No show springs fully formed from first reading to opening night. Actors challenge the authors, the director, the designers. They suggest changes that others eventually will get credit for by the likes of me.
And so with some regularity, actors will squawk, become irritants in the process and demand a bigger piece of the action in the crap shoot that is the American theater.
Last Monday, after several negotiating sessions had ended in an apparent stalemate, Actors' Equity called a strike, prohibiting its member actors and stage managers — as well as those seeking union affiliation — from participating in developmental works produced by members of the Broadway League. No deal, no developmental work. READ MORE