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September 22, 2003

ACTORS' EQUITY DEMANDS THAT BIG LEAGUE THEATRICALS COME TO THE BARGAINING TABLE

-- Actors, local labor unions picket against the use of non-union actors and stage managers in MISS SAIGON --

This week, the Wang Center in Boston presents the non-Equity touring production of MISS SAIGON. The actors and stage managers in this production are not members of Actors' Equity Association, the union that represents stage actors and stage managers, and are not receiving the fair wages and benefits they deserve.

This morning, members of Actors' Equity and their supporters began 24-hour-a-day picketing outside the loading door and entrances of the Wang Center. Both the local stagehands, members of IATSE Local 11, and the union stagehands hired by Big League Theatricals to travel with the show, are honoring the picket and preventing the load-in for MISS SAIGON, which is scheduled to open Tuesday night. Actors' Equity is demanding that Big League Theatricals, the producer of MISS SAIGON, come to the table and negotiate fair wages and benefits.

WHO: Actors' Equity Association
WHAT: Picket line and prevention of load-in of MISS SAIGON
WHERE: Wang Center, 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
(PLEASE NOTE: Picket Line will be at the Wang Center loading dock on Washington Street- behind the Center and across from New England Medical Center)
WHEN: Monday, September 22, 2003 11 a.m.- ongoing


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