Actors Equity Meets Franz Kafka

April 22, 2015 4:25 PM

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In a twist worthy of a Kafka novel, the national council of Actors Equity, the union of American stage actors, this week rammed through a proposal that would essentially rip the heart out of the Los Angeles theater scene, even though the proposal had been voted down by two-thirds of its Los Angeles voting membership. Union wars are nothing new, but most progressives are accustomed to siding with union against management. In this case, a reactionary union leadership appears to be at war with its own progressive membership. And it looks like it's about to get a lot more vicious.

There is clearly a split between the actors who live and work in Los Angeles and those who ply their trade on stages in New York and elsewhere around the country. While New York actors largely depend on commercial Broadway and off-Broadway theater for their livelihoods and those outside of New York ...

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