What You Don't Know Could Kill Me
Remember a couple of posts ago, when I mentioned what a crazy week I'd been having? Well, I couldn't tell you the entire story of why it was as crazy as it was -- yes, even crazier than I described.
But, now that the press releases have gone out, I can spill the beans. In addition to being about as sick as I've ever been, and whilst working on all those other projects previously mentioned ,at the same time (starting on Saturday at any rate) I was also in the thick of what will probably be for my unionat least, one of the fastest contract negotiation processes on record.
I'm not going to go into a huge amount of detail here, because frankly probably only people in the Seattle Theater Community would really be interested in the nitty-gritties anyway, but suffice to say, it had all the emotional turmoil of some prime-time soap. I'll just let the actual press release do the talking, and those of you with a taste for intrigue, or who know how to read between the lines of these types of announcements can draw your own conclusions.
For Immediate Release
Actors’ Equity To Assist Tacoma Actors’ Guild With New Agreement
Actors’ Union Partners with TAG, Bellevue Civic Theatre to Keep Theatre Alive
New York, N.Y. Wednesday, January 12, 2005 - Actors’ Equity Association (Equity), the Union representing professional stage actors and stage managers in the United States, has agreed to assist the Tacoma Actors Guild (TAG) in the theatre’s battle to remain open. The venerable theatre has been in operation for over 20 years and faced closing its doors permanently.
Approached by TAG and Bellevue Civic Theatre (BCT), which took the lead in the theatrical community to assist TAG, the Union has made major concessions to its Collective Bargaining Agreement with TAG, allowing them to remain open. A new agreement has been developed to allow BCT to produce shows for TAG, giving the TAG Board much needed time to restructure its operations and pay back their debt to the community. Equity will be protecting union jobs while at the same time allowing TAG and BCT to produce shows at reduced costs.
“TAG has been one of the Pacific Northwest’s most important Equity theatres, employing hundreds of local Equity actors and stage managers,” said Equity Regional Director John Holly. “Equity is committed to working with the two organizations so that TAG can rebuild for the future and remain an important and vital component of the Tacoma theatrical community.”
David Lotz / Communications Director
Maria Somma / Spokesperson
Needless to say, I'm spending today doing absolutely nothing of importance -- except laundry.
on 8:01 PM