Months after promising radical changes in how it treats actors and other affiliated artists, the Flea Theater has announced that it would do just that, but not in the way those artists expected.
Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA’s agreement clears the way for more entertainment during the pandemic winter.
At issue: Who should represent performers and stage managers when theater is recorded and streamed, one of the few viable options during the pandemic.
The fund that covers thousands of performers will require that they work more weeks per year to qualify.
The shutdown has touched New York in its heart — and its wallet.
The venues, all small nonprofits in New England, will be permitted by Actors’ Equity to put on work with union actors.
The show will be filmed in the empty Broadway theater where it had been playing in previews, and still plans to open in May 2021.
But there will not be an industry to save unless attention is paid to the people who make theater possible: actors, stage managers, stagehands, musicians and more.
Theaters in the Berkshires are planning live shows, “Godspell” and “Harry Clarke,” with limited audiences and virus-related protocols in place. One will be indoors, and one outdoors.
Actors’ Equity Association, which represents 51,000 theater performers and stage managers, lays out guidelines aimed to keep its members safe.
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