Actors' Equity Minimum Wage Proposal Could Threaten LA's Small Theaters

April 17, 2015 8:29 PM

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Stage actors in Los Angeles today voted against getting paid. Many work for free or for next-to-nothing just for the chance to perform. Now, Actors' Equity - the national union for stage actors - says small theaters should pay performers minimum wage. NPR's Mandalit del Barco tells us that's created drama.

MANDALIT DEL BARCO, BYLINE: LA is known as a film and TV town, but actors want to act. So, you'll find them performing in hundreds of small theaters - intimate spaces with 99 seats or less. Here, you might see a one-woman show in a storefront with folding chairs or a well-reviewed musical like "The ...

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