy

"Julius Caesar can be read as a warning parable to those who try to fight for democracy by undemocratic means. To fight the tyrant does not mean imitating him." – Oskar Eustis, Director

On Sunday, June 11, Delta Airlines withdrew their full corporate support from The Public Theater and Bank of America pulled their support from The Public's Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar. The production has drawn the ire of the political right for its depiction of the emperor with more than a passing resemblance to the current US president. The ensuing conversation in the theater and arts community over the last 72 hours has highlighted the odd-bedfellows relationship of corporate patronage and artistic freedom. 

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Oskar Eustis Must-See Opening Night Speech for Julius Caesar

Michael Eddy

While corporate sponsors are often a lifeblood of many regional and not-for-profit theaters, there is always the double-edge when those sponsors perhaps don't share the conviction of the theater to free artistic expression. A not so minor democratic value. As many theaters will need to start looking toward greater corporate and foundation sponsorships, due to the current political threats of cuts to arts funding, what is happening in New York at The Public with its sponsors should be watched closely, and discussed widely. On Sunday, June 11, Delta Airlines withdrew their full corporate support from The Public Theater and Bank of America pulled their support from The Public's Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar.  Just before the start of the opening night performance at the Delacorte Theater on Monday evening, Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of The Public and the director of Julius Caesar spoke to the audience. His speech is worth hearing and considering. 

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Society of Properties Artisan Managers Announce Grant Winners
Society of Properties Artisan Managers Announce Grant Winners

Society of Properties Artisan Managers Announce Grant Winners

Michael Eddy

The Society of Properties Artisan Managers (S*P*A*M) announce the winners of their two annual grants for props personnel looking to further their career: the Edie Whitsett Grant and the Jen Trieloff Grant. Both are intended to assist with transportation, housing, or necessities while completing an internship in the field of properties. The winner of the 2017 Edie Whitsett Grant is Lauren E. Chilton. The winner of the 2017 Jen Trieloff Grant is Samantha Llanes.

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John Kilgore, Abe Jacob, Lindsay Jones, and Jonathan Deans
John Kilgore, Abe Jacob, Lindsay Jones, and Jonathan Deans

The Collaborator Party Celebrates for a Third Sold-Out Year

Michael Eddy

The Collaborator Party, headed by theatrical sound designers Lindsay Jones and John Gromada, announced that their event was a complete sell-out for the third year in a row. The Collaborator Party is the official Tony night party for the theatre sound community and all of their collaborators. The main party was held June 11 at Houston Hall in NYC from 7pm-11pm, with an additional party held simultaneously in Los Angeles.

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Is it time to inspect your rigging system?
Is it time to inspect your rigging system?

Inspection Time: New Rigging Standard Helps Ensure Safety & Reduce Liability

Michael Eddy

The Recommended Guidelines for Entertainment Rigging System Inspections was recently published by ESTA, the Entertainment Services and Technology Association, which is accredited by ANSI, the American National Standards Institute. ANSI requires a thorough, fair and balanced standard-development process. The new rigging inspection standard was authored by the Rigging Working Group (RWG) within ESTA’s Technical Standards Program. The RWG consists of a cross-section of entertainment industry professionals representing diverse interests and developing consensus-based standards and recommended practices.

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