99 Seat Equity Waiver Agreement

While all this happened a year ago, my union decided that once I was so excited to join us, suddenly, to threaten my community by completely dismantling the 99-seat plan. So I felt compelled to fight their proposal with facts, because I am a pragmatist and I feel that I can change people`s opinion with statistics. With the help of Monica Greene, I started this painting to find shows like mine, which had gone from 99 seat theatres to a place that created work/contracts for equity actors. And I was surprised by the results. These great theatrical races were enjoyable and rewarding, but The Course said it was concerned about the loss of the low-overhead laboratory mode, made possible by the old 99-seat plan. Under the previous agreement, called the 99-seat plan, actors in a 99-seat theater could be paid a purse of only $7 per performance and nothing for rehearsals. Few people know that it was in 2012 that the NYC-based Actors` Equity Association (AEA) launched its campaign to abolish the 99-seat L.A. plan, which came into force for decades, and defined how union actors could work in theatres with 99 seats or less, the vast majority of L.A. Area theatres.

The plan was an internal code sanctioned by the AEA, which allowed union actors to work until 2012 in these intimate theatres for $9 per performance in cost grants and included the protection of the union`s health and safety. (This is the local stage equivalent of a screen Actors Guild Indie Filmvereinbarung that has allowed a necessary first step towards major projects.) Until 2016, many of the 99-seat theatres with the most established seats voluntarily paid up to $25 per performance. Thank you, Vanessa. Have you received feedback from East Coast members? I bet they want the 99-seat system. I bet that is a big part of the problem. This agreement is intended for use in Los Angeles County in theaters of 99 seats or less. Wages are based on the minimum wage and there are no restrictions on ticket prices, number of performances or number of samples. (Note: The word capacity does not appear in the code, only “50 places”, but Stage Raw recently learned from a producer who refused to aEA to use the 50-seat code, when there were exactly 50 places in the place, because the place had the ability to add more seats if necessary.) The 1989 agreement established a review committee that would have the opportunity to review substantial changes to the 99-seat waiver and make recommendations. Half of the review committee is a member of the original lawsuit, but recent complaints say they were not consulted when the union decided to force theater owners to pay the minimum wage. If you have a role in a production in the L.A. sector, but no equity contract is offered or the role is not offered under an applicable membership rule, please contact the Agency before accepting the role and starting the rehearsal. They reach us at (323) 978-8080 or westerncontracts@actorsequity.org.

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