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September 10, 2003

Equity Settles Favored Nations Claim Against Charlotte Rep For THE MIRACLE WORKER

Actors' Equity has settled a "Favored Nations" claim for $3750 against Charlotte Rep, a LORT D Theatre in Charlotte, North Carolina, which arose during a production of THE MIRACLE WORKER last spring. The highly publicized revival, starring Hilary Swank, was earmarked for Broadway in April, but was indefinitely postponed by Broadway producer Barry Weissler following the Charlotte run.

Equity Business Representative Beverly Ann Sloan initiated the claim after learning that weekly per diem payments of $250 each were made to several Actors in the production. The riders executed between Charlotte Rep and THE MIRACLE WORKER company stated, "All Actors in the Play will receive the same salary from the Theatre. In the event that any actor receives a higher salary from the Theatre, all actor's salaries will be raised to that level." The minimum at Charlotte Rep was $520.00 at that time.

Ms. Sloan added that Favored Nations riders are not uncommon in LORT. Equity accepts properly executed Favored Nations riders, and vigorously enforces them as part of the each actor's contract.

"Ultimately, we were able to resolve this dispute with Charlotte Rep in a fair manner," Equity staff concluded.

For more information about Favored Nations, see the accompanying article, "Are You A Favored Nation?"

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