Equity Upends L.A. Small Theatre Scene

Jacob Coakley

Actors’ Equity Association enacted sweeping changes to its membership rules and requirements for L.A. theatre today, including a minimum wage requirement for theatres currently operating under the Los Angeles 99-seat Theatre Plan. The current plan pays actors a minimal fee for each performance ($7 to $15) and nothing for rehearsal. The new rules, under a section called the Los Angeles 99-Seat Agreement, requires that theatres with 99 seats or fewer must pay their actors minimum wage (currently $9/hr.) for rehearsal and performance, with minimum call requirement. The changes for theatres currently operating under the 99-seat plan will take effect June 1, 2016. New producers will have to adhere to the new rules immediately.

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Stephen Adly Guirgis Wins 2015 Pulitzer for Drama

Jacob Coakley

The Pulitzer judging committee awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Drama to Between Riverside and Crazy, which it called “a nuanced, beautifully written play about a retired police officer faced with eviction that uses dark comedy to confront questions of life and death.” Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis, Between Riverside and Crazy had its world premiere in the Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater in July of 2014, and was directed by Austin Pendleton.

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