KCRW’S Coverage of the 99-seat Plan Drama
The dispute between LA Actors and Actors’ Equity as it unfolds
The Next Chapter? There's a delicious moment in great dramas when the world comes into sharp focus for an instant and where you're not really sure how it's going to turn out. LA's 99-seat theater community had one of those moments last night at the first annual 1st Annual Stage Raw Awards.
Art vs. Commerce This is a story that pits local against national and art versus commerce. Nationally, LA's a liability to Actors' Equity because for all this 99-seat theater the union isn't collecting a penny. The union wants to get rid of a liability and standardize business practices.
Prologue to Disaster The drama in LA theater happening off-stage that's swirling around the stage actors' union and what's called the 99-seat Plan and it's untimely, but seemingly unavoidable, demise. And, if you listen to the majority of the LA theater community, the demise of small theater itself.