The union representing actors and stage managers has issued a stern warning to productions looking to resume business in less than a month amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Actors' Equity said on Wednesday that it had received "troubling" reports that some theaters were preparing to resume productions on paused or delayed shows "as early as May 6." It asked members that receive such directives to contact their regional Equity office and speak to a representative.
“Any employer who wants to begin theatrical productions needs to have a comprehensive plan in place that protects not just the actors and stage managers, but ensures that everyone who works in the theater has a safe workplace,” executive director Mary McColl said in a statement. “It is unclear under the current circumstances how that can happen. Equity will use all of our available resources to ensure that no one is asked to work in an unsafe environment.”