A Love Letter and Wake Up Call to LA Theater and Actors' Equity | Eric Trules

February 25, 2015 5:21 PM

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A Love Letter and Wake Up Call to LA Theater and Actors' Equity | Eric Trules

Here we go again. Just like the rabble-rousing "Waiver Wars" of the mid '80s -- union meetings, passionate and heated rhetoric, mano-a-mano infighting -- all about the well-being, membership, management, and dare I say, survival, of Los Angeles's vital 99-seat theater scene. Check it out. As of this writing, there are 5834 members of a closed Facebook group called "Pro99", created by 24th Street Theatre's Jay McAdams and stating: "Pro99 is a community group who supports preserving 99-seat theatre in Los Angeles." It's a big deal in this town, run primarily by the film and television entertainment industry, where I like to say, "theater is the bastard child."

All the big boys were there at Saturday's "community town hall" meeting sponsored by TPLLA (Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles) at the Renberg Theatre at the Village on McCadden Place in Hollywood: Joe Stern from the Matrix Theatre, Gary Grossman from the Skylight Theatre, John Flynn from th...

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