Amid accusations of union busting, the New Theatre & Restaurant in Overland Park may be facing a new allegation—blacklisting.
Trouble for the 600-seat Johnson County dinner theatre began last week, when the theatre announced plans to circumvent guidance from Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers, and reopen to patrons on July 7.
In an email to ticketholders (and a now-deleted Facebook post), the theatre called out the union specifically. “Actors Equity, the union that controls every professional actor in the U.S. is not letting actors return to American stages yet,” the message read. But “the actor’s union doesn’t control concerts. So, we are turning the clock back, the volume up, and putting our party threads on. We’re staging THE ELVIS CONCERT with a special appearance by JERRY LEE LEWIS!”