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August 11, 2005

Equity Reaches Two-Year Agreement With Menopause: The Musical In Nine Cities

Actorsí Equity has inked a two-year agreement with MENOPAUSE: THE MUSICAL in nine cities. The agreement was reached with GFOUR Productions/Kathy Glist for the productions in Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Denver and Philadelphia while the same agreement was signed with TOC Productions, Inc./Jeanie Linders for productions in Charlotte, Detroit, Indianapolis and San Francisco.

The agreement may be used in any theatre seating 699 seats or less, except in New York City, Chicago or Los Angeles, where the productions are currently running under other Equity contracts.

The two key issues were salary and health contributions. Salaries will increase each year by 3%, culminating in $690 for Actors, $848 for Stage Managers and $751 for Assistant Stage Managers in the final year for an eight- performance weekly schedule. For a seven-performance schedule, the salaries by year two will be $637 for Actors, $783 for Stage Mangers and $701 for Assistant Stage Managers. Health rate contributions will be $167 in the first year and $184 in the second year. Per diems will increase by $5. These rates include a $4 Supplemental Workers Compensation contribution. Increases in salary, health and pension contributions and per diems are retroactive to February 28, 2005.

Actors' Equity Association founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United Stages. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions.

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