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November 25, 2002

Equity Approves Letter of Agreements for NYC Non-Profit Theatres

Actors' Equity has approved Letter of Agreement (LOA) contracts for several New York City not-for-profit theatres. The agreements will generate over 800 work weeks this season for Equity members, according to Patrick Lee, who administers the contracts.

The theatre companies are the New Federal Theatre, the Manhattan Ensemble Theatre, the Irish Arts Center and the York Theatre.

Minimums for actors range from $ 263.00 to $ 300.00 per week, with stage manager minimums ranging from $312 to $360.00. The minimums are determined by the size of the theatres' budgets and the overall percentage that is earmarked for actors and stage managers salaries and benefits. Pension and health benefits are paid by the producer.

The New Federal Theatre will kick off its season of 4 productions with LAST DANCE FOR SYBIL, by Ossie Davis. Woody King, Jr. is the producer. Other productions scheduled are COOL BLUES, DISS DISS AND DISS DAT, and FAMILY VALUES.

The York Theatre will present at least one production, PORTOPHILES with a potential second production in the spring. Lou Chiodo is the Producer. In addition to its LOA productions, the York Theatre Company also will present its two annual MUSICALS IN MUFTI series under a Special Agreement Contract.

MUSICALS IN MUFTI is a series of three revivals performed in a staged reading format. The shows in the first series are JUMBO, HOW NOW DOW JONES and NEW GIRL IN TOWN were performed in the fall of 2002. The shows currently scheduled for the second series are THE GRASS HARP, A FAMILY AFFAIR and PACIFIC 1860. The second series will be presented in the winter of 2003.

The Manhattan Ensemble Theatre, David Fichelson, Producer, presents dramatizations of literary classics. This season, MET will present two productions, GOLDA'S BALCONY, and PROVIDENCE under the terms of its LOA. The company's first production of the season, LOST HIGHWAY: THE MUSIC AND LEGEND OF HANK WILLIAMS, will be produced under an Off-Broadway Contract.

The Irish Arts Center has just opened its first production this season, POOR BEAST IN THE RAIN, by Billy Roche. Under the Artistic Direction of Pauline Turley, their next productions are THE GALLANT JOHN DOE, and ALONE IT STANDS.

David Lotz
November 25, 2002

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