Equity is eliminating the 99-Seat Plan that broadened the availability of intimate theater opportunities for hundreds of actors.
“…what Equity did in just this instance, the artist – who is, after all, a truth-seeker – should be quite wary of other statements made by the Union and its officials.
…Equity invented the narrative that “L.A. actors don’t want to get paid.” This is patently false. If actors, who are so good at understanding character motivation, had applied their craft on the invented narrative, it would have withered quickly. Instead, most actors outside Los Angeles accepted Equity’s line despite the constant and consistent claim from L.A. actors that “We are for change, just not this change” – from their first town hall meeting with Equity back in January 2015 through a town hall meeting in August 2016 and right to the present.
Another Equity meme is “The 99-Seat Plan allowed producers to take advantage of actors.” This convenient line neglected two inconvenient facts: (1) the majority of L.A. intimate theater productions are actor-produced (the producers are actors) and (2) Equity created the 99-Seat plan, specifically to ensure it would be difficult to take advantage of actors. Mary McColl (and those supporting the Equity position) would justify the “evil producer” meme by first pointing to some theater budgets that were large and then implying all theaters had plenty of money to pay actors. According to Equity’s false narrative, the theaters were simply holding back.”
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